How do you remove a popcorn ceiling that has been painted?

  9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 18, 2017
  • Bobbie Bobbie on Sep 18, 2017
    Mix one part vinegar to ten parts water and spray it on the ceiling. The vinegar should help break down the paint. Use a large pole-type scraper and more muscle. Wet the ceiling, scrape as much as possible, and then wet and scrape again.
  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Sep 18, 2017
    Unfortunately, this usually makes it much harder to remove. Typically, you can lightly spray the popcorn with water, then scrape it right off. When it has been painted, the water will not absorb into the popcorn to loosen it typically means much more scraping. Use a flat handled scraper, and work on a small area at a time. Be sure to cover ever single surface in the room as it will get completely covered with dust and debris from the ceiling.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Sep 18, 2017
    We scraped ours and put down lots of sheets and cover cloths, but since then I have seen scrapers attached to the handle of a vacuum hose with an attachment the same width as the scraper to catch it all! Wish I had thought of it! They used duct tape to connect them! good luck (it is easy to do, just messy, but the vacuum hose is the solution to the mess!)
  • Precious Pins Precious Pins on Sep 18, 2017
    this should not be done by ones self, it's highly toxic and require professionals to come in for removal. Once you see how seriously they take it (dressed in head to toe suits) you'll be glad you didn't attempt it yourself.
  • Caroline Caroline on Sep 18, 2017
    I think there are professionals who you can hire to do this, but if you want to do it yourself, look for ideas on u tube
  • Mam11901203 Mam11901203 on Sep 18, 2017
    Try spraying it with a water bottle let it set for few min use putty knife to rake it off
  • Rae Rae on Sep 18, 2017
    Get a spray bottle and fill it with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and warm water. Spray the ceiling, wait a few minutes, then use a scraper to remove the popcorn. You may have to repeat the vinegar and water spray a couple of times in order to get it all. Make sure to put drop cloths or plastic sheeting down on the floor before you start to catch the mess. Best of luck!
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 19, 2017
    Spraying water won't help if it was painted with oil paint. If it was latex or acrylic paint, you are fine.
    If your house was built before the mid 80's, it could contain lead or asbestos. I had mine tested, before I scraped it.
    Perhaps this would work on oil.