If you’re ready to make a change to a textured wall or ceiling, there are two ways of plastering over Artex textured finishes.
Follow or step by step guides to smoothing over your current textured surface or creating a new texture pattern.
First steps to plastering over Artex
Whether you’re aiming for a smooth or textured surface, the initial steps are the same:
- Ensure surface is clean, dry and firmly bonded to the background
- Lightly dampen the surface with a large, wet sponge
- Remove any loose or prominent texture ‘nibs’ using a stripping knife (or spatula provided, if using Smooth-It kit)
- Apply Artex Stabilex liberally, to seal the surface, and allow to dry
Re-patterning a textured surface
To create a new textured pattern, follow these steps:
- Apply Artex Textured Finish over the surface with a caulking blade and allow to firm, but not dry
- Repeat as necessary to disguise the original pattern (the deeper the pattern, the more caulking coats will be needed)
- Allow the caulking to firm to the touch, but not dry, then texture as desired using a Texturing Brush or Comb
Smoothing a textured surface
The easiest way to completely smooth your textured surface is with Artex Easifix Smooth-It. Using the kit, follow these steps:
- Use the Spatula to load the Smoother with the Smooth-It mix and apply an even coat with firm, seeping strokes (work the first coat into the texture in different directions, to fill any gaps)
- After covering the entire surface, allow to dry
- Repeat as many times as needed to reach desired smoothness
- Smooth any lines with the dampened Smoother or lightly sand the surface when dry
Watch our step by step tutorial for more advice on using the Smooth-It kit to smooth over unwanted texture.
Plastering over Artex traditional textures is a great way to update any room in your home. If you’re simply looking to fix a previous pattern, check out our tutorial video about repairing damaged texture. You can also learn how to create the most popular textured patterns with our guide to Artex ceiling techniques.