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Hello--

Need some ideas on the best way to remove popcorn (sprayed texture) from ceiling and ceiling molding. Any hints and or advice is appreciated. Thanks.

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If you are trying to accomplish a smooth surface, there are two things that come to mind...either scrape and sand or drywall over top of popcorn.
 

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what you need to do with that garden sprayer is to spray enough to dampen the surface of the popcorn, then follow it with a good sized scraper...working in manageable sections is probably easiest instead of wetting the whole surface...you may (most likely) need to sand the whole surface with a fine grit if you are going to paint

you want to do extensive prep work beforehand in the form of plastic and dropcloths....it's a very messy job

and bring a shopvac
 

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Thanks Tim.
The whole job was about 7 days. Walls we're re-painted in 6 rooms (2 coats) and the popcorn removal/paint you see above.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I have been doing some reading up on materials used in older popcorn textures. Asbestos is one of those materials. If you Google the topic, you will find some interesting articles on this topic as well.

Did anyone out there go to the trouble of testing the popcorn before actually removing it. What say ye all on this. Is this another job to simply stay away from?

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Has the popcorn been painted? If so the garden sprayer is out. At least until you've scraped off the bulk of the texture, after that the water might be able to penetrate enough to loosen the remaining texture.
 

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It can get messy, any way you look at it...

We tarp it, and then bag it. Well.

Garden sprayer or the pump is ok for just a room, otherwise,
we just bring in the garden hose and use drywall knife on a stick.

...Yes, we got a nice garden spray nozzle that adjusts very well and does have a positive shutoff...
 

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Popcorn Job Revisited

Thanks to all who responded to this thread. Although no one responded to the asbestos issue, I decided to print out a hard copy of some information regarding texture and asbestos. I gave the information to the customer after inquiring how many years the texture had been up--the answer was 20 or more years. I explained that I was not prepared or equiped to remove her texture because of the possible health hazards. She understood and decided to have the ceiling touched up where damaged.

So my next question is: The damage to the textured ceiling was done by a feather duster and crazy maid. The maid over did the duster deal and left grooves in the texture.

In order to repair the damage, what would you all suggest we do. Of course, once repaired, we will re-paint. Thanks. You have all been very generous in sharing your experience, wit, and time.

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A picture is probably the best thing for us at this point.
Once we see it, we can probably step you through much better
 

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Leaving grooves in the texture, or in the drywall substrate? Rich is right, a pic is needed. If the grooves are simply in the acoustic popcorn, then plastic off the area, lay paper tarps over the plastic (easier to walk on/bag it up), and get ya a hopper chock-full of the muddy gooey goodness, and shoot away. I always liked to lay it on thicker than I thought was warranted, that way you can always hit the dry build-up with a broom to level it off. Hard to go wrong with it.
 

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We have taken a few days of for the holidays, so I can't get a picture out real soon. I can tell you all, however, that the grooves in the texture appear to be just in the texture and not in the sheet rock. We do not have a texture gun or hopper. My partner says there is touch in a can for texture.

Since my partner and I have only been working together for a few weeks, we are not necessarily familiar with all the little tricks of the trade each of us has in our bag. My tricks are actually quite limited since I just got into painting full time a few months ago. I started off painting apartments in Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks area of Southern California in the late 70ies, moved back East, went to work for the state, and now retired from the state and went back to painting. Our work is generally higher end for which I rely heavily on my new parnter's experience who has been painting full time for 20 years. So, I have some limited experience in many areas you full time folks have been mastering for years. I come here to eliminate as much of the "reinventing the wheel" idea will take me. Thanks again for everyone's help. It is truly appreciated.

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The popcorn texture in a can sounds like the way to go. Any paint supplier should carry it. Comes out fast and doesn't go very far, keep your hand moving as if you were spraying.:thumbsup:
 

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The popcorn texture in a can sounds like the way to go. Any paint supplier should carry it. Comes out fast and doesn't go very far, keep your hand moving as if you were spraying.:thumbsup:
Works well for small areas. The first time I used it I underestimated how much overspray mess I would get. Make sure you cover well because it can make a mess.
 

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In A Can

Hey there--

I'm going to try and remember my camera and take a shot or two of the ceiling in question. If I can figure out how to post the pics here, you'll see the scope of the situation and be able to comment a little better.

I am thinking that the spray can texture will probably do the trick if we sort of feather it out a bit and go somewhat wider than the actual groove(s) we're trying to repair.

If we are close to a wall, we'll mask a little to prevent overspay clean up etc. Thanks much for the ideas and suggestions.

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I'll caution you... things happen REAL fast with texture in a can!

Somebody has got to take that feather duster away from that maid!
Did she pluck the feathers from a dragon?
 
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