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Old 07-07-2015, 02:32 PM   #1
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Any Popcorn Ceiling Experience ?


I'm hoping there are some popcorn ceiling experts on this forum.

I have a smoke stained, dirty popcorn ceiling I want to keep if possible. I do not think it has ever been painted. I am planning on using a roller as I do not have a paint sprayer.

I am kinda afraid of what may be found under the popcorn as my house was built in the 50's, so removing it will be my last option and a can of worms I'm not prepared for.

While dusting it to start the painting process some (just a bit) of the popcorn has flaked off. I used a soft broom with light pressure. Is this normal?

Can the ceiling be painted even though some is flaking off?

Will proper rolling will Zinsser oil base stain blocker then with regular ceiling paint adhere well? Also is there a better product for this than Zinsser? The room is only 12 x 14, so I'm open to buying several cans of spray primer if that would be a good idea???

I will appreciate any comments good or bad, thank you.
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I have successfully painted popcorn ceilings. You have to be careful for the first couple of coats. Each coat, roll in one direction And don't roll over where you already painted. It's really loose and falling off then you must address that fiest
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Now would be a good time to get rid of that pop corn.
Then you would not have to keep dealing with an impossable to clean, dust trap of a ceiling.
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Water is what we use to remove popcorn, so guess what happens when you roll on latex (WATER based paint.) Can it be painted yes but it should be sealed with something like Gardz or Rx35. And maybe rent a sprayer. Keep one thing in mind, at this point removal is pretty simple and cheap. Once painted the removal becomes much harder and more expensive.
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Water is what we use to remove popcorn, so guess what happens when you roll on latex (WATER based paint.) Can it be painted yes but it should be sealed with something like Gardz or Rx35. And maybe rent a sprayer. Keep one thing in mind, at this point removal is pretty simple and cheap. Once painted the removal becomes much harder and more expensive.
agreed, but if you must keep it, I would go the spray can route
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There are some good videos on here an YouTube by a regular contributor on here. Look in the sticky sections of the threads.
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Well I took the popcorn off, it was very easy. I sprayed water, waited, scraped. The popcorn was sprayed directly on the drywall.

Now.........should the drywall be sealed before I use joint compound to make some type of texture for the ceiling?
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No it doesn't need to be sealed. But you may want to repair any gouges left from the removal Depending on what texture you use it may not cover everything. In fact I usually skim coat the ceiling after removal.
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Here it is. SirMixAlot.

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