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Old 03-10-2015, 11:26 AM   #1
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Removing stipple ceiling


Looking for help to remove stipple (popcorn) from my kitchen ceiling. My home has an open concept and the ceiling is stippled throughout the house. We are doing a reno of the kitchen and would like to remove the stipple in the kitchen only. Can we remove this without damaging the ceiling in the rest of the house.
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There are dozens and dozens of threads on here about removing popcorn ceilings. Click on the "Search" bar and type in "popcorn ceiling" or "popcorn ceiling removal" and you will get lots of hits with lots of useful info.

You may want to have the popcorn tested for asbestos before proceeding. Popcorn ceilings are notorious for containing asbestos.

The process is messy and involves spraying the ceilings with water (lots of it) You can even use a paint roller to roll water onto the popcorn or use a pump garden sprayer to apply the water. When it gets saturated, you can usually scrape it off with a 6 inch scraper or drywall blade.

There are some ceilings like that which can be scraped off DRY, but it is rare to have a ceiling like that.
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Thanks I'll check out those threads. The house was built in the mid 80's so there's no asbestos.
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Sometimes easier to install 1/4" drywall over the popcorn and finish smooth, a small trim at end where other room starts can be painted in and works pretty good. Have done a few this way and sure beats the mess, but depends on your situation.
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That's an interesting idea, Thank You
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Informational thread, i am new here. But enjoying the threads and other information.
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Also depends if it has been painted or not.
Sometimes if not painted spraying it and scrapeing works great!!!
If painted sometimes you have to scrape entire ceiling with a paint scraper (covers about 2inches at a time), hard on sholders and back, tedious arduous work. Then to put 1/4"drywall over it as suggested is way easier.
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You could also potentially skim coat it smooth with joint compound.
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Skim coating it with joint compound is a lot of work and takes some practice to do and have it look good and be smooth. If you do this I find it easier to use a paint roller and roll on the mud then smooth it with a large drywall trowel or knife.
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