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DIY – How to Flatten Textures on Walls

Sep 25th, 2013 By

Walls play an important role in a home decor; everyone works hard on theirs to be unique and beautiful. Among many methods, textured wall is quite popular for form and functional purpose. However, when a timely makeover is due, these textures need to go so to update a new design or color.

Many incorporate texture to infuse a rustic feel indoors. Besides, the design perspective, it is also practical for hiding imperfections caused due to weathering. Nonetheless, overtime, one may simply want a change of scene. In such case or any other, it is necessary to remove pre-existing textures from walls before you begin redecorating the interiors. To apply a new design, the wall requires to be restored to its original state-being natural flat.

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Listed below are steps on how to flatten a textured wall using the technique named skim coating. This technique is widely used to repair walls, freeing them of any surface damages as well as removing textures.


Step 1

First, gather and prepare all required resources and equipment to get the job done. You will need, large plastic sheeting or tarp, primer, joint or spackling compound, an 8-inch drywall knife, mudding tray, a pole sander and 120-grit sandpaper. Remember, for keeping the dust down the room needs to be well ventilated. In addition, put on a dust mask along with goggles when carrying out final sanding.


Step 2

After completing the job, you certainly do not want to go through the trouble of cleaning a messy floor. As a precaution, cover up the floors using plastic sheeting or tarp. Just before you start to skim coat, prime the wall using a drywall primer. This will help the spackling compound to stick to the wall.


Step 3

Prepare a gooey paste by mixing joint compound with water as per manufacturer’s instructions. Before applying it, test its consistency with a drywall knife. Hold the blade horizontally; if the paste does not run off, then you have succeeded. Soon after, add a certain amount of mud into the mudding tray.


Step 4

Using an 8-inch drywall knife, spread the mud onto the wall, starting at top corners going either from the right or from left all across the wall in a horizontal direction. Make sure to spread the mud all over the texture from end to end.


Step 5

Immediately after applying the spread, smoothen it via a blade, hold it an upright angle and run the blade over the texture. Do not use only one coat to cover the texture for it likely will have to be thicker, and stands a chance to crack. The right method is to apply multiple thin coats that fill in the textures effectively.


Step 6

Post first application; leave the wall to dry overnight. To achieve a full flat wall, apply several more coats in the same manner as the first one. However, keep repeating until you get the desired look.


Step 7

On completion of the final coat, you need to sand it in order to get a complete smooth finished wall. For this, make use of a pole sand along with 120-grit sandpaper. To avoid any crest or bumps, be sure to sand the wall in a slant angle.


Step 8

Right before you proceed to paint the finished wall, make sure to prime the skim coat using a drywall primer.

Implement these steps each time your walls need a makeover-a new look, or simply when it needs an update due to weathering.


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