Remove Ugly Popcorn Texture From Your Ceiling With Water

Remove Ugly Popcorn Texture From Your Ceiling With Water

Popcorn ceilings are ugly and drab, but they’re ubiquitous in homes built from the ’50s through the ’80s. Here is a simple solution to remove this unwanted featured.

Popcorn ceiling is a spray-on ceiling treatment that can hide ceiling imperfections and also provide noise reduction. It fell out of favour in the ’80s after asbestos was banned, and it’s now considered almost universally repulsive.

Removing popcorn ceiling texture is a simple process, but you must first have your ceiling texture tested for asbestos. After you’ve determined it’s safe to remove the texture, you can start the removal by spraying the ceiling with plain water using a spray bottle. Allow the ceiling to soak a few minutes then use a paint scraper to remove the popcorn texture. Catch the old texture in plastic tray and dispose it.

Wear safety goggles to prevent fragments from falling into your eyes and a breathing mask is also helpful as fine particles can linger in the air.

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  • “ASBESTOS” being the key word in this article.

    As the article states, these coatings fell out of favour as asbestos was banned. What the article does not state is that they contain asbestos.

    Unless you have had the coating tested and cleared this is an extraordinarily unsafe idea!

  • And- once it is removed you are going to be left with all those “hidden ceiling imperfections” which are going to need attention.

    Solution 101.

    Batons on the ceiling and then gyprock over. At least then there will be enough space to install downlights and modernise the joint further. Less mess and fuss.

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