You really don't want a popcorn ceiling.
If you SERIOUSLY want one, you'd be serious enough to pull the furniture out
of the room and drop a tarp, etc. and spray.
I hate the popcorn in my home and dread the day I start taking it down.
No, it is not a texture applied, it is a gunk that is sprayed on. Horrid
In some older homes it may contain small amounts of asbestos. In newer
(1978 or newer) it does not. I tried painting it, hated it, and then took
it all down, one room at a time. Kind of messy, but once done we have nice
flat white ceilings that look much cleaner.
Whenever I see a topic re popcorn ceilings I want to gag. In 1997 my son
and his wife-to-be bought a 40-year-old split level home in the Philly
'burbs. My DIL, having grown up in a section of Philly where popcorn
ceilings are the standard, actually paid someone to have that crap sprayed
in all three bedrooms. Fortunately, my son put his foot down when she
wanted to do the whole house. At least she didn't have the sparkles sprayed
on with the popcorn gunk like her mother's house! <G>
My experience, one time --
Original white popcorn got dirty from failed furnace. Moved furniture, laid
plastic to protect carpet, used long piled roller and cheapest white latex I
could find. The stuff soaks it up and coverage is very poor so be prepared
to buy more when you are able to determine the coverage rate.
Little nibs of the popcorn keep falling off and it gets messy below -- wear
glasses and cap. Also, watch your shoes or you'll track paint drips into
uncovered floor areas. Have damp rag handy to wipe splatters from walls
when you're painting near them.
If you're into covering a dark ceiling with a light color, this cheap paint
trick may not work as well and some kind of sealant may be required. That's
outside my experience.
For what it's worth, the popcorn in my house (built 1963) seemed to be made
from wheat(?) flour and filler, very absorbent.
There are 'deep nap' rollers made especially for painting very rough
surfaces. However, my experience is that most (unpainted) popcorn ceilings
will degrade quickly when they are wet - the popcorn sticks to the roller
making quite a mess.
I used a Wagner airless sprayer to do mine (two coats at 90 degree angles to
each other) and it turned out great. Frankly, I'd spray it again in lieu of
rolling, even though rolling is probably very practical with the previous
layer of paint on it.
I would cover the place with plastic and scrape it all off, refinsh with
whatever matches the walls and paint. Those old acoustic/popcorn ceilings
are useless....but if you really want it....spray it...that way you won't
knock off the "popcorn".........best of luck in your project....Ross
There are special rollers for this. And if you miss a spot do not go
backwards. Let it dry and then touch up. Repeating an area may remove the
popcorn if still wet. Also some popcorn is so poor that it is unpaintable
so start in a closet so you can give up if necessary without ruining the
This stuff is on the ceilings in all rooms. I believe the house was built
in the 70's and is located in Pembroke Pines, Florida near Fort Lauderdale.
The pop corn stuff is real heavy thick stuff and it doesn't appear to be
lose or flaky. Some of the homes up North look like they have bits of styro
foam in it that comes off easy. These ceilings aren't like that.
Thanks again for your help.
If the popcorn is that rugged, you could get away with a thick, soft
You'll probably end up with a "stucco-like" ceiling afterwards...
Hrm... Paint it black and then hit it with white using a really hard roller
and you'll have a night sky.
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