Popcorn ceilings were quite proverbial about 15 years ago, popping up in all types of homes across the nation. However, the style seems rather antiquated now and most homeowners are looking for ways to get rid of this ‘90s mistake. If you’re renovating your home or preparing to sell it, ridding your interior’s popcorn ceilings may just be a necessity. 

Luckily, with some informative tips, the right tools and set aside some time, this outdated decor can be a thing of the past! To get rid of this throwback design, follow Number 1 Painting’s straightforward removal guide.

Equipment You’ll Need

Unfortunately, popcorn ceiling removal requires more than a little elbow grease. For this project, you’ll need the following items:

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Rosin Paper and rags
  • Putty knife and painters tape
  • Dish soap
  • Floor scraper
  • Pump sprayer
  • Drywall joint compound
  • Protective gear
  • Sanding pad

How To Prepare

Ensure you abide by the following tactics for an easier removal process:

  1. Remove all furniture from the room you’re working in or cover it and any vents in the space with plastic.
  2. Cover all wall outlets with painter’s tape and cover the floor with plastic and seal with the tape. Line the edge of your ceiling with the painter’s tape.
  3. Fill up the pump sprayer with warm water and two to three tablespoons of dish soap.

Time To Remove It

When it’s time to begin the removal, follow these instructions:

  1. Wet the ceiling down with a warm water solution from the pump sprayer covering four to six foot-square regions. Ensure the entire area is eventually saturated. Allow the mixture to sit on the ceiling for about 15-20 minutes to make the material softer and easier to remove.
  2. Once the ceiling is softened, use the floor scraper and gently scrape at the material. Make sure you are not chipping into the drywall. It should be relatively easy to remove the popcorn material, but if you find it difficult, re-saturate the area and repeat the first step before attempting to scrape again.
  3. The floor scraper should remove a majority of the material, however, you can get at any residual parts mainly in the corners of the ceiling with the putty knife. Continue this process around each corner of the ceiling.
  4. You may need to patch specific areas of the ceiling’s drywall once the popcorn material has been removed. Imperfections appearing from the removal process may be highly visible.
  5. Sand the ceiling down once the removal is completed with a sanding pad, but only sanding down significantly uneven spots.

When hiring painters in New Westminster, always go for the best! Number 1 Painting is your first-rate residential and commercial painting company in New Westminster for affordable, professional and efficient exterior and interior paint finishes. We are committed to exceeding our client’s expectations by ensuring a stunning paint finish they can be proud of. Get in contact with us today about the painting project you desire for a FREE estimate at https://number1painting.ca/contact/!


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