Plastering bathroom wall...help !!!

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I've pulled all the tiles off one wall of my bathroom because I want one plain painted wall. I've filled all holes caused by tile adhesive so I've got a rough wall full of filled holes etc. Howver the top half of the wall is smooth as the tile adhesive has not caused any holes.

I bought some ready mixed Artex smooth from B&Q to try to smooth over the whole wall but what a difficult job it is. Also the whole tub only did a third of the wall and what I've done isn't even smooth ! What a waste of £25.

So what are my choices now to finish the wall ?

1. Buy non-ready mixed Artex smooth (which will be a lot cheaper) to try to finish the rest of the wall, let it dry and try to go over with another layer later ?

2. I have a big box of Polycell Finishing plaster - try to finish all the wall with it.

3. Get a plasterer in !
 
One small wall would not be that expensive to skim about £60/80 get a plasterer in.

gary
 
Get a plasterer in, otherwise you may regret redoing any minor errors later. I got a ceiling plastered in two rooms to cover horrible artexing and a brick fireplace plastered and skimmed for all for £300-ish plus lots of tea
 
I recently patched a crappy wall using plasterboard jointing compound (not the joint filler you bed the tape in, the stuff you put on top of that to smooth the joints) as I couldn't wait for the drying time of fresh plaster.. . I basically applied it with a plasterers trowel and wallpaper scraper for smaller areas and sanded down the next day with a mouse power sander. After doing this twice we got an ok finish.

Having said that the finish is not as good as a decent coat of plaster as the wall was really battered and should really have been hacked back to bare bricks but with a covering of heavy lining paper and emulsion I'm happy enough with it.

One day I'll do things properly... :rolleyes:

Ade
 
If you want a good finish you'll need it plastered. If you can find one that will do it for £60/80 let me know ;)
 
1. Buy non-ready mixed Artex smooth (which will be a lot cheaper) to try to finish the rest of the wall, let it dry and try to go over with another layer later ?

At that rate you'll end up with a smaller bathroom .:D
Ask around. Someone will know someone who'll plaster it properly for a couple of quid and a crate of beer ;)
 
could always 'dot and dab' a piece of plasterboard onto wall. Obviously this may take up a few extra mm but would provide a clean/level surface. Just check with tile shop re adhesive and any preparotory work that needs to be done! Hate the thought that plasterboard and tiles come off in one fell swop!!!!!
 
could always 'dot and dab' a piece of plasterboard onto wall. Obviously this may take up a few extra mm but would provide a clean/level surface. Just check with tile shop re adhesive and any preparotory work that needs to be done! Hate the thought that plasterboard and tiles come off in one fell swop!!!!!

yes i done it get dry wall adhvise from b/q 3.50£ a bag and plasterboard,u can till on top
 
Plasterboard walls and bathrooms are not an ideal mix, find a local polish builder to skim it for you.
 
As I keep telling my Missus - You will have some poor artisan out of pocket if you keep robbing him of an honest living by doing this type of thing yourself - How would you feel if a plasterer was out there trying to your work?

Some people are just thoughtless
 

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