How do I sand off old stubborn texture from my walls?

Anonymous asked 3 years ago

I bought a condo that was built in 1979. The walls have been painted many times. I want to repaint my walls and ceilings, but the original texture on the sheetrock is really ugly. It is also very hard. I have taken one of those sanding blocks and by hand tried to wear down the texture. It is tough?
Any suggestions on how to sand off that hard, heavy texture and go to a smoother finish?

2 Answers
Crowder Painting answered.

Best to skim coat over your existing texture then apply a new texture if desired.  To do this start by applying a good acrylic or latex primer, allow to dry, then trowel on 1 or more coats of all purpose drywall mud.  Allow the mud to dry then sand smooth.  Much easier than trying to sand off hard paint and texture.  If you still want to sand off your texture use a palm sander with rough sandpaper, 30 grit to start.

soperfectpaint answered.

Yes, skim coat over your existing texture will be the best option. For this you need to use high quality acrylic or latex primer. Sand off hard paint and texture.

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