Asked on Jun 3, 2013

Popcorn ceiling painting

Constance GDawn BakerAnnie Larson


is there any easy way to paint a popcorn ceiling? I have tried a long nap roller and ut was not successful
6 answers
  • Kimberly Barney
    on Jun 3, 2013

    You are not really supposed to paint a popcorn ceiling but it can be done. However, you do not want to put much paint on the roller at all and only one coat. The popcorn ceiling just cannot take the weight of the paint. HINT: If you experience a patch or two coming down, paint ceiling and place patch back in place.

    • Anna
      on Jun 13, 2015

      @Kimberly Barney I agree with this answer. Be aware that after you've painted the popcorn ceiling, the only way to get rid of it is to pull the whole ceiling down and start over with fresh dry wall.

  • Lisalynn
    on Jun 12, 2013

    isn't there a spray paint used for hiding stains on ceilings that would work ? a kiltz type ?

  • Bstevenb
    on Mar 9, 2015

    It's just an unpleasant job. Either wet and scrape off the popcorn to start over with a flat ceiling or rely on 2 thin coats of quality ceiling paint and a roller. Every option is messy. Sometimes the paint will get the popcorn to loosen up. That old popcorn can fall off in once it gets soaked with paint. No fun if your ceiling is raining scab-like patches. Renting a paint sprayer may work better. Check You tube videos for guides.

  • Annie Larson
    on Mar 14, 2015

    Before scraping (or even washing) a popcorn ceiling make sure it's not asbestos. If it is, do NoT disturb the ceiling. Instead, attach a new layer of drywall over the popcorn ceiling to encapsulate the asbestos.

  • Dawn Baker
    on Feb 6, 2016

    I wouldn't scrape it.....I'd just 'plank' it.....then just paint or stain-- :)

  • Constance G
    on Apr 24, 2016

    been fighting popcorn myself, there is no unmessy way to deal with it, personally I am getting rid of all of it in every room.

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