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Old 08-30-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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OK, so here's probably the umpteenth question about popcorn, but my question really isn't how to paint over it.

It's whether or not it's better to paint or remove in the interest of resale value.

I realize that paint effectively encapsulates it. But the thing is, it's still visible after it's painted, so when I go to sell the place it may come up during the inspection. (I'm not too keen on some greedy punk first-time-home-buyer asking for a 4-figure credit for abatement.)

Is this a realistic fear, or should I just say to with it, and paint over it?

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Old 08-30-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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I prefer a ceiling without it
Some people may be fearful that it may contain asbestos
They will either pass over the house...or use it as a bargaining chip
Then there are people who have no clue it may contain asbestos
Never came up in our Home Inspection/testing

Testing is a 2 edged sword
If its comes back negative...great
But if it comes back positive then on resale you need to disclose that
My last house had textured ceiling, not popcorn
This house has (had) some popcorn celiings, most I have "knocked down"
Not fully removed, just the big stuff scraped off

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Thanks. I'm personally not all that concerned about asbestos because I don't smoke and am not regularly exposed to it. I guess I knew that it's obviously better to remove it, and I've heard of DIY abatements using the wet method. I'm up to the task, but don't necessarily have the time. If anyone has any suggestions for a quick and easy (and safe) DIY popcorn removal, I'm all ears.
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I used a ~8" mudding blade & a small trash can
Trash can pushed up against the ceiling as I pushed the blade along
Only 1 spot for the stuff to go
I used drop clothes over everything...no-one else was home
There really wasn't much that missed the can
I did 3 ceilings in 1 day, cleaned & painted
Still 2 more ceilings to do

Left a knockdown texture...close-up
Its actually whiter then the pic shows

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Left a knockdown texture...close-up
Its actually whiter then the pic shows
Nicely done.
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