Asked on Jul 10, 2018

How can you remove popcorn ceiling paint?

Rose BroadwayMda21334813B. Enne


3 answers
  • B. Enne
    on Jul 10, 2018

    First of all,you need to make sure it doesn't contain asbestos or lead.

    Afterwards, if the ceiling has not been painted with oil paint. Spray a patch with water, and scrape it with a putty/ other wide knife. Try not to do it on too much of an angle, so that you don't gouge the drywall/tape.

    Some people cover the whole room in dropcloths first, and scrape big passes and let everything fall. I find it leaves a bigger mess, and the dust eventually settles, (no matter how you hard you try to avoid it) in your vent system.

    I prefer to use warm water, and I go on a step ladder, and use a box lid to catch the fallout. I do small patches at a time.

    I too did the dropcloth thing, and bought the specialized scraper with a bag holder. It was a waste of money. After a few passes it left gaps, the bag would sometimes fall, and it got very heavy.

    This is what works best for me, and it is much easier on my shoulders. I have done this a few times, and I find it leaves less damage = less repairs later. It also helps me control the dust, which is a definite bonus.

  • Mda21334813
    on Jul 11, 2018

    Thanks so much for your response. I think your method using warm water is the best one.
  • Rose Broadway
    on Jul 11, 2018

    I would give anything if I had seen this video about 10 years ago. This guy is a genius and I'll bet there will be something like this on the market before you know it!
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