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Old 03-19-2012, 05:32 PM   #1
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My brother in law wants me to help repair his deceased Mom's condo in CT, so I just received the bid specs. He is seriously spec'ing a popcorn ceiling in the MBR and another smaller ceiling. This is a CT snowstorm from last October 2011 renovation with some water damage. He's spiffing the condo up for an estate sale.
Should I hire a pro to spray on a real popcorn ceiling or rehang new rock and hand roller one on? Will it look mickey mouse if hand rollered compared to the rest of the condo? Or should I try to talk him into an honest flat taped finished ceiling?

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Why not rent the sprayer and spray it on?

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Yep. And get a bag of this and off you go.
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I guess my question is more of a "flip the condo" type: would you match an old style 80's condo popcorn ceiling or consider a real reno and try for something a bit more modern?
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Just IMHO if it is a flip or resale I wouldn't do anything to drive up my investment. If it's just a few rooms then I would scrape, repair as needed and reblow popcorn. Just make sure you do an entire room because, as I am sure you are already aware, that crap is almost impossible to match.
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Last year I replaced half of a water damaged bedroom ceiling. Used popcorn paint from HD. Then painted the whole ceiling with flat ceiling white. Matched perfect.

Doing a couple of small popcorn repairs this week, planning on same.

For just a fix up to flip, I would go this route if it were me.
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I guess my question is more of a "flip the condo" type: would you match an old style 80's condo popcorn ceiling or consider a real reno and try for something a bit more modern?
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My brother in law wants me to help repair his deceased Mom's condo in CT, so I just received the bid specs. He is seriously spec'ing a popcorn ceiling in the MBR and another smaller ceiling. This is a CT snowstorm from last October 2011 renovation with some water damage. He's spiffing the condo up for an estate sale.
Should I hire a pro to spray on a real popcorn ceiling or rehang new rock and hand roller one on? Will it look mickey mouse if hand rollered compared to the rest of the condo? Or should I try to talk him into an honest flat taped finished ceiling?

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Is the whole place popcorn now or are you just doing it in those two rooms?
Ceilings are one thing you don't want to screw up. Sounds to me like you should hire a pro.

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Is that water your spraying?
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Why not buy the small hopper and own it? It wouldn't work for an entire house but it's great for one ceiling and repairs. Costs about 70.00
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Is that water your spraying?
should be.
i usually use a garden pump sprayer because it's less to bring in my truck and less noise so i can listen to the radio.
i'm with sirmixalot - scrape that crap and do a new texture. it'll be a million times better.
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If they are planning to sell the condo in the near future, it might be wise to talk to a couple of real estate agents now. The agents would know if a popcorn ceiling is a major drawback in that area/price point or not. (And they could also give you advice on any other improvements that would be worth your trouble.)

Around here, buyers might overlook popcorn ceilings on a really cheap condo or house but would expect a price reduction (of easily twice the replacement cost) on any mid-level condo or house with popcorn ceilings. If the condo was built in the 80's, you are free and clear to remove and sometimes the process is way easier than expected. My vote is to remove it all but if I were you, I would still talk to a real estate agent first. Good luck!
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Is that water your spraying?
Yep. That popcorn had previously been painted.
So I had already sprayed it once with water and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Then sprayed it again (that's the part in the video).
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Now that is pro.

I gotta ask, is that a popular layout for a house in Florida because it looks a lot like a house I stayed at in Kissimmee.
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I gotta ask, is that a popular layout for a house in Florida because it looks a lot like a house I stayed at in Kissimmee.
Thanks Kevin.
Yeah the open living areas area very popular down here.
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I usually use a garden pump sprayer because it's less to bring in my truck and less noise so i can listen to the radio.
i'm with sirmixalot - scrape that crap and do a new texture. it'll be a million times better.
I used to use a pump sprayer.
But, I got tired of lugging it around spraying a little, then pump it, spray a little and pump it ect...
The airless is just way more efficient for me personally.
Plus I always' have my airless in the van.
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Why not buy the small hopper and own it? It wouldn't work for an entire house but it's great for one ceiling and repairs. Costs about 70.00
Funny this post came up. I just did my first Popcorn ceiling repair. I had to replace some of the sheetrock from a leak. I bought a texture spray gun from harbor freight for $27. I used the Behr 'popcorn" pre mixed texture paint from H.D. and I was very satisfied with the results.................
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I would have a hard time putting popcorn back up. The stuff is ridicoulsly dated and very ugly.
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I would have a hard time putting popcorn back up. The stuff is ridicoulsly dated and very ugly.
I don't know if I would say ''all'' popcorn is ugly. Dated,yes.

Some customers opt to redo/update at time of repairs. Some just can't afford it.
Some customers have us do main living areas and leave other areas alone.

Have a popcorn repair coming up shortly. Its on concrete. I may be able to talk him into redoing his whole place. It's right on the ocean and morning light off the water shows everything. I like knockdown in those situations.

Too bad it's just a little bit out of Sir Mix's area to the South.

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Still working out the details before heading down to look over the condo. As there is all new flooring planned, it may be worthwhile to strip out all the old popcorn and refinish.
Given that there is a doorway into the MBR it may be an opportunity to break between flat and popcorn...but that may look real hokey too, having both textures. Will report back when I get down there.
Market for this place is down around $150K, so elaborate textured ceilings, crown molding, $900 spa fountains etc are unlikely...

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