Stucco ceiling and walls

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Old 08-02-18, 05:57 PM
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Stucco ceiling and walls

I have some walls and ceilings with stucco (popcorn) type patterns in them. The walls seem a bit less deep and are dotted, the ceiling is full on stucco.
is it generally cheaper just to put a new drywall over the top of it or is it cheaper to leave it there and skim over everything with an entire new coat of plaster/mud?
 
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Stucco is the wrong term. Popcorn is an acoustic texture used on ceilings. Generally you want to wet the ceiling and scrape it then skim coat it a couple times... with lots of sanding. It becomes more difficult if the ceiling is painted but it can still be done. Biggest hazard with that is whether or not it contains asbestos.

Walls often get spattered joint compound, called orange peel. It can be light or heavy. If you want a smooth wall it just gets skimmed a couple times and sanded.

It is definitely cheaper to skim. But the end result depends on the quality of the drywall to begin with and the skill of the finisher. Either can be made to look good if you are skilled at it.
 
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I think the original walls are plaster on large so whatever technique was used to popcorn that?
 
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If the walls are very fine texture like grit that would be a perlite (sand) texture. Fairly easy to skim over.

Whether or not the acoustic ceiling texture has asbestos has more to do with the date it was applied, since it was common for it to have asbestos in the 70s and possibly even into the 80s. No way to know unless you test it... and a contractor must assume it is if he isn't sure.
 
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