Hi - we're on the verge of buying a house that has what I assume to be
popcorn treatment on the walls and ceilings. We're interested in
removing it, but apprehensive about the cost if it is found to contain
asbestos. We have no idea when the work was done - the current owner
said it was there when he moved in. Some of the walls have glitter
mixed in. My question - is glitter a relatively recent addition to
this particular treatment? And if you've removed popcorn that
contained asbestos, was it staggeringly costly?
The ceiling popcorn can EASILY be removed with water sprayer and a wallboard
blade. I did about 10 x 12 room in 2 hours. The remaining ceiling is left
pretty much intact, only needing to be finished/touched-up.
You can easily remove the stuff yourself. Do a search on Google Groups for
this and you will find many threads about it. Dampen it, scrap it, sponge
it. Easily done.
Asbestos has not been used since 1978.
Actually, the popcorn PAINTING will not really affect the removal
process. The coverage is not very good. The ceiling I removed had been
painted no less than THREE TIMES and still came off with ease...
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I paid $1200 about 12 years ago to have asbestos laced popcorn
ceiling removed from 2 rooms. It then cost me $600 to have the
origional plaster properly repaired.
Take a small chip from the ceiling and have it tested.
Your "assumption" means that you really don't know. There are all
kinds of textures from fairly smooth to fairly rough. Popcorn is
extremely rough and even if painted with a coat or two of paint will
compress--it is soft. If it won't compress when pressed on with the
finger, it likely isn't popcorn but a texture that uses texturing
mud. Popcorn on walls may be common somewhere but I think popcorn
texture on walls would be highly unusual because of its softness.
Glitter is not new, it has been used on popcorn (and other) ceilings
I can't address costs of removal, but you can "encapsulate," one of
the standard treatments, by painting it. If you paint it, you should
spray it as any other method will require huge amounts of paint.
Again, I can't imagine popcorn on a wall, but anything is possible.
You will want to remove it from walls, whether or not it contains
asbestos as it not durable and will rub off. There is a clue if it
still looks good on walls after many years, it isn't popcorn texture.
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