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Old 02-11-2011, 04:46 PM   #16
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You'd need to get it close to flat in order to skim (with regular joint compound) without cracking. Mud isn't intended to fill 1/4' to 1/2" voids. A setting type compound (the real Durabond, not lightweight) would probably work. You can find it at a drywall supply. A drywall power sander (Porter Cable is the most common you can rent) is what you need to try if you're going to sand. You'll need plenty of 80 grit pads if it's been painted. And as "Stoner" mentioned, you need to test for lead based paint. It's highly likely in a house of that era.....

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Old 02-11-2011, 04:59 PM   #17
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Why won't filling in with mud work?
OK let's get realistic here. First of all working overhead is fatiguing as hell. Nextly running a flat trowel over all of those bumps and humps will only result in more bumps and humps. Nextly that much joint compound will shrink terribly opening up cracks and more issues to deal with. Subsequent applications will be necessary and even then the surface will never get really flat even if at some point you try to sand it. This process just isn't easily do-able.

Why not wet the damned thing and see if it will scrape and stop waffling for now until we know what you are really up against?

If it has been painted one can still slash the finish with a utility knife then wet the surface. The water WILL soak into the material.
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Why not wet the damned thing and see if it will scrape and stop waffling for now until we know what you are really up against?

If it has been painted one can still slash the finish with a utility knife then wet the surface. The water WILL soak into the material.
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If the texture dates back to the time the house was built, it's likely plaster/vermiculite based, not your average acoustical spray. Water WON'T work unless you get it wet enough to affect the integrity of the plaster underneath.
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If the texture dates back to the time the house was built, it's likely plaster/vermiculite based, not your average acoustical spray. Water WON'T work unless you get it wet enough to affect the integrity of the plaster underneath.
There is an abundance of truth to that comment but I doubt that is the case here. The way it is described by the OP it sounds as if it is a home grown DIY project from years past.

The thing to do is test the theories and see what's there. This speculating isn't resolving anything.
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I don't plan to be in the house more than 5 years so am not worried a ton about cracking.
So captain, if you arent worried about cracking, why are you even worried about the ceiling. 5 years is plenty for me to not deal with this issue if you are moving. Just deal with the ceiling. What you have on your hands is a huge pain in the , and not worth your sweat and injuries.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:47 PM   #22
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Curious what the stalactites are made of. Can you knock them down with a heavy concrete type scraper and then replaster?
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First of all, I'd need to know what material this beautiful "texture" is made of. Is it drywall mud that's creatively glopped on? Or is it the popcorn texture that somebody got carried away with? It makes a difference in how it'll come off.

Here's my most recent experience:

Last winter one of my sons & his wife bought a house in Minneapolis. Built in the late 40s, some genius came along and drenched the ceilings with popcorn texture. And I do mean drenched.

I used a garden sprayer to wet the texture. Moist, but not dripping wet.


I used 6" drywall knife to carefully scrape the stuff off. We had to take off several layers.



It was a royal pain in the butt, and very fatiguing. But in the end we got almost all of it off. The remainder we touch-up sanded, skim-coated, and called it good. It is not perfect, but it's pretty darned close!
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This is from post number 4:

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If it has never been painted (good luck with that) then you could wet it down with a garden sprayer and scrape it off. Lot's of work but do-able.
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Have you ever scraped off ceiling texture made with drywall mud (as I suspect this crap is)? I'd think that'd be very difficult - much more difficult than dealing with the popcorn texture.
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I have and it is. Especially if it has been painted. Same for popcorn, you won't get if off by wetting if it has a coat of paint on it.....
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Have you ever scraped off ceiling texture made with drywall mud...
Any number of times.
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Is there any more constructive help we can offer the OP?

Is there anything we haven't covered?

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I have and it is. Especially if it has been painted. Same for popcorn, you won't get if off by wetting if it has a coat of paint on it.....
I won't say never, I will say, I doubt I would attempt it.

I was helping a couple of others guys once on one that had been painted. We made a little headway hwile we were there, but it was very slow. The main contractor had some rpoblems with his company about this time (went out of business), and we did not get to finish it. I was glad to get away from that one.
The ho did say we did more in a couple of hours than he or someone else had in some sort of t ime.

I have removed some with ...not to much problem, but, for whatever reason, most of it had come off over the years.

I would not attempt one that was still tight to the ceiling and glued on with paint soaked throught it to the substrate. Well, maybe if it was mine, doubt it.
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