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dcd22 07-30-2007 08:21 AM

Successful Mission Removing Popcorn
I dove in this weekend after HATING the ceiling's in my house for 6+ year's. In 3hr's, I stripped ALL the popcorn off the ceiling in my kitchen (325sq ft).

First I knocked it all down by running a 14" tap knife over it. Then, I saturated it with plain old water in a spray bottel, waited about 1 min and stripped it all of with the 14" knife. Did it section by section and finished in about 3Hr's.

Now I am going to just give it a sanding, prime it with 2 coat's and paint. I am very happy with the result's and can not beleive how easy it was.

MAKE SURE you enclose the space you are doing with plastic floor to wall. it does make a HUGE mess.

StevePM 07-30-2007 10:55 AM

Excellent! :thumbsup: What a job, eh? And the mess......:eek:

Are you going to re-texture it or leave it smooth?

dcd22 07-30-2007 11:05 AM

I think what I am going to do is sand it as best I can (going for smooth). From there, put a coat of primer on it and see.

I am ok if it has a little texture, just not sure if I am going to add any to the paint to make it textured.

Does that make sense??

StevePM 07-30-2007 04:35 PM

Sounds good! You should be able to get a smooth surface with sanding and spackling.

Enjoy the new look!

Da Vinci 07-31-2007 10:34 PM

Good job! I would recommend just one quick skim coat of mud before priming/painting - it will make the job look twice as good when done.

Good luck!
Bay Area Painting Company

jogr 08-06-2007 11:13 AM

And you made sure it didn't contain asbestos before you dusted your kitchen with it - right?

dcd22 08-06-2007 03:14 PM

I did not have it tested BUT it was done in 1987 and beleive to have read earlier in my research that since it was '87, I would be ok.

I hope I was right!

dcd22 08-06-2007 03:17 PM

Da VInci - Would you do a skim coat then sand/prime/paint or just skim and prime/paint?

I am hesitant on doing this as I am not that good at any mudding.

How do you suggect going about this?

jogr 08-06-2007 03:57 PM

I don't remember the date either but seems like it was before 1987. I just threw that out there to remind anyone else thinking about doing this to check into the possibility before they do it.

slickshift 08-06-2007 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by dcd22 (Post 56407)
Would you do a skim coat then sand/prime/paint or just skim and prime/paint?

It may or may not need a skim coat
Usually under popcorn we find a level of taping/joint-compounding that is not suitable for painting (level two or three drywall finish)
If it's a "level 4" or higher you might not need it
Only you can tell us if it's smooth enough to paint w/o a skim coat
Remember, paint colors, it doesn't fill

If needed, the best way is to prime (or seal depending), skim, sand, dust, prime

Da Vinci 08-06-2007 09:33 PM


Originally Posted by dcd22 (Post 56407)
Da VInci - Would you do a skim coat then sand/prime/paint or just skim and prime/paint?

I am hesitant on doing this as I am not that good at any mudding.

How do you suggect going about this?

I realize you can get by without skimming, but difference is night and day from my perspective because you inevitably have gouges/scrapes from removing popcorn. It's not difficult to do, given you were adventurous enough to remove the stuff in the first place.

Buy a container of topping mud (not the joint compound which is thicker) and put some in a cheap mud pan (plastic is fine). I always mix a little water in the topping mud for a skim coat- a lot of moisture is absorbed quickly by the raw sheetrock.
Use a taping knife (again - cheap one from Home Depot will work) about 10" or 12" is best for me, but you can use a little smaller- just takes more time.

Put mud on end of knife (cover whole blade-end to end with about a 1"thick line of mud). Hold blade at a shallow angle to ceiling (in other words- keep handle of blade close to sheetrock instead of way out), and FIRMLY spread the mud on the surface. You don't want a thick coat- it's almost transparent when you put it on this thin, but it will fill up scratches and bad spots. DOn't leave a lot of ridges from mud coming off blade ends- just scrape them off too. Cover the ceiling in this manner- let dry and very lightly sand with 120 or 180 paper. Trust me, you'll be glad you took an hour or two and did this before painting.

Good Luck!
Bay Area Painting Company

dainova 04-16-2008 06:18 PM

Da Vinci,
what is skim coat ?
I'm about to DIY my 2 broom, so collecting all good info


Pro Color 04-17-2008 04:57 AM

Some great advice here.....Remember there is always the option of applying a "heavy" texture in place of the popcorn, this will hide all. To me it just adds ZEST, however it may not match as well with the rest of the house?

One more thing quality paint can and does fill small voids and scratches, very well I might add. If your skilled with a thick nap you can make old beat up walls/ceilings look new with a little practice. Within reason of course. If your going for the "smooth" look >>>skim coat it~

P.S.-An alcohol based primer has worked wonders for us instead of a latex or oil based. That's what I prefer.

Pro Color Painting

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