Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Pro Tips To Remove Popcorn Ceilings

Professional Tips To Remove Popcorn Ceilings.


Popcorn Ceiling Removal The Easy Way Or The Hard Way.


Likely some of the best and original professional Pro Tips To Remove Popcorn Ceilings. In the 60s and the 70s and the 80s and the 90s and in the 2000s and later saw the rise of professional popcorn ceiling texture ceiling finishes and coatings mostly on walls and then ceilings in residential and Commercial properties. Very often called simply popcorn ceilings or stipple ceilings or even simpler texture ceilings, most types of textured ceilings were most of the time mainly featured on the ceilings of hallways and bedrooms and bathrooms. Our diligent and experienced Calgary Painters have seen plenty of popcorn ceilings in our painting careers to date.

And some instances popcorn ceilings were installed and seen throughout every room of the entire house or property. While popcorn ceilings can generally be installed by hand it's much more faster and efficient by spraying ceiling texture onto a drywall ceiling or wall with professional truck mounted spray equipment great for houses and homes and portable and mobile professional equipment for condominium and apartment buildings and towers that are going up that truck mounted professional texture spray painting equipment just can't reach.

For a long time popcorn ceiling texture or stipple ceiling texture has been a popular interior design finish because it really covers up imperfections in the drywall or the plaster that can simply be caked over and hidden with a lot of ceiling texture. if you've been in the residential or commercial building industry a long time you likely know that drywall boarding a ceiling and drywall taping the ceiling is a difficult and expensive job. 

By using popcorn ceiling texture or stipple ceiling texture a lot of money on labor and material can be saved by simply minimally taping in the ceiling and taking it full popcorn ceiling texture or stipple ceiling texture. 50 or 60 years later popcorn ceilings and stipple ceilings are still used as a decorative ceiling and wall finish. 

Most complaints about popcorn ceiling texture seem to be that some people find that it's dirty and impossible to clean. Other complaints about popcorn ceiling texture seem to be that asbestos was used in popcorn ceiling texture in 50 60 70s and 80s bringing some risk to customers who have asbestos based popcorn ceiling texture or stipple ceiling texture.

Depending on your part of the world and where you might be in Canada you may or may not have a popcorn ceiling. If you have checked out any of the western provinces in Canada such as British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, popcorn ceiling textured ceilings are very popular, as are knockdown ceilings, and splatter texture ceilings or orange peel ceilings. 

If you check out some of the central provinces like Manitoba and Ontario you might find that ceiling texture is very rarely used and the residential and commercial building industries. Most types of ceilings in walls in these areas are paint grade finished, which cost the house builder more money, and the home or property owner more money. 

It really comes down to you and your house at home and your wants and needs and desires when it comes to popcorn ceiling texture. Some potential customers and clients want popcorn ceiling texture or knockdown ceiling texture sprayed on their brand new ceilings, while others want popcorn ceilings or stipple ceilings sprayed over Paint finished ceilings. Others out there that have popcorn ceilings are more interested in removing their popcorn from their ceilings and going to paint grade ceilings.

Professional Remove Popcorn Ceiling Tips.


You can use the following steps and tips to help you get the best popcorn ceiling removal results you're thinking about removing popcorn ceilings from your house or home or property.

1. Test all popcorn ceilings for asbestos.


It's always better safe than sorry. Even if your house builder tells you in person and in writing that your popcorn ceiling texture does not contain asbestos you will be much better off spending a couple hundred dollars to have professional asbestos testing completed on your interior before you start scraping and removing popcorn ceiling texture from your ceilings. 

While it might add a day or two or longer to the job when it comes to safety and asbestos your best off never messing around. Jump online or onto the yellow Pages and do yourself a Google search or Microsoft being a search for asbestos testing. A safety trained worker well test your home and your texture for asbestos for a couple hundred dollars and give you a better direction of what type of popcorn ceiling texture job you're about to take on. 

Never mess around with your safety or think that you can cover up or protect yourself enough with personal protection equipment to get away with scraping out a potential asbestos filled popcorn ceiling texture finish.

