popcorn ceiling removal

During the 60’s and 70’s popcorn ceilings were very popular, even into the early 80’s people were prone to put up this type of popcorn textured ceiling. As time has gone by homeowners notice one thing about these types of the ceiling, they are tough to clean. Many people are looking for a simple method of removing popcorn ceiling texture.

In the 70’s asbestos was a favorite building material and if your home was built or could have been remodeled in that time frame, you will need to find out if the popcorn material contains any asbestos. To do this, you should carefully moisten about four small areas of your ceiling, these should measure about one-inch square. Gently scrape away the material with a putty knife and place it in a zip lock bag. You will have to call around to find a local laboratory that can test the material for you. If the test results show any traces of asbestos, you will need to call a professional to have it removed or cover the ceiling with a new drywall ceiling instead. It is not advisable to remove this material yourself due to cancer causing properties of asbestos. However, if the tests are clean you are set to proceed.

Popcorn ceiling removal companies repair textured ceilings. Some people are finding a new found appreciation for this textured style. Some experts point to the potential damage of a ceiling as a reason for removal when the fibres are damaged, and asbestos is present, the ceiling can emit dangerous fumes into the home. Some people advise homeowners to seek out removal only if the damage is present. If style preferences coincide with the ceilings, an argument can be made for keeping these fixtures in the home.

When it comes to popcorn texture ceiling removal, you have two options – doing things the hard way or doing things the easy way. Although it is important that this type of job be done correctly, you will find some easy methods for getting this textured material off the ceiling but without causing any damage to the drywall. When finishing the job, you would have a clean surface on which the installation of a new ceiling could be done. One problem that may come up when investigating the removal of a popcorn ceiling is if the ceiling has been painted over. If the paint has been applied to the popcorn ceiling texture, then it will prevent water from being absorbed into the texture (making removal more difficult). Additional items may be used to aid in the removal of the popcorn texture. Usually, a chemical stripper applied to the area will help in the breakdown of the paint barrier.

If you decide to remove the popcorn ceilings yourself, then make sure to wear a respirator or dust mask as well as eye protection. Keeping the section that you are working on damp will aid in reducing the dust created by the removal of the popcorn ceiling.

Here are Steps to Help in Popcorn Textured Ceiling Removal;

  1. Preparation

The first step is to move the furniture from the room if at all possible. If you have some furniture that is just too heavy to remove from the room, purchase heavy duty plastic covers to place over the furniture. Since you will be using water, go ahead and turn off the electricity in the room. Remove any light fixtures from the ceiling. Using several layers of heavy-duty plastic, cover all of your walls. Place the plastic floor sheeting up the walls about a foot and then tape the edge to prevent water from getting under the baseboards.  Some blown-on acoustic ceilings applied before 1980 contain asbestos (the use of asbestos in these ceilings was banned in 1978). Only a certified asbestos removal contractor should remove these ceilings. You can find out if your ceiling contains asbestos by sending a small sample to an accredited testing lab.

  1. Popcorn Texture Removal

Use a garden sprayer and plain water to wet down the ceiling. Work in an area about four to five feet square. It’s better to make several passes and then let the ceiling soak up the water. Be careful not to apply too much water because it can damage the paper surface of the wallboard underneath. Using a joint knife, scrape the moist texture from the ceiling. The water will do most of the work, and the popcorn ceiling should come off easily. If you run into spots that required hard scraping, stop, apply a little more water, wait for it to soak in a bit and then try again.

  1. Time to Prime and Paint

Cover any nail holes or open joints with joint compound. Then, sand the ceiling in preparation for priming and painting. If you happened to cut or gouge the ceiling when you were removing the texture, use some joint compound and your taping knife and skim a thin coat of mixture on the damaged area, allow to dry and lightly sand. Using latex primer, prime the ceiling. Once you are finished applying your primer, apply a coat of latex paint. After your paint has dried, you may need to apply another coat.

  1. Clean-Up

Remove all of the plastic covers from the walls and floors. Start by removing the plastic from the walls first. Once you remove all of the plastic, you will usually have some texture that will find its way onto your floor, but the texture will come up quickly from your carpet or hardwood floor. Keeping your shop-vac close by will come in handy during clean up.

You will also find some excellent tips to help with the removal of popcorn texture on the ceiling that has been painted. Because getting painted popcorn off is usually harder than the material that has not been painted, the techniques used need to be somewhat different. For instance, you could purchase an inexpensive scorer used for the removal of wallpaper but instead, score the painted ceiling. Then with a trowel, the material would come off easier in large chunks. Although removing popcorn texture is a messy job, the benefit of an updated room is worth it. Following these guidelines, you should have a smooth, freshly painted ceilings.

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Author Since: Oct 04, 2018