How to Smooth a Textured Ceiling How to Smooth a Textured Ceiling

What You'll Need
Sandpaper
Drywall sander
Vacuum cleaner
Facemask
Drop cloth

Having a textured ceiling removed may be necessary at some point. People want flat ceilings before painting, completing major cleaning work, and other construction operations. Making the ceiling into a flat, uniform surface can be messy without the right technique. Although the entire process contains only a few easy steps, deviating from them can make the experience time-consuming. Textured ceilings may also contain toxic asbestos material that was used for building construction. Asbestos is common in houses that were built before 1980.

Step 1 - Protect Yourself From Dust and Particles

Before you begin, remember to wear a facemask and protective goggles in order to protect your lungs and eyes from dust and construction particles. They can be extremely harmful if your ceiling contains asbestos. In such cases, the textured ceiling appears like a stash of popcorns. While removing it, you will be showered with harmful asbestos particles.

Drop cloths are important for covering your furniture. Use them on the floors, gadgets and all other items that you would like to protect from dust and dirt. Also, most of the elements in use and those that will fly around in the room can easily stick to your clothes. Be sure to wear old clothes that cover your entire body. Once you are done with the project, you will need to throw out the old clothes.

Take the 100 grit sandpaper and use it on the ceiling until the surface is smooth. You will need to be careful about the dust particles. The mild sandpaper will avoid damaging the walls.

Step 2 - Use Drywall Sander With Vacuum Cleaner

Attach the drywall sander toa vacuum cleaner to convert it into a dust-free drywall sander. Once sandpapering is complete, use this combination device to remove the remaining particles from the wall. Doing so offers the easiest and cleanest way to get the remnants of sandpapering into a sealed bag before you dispose them.

Step 3 - Get It Back to a Healthy Shape

After removing the dust and particles, you will be able to see that certain parts of the wall appear to be more damaged than the rest of the wall. Use double coats of oil based primer solution. However, before you apply any liquid, be sure that the area has dried. Although you may not have plans of painting it, leaving them without the primer coats can gradually decay the wall through contact with various atmospheric elements.

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