How To Remove Textured Paint From Walls

Indoor renovation ideas have changed a lot over the last few decades. A lot of styles have come back from time to time. Among them, textured paint is pretty famous to give a nice makeover to your walls. In this article, I will give you the step-by-step procedures. And of course, after reading this article, you will also know- how to remove textured paint from walls.

But if you are bored with your textured wall or want to remove it where you have moved recently, trust me; you can do that yourself.

How To Remove Textured Paint From Walls: A Deep Insight

Traditionally, there are two ways to proceed with this work. Please observe your wall closely and follow the steps required for your wall.

Check whether your wall is painted or not. If you didn’t paint the texture of your wall before, then it can be removed by soaking the wall and using scraping after that.

On the other hand, if your textured wall is painted, you may need to use a skimming procedure.

Moreover, in the case of texture with plaster, it can be harder to remove it with water only. You will need to use hard sandpaper.

Let’s move on to the main topic to know more details about it.

What Equipment Do You Require?

  • Drop Cloths
  • Painters tape
  • Knife for scraping
  • Ladder
  • Sanding paper/pad/screen
  • Roller brush
  • Protective gears


Step 01: Prior Arrangements:

Protecting Furniture:

It is important to cover your furniture with dry drop cloths before starting to work. Cover the vents of the room to prevent spreading the dust throughout the house. It will be best if you can move the furniture to a different room.

Minimize cleanup:

If you cover the floor with tape or drop cloths, your cleaning work after removing the texture will be removed.

Wear your protective gear properly to avoid inhaling toxic dust.

Step 02: Arrange the right Tools Beforehand:

I have already given the list of equipment needed for the job. Gather them around the workplace so that you don’t have to look for them later on.

However, it is recommended to use a steamer instead of sandpaper nowadays. The reason behind this is that using sandpaper can cause a huge mess with dust floating all over in your room. Many toxic materials like asbestos can be present in the texture of the wall.

For normal people, it is not possible to know if they are present or not, but it can be really harmful to your health. Therefore, if you can manage a steamer to use, proceed with that. Otherwise, you can use warm water and sandpaper.

Step 03: Removal of the Paint:

Using a steamer is the same as using warm water with a spray bottle. Follow the manual to steam all over the wall. It is better to steam or spray a single portion of the wall, for example, 2/2 feet of wall.

Wait until the wall gets dumped properly. You will be able to feel the softened texture after a while by simply touching the wall with your hand.

Step 04: Scrapping:

You will be able to peel off the texture paint with a scraper comfortably. If it doesn’t come off easily, damp it for another few minutes. After completing one part, go for another part of the wall with the same process.

It is recommended by the experts to hold the scraper at a 30-degree angle. You can also use drywall blades the same way. Steadily scrape the portion you have sprayed water or dampened.

After the first portion, target a wider space damp than before. But don’t spray all over the wall.

Step 05: Sanding:

After scrapping, use 60 to 100 grit range sandpaper to sand down the wall. It will give you a smooth surface in case any texture is left.

However, the texture created with plaster cannot be removed with water or steam. You will need to use sandpapers between the ranges- of 120 to 150 grit. This range of sandpaper will not damage your drywall.  

In this case, wear protective gloves and glasses and cover the floor.

Step 06: Clean the dust:

Use a damp sponge to wipe the walls. Remove the extra dust to prepare the wall again for further work.

Clean the dust of the room as well. But cover them again for further paint.

Step 07: Reapply Paint:

Now you need to follow the steps below:

Apply Joint Compound> Sand the wall after overnight drying> Apply Joint Compound again> Sand again after dries> Apply primer> Apply the paint.

Additional Tips:

If you don’t have much time or energy to go through all the trouble mentioned above, you can always follow these easy solutions.  

  • Cover your wall with caulk.
  • Cover with a thin coat of mud.
  • Try Wood Paneling

Things To Avoid:

  • Don’t spray or steam all over the wall at once. Do small portions.
  • Wait for the Texture to soften before scraping.
  • After applying the joint compound for at least 8 hours.
  • Harsh Sandpaper grit can damage your wall surface.
  • Avoid chemicals/paint removers. They harm your wall.


  • Wear safety goggles, dust masks, hair covering, disposable clothes or overalls, etc. In case of removing texture with lead paint, wear a respirator (HEPA if possible).
  • If you find asbestos, you should stop scraping the wall since it can cause lung cancer. Call in professionals.
  • Seal the bag full of removed paint. Don’t let it sit in the room for long.


Now that you can understand the procedures of how to remove textured paint from walls, it might seem like quite a strenuous job. Therefore, plan wisely and think hard before taking the first step. Have patience throughout the work and try not to overwork.

Take short breaks in the middle of work. And be patient while the wall is drying. Repair the wall using cement if you find any cracks or damage.

Hope this article has helped you to gather more knowledge on this matter. Stay safe and hope you can get a happy wall.  

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