Stalactite ceiling texture

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Old 11-21-19, 08:01 AM
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Stalactite ceiling texture

Hi Guys -

My house has a stalactite ceiling texture. It's horrible. I would love to take that texture off down to the drywall, re-prime and paint. Any way of taking this stuff off that doesn't involve a belt sander and some 40 grit?

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Old 11-21-19, 08:07 AM
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Take look at this site. It might answer your question.

Stippled Ceiling Cover Up: Doís, Doníts, & Options
 
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Yeah, I know what you have and stippled is not it. The short answer is you have to knock those things off and then see if you can get what's remaining down to short enough that you can skim coat smooth over the top.

It's worth at least looking into what it would take to replace the drywall instead.
 
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Thanks Guys -

Just realized I posted this to the wrong group. If the MODs want to move it to Walls & Ceilings, I would be ok with that. Sorry for the confusion
 
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I didn't even notice. I'll move it.
 
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If the texture is unpainted it can probably be dissolved and scraped with misting water on it. Otherwise about the best you can do is scrape off the high spots and skim coat.
 
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Something I have thought about but never done is to put on such a texture then paint it with a somewhat dark shade then shave off the points to get a two tone effect. Maybe experiment a little before you remove it?
Even if it has been painted shaving off the points then misting with water should soften it some and make it easier to remove. Might take a couple tries.
 
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