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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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.
2) Make sure you score the textured finish before... (read more)
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... (read more)
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... (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2009
Thanks for all the recommendations on th is site. I used this product X-Tex whihc I found to be a life saver.
I bought it from Toolstation, and removed all the artex from my front room, which has over the years driven me mad as it scagged the kids clothes and looked awful.
I agree it is a little messey, but what isnt? when your removing stuff. I scored the top painted surface with a stanley knife, covered it with X-Tex and then covered the walls with plastic film.
Next morning I pulled... (read more)
Written on: 02/11/2009
I would highly recommend x tex I'm not a great diyer but this was so easy to use. After having a pretty high quote by a professional to remove artex, I heard about x tex online and thought I'd give it a go. It is so simple and easy to use. I didn't need to leave it on overnight only for an hour. With regards to the mess, yes its a bit sticky but no problem when using with newspaper or work sheets. I didn't purchase any special scraper just used what I had laying about and it did the job. (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2009
I'm used to paint stripper being nasty dangerous stuff but not X-tex. I spilt it on the floor and on my hands but no ill effects on either. And no nasty fumes. The testured paint was completely stabilised so no asbestos flakes either. Only down side was a sticky mess where the artex had been covered with a layer of acrylic paint. (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2009
Our Artex was deeply swirled and had several coats of paint over it.
You need to break the surface of the paint with coarse sanding. It may then take two to three coats ofEco Solutions X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover to get back to bare plaster. You need pallet grade stretch wrap (from Staples), a long handled 4" scraper (Hamilton or similar) from Screwfix or B&Q, for two handed scraping and a paste brush. Apply, cover with film and leave at least 4 hours, or overnight. Scrape off, and... (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2009
We used Eco Solutions X-Tex coatings remover on our living room which was covered floor to ceiling in nasty swirling artex.
We bought a 15 litre tub and as it was painted over with emulsion we covered it with plastic film and left overnight (as instructed by the very helpful lady on the technical helpline)
We used a long handled blade scraper and it came off with ease. We did have to re-apply in a few places where the product had either dried out, or where we had not applied it thickly... (read more)
Written on: 04/07/2009
Eco Solutions X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover was poor, I tried numerous coats on a small area it hardly took the surface of. Very expensive for a poor product (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2009 by mattsvs (1 review written)
Due to the expense of Eco Solutions X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover I only bought it after careful consideration, and after having read the excellent reviews on this web site. Unfortunately it just didn't do what it was supposed to do.
Our lounge ceiling has a deep artex grooved fan pattern, and is about 3.5X7 metres. I suspect it's also been painted over several times as well.
Due to the large area I bought the large 25L tub for about £95.
I pasted the entire ceiling carefully and... (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2009 by mrbailey (1 review written)
Brilliant - I used Eco Solutions X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover on the Artex on my bathroom along with a Harris large scraper and the whole lot just 'sliced' off. I did try it with other scrapers and found it a lot harder but the blade (like a huge stanley knife blade) made it incredibly easy. I bought a second tub to finish off a bit that was left and to use on other non Artex stuff. I put it on hinges that were paint clocked left over night and next day wipped with a cloth and it had... (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2009 by sadkowski
There must be different grades of Artex as i used a complete large tub to remove artex from a ceiling 4.2 x 3.8 M. On time i would say 4 x 12 hour days. (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2009
I have an awful lot of thick rough-patterned Artex which I have been fighting shy of removing for years. Used Eco Solutions X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover on a small alcove as a starter. Easy application, pleasant smell. Even left overnight, it was not very soft. Needed a second coat.
This is going to be a long expensive process! There really is no short cut to removing this horrible stuff! To think we paid a lot of money to have it applied in the 80's!
May try a steamer or boiling water,... (read more)
Written on: 28/02/2009 by Mendy Brendy (12 reviews written)
I stumbled upon this product after searching for tips on how to plaster over our horrible artex. I then came across this website and was encouraged by the good reviews so bought it online at Toolstation.com for just £22.64 with free delivery.
I ordered it on Thursday and it arrived by courier today (Friday), then got straight to work.
A 2.5 litre tub of Eco Solutions X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover was more than enough to cover a 2.5m x 3m ceiling and having read a few of the reviews... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2009 by franny02 (1 review written)
Softened the paint & the artex in one overnight process
No skin burns
Easy to apply Used this product and bought it on mail order on the net...cleared 3 rooms of this horrible artex. painted it on and covered it with cling film and left it overnight. it loosened the paint over the top and then re-applyed to take off the artex underneath.
it was messy, but what isnt? (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2008
I have tried lots of different methods and Eco Solutions is by far the best. Yes, it makes a mess but put plastics sheeting down & throw it all away when finished. If there are lots of layers of paint on the artex you may need to apply a second coat to some areas but the longer you leave the x tex, the easier artex comes off. I used a long handled sharp blade scraper - excellent (read more)
Written on: 17/07/2008 by helent40 (1 review written)
We had Artex on our chimney breast and alcoves. We thought we would never get it off! This Eco Solutions X-Tex product is amazing we painted it on and leave it over night the next morning we used scrapers with blades in and it just peeled off! Fantastic! (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2007 by littlenick65 (1 review written)
I bought the Eco Solutions X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover to remove the Artex from a bedroom ceiling (approximately 2.4m x 2.1m. A little too small an area to get the plasterer in to skim, as I had done before. The Artex was not thick, but quite thin. I bought a tub of 2.5 litres, costing approximately £26 with p&p. It was applied in a temperature not exceeding 19C. After reading the instructions I brushed the gel on to the Artexed ceiling thickly, and waited for about an hour before... (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2007 by pappilon (1 review written)
I would recommend Eco Solutions X-Tex Textured Coatings Remover to all my friends. (read more)
Written on: 05/03/2007 by freyasutherland (1 review written)
A really great product, excellent value for money. We painted it on our hallway, and then left it covered in pallet wrap (giant cling-film) overnight. Early next morning, the artex scraped off with ease, taking us back to the original plaster. (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2007 by june1098 (1 review written)
Have tried 4 coats and it still will not scrape artex off. Bought a heavy duty scraper and even scored the walls and still only comes of in little bits and is very hard going. We bought the big container at £100. Any ideas what to do next? (read more)
Written on: 28/02/2006 by Pbp (2 reviews written)
I recently purchased a product called X-Tex to remove my awful artex on the walls of my house. I found this product online and am amazed it is not in the big diy stores. I brushed it on and left it over night. The next day came in and scraped it all off with ease. It says that it keeps the artex wet or damp at all times in case it contains asbestos (pre 1985). (read more)
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