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Old 10-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #16
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To save yourself some money do the above steps, clean up real good and then call the pro. when he comes in and see's the room is all ready for spray, he knows exactly what the labor will be and you have a better idea of what it will take as far as his time. I would charge you $200 for the entire procedure and would want a minimum fee just for spraying @ 125.00. If he tries to charge you more than $200 just to spray, you're being ripped off.

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There ya have it, a pro knows.
Have you painted the patch and a few feet around it? You mite could live with it.
A couple of hints from my non-pro experiences, wear eye protection, just the cheaper scuba mask looking type. And a hat or even shower cap. ( Do paint stores still give away free paper hats?)
"(shorter the handle the better)" Keep blade at shallow angle, as parallel to ceiling as you can, no long pole extension, so you'll be on ladder.
You may have some rectangular plastic tub type thing around house to use instead of authentic mud pan. i used a deep trough paint roller tray. It extended my reach a bit.
I've only removed pop-corn and mud based textures,not actual plaster texture. I used 4" metal knife and 12' plastic, I'd guess the plastic just doesn't have oomph and durability for plaster. Soap never bothered my eyes, maybe I got tough eyes.( baby shampoo?)

Work a small area at a time, just what you can reach safely from ladder, wet next area, let soak while you're scraping first one. Quart size trigger spray bottle with adjustable nozzle on ladder with you to get any small areas that need extra squirt, or where 1st spray didn't penetrate all the way.

No rule says ceilings gotta match in all rooms, any more than floors or walls.. That's up to you.
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To save yourself some money do the above steps, clean up real good and then call the pro. when he comes in and see's the room is all ready for spray, he knows exactly what the labor will be and you have a better idea of what it will take as far as his time. I would charge you $200 for the entire procedure and would want a minimum fee just for spraying @ 125.00. If he tries to charge you more than $200 just to spray, you're being ripped off.

I agree completely with this... I try and base my prices when i sprayed, on travel time, and how long i would be there. 150-200 is fair depending on your area.. it could still be popcorn but it just is to thick, unless you just so happen to find a spot that had a thick coat of mud in that stuff. I think you should call a professional, to get an estimate for taking off the whole ceiling, and then just the repair... It can give you a better idea of what is really there, because we can only go by a picture... to me it looks like a real fine popcorn with a coat of orange peel since its brittle. it may even be primed. but to others, it is a stucco concoction... ask a friend for a qualified referral that has had a repair of drywall done. this will ensure you are getting quality if they were satisfied. The popcorn spray is tricky with that can btw. I hate them..
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Thanks for all the feedback, especially drywallfinisher's very detailed step by step. I'll report back with any updates.

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