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Preparing Artex For Skimming

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j0nb0y | 21:47 Wed 08th Nov 2017 | Home & Garden
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I have a DIY job artex in my bedroom that I am getting skimmed at the weekend, the plaster has asked me to knock off the deeper knobbly bits (if that makes sense). But I have been reading about the dangers of asbestos in artex and am now a bit concerned. I am not intending to sand the entire ceiling, merely knock off the larger bits, is this safe to do? or do I need to get it checked for asbestos first? Any advice much appreciated.

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Very little risk. jonboy... if any at all. For peace of mind, wear a mask while you knock off the bits. I guess the plasterer will use a standard 2-coat system of skimming. If the surface is still quite rough, then a first coat of "Carlite Bonding" will cover it. Then lay it down with one coat of finish.
18:17 Thu 09th Nov 2017
Apparently , asbestos as such hasn't been used in Artex for 20-30 years but If you really do need to break pieces off, I would suggest visiting yellow pages and find a company who can test it. Either that or tell your plasterer to put on a thicker coat of skimming.
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Thanks Tonyav, it seems quite an ambiguous topic. Obviously asbestos CAN be dangerous, but I have no idea when the ceiling was artexed. Some say the levels in artex are very low and pose very little risk, others say dont risk it. I am only knocking off the high points, but still wouldnt want to risk my health for the sake of a smooth ceiling. I have put down lighters in my kitchen, which I believe has artex under the smooth surface, so have probably been exposed to any potential risk by drilling the holes for them.
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vulcanite, some sites say it was still in artex applied in the year 2000. My house was build in the late 70's, but this is a diy artex, probably done in the 80's or 90's.
probably done in the 80's or 90's.

Don't risk it then.
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Another thought that has just occured to me is that I worked in builders merchants in the 1990's and used to lug bags of artex on and off lorries, sweep up bust bags etc. Thats a bit worrying if it still had asbestos in it. What about the guys who have been applying artex for years? are they at a high risk?
Very little risk. jonboy... if any at all. For peace of mind, wear a mask while you knock off the bits.
I guess the plasterer will use a standard 2-coat system of skimming.

If the surface is still quite rough, then a first coat of "Carlite Bonding" will cover it. Then lay it down with one coat of finish.

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