Re: Skim Coating Popcorn Ceiling
That is why popcorn is used, it's faster and cheaper than properly taping the joints.
you will need to scr-ape as much of the popcorn off as possible. This is most easily done by lightly wetting it, then scraping with a drywall taping knife. From there I'd recommend floating the joints and fasteners until they are properly smoothed out, then a skim layer over the entire surface to take care of irregularities from the removed popcorn.
Now you're ready to either retexture with orange peel, knock-down, skip trowel, or whatever else suits your fancy. You don't have to retexture if you don't want to, just keep in mind that a "flat" surface shows defects far more prominently than a textured one, even a lightly textured surface.
When you're done with all that, apply two coats of a good primer such as Zinsser's Bull's Eye 123 (blue label ), and two coats of a good quality paint, such as Kelly Moore, Sherwin Williams, etc.
The regulars around here have frequently fight about what constitutes a good brand, so you're pretty much on your own to decide what will work for you. I am of the opinion that big box stores do NOT sell paint, hence the recommendation of a bonefide paint dealer. Nor will you find any "1 coat" paint or "2 in 1" paint/primer product.
Last edited by A. Spruce; 01-03-2012 at 04:39 PM.
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