yea you can do it....no problem.....see the links suggested. My
suggestion....as it is a major mess.....is if you can afford it, have
someone do it and replaster the ceiling for you too...thats a mess too.
When I first moved into my house, I noticed that the ceiling texture was
extremely messed up. You could see high-contrast lines where they restarted
several times. I cleaned it up with regular sandpaper. However, when I
tried to respackle it, I did even worse and had to hire a carpenter to redo
the whole thing. It was a mess. Spackling looks easy, but it takes
experience to do it right.
I did do one room, though, with a sponge instead of a spackler. It didn't
look like the other rooms, but it looked good enough to keep.
I don't think you'll be able to get a smooth surface if you scrape off the
popcorn and you might damage the drywall. It might be easier to pull it
down and put up new drywall. It's a very messy job though. The other
alternative it to install a new ceiling on top of the popcorn. I've never
done this so this may be a challenge too. A drop ceiling is another option
but they are ugly.
Your message is stated in your first three words. Apparently you have never
done this, or you would know that when the popcorn gets wet, it falls off
like cottage cheese. If you use a scraper that is too sharp, let the water
soak in too long, or press too hard, you can damage the drywall. Probably
just skin off some of the paper. It would take a gorilla or a buff genXer
to gouge out anything that couldn't be simply repaired with some mud and
Even after cleaning, sanding and fixing is a given.
Pull down the ceiling and install new rather than just scrape it? Put a NEW
ceiling over the popcorn? Put a drop ceiling?
Why not just build another house? It would make about as much sense.
Like I said I've never scraped popcorn off a ceiling so maybe it's plausible
to do so. I'm sure it' not a breeze though. I've seen it blown on and it's
basically spackle and once it's painted it becomes sealed so I can't imagine
that it come off like cottage cheese. Try a small section and let us
You stepped in it now Houseslave Hehehe. Everything you mentioned
will be MUCH more work than repairing existing ceiling, plus rehanging
a ceiling dosn't hang as nice as when you have edges supported by
drywall on walls. We'll no reason to rake you over the coals any
more. But for the future, it's ok to not know something and listen to
those that do.
By the way, a lot of time popcorn and other texture ceilings were
applied to ceilings that were never completely finished. If you like
the look you can always re-apply the textured ceiling and you can rent
all the supplies for about 60-100 a day plus $7-$10 a bag for the
You can also reapply popcorn to try and even out the texture on some
jobs. But as mentioned, it gets weak when wet and doesn't hold as
well as when it's all blown on at the same time. Take it down and
re-apply is what I'd do. Cover the floor and walls (so you don't have
to wash them if some of the mess gets on them)with plastic. I'd blow
the new stuff on while everything is still covered as a good bit of it
doesn't adhere to the ceiling and ends up everywhere. If you use the
thin plastic it's easy to hang on the walls but make sure it doesn't
blow off during the job or you've got some mess. Good luck. It's
very easy and if you don't want to do the job your locdal paint
contractor should be able to easily handle it.
There was a show on TV today that showed a rather easy way to do it.
1. Lay down plastic film all over the room.
2. Put painters tape on the walls about 1/4 inch from the ceiling.
3. Use water in a garden sprayer to wet the ceiling. DO NOT soak it. Just
spray enough to wet the popcorn through.
4. Get a wide taping knife and file or grind the sharp corners so they
can't dig in. Use the knife to remove the popcorn.
5. Retape and spackle all areas needing repair.
My popcorn ceilings had so much paint on them the water/sprayer
wouldn't penetrate and do a whole lot. I did the whole deal dry
scrape. Long handled floor scraper. Great results... Scraped it,
loaded up the hopper and retextured with drywall mud to match the
walls and paint...
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