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Old 04-24-2007, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hello, I am thinking about buying my first home, but was turned off by the ceiling. It's not popcorn, but rivals it pretty closely in it's unattractiveness. Could anybody tell me what this stuff is and how to get it off? Thanks in advance!

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It looks like some sort of joint compound. It also looks like it has been painted so removing in will not be easy. You could scrape off the high areas and sand. If it has not been painted you can dampen a small area and then scrape it off. But that will not work if paint has been applied.

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That stuff is B-A-D.....

This type of texture, especially if painted, is basically impossible to remove properly to get a smooth surface. It is not like popcorn texture, which can often be scraped and skim coated smooth.

On these, we usually get a large floor scraper and just get off as much of the high ridges and peaks as possible. Then install new sheetrock over the existing textured ceilings using 2" screws. You would need to locate the joists or strapping before that step, in order to properly attach your sheetrock to. I would suggest going with a 1/2" board, rather than a 3/8" on such a project.
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Ooof, looks like someone took a lightweight compound and a roller w/ a huge nap and just went bizerk. Or loaded up a hopper gun w/ compound and forgot the water...

You could call it a special kind of Faux Finish or you just say someone made a mess of a nice house. Either way, I think Atlantic gave the path. I wouldn't let it deter you from buying the house if you really like it, it doesn't sound like THAT much work. I mean, its a PITA for sure, but the rest of the house is nice and you like it...
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Could I just sand it down, prime it, then paint it? Would it look sort of like a knock-down ceiling?
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Yeah as long as you could get enough of the high spots. There are a lot of options when it comes to texture. I wouldn't let this scare you away from a home unless you really hate it.
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Could I just sand it down, prime it, then paint it? Would it look sort of like a knock-down ceiling?
Give it a try...we'll be waiting here when you come back to tell us about your attempt.

Please try not to use too much profanity when you tell us about your experience.....
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Hi there! I just cant believe you don't like those ceilings you have
Here what I saw on another forum recently http://www.curbly.com/faust/posts/13...ouple-of-hours-

You may find it interesting solution for your own ceilings!

Good luck!
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I personally dont' find the ceiling in the picture ugly either ... unless it's colour is not uniform or have water mark...etc. At least it is not the boring popcon ceiling you see 2 million times in your life time...

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