If it has been painted, then the method I use is as follows;
Place plastic on all floors under ceilings to be removed.
Place plastic over walls down to plastic on ceilings.
Using a long handled scraper such as a floor scraper, take the
roughest texture off the ceiling (minimal scraping).
Using a pump sprayer, spray a fine mist onto a section of the
ceiling. Let it set for a few minutes, but not long enough
for it to dry out. I usually keep spraying the area multiple
times. After it has soaked in, scrape the ceiling again and
most of the texture should come off.
Repeat at next area. Do small areas at a time. I usually
have one guy scraping and one guy spraying to cut down on wait
When finished, pull plastic off of walls and onto floor
plastic. Roll up floor plastic and throw it all away.
Repair any gouges or damages to ceiling.
What I do is scrape it down and then I sand it with my Portercable Power
Sander with shopvac using 80 grit then skimcoat twice with jointcompound.
and sand with powersander with 180 grit. Same outcome alot less mess....
There is a product for sale at Lowes that removes the stuff. Spray
on, wait a few minutes, easily scrape off.
It is more than just water and detergent. Blueish bottle, gallon
size, about $10.
Works really well but you should have some ventilation. It's not that
there's a horrible odor - it's barely discernable, but you'll notice a
little something if you stay in the room and don't have the windows
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