Removing popcorn ceiling texture from your ceilings is a very dirty and a very dusty job. If you think sweeping a dirt covered sidewalk is a dirty job and kicks up a lot of dust you haven't seen how professionals remove popcorn ceilings these days. you should always assume the worst and always assume that every popcorn ceiling you look at or scrape out or get rid of is full of asbestos. 

Your best paying a couple hundred dollars and taking a couple of extra days out of your schedule to get professional asbestos testing done. Can't be said enough that removing type of popcorn ceiling or any type of stipple ceiling is a very dusty and a very dirty job even if you completely soak the popcorn ceiling texture with water while you're scraping. 

Don't take any chances. get your ceilings and your interior tested for asbestos and make sure you do a perfect job of covering absolutely everything up except for just the exposed ceiling. Not testing for asbestos and not doing a perfect job of masking and taping and covering up everything with plastic is simply a disaster waiting to happen.

2. Tape, Mask, Cover, Plastic & Protect Everything.


The best way to remove popcorn ceilings is to make sure you do a perfect job every time. A perfect remove popcorn ceiling job starts with proper preparation of the interior. Where possible it's best to complete a popcorn ceiling removal job inside an empty interior. 

If you can load all your furniture and property out to the garage will you complete your popcorn ceiling removal and then load it back all in again you will have an easier time taping and covering up everything that needs to be covered to expose just the ceiling and the work area. It may cost you more money and time and plastic and tape and extra effort when it comes to popcorn ceiling removal if you have to work around your furniture and your property. 

It is possible to leave everything exactly where it is and work around that but that's a trick professionals learn with lots of practice getting lots of experience scraping off and removing popcorn ceilings and stable ceilings. It is very important that you do a good job covering up everything with plastic tape and paper before you even start scraping off your popcorn ceilings.

Failure to properly mask out and cover up and tape in the walls and floors will definitely leave you with a mess. If you do not properly cover up and tape in the walls and floor you will likely have to repaint your walls again. Professional popcorn ceiling removal experts can properly cover up all of your walls and floor with plastic and tape and once the job is completed remove all the plastic and tape and covering and you should not have to paint your walls. 

If you don't do a good job covering and taping up everything properly you will likely get stuck making a mess and having to repeat your walls and possibly your trim. It's very easy to make a mess and get popcorn ceiling texture all over your property if you don't do a good job protecting and covering everything up. If you're really dedicated to doing your popcorn ceiling removal job on your own be sure you watch a few YouTube videos on how to properly mask off your walls and floors. 

You essentially want to be able to take a pressure washer inside of your house or your home or property and use the pressure washer to spray water all over the popcorn ceiling texture. A skilled popcorn ceiling technician can properly plastic up and take off your house and make it waterproof so that the ceiling texturing removal process can be completed cleanly.

Extra attention should be paid to ceiling fans and lights. Most of the time most lights and ceilings fans are mounted on the ceiling in such a way that you can simply mask them up and cover them up with tape paper and plastic and continue with your paint job. Some types of ceiling lights and ceiling fans and some types of ceiling popcorn texture removal jobs require removal from the ceiling. 

Dropping a lights down dropping the ceiling fans down that need to be dropped his best done by a proficient painter or an electrician. You might find that you have a mixing match set where some lights need to be removed yet others can stay in place. Generally speaking all lights and all ceiling fans at the very minimum require you to protect them and cover them up with plastic and tape. 

If you have the choice between removing your lights and ceiling fans or keeping them in place and working around them your likely going to be better off simply protecting them and working around them rather than removing them or dropping them from the ceiling. It can be whatever you want and whatever the job requires.

3. Get Yourself Personal Protection Equipment & Throw Away Clothes.


Every basic popcorn removal job requires at least some basic personal protection equipment and the set of throwaway clothes. At minimum you should consider using protective eyeglasses, a hat of some type, a good pair of gloves, and a heavy duty respirator or a very very good mask. it's never a good idea to take on any type of construction job in barefoot so a good pair of shoes or boots is likely appropriate. Scraping your ceilings to get rid of the popcorn ceilings very dusty and dirty job even if the ceiling texture is soaked in water and as a bit on the mushy side. 

