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3 Methods To Get Rid Of Popcorn Ceilings

Posted on Feb 14, 2022 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

3 Methods To Get Rid Of Popcorn CeilingsOriginally popular for its sound-reducing qualities, ability to mask imperfections and easy application, Stucco ceilings fell out of favor in the 1980s, mostly due to the risk posed by asbestos. Nowadays, its one of the questions we get the most: how do we get rid of popcorn ceilings??

If you have a Stucco ceiling in your home, not only is it out of style, it’s entirely possible that it contains asbestos. For this reason, it’s advised that you only allow professionals to remove it, or have a sample of the material tested for asbestos before removing it yourself. There are a few methods for removal that we suggest, depending on the situation.

Water and a Scraping Tool

It’s hard to believe but this simple way is often the best to remove popcorn ceilings. Simply apply water to the material and allow it to moisten up for about 15-20 minutes. Next, take a scraping tool (a paint scraper works well, but anything similar can be used) and simply start scraping the material off of the ceiling. The material should come off rather easily, so if it‘s resistant spray the area with water again and wait another 15-20 minutes before trying again.

Put Drywall Over It

Another option if for any reason you don’t want to remove it is to apply drywall directly over it. However, if you don’t have experience with drywall, this can be an even bigger headache than simply removing the popcorn ceiling.

Have a Professional Painter Remove It

In some situations it can be easier to just let a professional to handle the job. A general contractor can take care of this sort of thing for you, but it’s usually cheaper to go through a professional painter. Many painting contractors have experience removing Stucco ceilings, and going this route allows you to avoid the possible danger from asbestos. A painter will be able to determine if asbestos is present, and if the harmful material is there, it’s definitely best to let them remove it for you.

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