How do I remove popcorn ceilings?

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  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jan 11, 2019

    There a lots of You Tube videos out there. I recommend hiring someone to do it. It is VERY messy and there can be asbestos in the texture. I have done it myself and also hired people to do it. I prefer the latter. They also were able to put a nice texture on the ceiling and I never found any debris from their job.

  • William William on Jan 11, 2019

    Cover floors and walls with plastic drop cloths. Warm water in a garden sprayer. Spray the ceiling and let it work. Use a 6" putty knife and scrape off. You can use a a tray or shallow box to catch the scrapings. Repair any damage with drywall patching compound. Prime with Kilz primer then paint.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 11, 2019

    First, make sure there is no asbestos present. If it is, you need to call a professional abatement company.

    Cover walls and floors with protective plastic. Wear some type of hat or hair covering as well and old clothes. Saturate with warm water in a small section (maybe 3' square) and let it penetrate. Then you scrape. You can get a scrape that is on a long pole, that would be my recommendation to help save stress on your back and neck.

    If you have a steamer, it may work better than spraying warm water.


    I tried every solution recommended and none of them worked any better than water.


    NOTE: If it has been painted, you are going to have an extremely difficult removing.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 11, 2019

    If it's not been painted you can scrape with a wide putty knife and wash off. May have to skim coat. Wear protective goggles. You can also cover it up with 1/2" drywall and finish smooth .


  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Jan 11, 2019

    Use a nice wide joint knife like drywall finishers use to apply the mud (joint compound). Scrape it off. You’ll have to sand afterwards with a pole sander and drywall sanding mesh. It makes an industrial sized mess so use plenty of drop cloths.