What is the easiest and cheapest way to get rid of popcorn ceilings?

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  • Claude Claude on Sep 28, 2017
    depends...as it been painted? Wear a mask when you remove if you don't know the composition of it. I got a pump up sprayer and sprayed w tempid water. Wait...respray...wait..using a PLASTIC paddy knife begin scraping off. IF it's damp enough it will come off easily, if it doesn't spray again and wait until the water does its job softening. I used the top of a plastic hamper that I taped a garbage bag over to use as a tray and catch the popcorn. Then I dumped into a small garbage can. That simple trick saved HOURS of cleanup. I did my entire house in a year...one step at a time. 2 caveat: You want it damp but not soaked...you don't want to remove the taping compound that holds up the tape. Go gently and slowlyso that you don't tear the underlying sheet rock paper and have to retape. Let it thoroughly dry for a day or so and then re inspect to see if you missed spots. The second time around spray lightly w water just where the popcorn is leftover. It's time consuming but not difficult. I would however make sure the kids are away for the day😉.
  • Claude Claude on Sep 28, 2017
    if it's been painted, just hire someone because it's a pain.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Sep 28, 2017
    Scrape it off. We found duct taping the end of our shop vacuum hose to the scraper was the easiest way and cheapest way to remove the popcorn. Then repaint the ceiling. You may want to put sheets or covers over all the furniture and floor, but the vacuum hose the same width as the scraper will get nearly all of the particles as you go.
  • Debi Vierra Debi Vierra on Sep 28, 2017
    i just removed 1500 square feet of this from my home. I sprayed it with water and scraped it off with a sheetrock knife into a drywall mud tray. It is messy, and time consuminG. Most estimates I was giver for removal were in the 2.00 a square foot range so it can be expensive too. I did one room at a time, and kept the door closed to contain the airborne fibers. I also recommend wearing a respirator.
  • Dfm Dfm on Sep 28, 2017
    soak the popcorn until damp and scrape it off.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 28, 2017
  • Fla28263823 Fla28263823 on Sep 28, 2017
    Attach a scraper to your vacuum cleaner (shop Vac) using tape, wet the ceiling and the popcorn will go into the vac. It is very difficult to get popcorn off if it has been painted over.
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Sep 28, 2017
    Scrape them, then paint.
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