painting old artex

I recently moved to a house that has every ceiling artexed. The artex has never been painted and is still dusty if you run your finger across it. I would like to have the ceilings skimmed and a plasterer advised that they should be painted first. I did one coat of watered down emulsion. The second coat has cracked and come down. Why is this ? Should I be over-boarding instead ? Where have I gone wrong ? many thanks Justin

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CM Property Services
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It would have been better to paint it with pva, but you need to scrape off all the bit that come down first/that are not secured to the ceiling. If you dont do this then you new plaster will crack in no time and come down eventually. Proper course of action would be to scrape of the artex completely.
21st Mar 2018
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Iv never heard of painting a ceiling before plastering it should be scraped back and a couple of coats of unibond before skimming over
1st Apr 2018
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G .R BUILDERS
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hi
old ceiling needs new plasterbord and skimming
5th Apr 2018
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3 D Building Works
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Hello Justin, have just read your question and would like to say that painting the ceiling with a white wash is designed to kill the suction from the artex as it appears to be very dry hence why the second coat cracked. Another option is to use PVA mixed with water and roller on. Would like to know if the second coat of paint was watered-down, and at what ratio used for the first coat. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any further questions. Hope to talk soon. Barry
19th May 2018
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Lucian
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The old plaster have to remove and then put pva and new plaster and the painting last never in my life im not see like that to do plaster on the painting
11th May 2018
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Midlands home maintenance
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Hi if the paint is drying too quick therefore it is peeling, sound like you should overboard
15th May 2018
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K B Services
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try using a watered down pva to seal artex, this will also help plaster to stick, takes a bit of work though. sometimes its easier to overboard.
13th May 2018
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Daniel Soos
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Hi. I will suggest remove the paint that you have applied and skim the ceiling few coats. Then paint.
22nd May 2018
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allseasons building ltd
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it shouldnt have happened with the paint unless the preparation wasnt goood enough but the reason why the plasterer probably told you to paint was to hold back the suction but no you didnt have to do it when you could have gyp-bond it instead
3rd Sep 2018
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