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Old 12-29-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! Before I begin, does anyone have any tips/suggestions on removing the popcorn texture from a ceiling? Thanks.

Hi! Does anyone have any suggestions/ pitfalls to avoid on how to remove popcorn texture from ceilings? thanks.

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Old 12-29-2010, 09:19 PM   #2
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Tips: It's messy. Keep it wet, and beware (or be aware) of asbestos.

Actually, this is not an uncommon topic here. If you go to the search function here (on the dark bar above) and type in "remove popcorn" you will find most of the threads.

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Hi! Does anyone have any suggestions/ pitfalls to avoid on how to remove popcorn texture from ceilings? thanks.
First of all, how old is the ceiling? Anything older than the late 1970s or so is likely to contain asbestos, which seriously complicates the removal. If you do not know if the popcorn contains asbestos, you need to get it tested.

If it does contain asbestos, you'll need to have it removed professionally, as asbestos is a hazardous material that can remain airborne in your house for years. Your best case solution in that scenario is to leave the popcorn alone and seal it up with a coat of paint.

If the popcorn is asbestos-free, you can remove it with a spray bottle of water and a putty knife. Lightly spray the popcorn with water, and allow it absorb a little moisture, and then carefully scrape it off. Do not apply too much water or scrape too hard to avoid damaging the ceiling wallboard.

Be warned that this is will be a messy, backbreaking job. Once you get the popcorn removed, you'll probably need to mud and sand the ceiling, prime it and then paint it. There's no telling what the ceiling will look like under the popcorn; it's often used to conceal substandard drywall work.

I'm no fan of popcorn ceilings, but unless you *really* feel the need to make it go away, I'd leave it alone.
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Hi, if you are looking to remove popcorn ceilings, i am a professional in orlando and here is a blog on how we do it.

There are detailed instructions just make sure there is no asbestos or lead in the popcorn.

http://howtoremovepopcorn.com

If you need any help remember to ask.

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Thanks! Is there a process whereby you can "cover" the popcorn ceilings with a thinner material / drywall and eliminate he mess of removing it?

Thanks!
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Hi, if you are looking to remove popcorn ceilings, i am a professional in orlando and here is a blog on how we do it.

There are detailed instructions just make sure there is no asbestos or lead in the popcorn.

http://howtoremovepopcorn.com

If you need any help remember to ask.
Check out the video in that link. A lot of times it does really come off that easy. We have also used flat blade shovels before too.
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Thanks! Is there a process whereby you can "cover" the popcorn ceilings with a thinner material / drywall and eliminate he mess of removing it?

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yeah you can do that, but if you want to hang drywall, you have to locate every single truss in the roof to do it. Is it impossible? no. Is it a pain? yes.

If the popcorn isnt painted, you will have an easier time to just remove it. and it is alot more cost effective. Just do a room at a time. If you were to hang drywall, you still have to cover the floors, so that part is already taken care of. if you dont care about getting popcorn on the walls and want to just broom it off, then that makes it much easier. Just ad water and scrape assuming there isnt lead, asbestos or paint.

Thanks again for the nod on the video matt

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