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How to Re-Finish a "Popcorn" Like Ceiling


Old 02-03-11, 08:31 AM
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Hey Team:

I have a family room in a Split-Level home below our bedrooms. The room has a "popcorn" like ceiling (Sand Texture Paint) applied over sheet rock. It is not a traditional popcorn material that was sprayed on but rather applied with a roller.

Q. WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR REFINISHING THE CEILING, TAKING THE MATERIAL DOWN TO THE SHEETROCK in preperation for painting. The manufacturer of the original material is unknown but most recently the ceiling was refinished using BEHR TEXTURE PAINT. Lastly, is this a job that can be performed by a qualified Painting Contractor??

Your suggestions would be most welcome.
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Old 02-03-11, 10:40 AM
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Paint can be tough to remove, it gums up sandpaper

Does this have to be taken down to the drywall? I'm thinking skim coating with joint compound would be the simplest approach
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Most but not all painters are competent with drywall work. Talking with the painter and checking his references should give you a good idea if he's the right one for the job.

I agree with Mitch that skim coating would likely be the best plan of attack.
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I have actually done this before. Scrape what you can off. Then, as stated before, skim the ceiling smooth. The painter might be able to do it but I would use a drywall finisher.
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Scrape what you can off and think about doing a stomp finish. It's not hard to do
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