Asked on Mar 8, 2012

How do i remove "popcorn" from ceiling? (tried to wet it first but didn't work very well...gouged sheetrock underneath)



9 answers
  • 3po3
    on Mar 8, 2012

    Here's a long thread with plenty of answers to your question, plus a link to a good article: I would recommend hanging new drywall. It's easier than it probably seems.

  • Judy Capone Mantell
    on Apr 6, 2015

    If it has been painted, it will take more time to soak in the water. A steamer might work. We used hot water by connecting the hose to the hot water heater and using the mist setting on the hose sprayer. Don't forget protective masks as it has a small amount of asbestos in it. Most communities consider it hazardous waste, so check to see how/where to dispose of it. Good luck!

  • Beth Ward
    on Jun 27, 2015

    Hire a professional...

  • Kathleen Long
    on Jul 6, 2015

    We just dry-scraped ours. It leaves a tiny bit of texture, but it actually looks pretty good. Just make sure you wear a good mask and goggles.

  • Jean Quintana
    on Jul 7, 2015

    Mine have been painted and are hard like stucco. I don't think they are going to be able to be scraped off.

  • Darlene Harcrow
    on Jul 10, 2015

    purchase a 12" sheetrock knife and mist with water using a chemical sprayer....if it has been painted it will still come down, it just take a little more elbow grease. The sheetrock knife has a super sharp edge that helps break loose the popcorn texture. Have done this many, many times due to being in remodeling. Good luck and remember to wear goggles, cause what is up will come down. Spread plastic on the floor for easy clean-up.

  • CC
    on Aug 16, 2015

    Lowes sells a special tool for this, look in the section where grout and grout utensils are.

  • Denise
    on Aug 16, 2015

    I read somewhere you can fill a sprayer bottle with 50/50 mixture of Downy fabric softener and water. Spray on, let sit for a few, and lightly cut and peel off. Should not leave any glue. If it does, spray again, repeat process. No chemicals. No special tools. Good luck.

  • Cra2645740
    on Dec 19, 2015

    Mine had been painted - walls & ceilings . I painted on CITRI-STRiP with a paint brush (hardware or walmart stores), let it sit until bubbly (3-24 hours) and it scrapes off in sheets! Totally amazing. Wash with a green scrubby pad and mineral spirits. After doing 3/4 of our home the hard way & dealing with gouges &dust. What a great product!

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