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Old 08-26-2011, 04:13 PM   #16
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Using Water to Remove Popcorn

I know where you're coming from removing nasty popcorn ceiling. I did four bedrooms with walk-in closets as well as a long hallway. It was messy and time consuming, but really worth it in the end.

I'll just tell you how I did mine. First I got a garden pump sprayer and filled it with hot water. Then I soaked the ceiling in patches, waited about 5-10 minutes then came back and sprayed again. Then I took a 12 inch drywall taping tool and just scraped it off into a metal trash can lid. Most of it just fell off like wet slop...that is until I got to the closets.

In the closets, it had been painted over a quite a few times. I followed the same procedure, only I was usually just able to scrape off the top surface, but with enough soaking, I was able to get underneath the paint layer and it would come off pretty clean.

I think the wet method is the best approach. I tried doing it dry and it was just too messy, and then you have the hassle of putting a skim coat on the whole ceiling and sanding.

When I was done, it was down to the bare drywall and all you could see was the finished joints. It took overnight to dry, but I didn't notice any damage and I only needed minor finishing work before paint. I did hire a drywall contractor to put a light knock-down texture on the ceiling.


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Old 08-26-2011, 09:34 PM   #17
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I'm wondering how far you have gotten in the last few days? BPC has it right....even if you have paint over the top of the popcorn it will still come down by wetting it repeatedly. Garden sprayer, wet, wait, wet, wait, wet, wait......then scrape . putting mudd on your ceilings may be very labor intensive.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:17 PM   #18
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back from the dead. i had recently gotten a referral from a friend to look at a popcorn ceiling. the house was 2000+ sq/ft of semi - gloss painted popcorn. told the homeowner it may cost up to $4k just to remove it. my friend questions me and says, "wasn't that a little high" . i told him know. i would probably be in that house for a week, with help. painted popcorn that is semi gloss is very hard to remove. with that said. it doesnt matter what bucket of mud you use. its not that hard to sand down the green lid. yes ad water. honestly call in a pro. spend the extra money and make your home look good. ive always said amateurs should never finish. especially in their own home. although this is diy. i still believe they shouldnt do it. CALL A PRO. best advice i can give.


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