08:59AM | 05/13/03
Member Since: 05/12/03
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I'm a first-time home-owner and very excited to start painting, especially after four years of renting -- so four years of white walls.

The prior owner did a nifty texture thing on the dining area wall out of (I presume) drywall compound. Thankfully, it's about 12 swirls and three braids, approximately 1/4" off wall, and not the whole wall. But here's the problem. I don't want the texture. I want my own thing on the wall and the swirls and braids just don't fit with my plan.

Sanding is a sloooow process, as is scraping to get the texture off. Does anyone have tips on the fastest/best way to do this? (I'm starting to think it'd be easier to cut down the wall and put up new drywall!)

john b

11:32AM | 05/13/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
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You may have to put up new drywall but give a shot at sanding it down before you do. If it really is drywall compound it should sand fairly easily especially if you use a powerful belt sander or even a palm sander. If you don't have one of these it would be worth the investment considering the effort needed to re-wall. It will be messy and you should wear a mask.

If it does sand off you will need to use care and slow down when you get close to the drywall or it might look uneven. Good luck.


01:25AM | 05/14/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
If it is drywall mud/joint compund it will come off with plain water and there will not be all that dust. I would not soak the wall with water but use a sponge a a bucket of water. This will work only if the texture has not been painted over.


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