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★★☆☆☆

“It works - Just not very well!!”

Written on: 03/03/2014 by slartibartfast14 (1 review written)

Bought some of this to do a bathroom ceiling. Getting in on was an absolute nightmare with the stuff going every where except on the ceiling (thank god for dust sheets). Finally managed to cover a 1 metre by 2 metre area and left it for and hour and a half to work. Removing it was even worse than putting it on, yes it does remove the artex, but it requires arm muscles like the Hulk and leaves lots of semi liquid spotches all over the floor and I had to scrap the dust sheets as trying to clean… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Response to slartibartfast14's Review

Written on: 14/03/2014

Sorry to hear you experienced problems using X-Tex and our product is thick enough that it shouldn't drip and can cling to ceilings.

Leaving for the length of time you mentioned would not have been long enough to penetrate through both the emulsion and artex in one application.

Also we do say on the instructions to cover the area prior to removal. When you are scraping softened artex from a ceiling it is bound to fall to the floor, and is a messy job like all types of removal.

We do recommend using a long handled blade scraper which does make removal easier but if you had applied and covered with plastic film and left overnight it would have softened through the entire substrate and made removal much easier.

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★★★★★

“Happy Artex Removal”

Written on: 20/02/2014 by katfra50 (1 review written)

Bought this product after getting a few quotes to skim over the two rooms I have covered in awful artex, and the cost was too expensive. I searched the internet and came across X-Tex on Twitter @homestrip and saw an interesting article on the safest way to remove this lovely stuff!  I did a test area first and covered it with foil and left overnight. I then removed the foil and the surface was soft. I was not convinced until I scraped the surface and it came away quite easily and left what… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Hopeless”

Written on: 22/10/2013

Persuaded by the video and a series of good reviews I bought this. It is ok to apply but does not work! Left it 2 hours...nothing, overnight...nothing, reapplied another coat....nothing. Have resorted to using a steamer. I feel like I have wasted 25 pounds and made a whole load of mess too. Im half way through and losing the will. Wish I'd just had it skimmed over. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 01/11/2013

Really sorry to hear you have had problems using X-Tex, but after reading your comments are you really sure it was artex, or of course the coating that was over the top of artex (all artex has been painted over the years usually with emulsion, but the worst one is vinyl silks)

It was not the artex you were having problems with, it would have been the paint. X-Tex will remove the paint but its not designed for this. DID YOU DO A SMALL TEST AREA FIRST! as is stated on the label?

It also states on the label to cover the area with plastic film if leaving overnight as the product can dry out and stop working. You have not mentioned this.

The other important item on our label is our technical helpline telephone number. Did you call?

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★★★★☆

“It Worked For Us”

Written on: 26/08/2013 by CraigFearn (1 review written)

I used X-tex on my lounge and though messy it worked for me, remember it gets artex off and not paint!! The ceiling was a stipple effect approx 5mm thick with emulsion on so test an area 1st to see what suits. Cover the floor with cloth and tape down plastic covering on top, use a safe platform to give a safe working height. Use a shed paint brush or a paste brush to hold sufficient x-tex and liberally paint the surface area while wearing protective eye wear, be aware if splash / drips on a… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Waste of money ”

Written on: 20/06/2013

Followed. The manufacturers instructions but just didn't work - no way does it scrape off like the u-tube clip. Just buy a steamer which is a bit messy but does the job instead and you can always use it for paper later! Beware this stuff does take varnish off though and if a drop of it splodges on you doors it takes the paint off them instead. Don'T waste your money… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 29/07/2013

Really sorry to hear you experienced problems whilst using X-Tex. Our technical helpline number is on the product label and a call to speak with out technical department could have given you the answers you were looking for.

Most artex has been painted over the years, and this requires an overnight application as stated in our You Tube video. Vinyl silks can also be difficult to remove and tips to this can be found.

The problem with using a steamer is that the artex can dry out once it has been removed and if it contains asbestos fibres then you have a health issue

X-Tex keeps the artex wet at all times preventing any dust becoming airborne.

We also advise to cover the surrounding area with dust sheets or newspaper to prevent floors or painted or varnished areas becoming marked. Surely a common sense precaution when doing any kind of DIY.

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★★★☆☆

“Not bad”

Written on: 09/11/2012 by stevewonderwhere (2 reviews written)

Got this today and applied it straight away. After a few hours I attempted to scrap but it took longer than that to sort the artex. After a few more hours I tried and this seemed to work ok. It's a 50/50 whether I'd do it again or get a professional in I guess… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Response to stevewonderwhere's Review

Written on: 13/12/2012

Hi Steve
Sorry to hear that X-Tex didn't work as well as you originally thought, but would like to explain that X-Tex is designed to removed artex and textured coatings and of course these coatings have mostly been painted over the years with many coats of emulsion.

