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Old 12-12-2018, 11:23 PM   #1
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Removing Ceiling Popcorn That's Been Painted


Never done it, never want to have to. My condo owner is looking to have it done and I want to let him know what he's in for cost wise. I know that removing unpainted popcorn is just a matter of wetting it thoroughly and scraping it off. It probably costs twice as much to remove painted popcorn?

The water can't soak in due to the popcorn having been sealed. The ceiling probably gets pretty scarred up having to scrape it off and likely needs extensive patching of the scars afterwards. Does water soak in at all?

Who here has removed ceiling popcorn that's been sealed? I bet it was no fun (which is why I avoid it).

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once sealed it is likely going to be very difficult to wet & remove.

just finished a remodel with approx. 1000 sq ft of painted popcorn ceiling.

drywall guy said it would be WAY cheaper to overlay than try to remove...

my previous experience as well....

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Planex on sealed popcorn after you verify there is no asbestos.

120 square foot ceiling takes about 2 hours. It will take some skimming to get it pretty.

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Planex on sealed popcorn after you verify there is no asbestos.

120 square foot ceiling takes about 2 hours. It will take some skimming to get it pretty.

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Ah. Thanks. Wasn't up on the technique nowadays. I YouTubed it. Probably should have in the first place.

I was also remembering how hard it must have been before planex, years back. I remember having the owner hire that part out. As I remember the ceiling needed a lot of skimming afterwards (gouge gouge).

Edit: I checked out a planex video. Was it the lighting on that video or what? What he was grinding off looked a lot less heavy popcorn than I'm used to seeing. Still, that's the way to go (for sealed acoustic).

Another reason I passed on acoustic removal is some older acoustic ceilings were in the asbestos time frame (still are).

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mine were asbestos

way faster & cheaper to encapsulate and finish than try to remove.


drywall guys had it overlayed w/two coats of mud in one day....

skimmed & skip trowled the next day...

pretty dam fast....
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mine were asbestos

way faster & cheaper to encapsulate and finish than try to remove.


drywall guys had it overlayed w/two coats of mud in one day....

skimmed & skip trowled the next day...

pretty dam fast....
Overlayed? as in a 1/4" of drywall over the ceiling ?

Acoustic ceilings. All that ever did was hide faster drywall and taper mistakes. It never did an acoustic thing. My stereo speakers didn't sound any better.

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I’d expect to pay about $1/ft for what Griz describes, probably more in S. CA.
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Never done it, never want to have to. My condo owner is looking to have it done and I want to let him know what he's in for cost wise. I know that removing unpainted popcorn is just a matter of wetting it thoroughly and scraping it off. It probably costs twice as much to remove painted popcorn?

The water can't soak in due to the popcorn having been sealed. The ceiling probably gets pretty scarred up having to scrape it off and likely needs extensive patching of the scars afterwards. Does water soak in at all?

Who here has removed ceiling popcorn that's been sealed? I bet it was no fun (which is why I avoid it).
I did a main floor and by the time I got to the living room, I was so fed up I dropped the whole ceiling and installed new drywall.

I would either do this or skim over it after knocking down the big chunks.

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