How To Get Rid Of Textured Walls
Textured walls are preferred by some people because it is low maintenance. If it has incurred some dents, cracks and other normal flaws, it will not be very obvious. For this reason, textured walls have been chosen by some of the household owners. However, while textured walls have its benefits, it cannot beat the smooth, flawless wall that is painted beautifully. So if you have had textured walls before, you might feel like smoothing it out. Well, textured walls are quite hard to get rid of. But still, you can transform this textured wall into a plain and smooth one.
There are some things that you can do to smooth out a textured wall. You can either ask for help or hire a contractor, or you can just do the task yourself. However, do note that it is quite challenging to get rid of a textured wall. Nevertheless, the result will be well worth it. Here are some tips that you may find helpful in getting rid of textured wall.
Prepare the thing you will need
First off, in order for your task to run continuously and smoothly, you should prepare the thing you will need so that you will not need to have frequent trips to the hardware shop. Include sheets of sandpapers, primer, joint compound, putty knife, sponge, and safety gears like goggles and mask. These materials can be readily bought from the hardware store. Remember, in order to make the most out of your resources, measure your wall first so that you will know how much of these materials you will need. When you have these things with you, you can already start getting rid of textured walls.
If you are dealing with a wide textured wall, this is probably the most daunting task that you will have to do. You have to sand off each and every side of the wall, using sandpaper, in order to smoothen up the surface. If it is too much for you, call a friend or a relative to help you finish it more quickly. Once you have sanded off the rough spots on the wall, you can simply wipe it off with a damp cloth to remove the dust residue.
If you are going to use joint compound, then you have to apply primer to your wall so that the product will have something to stick with. Simply get the primer that you have bought and apply it evenly around the wall. If you have already painted the wall with a flat paint, then you can skip this part. Be sure to properly follow the instruction on the primer’s label.
Apply the joint compound
After you have finished applying the primer and it has already dried, you can now apply the joint compound. Using the putty knife, preferably wide putty knife, apply the joint compound on the wall. Spread it out evenly, making sure that there are no lumps. Reapply another layer of coating if needed. Let the joint compound dry.
Use sandpaper again
After the joint compound has dried, you should smooth the wall again using sandpaper. This is to ensure that the joint compound that you have used was applied evenly and no lumps have settled. When you finished sanding off the wall’s surface, finish by removing dust using the sponge.