How to get popcorn texture off wall?


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Old 08-16-12, 08:05 AM
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How to get popcorn texture off wall?

My dad put popcorn texture paint on the wall in his bedroom 8 years ago and it turned out horrible. He wants to reprint it but he wants the texture off first but I am clueless as to what would be the easiest way. I tried using a plastic putty knife / scraper but it barely got it off. Should I try metal or a sander, ect?
 
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Spray bottle of water and a scraper - this gets pretty messy.

Wait, the texture is part of the paint, not something which was applied first and then painted over? If so, might be simplest to skim coat the wall with joint compound.
 
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Old 08-16-12, 08:21 AM
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I have tried using an old winded bottle and water but it didn't work. Should I try a metal scraper? Yes it was included in the paint. I am not experienced in applying joint compound tbh.
 
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Yeah, if it was part of the paint, I'd give up scraping and skim coat instead.
 
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How expensive and difficult is that? I'd rather not have to mess with joint compound , any other options?
 
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Expensive it is not, joint compound is pretty cheap.

Difficulty is pretty low as well, you're just laying a thin coat on the wall to smooth it out. Mess up and you go back and add more or scrape or sand off the excess depending on what the error was.

What's your apprehension toward joint compound?
 
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The fact I am going to have to layer the entire room with it lol. Idk, never done it before and was kinda hoping this texture could come off with ease and I could get to painting
 
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Could you give me a brief tutorial on what to use and how to use?
 
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Regular or lightweight joint compound from a big box store is the product - usually comes in 4.5 gallon buckets around here. You might find it easier to spread if you thin it with just a little bit of clean water first. Then apply it to the wall with a large (10 - 12") drywall knife. Think of it as painting with paint that's just so thick you need a knife instead of a brush to apply it.

Dig in, you'll find this less intimidating once you begin.
 
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Tested the joint compound on a piece of dry wall in my shop and I couldn't get it smooth or even for the life of me. I called my brother and he said in the 20 years of general construction he can't really get it done right either. I am either gonna have to hire a professional or resort to something else.
 
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I suppose you could try to scrape it....
 
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I've tried scraping, working with a metal scraper right now that gets it down pretty good but there is a big inconsistency in the texture which makes it look horrible. A sander on the wall (which is drywall) would tear it up pretty bad to my knowledge so I am clueless as to how to get it smooth without floating it.
 
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Sanding paint is tough, it tends to gum up the sandpaper.

Even after scraping, I can see the likelihood you'd need to skim coat the wall.
 
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Do I need to take the trim down that is on the top and bottom before applying this compound ? It is ok to skip all of the sanding and scraping and go straight to the compound?
 
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Your call on the trim - joint compound is easy to clean up if you catch it before it dries and not that bad after. I'd skip the sanding and scraping and go straight to the mud - that's where I went as soon as you confirmed the texture was in the paint
 
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So add a little water to the compound, and dip then blade in there and scrape it in the wall? Couldn't you just roll the compound on or would that not even it out well?
 
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It would have to be thinned quite a bit to roll and then it does leave quite a texture behind. That said, you may like that look so a little experimenting on some scrap material to see might not be a bad idea.
 
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It wont let you see the old texture , will it? If it gives a new one that looks decent and If it's easier to apply that away then I'll prolly do that. Could you link me a pic of what it would sorta look like ?
 
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How long until it should dru once I'm done? Would like to paint as soon as possible
 
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Personally, I'd scrape off as much as possible - it will be easier to skim coat with j/c that way. Skim coating isn't all that difficult. Basically you apply a thin coat of j/c as smoothly as you can and after it's dry - sand it smooth.

Rolling on thinned j/c can be done and will leave a texture dependent on the thickness of the j/c and the nap on the roller being used. The finish swipe with the roller should always be in the same direction.

Joint compound is kind of grey looking when it's wet. When it's all nice and white - it's dry. If you do any sanding, be sure to wipe or brush of the sanding dust before you prime.
 
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My dad opted to using behrs texture paint and we applied two costs of that which certainly helped most of the popcorn blend in. Before I put the actual paint on, I think I need to get some of it off. What would be the best way to do this without ruining the texture that we just put on? Remember, I am just talking about the big pieces that stick out.
 
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Have an email or cellphone? Phone can't upload pics
 
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I assume you mean the areas where the texture is more prominent. I don't know that you can make it perfect without skim coating the entire wall but try sanding, maybe scraping the 'tops' of the heavy texture and see if that will make it acceptable.
 
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All done, room looks great. Thanks for all the help!
 
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How to Get Popcorn Texture Off Wall?

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Somewhere down at the beginning of this tread I think it said that his Dad applied it 8 years ago, so I don't think that would be an issue in this case. but you right about some popcorn ceilings, they can contain abestos
 
 

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