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Old 01-23-2019, 09:58 PM   #16
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In a residential situation no one would have been using asbestos in the popcorn. Asbestos pops up in old schools and the like for fire protection.



I used a 2 gallon garden sprayer and wet down a 3x3 section of the popcorn and then took a special scraper (long handle taping knife used for mud on drywall) to knock it down into a plastic garbage bag. It went very quickly and was a dust free process.



One caveat - popcorn was usually done as a way to cover the seams of drywall on ceilings where an unskilled person did the mudding. I had to fix some of the seams on my ceilings after removing the popcorn with the application of joint compound which I then sanded.
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Old 01-24-2019, 05:20 AM   #17
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In a residential situation no one would have been using asbestos in the popcorn. Asbestos pops up in old schools and the like for fire protection.

Not true! While asbestos popcorn was often specified for commercial work it wasn't uncommon for it to be used in residential too especially if the same company was doing both types of work. As an employee I've sprayed asbestos on residential ceilings back in the early 70s.
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I've heard from multiple sources (on the internet so take that with a grain of salt) that once a popcorn ceiling has been painted it's nigh impossible to scrape it off without damaging the drywall underneath.

I am pondering doing some hands-on testing of this when I gut and soundproof my studio (hopefully this spring/summer.)
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Painted popcorn is a lot harder to remove. Popcorn is water soluble but if the water can't reach it ..... on painted popcorn I'll scrape if first, that exposes a portion of the bare popcorn. You can then mist the ceiling with water and the scraped off tips will soak up the water aiding in scraping off the rest of the texture.
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