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Old 09-02-17, 03:55 AM
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Getting rid of popcorn texture on painted interior wall...

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My wife and I just bought a house and about half of the interior walls have popcorn texture on them and we would really like to remove it.
I see a lot about using skim coat. Is there a reason we cannot just sand it down with a sander that has a vacuum hose? We don't need it perfectly smooth, just want the majority of the texture gone.

Our house has been thoroughly tested for lead paint and it does not have any.
 
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Old 09-02-17, 04:33 AM
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Sanding might work but I'd expect the sandpaper to get used up in short order. Latex paints tend to 'melt' when heated up by sanding and then plug the paper. I'd be inclined to scrape the wall and then either wet it and scrape again [if enough bare texture is exposed] or skim coat after scraping.
 
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Agree with Marksr. I scrapped several popcorn ceilings. It's messy but not that hard. Sometimes wetting helps and other times just dry scraping works. Those long handle scrappers with an angled head works well.
 
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I've read that the scraping doesn't really work if the wall has been painted. Is that not true? It appears there may be several layers of paint too.
I know I could scrape the ceiling, but I don't know what to do with the walls.
 
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Try it ,what have you got to lose?

This is the scrapper I recommend.


This should take off the worst of the texture. If it's still rough then go to a rough sanding type paper. Then you might try a skim coat of wall patch. Pretty much what Marksr said. Be prepared to put a few gouges in the wall, but those can be easily patched. If you don't get the results you want you can always use a textured paint to cover. I think the effort will be worth it.
 
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I've read that the scraping doesn't really work if the wall has been painted
The best way to remove texture is to get it wet. Paint hinders that effort but if you scrape off the tips of the texture you can often get the texture wet. Not near as easy as unpainted texture but it is doable.
 
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