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Popcorn Ceiling Removal in 5 Steps!

We get asked about “Popcorn” ceiling removal a lot! So, we put together a quick tutorial for ya’all to better understand the process and address a couple other common questions such as how much is it and is it worth it?

What I can tell you for sure about popcorn ceilings is that it can be costly, and each project is unique. Most of the cost is in the labor hours spent to remove the popcorn. If it is already crumbling off of the ceiling, than it will be easier to remove and less costly but if the popcorn has been painted or it is much harder to remove, scraping it away really adds on those labor dollars.

Is it worth it? I would say that if you plan to be in your home for another 5+ years and were thinking of painting your ceilings anyway … than YES! It is worth it. Do not spend the money to paint it, because popcorn ceilings simply are not coming back in style, ever. And if you plan to live there a while, you can always do it in more budget friendly phases.

Popcorn Ceiling Removal Process:

Step 1: We will first prepare the room

After the room is cleared of furniture, we use plastic drop sheets to over the floor, walls, vents and light fixtures. The plastic sheets are preferable to canvas covers as water will soak through the canvass and may damage your floors.

Step 2: Spray the ceiling

Next up, we will “mist” the ceiling with water and dishwasher liquid evenly across the entire area. We will then give the mixture 10 or 15 minutes to dry and ensure the popcorn ceiling has softened the ceiling substance to the point where it can be easily scraped off. Note that if the ceiling is painted it we may have to "dry scrape" the ceiling, which is a more complex and time-consuming process.

Step 3: Start scraping

We use a wide blade scraping tool, to cover more ground - and carefully scrape the popcorn substance off the ceiling. We do try to scrape it softly enough, so we don't damage any drywall, but firmly enough to scrape the substance away. If the popcorn substance does not come off easily, we repeat the process.

Step 4: Hammer nail pops, spackle and sand

Once all the texture is removed, we hammer in any protruding nails, and smooth out any rough spots with spackle and sand the are as smooth as needed.

Step 5: Paint it smooth or apply Knock Down texture

If you prefer a smooth ceiling, we will simply prime and paint same as you would with vertical walls. If a knockdown texture is desired, we prime it, shoot texture back up there and with a wide trowel we smooth out the texture and lastly paint it.

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popcorn removal

popcorn removal