This makes the removal time longer and as suggested on our label that this can be done overnight using plastic film to force the product down through the substrate. An overnight process can remove all of the paint and soften the artex in one single application.

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★★★★★

“X Tex Artex remover ”

Written on: 22/10/2012 by wardrobeman (1 review written)

Brilliant ! Did small bathroom in a day. Leave on as long as possible, thick Artex will take two goes. Get a sharp rigid scraper then its just physical effort to scrape off melting Artex. So pleased I found a local supplier in Tool Station as well. The jelly like substance will drop on floor as it is being applied so sheet out areas otherwise go for it… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“flawless, easy, fast. X-TEX?... XCELLENT!”

Written on: 27/05/2012

I never write reviews, Honest i dont. I recently bought a new house where ALL the rooms had artex on the ceiling and there was artex on the bedroom walls too. I have kids, so artex on a wall had to go. I was quoted well over 500 pounds to have someone come in and remove it, this seemed excessive, but ive since been told this was reasonable. However having just moved home, i dont really have that kind of disposable income lying around. I seen this particular review site and decided that for… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Does what it says on tin”

Written on: 24/03/2012

I had artex on landing hall and stairs, I have just started using this product and was a bit sceptical about it after reading reviews, however painted it on left for 30 mins and couldnt believe it off came the artex, it is very messy and have now decided not to use the cheap plastic floor covering as it gets everywhere and can get easily trodden in, so delighted ordering another tin - although expensive would definately recommend it… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“rubbish”

Written on: 17/03/2012 by pissedoff12 (1 review written)

I tried this product and to be honest it was a waste of time and I ended up skimming the ceiling with plaster… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Response to pissedoff12's Review

Written on: 28/03/2012

Really sorry to hear that you were not happy with the product, but an explanation of what problems you encountered would have been nice, so that we could have given you some tips and talk you through the process.

It is not nice getting negative feedback by someone who wont explain why or how they had problems, and to have a user name like you have is not very clever either.

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★★★★★

“Miracle”

Written on: 06/07/2011

I really wished I had discovered this product as after having a room skimmed over costing a small fortune i could have saved alot of money with X Tex. Okay yes its messey but what isnt and its sure cleaner than using a steamer! I had to leave this on overnight to soften the paint that was coated over the artex but it did this no problem at all, but after doing a small area first soon realised I had to cover it with plastic film. This then just came right off with a blade scraper right back… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 22/08/2011

After the artex has been removed, what kind of state is the ceiling left in? Would it need a slight re-skim?
Many thanks

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 08/03/2012

Is this product available in Canada? Or can I get it shipped to Canada? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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★★★☆☆

“In the past I used X-Tex on several ceilings and walls...”

Written on: 08/04/2011

In the past I used X-Tex on several ceilings and walls in my house. I found the best way was to paint on the gel then cover the area with sheets of polythene to keep the gel moist and leave as long as possible. The thick areas of artex I left like this overnight then removed the artex relatively easily using a six inch, very sharp bladenext day. Yes, it is messy, expensive and time consuming but it certainly did the trick for me and was the most effective of all the other methods I used… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I am currently half way through removing the Artex...”

Written on: 26/03/2011

I am currently half way through removing the Artex from the kitchen ceiling. I have come to the conclusion that removing Artex from a ceiling is a job from hell and that X-Tex is a Devil's must. A Devil's must because of its stupidly expensive price tag.

The idea to remove the Artex was a daunting prospect but would like to share my views and idea to make it more bearable. Measure the ceiling dimensions and split into a grid of equal sized areas; tackle the ceiling square by square, it… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“I brought this product today and applied as the...”

Written on: 15/02/2011

I brought this product today and applied as the instruction state. After an hour I tried to scrap artex off and it hadn't made any difference so I sprayed with water as gel had dried slightly but to effect. In the end I have resulted to steamer and very hard work. I wasted my hard earned money on two tubs that did exactly nothing… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 05/12/2011

Really sorry to hear you had problems with our product, but after reading your comments I feel that you probably didnt leave it on for long enough. Artex that has not been painted over would have come off almost straight away, but commonly it has been painted many times with various types of emulsion.

