Popcorn Ceiling Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Homeowners of Columbia and the surrounding areas, do you have popcorn texture on your ceilings? If so, you’re not alone. Many people choose to have this type of ceiling because it’s cheap and easy to install. However, over time the popcorn can start to look dated and can even be challenging to clean. So, if you’re looking to remove the popcorn texture from your ceilings, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we will walk you through a step-by-step guide on how we do it. However, we are not going to sugarcoat it, this process is the messiest one of all.

Popcorn Ceiling Texture Removal

The Downsides of Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings are a type of textured ceiling that was very popular in the 1970s and 1980s. They are made by spraying a popcorn-like material onto the ceiling. There are a few reasons you might want to remove popcorn texture from your ceilings. The most standout reasons include:

  • Difficult To Clean: If you have ever tried to dust one of these ceilings, you know that the popcorn just ends up getting everywhere.
  • Not Very Asethically Pleasing: It’s also important to note that popcorn ceilings are not very aesthetically pleasing. It makes your home look dated instead of modern. While they were popular years ago, most people today prefer a more modern look for their homes.
  • May Contain Asbestos: Popcorn ceilings also have the potential to contain asbestos. If your home was built before 1978, it’s essential to have your popcorn ceiling tested for asbestos before starting the removal process.

Step by Step Process of Popcorn Ceiling texture Removal

While it may seem simple just to scrap the popcorn texture off your ceiling, it’s actually a bit more complicated. You’ll want to make sure that you do it safely and correctly so that your ceiling doesn’t end up getting damaged in the process, which is why most people hire a professional. Below is a step-by-step guide on how our company removes popcorn texture from ceilings.

The Scraping Process

The first step is to scrape the popcorn texture off of the ceiling. We use a special popcorn scraper that helps to remove the popcorn without damaging the ceiling itself. This process can be a bit time-consuming and typically takes a few days. There will be dust no matter how clean you try to be during the process.

Sanding Down The Ceiling

Once the popcorn texture is removed, the next step is to sand down the ceiling. This helps to create a smooth surface that will be ready for painting or texturing. We use a special sander that is designed for ceilings so that we don’t damage your ceiling in the process.

Applying The Final Coat Of Joint Compound

The last step is to apply a final coat of joint compound. This helps to smooth out any imperfections in the ceiling and gives it a nice, even finish.

Resanding Again And Spot Patch Any Scratches Or Nicks

Once the joint compound is dry, we will resand the ceiling again. This helps to make sure that everything is smooth and even. We will also spot patch any scratches or nicks that may have happened during the process.

Prime The Ceiling With An Oil-Based Primer

After the ceiling is completely smooth, we will prime it with an oil-based primer. This helps to create a barrier between the paint and the ceiling so that your paint job lasts for years to come.

Another Round Of Light Sanding

The last step before painting is to give the ceiling a light sanding. This helps to remove any dust or debris that may have been left behind.

Two Coats Of Ceiling Paint

Once the ceiling is prepped and ready, we will apply two coats of ceiling paint. This helps to give you a nice, even finish that will last for years.

How Long Will the Popcorn Removal Process Take?

The answer depends on a few factors, including the size of your room and the condition of your popcorn ceiling. In general, it’s possible to remove a small room’s popcorn ceiling in a few days. Larger rooms may take several days, and particularly challenging projects could take a week or more. Additionally, if your popcorn ceiling is in good condition, the removal process will be simpler and faster than if it’s in poor condition. Water damage, for example, can make popcorn ceilings very difficult to remove.

Overall, the best way to get an accurate estimate of how long your particular popcorn ceiling removal project will take is to consult with a professional contractor. They will be able to assess the size and condition of your room and give you a more specific timeline for the project.

Is It Expensive To Remove Popcorn Texture

If you’re considering removing your popcorn ceilings, you may be wondering how much the process will cost. The answer depends on a few factors, such as the amount of ceilings you want to remove and the amount of prep work required. Our popcorn removal rate starts at $3.50 per square foot of ceiling and go up to $6 per square feet.

With that said, if you’re not comfortable taking on such a large project, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Overall, the cost of removing popcorn ceilings is relatively affordable, especially when compared to other home improvement projects. So if you’re tired of looking at those unsightly bumps on your ceiling, don’t hesitate to get rid of them once and for all.

Are you ready To Remove that outdated texture From Your Ceilings?

If you’re looking for a way to improve the look of your home, popcorn ceiling removal is a great option. Just don’t be fooled this popcorn removal can be a bit of challenge, especially with the dust that keeps settling even after we clean thoroughly.  So if you’re ready to get rid of those unsightly bumps on your ceiling, be sure to consult with Midland’s Pro Painters. We’ll be happy to assess your project and give you a free estimate. Contact us today to get started!