Huge Mistakes to Avoid When Removing Popcorn Ceilings

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Dealing with the ceiling is not a miniature project. It can cost you a lot. But it'll cost you even more when you make mistakes. Popcorn ceilings went out of style a long time ago. They were more popular in the 1950s to 1980s, but homeowners are starting to get rid of them. If you've got these textured ceilings and want to level them, then be careful about it. Don't make the mistakes that many have regretted. Here are some common faults you need to avoid.

Not checking for asbestos

Since these ceilings were mainly constructed back in the day, your number one move should be checking for asbestos. This is a material that was used in the past because of its strength and high resistance to heat and fire. However, it's a dangerous product that can cause multiple respiratory conditions including lung cancer. Contact a reputable lab, and take test samples to it for inspection. If it's got asbestos, then you need to hire professionals specialised in asbestos abatement to clear it out. For more information or advice, contact a business such as USI Pty Ltd.

Overspraying the ceiling

Before you're able to remove the texture, you need to spray the ceiling with water. Doing so softens the texture and makes it a lot easier to remove the adhesive bond. However, one big mistake that DYIers make is spraying too much water at once. This causes the water to damage the wall boards and paper surface that lies underneath. The best way to spray the ceiling would be to make multiple light passes. This ensures that the ceiling gradually absorbs the water, and it'll make scraping off the adhesive a breeze.

Not considering the paint

You can spray as much water as your tank can carry but very little would be absorbed if the ceiling was painted. The layer of paint covers up the ceiling and prevents it from absorbing the water. If you are unsure if the ceiling was painted, simply spray a small area and watch if the water would be absorbed. If not, then the ceiling is painted. For painted ceilings, you need to apply a chemical stripper that will break down the paint and allow the water to reach the adhesive bond.

Putting too much pressure when scraping

Avoid scrapping the ceiling repeatedly and with too much pressure. This damages the underlying drywall paper and creates a really bad image of teared portions once you're done. If the popcorn doesn't get off the ceiling easily, then spay more water. Scraping it repeatedly won't make it come off any better.


18 November 2015

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Richard and my big passion in life is looking for old buildings to restore. My love of old buildings started when I was seven years old and I visited my grandparent's house in Alice Springs. It was a large Victorian building which looked magnificent even though it was in a bad state of repair. Once I grew up and made some money, I decided I would like to invest in old buildings to bring them back to life. I hire a range of different contractors to complete the work on my behalf but I take a keen interest and I have learnt a lot of things.