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Old 08-21-2011, 01:48 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by DinverRed View Post
I hate popcorn. Don't see much of it in the northeast. My preference is cover the floors with plastic, spray the ceiling with water until soaked, scrape the popcorn off with a 10 inch trowel onto one of those drywall squares with the handle on the bottom, dump in a garbage can, then skim coat, sand, prime and finish coat.

Otherwise, spraying seems to be the best IMO
Instead of skim coating for smooth ceilings, I try to convince them to do a knockdown or fine orange peel instead. This reduces labor time quite a bit, eliminating a full on skim coat. It usually is a win/win, because I can charge less, and I don't like to do full skim coats if I can avoid it.

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #42
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Popcorn is becoming outdated here in my town. Seems like everyone wants to remove it. We usually replace it with a hand trowel texture which is very easy to match if you ever go to patch it. Very easy to paint (roll) since we apply it very flat and light. Hides a lot of imperfections yet looks clean. Smooth wall is a little out of the norm down here where people tend to watch there penny's. Just turned down a smooth wall job in a nc guest house. Why? NC pay rates are very low right now. Company's just trying to keep employees busy and hardly no profit. A smooth wall job here would mean a lot of extra headaches and very little profit.
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Problem with pop corn ceilings is when you get the little crunchy bits on the ceiling that did not pop.

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Originally Posted by TJ Paint View Post
to me, I don't like spraying occupied because of the dried paint dust that falls on everything. Sure you got plastic on stuff but when you take it off what its covering it can get on alot of stuff.

Plus, I don't have to worry if something isn't completely covered, and don't have to drop out a complete room if its large. I like how its easier to manage when you have alot of valuables in a room. Plus, I sort of prefer a rolled look, I think it coats better. Just my way of doing it.
Most of the homes built in my area in the 1980s-1990s werent primed and the popcorn was sprayed on the bare sheetrock. Rolling them is a huge gamble and ya better have a hopper with ya!
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