By Gene and Katie Hamilton
The rustic appeal of a texture finish is popular with many people, but not everyone likes the rough surface. If you're one of them, and want to remove texture paint, it's not an easy task. Actually, it's not difficult, it's just messy and time consuming. In some cases, it's easier to just cover up the surface with thin 1/4-inch wallboard, but that involves removing and then reinstalling woodwork and trim. But the result is a new flat wall surface ready to paint.
The task of removing texture paint involves using a gel-type paint stripper to loosen the textured coating, then scrape it off, and repair and sand it before painting. A painting or drywall contractor will charge $316 to remove texture paint from a ceiling in a 10-by-15-foot room and make any necessary repairs to the surface. You can do the job for $75, the cost of the tools and materials, and save 76 percent.
That saving is well earned because it's a tedious and labor-intensive project. You apply the stripper to loosen the surface, scrape it off, and then repair and sand the surface smooth. You need an old wide paintbrush, roller and pan, drywall knife, scraper, putty knife, and drywall sanding pole with sandpaper and a finishing sander. You'll also need a respirator, chemical-resistant rubber gloves, masking tape, drop cloths, joint compound and a ladder.
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Another option is Skim Coating as suggested by sawdustgirl.com.
That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to remove textured paint lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020