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Hi all,

Hopefully it's okay that I barge in on your professional forum. I am desperately seeking advice on how to fix aka smooth my heavily textured walls in my new home. The previous owner stated they just "sanded away" the texture....well, after having spent the last month of nights and days off with a palm sander and 60-80 grit sand paper at these walls, I am questioning their honesty. Or maybe they were just more persistent or had more time. Idk. But either way.

I've got some very heavy textured walls. I'll post pictures below. I'm now thinking I may have to skim coat over the whole project. But questioning whether it will bond to the current surface, or if i have to treat the walls first. I also have 2 more rooms of similar texture left to tackle. Any advice would be appreciated. And yes,I would love to just hire out the project, but its not in the budget so 🤷‍♀️. Blue room and light tan room with uhaul boxes haven't been touched yet obviously.
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Homeowner here too, so may not be the best advice... but I had a bathroom in my house that I had a similar issue with. It also had really bad drywall joints/seams, which is why I'm guessing they did the poor texturing in the first place.

I knocked down the high spots with a paint scraper, and floor scraper (what they use to remove vinyl flooring and carpet), then sanded down.

I then thinned out pre mixed all purpose joint compound, applied with roller, and used a flexible trowel (I think its brand name is "magic trowel") to smooth it out. I also used a 2" and 4" putty knife for tight spots. There are videos of people on youtube doing this with not so heavy textured walls, but it will give you the idea on how to do it.

Sanded lightly in between coats of joint compound with 220 and repeated until I came out with a level 5 finish. I want to say it took me 4-5 coats.

Definitely a pain. It took a lot of elbow grease, and probably 2-3 hours a night for a week to do the room.

With the quantity of work you should buy a electric drywall sander. (I wish I at least rented one). WEN makes one for 130-ish on amazon and it will save you tons of time and effort. People comment on removing popcorn texture off ceilings with the them, so I'm guessing it would suffice. Just get a bag and/or sock for your shop vac filter as it will get clogged quickly.

This was about 6 years ago and everything still looks perfect. I've had no issues with seams recracking or the compound not adhearing.
This is what I'm doing....on coat 2...not looking great yet. But def better. Its a painful process lol
 
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