Asked on Aug 12, 2013

Info concerning removing a swirl/popcorntype ceiling design

William GabbardKMS Woodworks


I'm helping my daughter with remodeling on her house that she bought that was built in the 60's. She hates the swirl type design in the ceiling and wants to do away with it. Of course she needs to do it in a cost effective way and I had heard that there is way way to scrape it off. Does anyone know how to go about this?
3 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Aug 12, 2013

    Typical swirl designs are done with the joint compound / plaster and do not scrap off easily. Popcorn (if not painted) will scrap pretty easy. For swirls you can skim coat / sand for a smooth finish or apply a heavier "texture" like the spatter knock down. I recently worked on a Condo remodel where the ceiling had asbestos popcorn. This was the fine grained kind not the big heavy chunks. Rather than do a expensive removal mitigation project we went with a much simpler encapsulation mitigation project. Encapsulation was done with a Venetian plaster technique.

  • William Gabbard
    on Aug 12, 2013

    This looks as though it was done with joint compound and more than likely sometime later was painted.

  • William Gabbard
    on Aug 18, 2013

    I ended up spraying hot water on in small sections 2 ft x 3ft and it did come off with a little elbow grease. Actually it more or less came off in two layers. Caution needs to be taken not to to gouge the drywall and tear the paper which I did do in a couple spots. It wasn't a problem to repair but I would of course rather not have to.

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