Plastering over artex with multi finish

I’ve plastered my ceiling over artex with multi finish and I’ve never done it before and by the time I finished the first coat it had gone off to quick before I could put on a second coat. Is it possible to still put on a final 2nd coat if so how and if I also muck up the final coat is it possible for a professional to do a 3rd final coat or will it be to much weight for the ceiling?

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CM Prestige Heating & Plumbing Ltd
10 Reviews, 80% Positive
No you need to remove the pointed bits of the artex. Then plaster so you see no artex then use multi finish.oh don't forget to bond it after removing the snap bits
24th Nov 2018
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Pm plasterers
1 Reviews, 100% Positive
First the best way to take on a artex ceiling is plenty of pva and use a thistle bonding its much thicker let it go off preferablly 24hours then come back and put your finish coat on (multifinish). Also you couldnt put a third coat on its to much weight best way to do it is either strip the ceiling or overboard it with new plasterboard
22nd Nov 2018
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Even one coat of skim over Artex can be too heavy. To be honest (sorry it's bad news) at this point your best bet is scraping it off and skimming over the boards. Obviously check there's no asbestos in it first.
25th Nov 2018
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Steven George Cook
0 Reviews
Did you apply 2-3 coats of PVA prior to skimming with multi finish? This process must not be missed out, as it gives you the sealed ceiling surface that you need to work with, ceilings are the hardest surfaces to plaster, if you are in doubt I would get a professional in. Steven George Cook
18th Dec 2018
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You should have uni bonded the artex first. That would have slowed down the suction process. With plastering it is all about speed that comes with experience. If you unibond over what you have done let it tack up you can lay another coat on ceiling and you will get longer to get it flat.
17th Dec 2018
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Tyne and Wear Builders
7 Reviews, 100% Positive
Did u use pva first as u must do a couple of coats so it doesn't dry to fast but to answer your question yes you can do as many coats as you like just PVA first 1 coat 5part water 1part pva second coat 3water to1 pva
7th Jan 2019
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Artem Decorating Limited
8 Reviews, 100% Positive
Artex always should be removed before plastering.
27th Jan 2019
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NC Construction
0 Reviews
You need to apply a form of a pva substance first. What we use is Blue Grit, which is a branded name for plasterers grit. You use a paintbrush or roller to apply it to the artex after you have scrapped off any peaks to the artex. The drying time is still quicker than if on clean plasterboard, however you have more time with it. Also as you laying it on, if you get it as flat as possible with less lines then there isn't do much you have to go over and start chasing your tail.
22nd Jan 2019
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pva first
13th Feb 2019
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Hi as long as the surface is still flat, pva the ceiling and apply 2 coats of skin. It should be fine after that.
18th Mar 2019
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Leedec services ltd
7 Reviews, 100% Positive
The best way for skimming Artex is for it to actually cake off(first coat sets a little)before you apply the finshing coat...always rember to grit Artex as p.v.a is not as strong and if the Artex is flaking and in poor condition,then I would opt to plasterboard over the Artex fixing into the joist and having a brand new ceiling.
25th Feb 2019
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J c plastering
0 Reviews
It is possible depending how gone off the first coat went but any ceiling can be sorted by a pro
12th Mar 2019
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Pipe Dreams Services Ltd
1 Reviews, 100% Positive
I assumed you scraped the artex ceiling before you started, if so then you should have no issues or if the room you are working in is hot this will make it go off a lot faster which is a problem we have in hot weather
29th Mar 2019
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The best way for skimming Artex is for it to actually cake off(first coat sets a little)before you apply the finshing coat...always rember to grit Artex as p.v.a is not as strong and if the Artex is flaking and in poor condition,then I would opt to plasterboard over the Artex fixing into the joist and having a brand new ceiling.
2nd Mar 2019
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J.goodwin building and plastering
1 Reviews, 100% Positive
Overboard and reskim would be easier
1st May 2019
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