The ceiling texture will definitely get flying and it's going to go everywhere. The idea is you want to cover your eyes and your face and your mouth with personal protection equipment, cover yourself up in good throw away clothes that you won't be needing anymore, and then use a bodysuit that you can buy from any hardware store or paint store. 

With the bodysuits throw away clothes and personal protection equipment on you should be in good shape too get ready to tackle your popcorn ceiling removal job. The dust and dirt from ceiling texture removal will hang in the air a long time . Where possible it's always wise to crack open the windows in the doors and if possible to get a breeze going on throughout the house when you're scraping. Never take your mask or your respirator or your personal protection equipment off when you're in the house you're scraping popcorn ceilings.

4. Get The Right Tools & Process For The Job.


Popcorn ceiling removal comes in two types. Easy popcorn ceiling removal jobs hard and difficult popcorn ceiling removal jobs. Using the right tools and the right process for popcorn removal to help make your popcorn ceiling removal job a lot easier. If you have a lot of extra free time on your hands, you have a good back, and your low on funds you can always do things the hard way and still get very good looking results. 

While some people might advocate using a vacuum powered sander to send off and suck up the popcorn ceiling as it comes off the ceiling we prefer the sharp edge of a good knife and some mighty fine popcorn scraping that gets things right down to the board. We find that the best way to remove popcorn ceilings is with a 4 ft to 8 ft painting pool with a 12-in brand new drywall knife significantly taped to the end of the painting Pole. 

That's your popcorn scraper right there and likely the only one that you'll need for the entire house. Should cost you under $50 to buy yourself a brand new 4 ft to 8 ft painting pole and a new 12-in drywall knife from just about any hardware store. Next up you'll need a way to spray hot water or warm water all over the ceiling. We prefer to use an airless paint sprayer machine to spray water all over the entire popcorn ceiling. 

Using an airless paint machine to spray hot water onto your popcorn ceiling will allow you to soak an entire room with a popcorn ceiling with water in just minutes. You can always use a spray bottle full of water hot or cold water and manually spray water onto the popcorn ceiling that's likely to take you forever.

5. Start Scraping Off And Removing Your Popcorn Ceilings.


With the ceilings sprayed with water and soaked and mushy, its time to start scraping off your popcorn ceilings. You can generally start in any room and in any location on the ceiling. We always prefer to start in any corner of the room and work our way around and out of the room. 

If you start the popcorn ceiling scraping in the farthest corner of the room and work your way backwards, you should be able to figure out a way to scrape off the popcorn in such a way that you don't have to walk over the popcorn that has been scraped off and fallen to the floor. The idea is you want to scrape away most if not all of the popcorn. 

You want to use the knife on the pole to scrape the water soaked popcorn down to the drywall board. Extra attention and a light hand is required around the areas that contain drywall mud. If you see drywall mud be sure you don't scrape those areas with a lot of force. Aim small, miss small. Simply take your time and gently scrape off the popcorn. 

If the popcorn is dried up simply grab the spray paint machine full of water, or the water bottle, and spray the ceiling again and continue scraping. You should be aiming to get 99% of the popcorn off on the first pass. Continue room to room, until the popcorn is removed, and be sure to leave the plastic in place, and be mindful of stepping on the plastic as you go about scraping.

6. Let Things Dry Out A Day & Then Sand It All Down.


Gallons and gallons of water being sprayed into your popcorn ceiling is going to have to go somewhere. While the popcorn ceiling texture itself will suck up a lot of the water, even more water will be sucked up and adsorbed by your drywall on your ceiling. After you have scraped off all of the popcorn off all of your ceilings its best to let things dry out a day. 

Turn up the furnace, crack the windows, and let time and temperature do it's thing. Usually a full 24 hours of time from the time you finish scraping the last ceiling full of popcorn is enough dry time. Take off the knife that has been attached to the paint poll and replace it with a plastic sanding head, or even better a metal sanding head. 

You want to find and use some very high grit sand paper like a 120 grit or a 180 grit sand paper. 100 grit sand paper is the lowest grit you want to use. Ideally if you can find a couple of sheets of used and warn sand paper that would be the best type of sand paper to use. Start sanding. The idea is to very lightly and consistently sand off all of the ceiling to remove all of the extra bits of dust and debris and cling-ons that might have not made it off in the first pass. 

