Re: Removing Popcorn Ceiling
First and foremost, if the home is pre 1978, it is likely that there is asbestos in the texture. If you are at all concerned about asbestos or whether or not your texture contains it, sc**** a sample into a ziploc baggie and take it to your local city/county extension office for testing (free test ).
Once you're reassured that there's no asbestos, the best means of removal is with water. As was previously posted, a small garden sprayer works great (just make sure it's clean and chemical free, i.e. a new sprayer used for water only ). As with all things, there are caveats.
- If the texture is raw, unpainted, then spray the entire ceiling with water, enough to wet, but not enough to run/drip. Do this systematically so that once you reach the end of the room, start over and do it again. You'll apply 2 to 4 coats of water mist before it's been absorbed enough to remove with ease. From there, scrap with a 3" or 6" drywall knife, applying more water as necessary.
- If the texture has been painted, then you'll need to scrap it first to knock some of the paint off to allow the water mist to penetrate the texture. You'll use the same drywall knife to scrap, but the going will be slower and the effort a little greater.
Before starting, remove as much of the furniture as possible and d**** plastic across the floors to catch the water mist and texture. Once you're done, you simply roll up the plastic and toss it into the garbage can (bagging may be beneficial ).
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