Popcorn Removal – Ceiling Painting Texture

Nowadays, more and more people are opting for popcorn removal to bring their homes up to date. Having a popcorn painting texture on your ceiling certainly does date your home, since this technique has been out of date for quite a while.

In addition to modernizing the look of your home, there are a number of reasons why you should consider updating your wall or ceiling painting texture through popcorn removal. These reasons include aesthetics, convenience, and safety.

Before we arrive:

Have all fragile items removed from the room(s), such as vases, tabletop framed photos, anything breakable that could be knocked over. Please remove all items from mantels, top shelves, table tops, etc. If your closets are included, please be sure the top shelf is emptied. We will take care of moving large items around where we need them, such as sofas and tables. We work from the center of the room and will move everything to the edges of the work area. We need enough room to easily move our ladders and equipment around. Keep in mind that you and your family will not have access to the work area during the process, so make any arrangements necessary for your convenience (toilet, necessary belongings, telephone, etc.) We recommend you make arrangements to leave the home during the work if your entire home is being done.

Our preparation:

We cover the floors with 2-3 layers of plastic, and cover the furniture as well. The furnishings will be moved towards the walls or removed from the room. Plastic is hung on the walls all the way around each room, from the ceiling to the floor, and secured in place with masking tape. This tape can cause peeling of the underlying wall paint and cannot be prevented due to the nature of the strong adhesives needed . Once the masking process is complete, each room will resemble a large garbage bag, with only the ceiling exposed. This keeps your home protected from water, drywall dust, popcorn ceiling debris, etc…Light fixtures, smoke detectors, ceiling fan bell housings and the like, will be dropped down or removed. Any remaining fixtures will be masked and covered with plastic.

We then wet the ceiling with water and use drywall knives to scrape off the acoustic. The water must be used in order to control the dust an to keep the drywall from being damaged by the scraping process. We then repair any damaged sheetrock, and recoat the tape joints and nail spots where needed. Once dry, your ceiling will be retextured in the style of your choice. The new texture will need to dry for a minimum of 24 hours. Weather and temperature can affect the dry time. Please keep your thermostat set at around 66° in the winter, and about 75° in the summer. We also ask that you keep a few windows just slightly open throughout your home for good ventilation. These precautions are to insure good adhesion of the new texture to the sheetrock.