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How to Remove Texture from Walls in 5 Easy Steps

by Michelle Chan 14 Dec 2023 0 Comments

Ready to say goodbye to outdated textures and hello to sleek, modern walls? You've come to the right place. Whether you're aiming to create a fresh, minimalist look or prepare your walls for a new paint job, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of removing texture from walls, offering invaluable tips and expert advice along the way. Get ready to transform your living space into a stunning masterpiece that reflects your unique style and taste.

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Tools and Materials Needed

Before we dive into the process, let's gather the necessary tools and materials you'll need for this project:

Protective gear:

  • Safety goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Gloves


  • Putty knife
  • Drywall sander
  • Utility knife
  • Paint scraper
  • Drop cloth or plastic sheeting
  • Painter's tape
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • TSP (trisodium phosphate) cleaner
  • Water
  • Clean cloth or towel

Step 1: Preparation

Before starting the texture removal process, it's crucial to prepare the work area properly. Follow these steps:

Clear the room:

  • Remove all furniture from the area.
  • Cover the floor with a drop cloth or plastic sheeting to protect it from dust and debris.

Protect adjacent surfaces:

  • Use painter's tape to secure the drop cloth or plastic sheeting to the baseboards, door frames, and any other adjacent surfaces.

Step 2: Testing for Asbestos (if applicable)

If your home was built earlier before the 1980s, it's possible that the texture on your walls contains asbestos. It's important to take necessary precautions and have the texture tested before proceeding with the removal process. Contact a professional asbestos testing service to ensure your safety.

Step 3: Removing the Texture

Now that you've prepared the area and ensured there are no asbestos concerns, let's move on to the texture removal process:

Soaking the texture:

  • Fill a bucket with water.
  • Use a sponge or sprayer to wet the textured wall thoroughly.
  • Allow the water to soak into the texture for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. This step helps to soften the texture, making it easier to scrape off.

Scrape off the texture:

  • Once the texture has soaked, use a putty knife or paint scraper to gently scrape the softened texture off the wall.
  • Work in small sections, starting from the top and moving downwards.
  • Apply even pressure and be careful not to damage the underlying drywall.

Repeat the soaking and scraping process:

  • If needed, repeat the soaking and scraping process for stubborn or thicker textures.
  • Ensure the texture is adequately soaked before attempting to scrape it off.

Step 4. Sanding the surface

Once you've removed the majority of the texture, it's time to smooth out the wall surface further.

Use a drywall sander such as Bravex 6.5-Amp Electric Drywall Sander.

  • Gently sand the wall surface to remove any remaining texture residue.
  • Start with medium-grit sandpaper and gradually progress to finer grits for a polished finish.
  • Sand in a circular motion, working on small areas at a time.
  • Wipe away dust and debris with a clean cloth or towel.

For a detailed guide, check out this blog post: How To Sand Drywall With Bravex Electric Drywall Sander.

Cleaning the walls:

  • Vacuum the walls to remove dust and debris.
  • Mix a solution of TSP cleaner and water.
  • Use a sponge soaked in the solution to wash the walls thoroughly.
  • Rinse the walls with clean water and wipe them dry with a clean cloth or towel.

Step 5: Repairing and Finishing

With the texture removed, it's time to repair any imperfections and prepare the walls for a fresh coat of paint:

Patching holes and cracks:

  • Inspect the walls for any holes or cracks and fill them using a suitable drywall patching compound.
  • Wait until the patching compound is dry.
  • Sand the patched areas lightly to achieve a smooth finish.

Priming the walls:

  • Apply a coat of high-quality primer to the walls to ensure proper paint adhesion.
  • Use a roller or brush, following the manufacturer's recommendations for the primer you choose.

Painting the walls:

  • Once the primer is dry, it's time to apply your chosen paint color.
  • Use a roller or brush to achieve an even application.
  • Apply multiple coats as necessary, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to remove texture from walls and achieve a sleek, modern look for your living space. By following our step-by-step guide and using the recommended tools and materials, you can transform your walls into a blank canvas ready for your personal touch. Enjoy your newly textured-free walls and the fresh start they provide for your home!

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