Removing Popcorn Texture


Old 02-09-04, 11:50 AM
Neil Gray
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Removing Popcorn Texture

I have a popcorn ceiling that I really don't like. Since I am replacing the flooring, this is a good time to replace that texture. I've been told you can just spray it with warm water and wait for the stuff to fall. Then I would replace it with a lighter texturing. I will call in a professional drywaller to do any finish work needed, but I have some questions:
1. Is that the best technique? Just spray it?
2. Can I ruin the ceiling that way? Cost me more in the end?

I would appreciate any advice from out there!
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Old 02-09-04, 03:47 PM
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Get a 2 gal. garden sprayer. fill it will warm, soapy water. Spray about a 5'x5' area. You know you've got it wet enough when it turns grey. Scrape it off with a 6" knife. It won't just fall off. It's super messy so drape walls and floor with plastic.
Old 02-13-04, 09:22 AM
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Hi Neil,

Welcome aboard. Coops has you lined out on this, just wanted to add a caution that if the popcorn is very old it could contain asbestos, still not a real big deal, but proper precautions should be taken if the stuff was applied from the mid 70's on back. Best of luck!

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