The festive season is officially around the corner, which means it is also time for you to renovate your home, something you must not have done through the year. So give some glory to all the mess by beginning with removing the textures from your walls. Your textured wall paint might be peeling off or it could simply be that the design on it has become outdated. Maybe that textured wall is not going well with the minimalist or modern setting of your room, so your first step should be a makeover. It could become a messy project for you when you are on it but eventually, the end result should be a smooth flat finish. So if you are planning to remove the texture from your walls, you should be well documented with what are the dos and don’ts of the task.
So the first step should be to get rid of the hidden imperfection in the wall so that the next coat of paint you apply makes your wall come alive. Before you begin with, do remember this is not a one night wonder. You have to take at least two days at hand to get the job done.
What materials will you need in the process:
- Safety Glasses
- 5 Feet To 8 Feet Floor Scrapper
- Spray Bottle For Water
- Sanding Screens
- 6 Feet Wallboard Knife
- A Good Vacuum
Instructions To Follow To Remove The Texture From Walls
1. Cover The Room Well
When you begin removing textures from your wall, it is given that there will be a lot of dust and wall chips that will be flying off from the wall so it is only obvious that you cover the room well and if possible remove any fabric-based furniture out of the room. You could do with covering all the items in the room with old white sheets.
2. Do a Small Test
Before you begin painting the entire wall, start with a small spot in the wall or a patchwork. Try doing the scraping in sections which should not be more than 3 to 4 feet, until you become a master at the task.
3. Spray Then Scrape the Wall
First, spray the spot you painted with a water bottle and let the water dry for some time until you are sure the water has soaked in. The reason to spray water is to ensure that the water feels soft. Post this, take a scraper and start scraping from a particular angle. Take as much time as you want to scrap from particular angles and also maintain the pressure. This is important so that you do not hurt the wallboard.
4. Sand Screen and Sponge
Once you have scraped the wall evenly, it is now time for sand screening it to make the layer smooth and avoid uneven patches. However, in order to do it properly make sure that you do not put too much pressure while working the sand screening on the wall. Post this. Clean the wall with a damp sponge.
5. Wallboard Knives and Joints
Once you are done with scraping and evening out the wall, it is now time for smoothing the wall. The rule of thumb in this step is that take as much time as you want and do not stop in between until the entire wall has been finished. Take a wallboard knife of 6 inches and spread the wallboard joint compound thinly across the wall. The main goal should be to apply a layer of ⅛ inch of the joint compound all over the wall. It is okay if you happen to notice a bump or two in this step, your focus should be to apply a smooth layer. Give this layer at least a night to dry well.
6. Second Round of Sanding
Once the joint compound has dried completely, take the sand screen again and rub against the wall to create a smooth layer. You can vacuum up the dust at this stage. However, you are not required to sponge after this step.
7. Second Round of Wall Joint Compound
Once you have completed the second round of scraping, now is the time for the second round of joint compounding. The second round is required to fill in any low spots and make the wall look more even and smoother. Give a couple of hours for the wall to dry. For the second round, you do not need to leave it for an entire night. After the wall has dried, sand it again and then vacuum it to help it get rid of wall chips. You could repeat this step as many times as you want until you are satisfied that the wall has become smoother than ever before.
8. Prime it!
Now you have a smooth and even wall. You can collect any of the dust on the wall or any wall chip on it with a damp sponge and then let it dry for some time. Once all of this is completed, the last and most important stage should be to prime the wall so that you can protect all the hard work you put in it. And there you are! You have created your non-textured wall.
Never apply paint-removing chemicals on your wall even though it is a lot easier, it is a lot more harmful for the surface of your wall and could even remove the existing paint.
Do not use sandpaper that is too harsh on the wall as it could again damage the surface of the wall and even create uneven dips.