How do I eliminate the textured paint without drywalling over every wa

It seems in the south that textured paint is the preferred wall covering. We had to replace large areas of drywall and cannot match the texture of the rest of the walls and ceiling.

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  • Betty Nuovo Betty Nuovo on Jul 13, 2018
    I moved into a house where a room was made in a loft space with slanted ceilings on the sides. Someone had decided this ceiling should look like it had stalactites on it! So first it used a scraper on them to get them lower. This is probably how your textured paint looks. If it is latex then you should be able to use the next step of my project. I took a bucket and put warm water in it with just a touch of dish soap. I used Dawn. I then repeatedly wiped down the ceilings until the bumps were gone.
    This was very labor intensive and took a long time. You have to replace the water often. I had one of my sons help me as it was going to be their room. When I hit a large spot that was overwhelming I put on a mask and took some sandpaper to it gently. It made a mess.
    Yes, this is a lot of work and took a long time. But I had no money to replace the wallboard and I couldn't let my boys get stabbed by those things sticking out of the wall. When I was done I painted it and you barely noticed where the previous horror had been.
    I hope this helps.

    • Cynthia Kirtack-Tyler Cynthia Kirtack-Tyler on Jul 13, 2018
      Thank you. This paint, or whatever it is, has an almost plastic appearance. Not popcorn or stalactites. I like the sound of what you did but it won't work for me. I will let you know if there comes a solution.

  • you could probably rent a sander and remove most of the texture that way.