I want to spray the ceiling of a newly built basement using a
compressor driven texture sprayer. I went to Home Depot to look into
renting the equipment. The clerk there said spraying the stuff is easy
and requires no experience but I am afraid I will mess it up.
How do I go about spraying the stuff? What are the things to look out
for to do a proper job? Should I paint(prime) the ceiling beforehand?
It is straight forward. The only thing you should do is familiarize yourself
with the equipment you are using. Follow the manufacture directions of the
popcorn mix you are going to use to a " T " and be prepared to practice and
adjust the mix and/or the equipment with how fast you walk around the room
to get the result you desire. It is a rather forgiving product as if you are
not getting the results you want, you can always scrap the product off with
a wide joint compound knife before it dries and start over.
As for the ceiling itself, it should be mudded, taped, and finish sanded
before you begin. The texture should go on before primer or paint ( see
popcorn manufactures instructions to be sure). Any boxes you have in the
ceiling for lights, smoke alarms and so forth should be masked off, paying
close attention to screw holes. You should spray right into the drywall
corners, and it is handy to have another person working with you to scrape
the excess popcorn off the vertical walls after you pass by so you can keep
the same steady motions and tempo that ensure a consistent appearance. Wear
proper protection! Old work clothes or disposable tyvek jumpers are a must
as with full goggle eye protection. Spend a couple of bucks more on dust
masks and get the ones that protect against the finest dusts. Above all,
relax and just roll with it.
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I think the drywall needs to be sealed first because the
popcorn stuff will be pretty wet, but as you say, check what
the popcorn manufacture says.
I agree, you will need some practice. Get a piece of
drywall to waste and practice.
If you don't have someone helping you need to tape and cover
the walls with plastic. And be sure to cover the floors and
whatever you leave in the room.
I would buy the machine at Harbor Freight on sale for
$19.99. But you also need a compressor. Rather than a dust
mask you might want to think about a respirator. HF has the
cheap OA for $20.
Popcorn is used by building contractors to cover a ceiling in a hurry on a
budget, and homeowners don't necessarily like it. It is VERY difficult to
repair or paint. If you have any choice at all, go for a smooth ceiling. If
you go with popcorn, DEFINITELY prime the ceiling first or the popcorn will
fall off sooner or later.
I would HIGHLY recommend not using this for the ceiling. It's not very
attractive. I purchased a home where all of the ceilings are "popcorn." We
can't repaint without significant expense (mostly labor) and mess. It also
"sheds" a little over time.
Don't do it. If you've never done it, spend your time and just tape/mud
your ceiling and apply an "orange peel" or "knock down" type texture.
Everyone will be happy in the long run.
I have to agree a heavy knock down texture is the way to go.
But you are wrong about the painting. I just painted all of
my popcorn ceilings this past year. I tried rolling it and
found that was near useless, so I decided to spray. Not
much trouble to prepare as I was doing the wall also, but
just tapped and stapled plastic to the walls and laid
plastic on everything. Then I sprayed away, generally using
about 1-1/2 gallons per room. People who had rolled the
ceilings always painted them at least twice and used and
incredible 3-5 gallons for the same size room. Glad I
decided to go with a paint sprayer.
Please reconsider popcorning the ceiling. It's a ghastly ugly finish.
Only lazy drywallers use this crap, IMHO. Low rent. I'd lower my offer
on a house with that junk on the walls.
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Unless you have one helluva messy drywall job already, do
not texture with the "stuff" you
Why would you want to do this? What's so wrong with your
new ceiling that you would consider ruining it with
"popcorn" or whatever?
stuff is easy
I might have quarreled with the guy, except that it really
takes no experience to mess up a job with a popcorn ceiling.
to look out
Avoiding starting is the one positive thing to consider.
Alternatives are, of course, to be looked at. Complaining
about the drywall taping and floating job might be a
prerequisit to starting at all, if it is so bad you're
Frankly (and seriously), you might better consider painting
the ceiling. (Notice the period at the end of that
sentence.) Or, you might veneer plaster the ceiling. That
is something worth trying. You can learn as you go, and you
can go over work that you aren't happy with.
(I like my popcorn in my chair on the floor or in the bed .
. . not on my ceiling.)
Popcorn is heavy enough to fall from the ceiling eventually. Don't use
it in bathrooms or other room that will experience hugh levels of
moisture since this can accelerate the process. Popcorn is a ceiling
texture applied to cover up the mistakes done during a poor drywall
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