Smoothing a textured ceiling

Smoothing a textured ceiling

Smoothing a textured ceiling

15th Nov 2006, 07:37 PM


Smoothing a textured ceiling

Hi there,

I am buying a unit that has one of those textured painted ceilings.

Does anyone know if it is possible to have the ceiling smoothed and then painted and leave the cornices in place? If so, is this a painter’s or a plasterer’s job? I don’t really want the textured ceiling as a feature and prefer a plain smooth ceiling. Some friends mentioned the ceiling may have been textured this way to allow for quicker, cheaper work when it was built.

The unit is only about 90 square metres so would probably aim to do it all and get the mess out of the way before moving in.

15th Nov 2006, 10:10 PM

Rod Dyson

I can be done Margarita.

Just how depends on how the texture was applied in the first place.

Some texture ceilings were done with vermiculite spray onto the surface. If this is the case it may be a bit more tricky to fix.

If it is a painted on texture finish it is not so difficult to fix.

First thing is to make sure there are no loose paint. if so it needs to be scraped back. If the texture finish is on the soft side and can be partially reduced by either scraping or a heavy 80 grit sand paper, just to get rid of any really high spots. (You never know sanding might smooth it right off if it is soft enough).

Then I would skim coat the ceiling with top coat this is a plasterers job if you don’t think you can do it yourself.

When skim coating with topcoat over a painted surface tiny little pin holes can appear in the top coat. These happen because the paint surface is not very porous. No amount of troweling will get them out so don’t stress over them. When it is dry just scrape off the tops of the bubbles and give it another skim coat over that area and they will dissapear.

Don’t be fooled by sanding them out. What happens is the pin holes fill with dust and look like they are gone, but when the paint hits them they show. If that happens to you give them another very thin coat of top coat and resand after the first coat of paint.

When you skim coat with topcoat you don’t need to be to worried about leaving raised trowel marks as you are applying the top coat, they sand of very easy. Most important is to not leave hollow spots. It also helps to thin down a bucket of topcoat with about 2 cups of water to the bucket. This will help with the spreading.

Let me know if it is vermiculite as you will need to tackle things a little differently.

Hope this helps.

Cheers Rod.

15th Nov 2006, 11:20 PM


Hi Rod,

Thanks so much for your quick and detailed reply — very kind of you. I am really pleased to know it can be done — can now put it on my pre-move to do list. I will most likely get a professional in to do it but maybe I will be able to help with some of the preparation / sanding (will see what they say).

I’ll be sure to post back with the details/ costs/ final result etc as some others may find the info useful. If was interesting when I was looking around at units during inspections that when it was a smooth ceiling people didn’t usually comment, yet the textured ceilings frequently got unfavourable remarks. Even though my unit is a few years old I noticed some of the very new ones were still doing it and found that quite surprising — didn’t sort of go with the minimalist kitchens and clean line look.

Anyway — thanks so much — this forum is fantastic!!

We had a huge room with a ceiling finished in thios way — and it had a large ares in the middle that some-one had attempted, badly, to repair and simulate the same finish. After discussion with a number of plasterers we decided to have it all sanded back, skimmed and sanded again- and then painted.

Best decision we ever made was to have the experts do it. It is a neck breaking job — balanced on a platform with paint/plaster dust stuck all over your face with your aching arms desperately trying to sand just one more time — is only something that any sane person would do for payment!

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