You must sand out the entire ceiling, and all of the ceiling. Any tougher or harder to remove areas might need a bit more scraping. Make sure you are mindful of the plastic and keep in mind that you really don't need to brute force the sanding. Think of it as brooming off your ceiling with a pole sander. You just want to get it clean and free of dust, extra mud, or tougher areas of popcorn that might need a second pass.

7. Check For Additional Drywall Touchups & Double Check Tape & Plastic.


Even the best of the best popcorn ceiling removal experts will cause a little bit of repairable damage on your ceiling. You should be expecting to scratch and gouge out your ceiling from time to time. It's inevitable. After you have scraped off the popcorn, allowed a day or two for dry time, and then sanded out your ceilings to a flat finish, its a good time to get at the repairs. 

A little bit of drywall mud or spackle over top of the scratches, dents, and dings will be required. For best results, put on two or more coats of drywall mud or spackle and allow dry time. It's best for time efficiency that you do your best to complete all of the patches on all of the ceilings at the same time - one after the other. 

Once you have patched out the ceilings once, its best to double check all of your touch up areas and hit them again with another coat of mud of spackle. Allow appropriate dry time for the touch up areas, and then hit them with a sanding block and sand out all of the ridges. Everything needs to be flat. Its also a good time to double check all of the tape and masking paper holding up the plastic and covering your walls and floors. 

The next thing you will be doing is spray painting the ceiling with primer and paint, so make sure your tape is still stuck and still strain. If you see any areas that could use extra tape, don't be shy, take the time to tape up those areas. You want the tape edge to line up exactly with the corner were the ceilings and the wall meets. When you pull that tape away you want a strait line.

8. Spray Prime One Coat And Spray Paint Two Coats Of Paint.


Once the first seven steps are completed it's time to prime and paint your ceilings to a new flat finish. We always recommend using a high quality interior drywall primer with stain blocker technology. Using an oil based stain killer or stain blocker primer is ideal to prevent yellowing of your drywall. 

While oil primer is much more expensive than typical latex paint of any type, it's good practice and good business to hit a popcorn removed ceiling with an oil based stain killer primer first. Oil paint is never pleasant to work with. Luckily, with a higher quality airless paint machine, you should be able to oil base and oil prime out your ceiling in under one hour. Of course oil paint and oil primer will leave get you blasted up and feeling really good. 

Allow a day of dry time for the oil based primer to dry out and do your best to stay out of the interior while the oil based primer is drying. Failure to do so will get you blasted real quick. In just minutes you'll feel like you have a 12 pack of beer or a big bottle of wine in you and the pleasant sick feeling in your stomach. Time tends to slow down. A good time for all. After your oil based primer has dried, check again for drywall dents, dings, scratches, and additional repairs that you might have missed the first time. 

Complete those repairs again by addition two coats of drywall mud or spackle, allowing dry time, and sanding to a smooth finish. Hit those new touch up areas with more oil based primer. Allow dry time. Now that everything is finished, looking good, and primed up, it's time to spray paint two coats of flat paint onto your ceiling.

Professional Removal Of Popcorn Ceilings.


At 1/2 Price Pro Calgary Painting, we've completed hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of popcorn ceiling removal jobs in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We can help you save time and money on professional popcorn ceiling removal and provide you an amazing looking flat ceiling. 

If time and money and quality are the most important details of your popcorn ceiling job, we are likely the right Calgary Painting Company for you, that can handle all of your popcorn ceiling needs. Before you think about signing on the dotted line with any other popcorn removal companies out there get a price quote from us first. 

For over a decade and a half now we've been a lower cost alternative popcorn ceiling removal company capable of handling any types of popcorn ceiling removal jobs of any size. Big, medium, large, or small, we popcorn ceiling remove it all, get it done for less, and do our very best to bring you near perfect and flat expert popcorn ceiling removal services for the right price, in the right budget, and are one of the better painting companies out there to handle all of your interior and exterior residential and commercial painting and ceiling texturing needs.