Cost to Remove Textured Paint – 2021

| Last Updated: November 29, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 316

$ 75

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 65% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Remove Textured Paint noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to remove textured paint? A contractor charges $316 vs. doing it yourself for $75 and saving 76 percent.

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.

Another option is Skim Coating as suggested by

For your repainting projects, you may want to experiment texture painting with a sprayer. A spray gun is fun to use and can help you save time if working on large surfaces.

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. 

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