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?
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.