It is something that buyers are embarrassed to see a preview of homes for sale. The dreaded (and outdated) popcorn ceiling. It is a job that, with a little time and effort, can be easily tackled by an owner. But, you can also hire a professional at a reasonable price. Having a smooth ceiling can make a big difference in any room. Removing the popcorn ceiling can easily be tackled by a DIYer, but it will take some time, manual labor, and a variety of supplies as well. The hardest part of the job is usually looking up at the ceiling for an extended period of time.

One problem that can arise when investigating a popcorn ceiling removal is whether the ceiling has been painted. If paint has been applied to the popcorn ceiling texture, it will prevent water from being absorbed into the texture (making removal difficult). Additional items can be used to help remove the texture of the popcorn. Generally, a chemical stripper applied to the area will help break down the paint barrier.

If you decide to remove the popcorn ceilings yourself, be sure to wear a respirator or dust mask, as well as eye protection. Keeping the section you are working on moist will help reduce the dust created by the removal of the popcorn ceiling.

Here are 7 steps to help remove popcorn ceilings:

Step 1: Before tackling the popcorn roof removal project, it should be determined if it contains asbestos. If the house was built before 1978, it is imperative to send in some samples for testing. Any EPA certified testing laboratory should be able to analyze the samples. Note that asbestos-containing popcorn texture could still be purchased on store shelves even in the 1980s. If your roof contains asbestos, then a certified asbestos removal contractor must be hired to complete. the job. Please note that by law, any material that contains more than 1 percent asbestos must be removed by an asbestos removal professional. Leaving an asbestos roof in place does not cause much damage, it is when the asbestos is disturbed that poses the greatest health risk.

Step 2: The next step of the project is to prepare the room. To do this, all light fixtures must be removed (but be sure to turn off the power before doing so). If there is any furniture in the room, you can remove or cover it. Next, put plastic sheeting on the walls and floor taped with painter’s tape to catch all the debris from the popcorn ceiling.

Step 3: Start wetting the ceiling. A garden sprayer is a perfect tool for this step as you work in an area of ​​4 to 5 square feet at a time. Just be careful not to get the ceiling area too wet.

Step 4: Scrape, scrape, scrape. Popcorn-like material can be removed by scraping the ceiling with a joint knife or other similar tool. If an area has difficulty removing the popcorn roof, more water may be needed to moisten the area more thoroughly.

Step 5: Cover nail holes or bare joints with joint compound. Next, sand the ceiling in preparation for primer and paint.

Step 6: Cover the ceiling with paint or texture. Visit a paint store professional for paint tips. Most professionals will suggest applying a drywall primer first, followed by a ceiling paint or conventional paint. Keep in mind that a flat finish generally hides blemishes better than other types of paint finishes.

Step 7: Clean up! Most likely, the space will be drastically updated by removing the popcorn ceiling. Now is the time to clean up and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Removing old-fashioned popcorn ceilings can make a big difference in almost any space and the smooth ceiling will add value to the home.

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