Best way to remove popcorn ceiling

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Should be try and remove it all and then retexture the ceiling or try and just knock off the popcorn and leave the texture and paint?

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  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Sep 01, 2017
    Ginger, removing a popcorn ceiling is more involved than people know, particularly if installed prior to 1980. Back then the popcorn ceiling could include asbestos, a dangerous substance. However, here is detailed as well as cautionary information regarding popcorn removal:


  • DesertRose DesertRose on Sep 01, 2017
    When we had a popcorn ceiling we just scraped it off and left the texture as is and painted it with rollers. It was not hard just messy and took time. Today I'd probably use my Turbo scrubber and stiff brush on it, ha. Put down drop cloth on floor and over furniture. It will get into everything otherwise

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Sep 01, 2017
    be sure you know when the house was built, ours was built in 2000 so there was no asbestos danger

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Sep 01, 2017
    You are very welcome! Hometalk is happy to help!

  • Jac29577996 Jac29577996 on Sep 02, 2017
    I will get back to you my friend restores houses...

  • Jac29577996 Jac29577996 on Sep 02, 2017
    beat me to it, glad you got your answer:)

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Sep 02, 2017
    I'd remove the popcorn ceiling BUT be aware that it may have asbestos in it. It should be done professionally. If you choose to do it, wear a mask so you do not breathe in the asbestos. It's easy using a spray bottle filled with water. Spray, let it soak in then scrape off. That also keeps the asbestos from floating in the air. Most people just paint it to seal in the asbestos, although I do not like that look as it is so dated. Once it is painted, it becomes very difficult to remove at a future date.

  • Janet A. Kelmer Janet A. Kelmer on Sep 03, 2017
    Had a Popcorn ceiling removed. Was amazed to learn all the man used was warm water in a spray bottle. He scraped it off with a large plastic putty scraper....we paid $200.00 for this. I could have done that.

  • Janet A. Kelmer Janet A. Kelmer on Sep 03, 2017
    Ours did not have asbestos in it. Wear goggles.