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Old 05-08-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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Painting a "popcorn" celing

I plan to paint my popcorn ceiling in a bedroom. I've painted only flat ceilings before. What is the way to go? Should I use a roller? If so, what
thickness? What material? Or, should I use a brush? The paint is Benjamin
Moore ceiling white, but I can use something else if there's a better choice. Thanks,


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Old 05-08-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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Popcorn can be tricky. If its been painted before its not much different than painting any textured ceiling. But if its never been painted, and they usually are not at construction, the popcorns come off to an extent when you brush and roll it. Spraying is best, but most of the time they can be rolled ok.
I try to take as few roller strikes as I can to spread the paint. The more you roll around on it the more of it comes off. Dip your roller often, plan on using a lot of paint.


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Buy lots of paint. Popcorn soaks it up like nobody's business.
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This might be a good time to remove said popcorn ceiling.....once you paint it....removing it is going to be a b!tch.....
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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What About Roller Type and Thickness?

I appreciate the advice. I had an idea that the popcorn would be a problem. Would a certain type of roller and a certain thickness improve
my chances of getting it done with less damage to the popcorn?
Spraying would be best, as you said, but frankly, I lack the skill to do it.
Thanks for the advice and warnings about the popcorn.
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Read the many post and threads about popcorn ceilings on this site.

About 1-2 percent of them involved the use of decent material. Most involved the use of the cheapest ceiling paint mixed with polystyrene or other such pellets and maybe some sort of paste. The slurry was sprayed over non-primed and most often not even taped and mudded ceiling surfaces. Builders liked the process because they could skimp on ceiling drywall and finishing.

As mentioned, your safest bet is to paint the ceilings with a sprayer which means you have to mask off everything and rent a sprayer.

If you use a roller make sure you use one with a heavy enough nap to deal with the texture and know that if chunks of the ceiling do not come of on your roller cover with the first pass? They most likely will if you go back over your work.

You would be surprised at how fast most come down. Wet them, get a nice drywall blade underneath and be done with the horrid stuff. It is a messy job that is no fun but well worth the effort.

Now then, there were some true accoustical popcorn ceilings that were applied correctly. It is unlikely, but if yours is one of them and old, you may have an asbestos issue.


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