We always recommend to try a small test area first as every job is different. Cover the test area with some plastic film and leave overnight for best results. Any blistered paint will lift the product away and stop it working, so forcing it down with plastic film is a great tip.

Also if you think you might have vinyl silk we recommend to cut the surface lightly with a blade prior to appying X-Tex as it can then get underneath and lift the plastisiced paint away from the surface. Removal using a long handled blade scraper is also a great tip.

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★☆☆☆☆

“does not do what it says,waiste of money,put on...”

Written on: 26/01/2011 by mercsprinter (1 review written)

does not do what it says,waiste of money,put on kitchen ceiling and left for an hour didnt touch it,applied another coat and waited another hour softened suface and just made a complete mess of my ceiling,also slight splash on my new fridge took surface of paint off and ruined that aswell… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Response to mercsprinter's Review

Written on: 05/12/2011

I am sorry to hear you didnt get on with our product X-Tex, but from reading your comments I feel you didnt give it long enough, and on hearing it made a complete mess suggests to me that you have a vinyl silk emulsion over the top of the artex.

This can turn into a gooey gloopy mess and there are ways to remove it. All paint removers will have this effect on vinyl silk as this type of emulsion contains plastic polimers. We would recommend to cut the surface lightly first with a blade which will help the X-Tex to get underneath and lift it away from the surface.

Also using a long handled blade scraper works well to lift this type of emulsion off the wall.

I am sorry to hear about your new fridge, but really when you are working with wet products you would cover the room with dust or plastic sheeting? It only goes to show that the product does work!

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★☆☆☆☆

“seriously does not do what it says on the tin !! put...”

Written on: 17/07/2010

seriously does not do what it says on the tin !! put generous covering on coving overnight,was dried out by morning , recovered it after two hrs it just softened the paint on top of artex stated to scrape it of was like chewing gum,the same as paint sripper, make sure you cover up because it sticks like !!! very messey reverted back to old fashioned elbow grease,re- plastered ceiling, job done ,as they say if it sounds to good to be true it usally is .nice colour though if still want to try it… Read Full Review

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Mendy Brendy's Comment

Written on: 30/08/2010

I think you'll find that it says on the tin "to keep from drying out cover in a plastic film".
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Pbp's Comment

Written on: 06/12/2010

Sounds like you also had vinyl silk paint to remove prior to removing what X-Tex is designed to do (actually remove artex!!!)
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<br/>What people tend to forget is that most artex or textured coatied ceilings have been coated many times with various types of emulsion, vinyl silks being the worst as they come off like melted plastic!
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<br/>No job is the same and will vary greatly from home to home. Some will be easy and some will be a real nightmare, but there is nothing that I have found to beat this product. You are obviously scard of hard work and one of these people who expect miracles from products- Trust me there is no magic wand as far as DIY is concerned.

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★★★★★

“It is a bit pricy but excellent product certainly does...”

Written on: 06/04/2010

It is a bit pricy but excellent product certainly does the job of removing Artex from walls. Also very messy you need to cover floor with polythene for easy disposal. Would certainly purchase again… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Ok, I have used two tubs of this stuff recently and...”

Written on: 03/04/2010

Ok, I have used two tubs of this stuff recently and had serious doubt as to whether it would work or not. Well generally it did. The 1st tub I used I didnt employ the best techniques so had to work that little bit harder to srape it off. However the second time I read the reviews online and learnt from my mistakes. So to help you all out I thought i would pass on my advice;

1) If you have gloss paint on the artex forget it it will not work.
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★★★★★

“I have already left one review for eco solutions x-tex...”

Written on: 27/03/2010 by Mendy Brendy (12 reviews written)

I have already left one review for eco solutions x-tex artex remover but having bought more and used it to strip 3 other ceilings I wanted to reinforce my recommendations for this fantastic product.

Our artex pattern was sponge-applied swirls so what I did was knock off the points by pushing the blade of my long arm scraper through them; this also serves to allow the X-tex through the paint coat to soften the artex.

As with previous applications, the X-tex was applied with a large brush and… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I used this to remove Polytex from my bathroon ceiling...”

Written on: 07/03/2010

I used this to remove Polytex from my bathroon ceiling and it worked extremely well. I had tried using a steamer on it but it was no use at all. X-Tex is a blue coloured gel, when I started using it I put it on as I would with paint but later I found that if you dab it on and try to leave a heavy coating it comes off a lot better. If you use this on a ceiling put plenty of cover sheets down and try to cover everything too as this just falls off at times when you're scraping it. A 2.5 litre tub… Read Full Review

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