Removing Popcorn Finish From Ceilings

Removing popcorn finish on a ceiling can be  VERY messy and a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. There are just a few steps to follow for a successful outcome!  The first thing to do is seal off the walls with plastic to protect them, just tape from the top of the wall down to the bottom.  If the popcorn was applied before 1979 get it tested for asbestos.  There are kits available in hardware and paint stores, or hire a professional.    Lay a waterproof cloth over the floor for protection.  It’s a good idea to open a window for good ventilation, adding a fan in the window really helps with great circulation for fresh air! Remeber, removing a popcorn finish from a ceiling can be tricky, but following these instructions will really help!popcorn finish

Using a garden sprayer, gently spray warm water on the ceiling, this helps to soften the popcorn texture and break down the adhesive bond for easier removal and making the scraping easier. This is important for removing popcorn finish from ceilings.

After spraying the warm water on the ceiling, wait about 15-20 minutes for the water to soak in.  Start gently scraping the texture off with a texture scraper that can be found in hardware stores or paint centers.  It’s a good idea to use a putty knife to work around the corners and crown molding.

That’s all there is!  After it’s completely removed check the ceiling to see if there are any areas that need to be patched from the scraping.  After you patch the areas, make sure to gently sand the entire ceiling.  If you are painting the ceiling yourself, be sure to prime the ceiling first and then apply the finish coat of paint.  That’s how you remove popcorn finish from ceilings! 

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Dave Moffitt – Coastline Painters LLC


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