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Old 06-22-2008, 10:56 PM   #1
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Removing painted popcorn finish

We want to remove the texture off the ceilings. It appears to be painted also.
I tried scrapping it off but that will take forever. I was wondering what other ideas might work.
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:24 AM   #2
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What did you try scraping it with?

If you haven't already, I'd try with one of those Sandvik paint scrapers with the tungsten carbide blade. I find they're sharp enough to scrape real well, but not so sharp as to cut into drywall paper.

Also, by sister removed the texture from her ceiling, but it was presumably softer than yours. She did find, however, that dampening the texture made it easier to scrape off.

Be warned, however. Building contractors don't texture ceilings or use flat paint on walls cuz it's chic or fashionable. They do it because ceiling mounted light fixtures and windows that come within a few inches of a ceiling make it necessary to get that ceiling drywall very smooth or the critical lighting angle of the fixture or window is going to make every imperfection look like a mountain range or the Grand Canyon. When a building contractor wants to avoid any problems which may crop up, the easiest way is to have the ceiling textured instead of painted. That's cuz you can just about hide a dead animal under a coat of texture. You may find some drywall problems or cracked ceiling plaster under there that the texture wuz meant to hide.


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Old 06-23-2008, 04:19 AM   #3
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Generally, once popcorn texture is painted it is very difficult to scrape off. We generally will just "overlay" the ceiling with new 3/8" sheetrock. The amount of labor is essentially, a little less back-breaking, and the result is much nicer and smoother. If you have a vent on the ceiling, or a light, you may have to simply purchase longer face-plate attachment screws.
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Example of overlying with new 3/8" sheetrock:

Poorly textured ceiling (hard texture):

Overlayed with 3/8" sheetrock:

Last: Attic Door overlayed with 1/4" sanded plywood (much easier than trying to scrape this very hard texture off):

When done, door was primer-sealed and all (door and ceiling) was painted flat white ceiling paint. All in all, much, much easier than attempting to scrape it all off.
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:11 PM   #5
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Get a Garden pump sprayer. Wet a 3'x5' section. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Scrape w/ a 6" or 8" taping knife. Repeat if necessary. (because it was previously painted) Then move on to next 3'x5' section.
These pictures are from a popcorn removal job we did. Then we sprayed a Knockdown texture, primed, and painted it.
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