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Hate Your Popcorn Ceiling? Try These Tips to Take It Down

Is the popcorn ceiling of your Plano home bringing you down? Want to get rid of the outdated and ugly popcorn texture, but dreading the mess and the upper arm workout removing it yourself requires? Here are seven tips from Chipman Contracting to help you take it down.

1. Before you begin, do a scrape test while the ceiling is dry. Does it easily come off? If not, spray the ceiling with water to dampen it and try again. If the popcorn texture still doesn't budge, you may need to purchase chemicals designed to dissolve the material. Performing the scrape test can help you figure out the best method to use.

2. Next, you need to check for asbestos if your ceiling was installed before 1980. Asbestos is a lung irritant known to cause lung cancer. If your home was built before 1980, you should reach out to the county health department and ask for asbestos testing. If you do have asbestos in your popcorn ceiling, you will want to contact a licensed asbestos removal contractor to remove the popcorn ceiling.

3. Get ready for a mess. We are warning you, removing a popcorn ceiling is a big and messy job. The best thing to do is remove everything from the room you will be working in and cover your wall and floors with plastic to catch debris.

4. Take down fixtures. Before you begin, we suggest taking down ceiling fans and light fixtures to make the job easier. If your fixtures cannot be removed, cover them with plastic and turn off power until your job is complete.

5. Spray to soften. Spray your ceiling with water and let it soak in for at least 15-20 minutes before you try to scrape it. Do not soak your ceiling because you could inadvertently cause damage to other ceiling components. If it is not softened and scrapable after 20 minutes, spray it again and wait about 10 more minutes before you try to scrape again.

6. Once the ceiling is wet and scrapable, you can start to remove the popcorn texture by working in small sections at a time using a wide putty knife or scraper. The reason for working in a small area is to prevent the area you just sprayed from drying before you can get to it.

7. When you're done with the scraping, clean up the ceiling with a damp cloth and assess if you have dings or other damage to fix and sand before painting.
Sound like a lot of work? That's because it is.

Let us do the work for you. Call Chipman Contracting today at 972-841-5082 for a quote for removal and refinishing.

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