How to cover ARTEX!!

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Covering Artex is easy providing you stick to a few simple rules;  Firstly check the Artex to make sure it is sound by tapping it, if all is well then mix some PVA (most diy stores sell it) to a consistency of 3:1 (3 parts PVA to 1 part water). Using a good emulsion brush apply the PVA mixture to the wall and let it set/dry, this will take anywhere from 30mins to 2 hours, once dry it can be left for as long as you wish before the next stage, which is? PLASTERING! I know, it's not as easy as it looks and I agree to a point, however, simply following a set of rules will achieve a more than acceptable finish.  Get some 'THISTLE BOARD FINISH', again it is purchased from most DIY stores and a good mixing bucket, for now a black builders bucket (14 litres) will do.  It may also be prudent whilst your at it to buy a trowel (ragni or tyzack 11 inch) and a hawk (the square thing you put plaster on so you can scrape it off using the trowel).  With all these things handy we will start;  Apply another coat of PVA to the wall and once finished, clean out the bucket and pour just under half way some clean cold water into it, open the bag of plaster and start to offer handfuls of plaster into the water, once there is a decent size mound sticking out of the water give it a good stir with a stick, if it seems a bit watery add another handful of plaster and mix it until smooth, the consistency needs to be that of 'Angel delight' or 'yogurt'.  Using your trowel scoop some plaster onto the hawk and then pushing the hawk onto the wall, scrape the plaster from it onto the wall, then move the trowel upwards, it really does not matter how you get the plaster on providing you don't mess around and play with it for too long.  Trowel a good 5mm coat on and cover the Artex, now mix some more up and do the same only this time don't use as much, about half a bucket will do.  Apply this layer a little thinner, try to get it as flat as you can, once the wall is covered go back and clean off the tools etc then grab a clean bucket of water and using a brush and the trowel start flattening it down.  Starting from the top work downwards and then work across then finally upwards from the bottom, how you do it is entirely up to you, just make sure the wall is flat! Keep on going over the plaster until it starts to set (dark patches), once it has set to around 40% give the wall a good tight, flat trowel.  Practise will make perfect or as near as damn it, you might think that it is hard to do but once you are commited you might just think otherwise ;)

Also make sure you 'carefully' remove the edge of the trowel blade so it is no longer square, what I mean is, look down the thin edge of the trowel blade and you will notice that it is square, removing the lower edge so it is tapered into the top edge, thus making it sharp will give a far better finish.  To do this just use a sharpening stone, work it using the coarse side first then finish with the fine side of the stone, they retail for a £1 at car boots.

If you really want to learn properly I have 8 DVD's covering various aspects of plastering, they can be purchased at;

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