Smoothing walls – removing unwanted structure

Smoothing walls is a dirty and demanding job, but it must be done if you want your walls to be smooth and straight. If you are planning such a project, make sure you are properly prepared. Wall textures usually do not match minimalist and modern interior design, so getting rid of the structure is one of the first steps during a metamorphosis or renovation.

Smoothing – removing structures from walls

Here’s how to do it. First, you need to prepare the area. This will be a very messy job, so either move everything out of the room or carefully cover everything you can. You should also cover the floor with something if you don’t want it to get damaged and dirty.

Then gather the tools you will need. These include a floor scraper, safety glasses, a spray bottle filled with water, sandpaper, a drywall knife, and joint compound. Start by testing one area. Check how easily the structure can be removed and find out how much pressure is needed and at what angle to hold the scraper. Continue and scrape the entire wall. Spray the area first and wait for the water to soak in, then scrape at an angle. Then use sandpaper to smooth out any bumps or textures.

smoothing walls

Once you have finished the entire wall, take a damp cloth and remove any dust or debris. Make sure it is completely clean before proceeding to the next step. After that, apply an oil-based primer to the entire wall. Let it dry completely and ventilate the room properly. Once this is done, it’s time to apply the filler. Use a drywall knife and apply generously, smoothing the edges and maintaining an even finish. Let the first layer dry for 24 hours.

Sand down any irregularities again to get a smooth look. Then apply a second coat of filler compound in the same manner as you did the first time. Let it dry, wipe off dust and dirt again. After 24 hours, you can apply a primer and paint the wall according to your preferences.

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