Popcorn Ceiling Removal for Fort Lauderdale Homeowners

If you have a house that was built in the 80′s in Fort Lauderdale, you probably have that popcorn texture on your ceiling.  You know, that super bumpy cobweb filled mess with edges that are impossible to paint cleanly.

After you determine that there is no asbestos (if your house was built after 1978, there most likely isn’t – but be sure!) you can remove the texture from the ceiling using the following supplies and tools:

  • Pump Sprayer
  • White Vinegar
  • Hot Water
  • Large Putty Scraper
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Spray Texture (with or without hopper & compressor)
  • Primer & Paint

Prep the Room

Prep the room by clearing out the furniture and covering the floor and walls with plastic.  It should be completely and totally covered because this process makes a huge mess. This total cover up of everything will make clean up will be much easier.

Tape the plastic sheeting up to the walls just under the ceiling line.  Make sure the floor is covered wall to wall and tape down at edges.  Then tape the wall sheeting to the floor sheeting.

Remove any light fixtures, heat vents, etc.

Prep the Mixture

Make your vinegar mixture in the pump sprayer tank. If you are using a one gallon sprayer, put in one cup of white vinegar, then fill it up to the one gallon line with hot water.  Make sure it’s H-O-T.  That would make the measurements for the mixture 1 cup vinegar to 15 cups hot water.

Spray and Scrape

Wear safety glasses and a mask for this part as it’s very messy and the ceiling texture will be falling on your head and face.

Start spraying, wetting down the popcorn so you can easily scrape it off.  Spray a patch that is about 3 feet by 3 feet with your vinegar/water mixture.  Let it soak in for 3 or 4 minutes, and then scrape it off carefully with long smooth strokes. Spray ahead a section so it will be soaking in while you scrape the current section you are working on. Caution in amount of mixture you spray in that it is very important because too much spray can soak the sheetrock, causing you to scrape out chunks of the ceiling itself.  It also will make your ceiling very wet and you’ll have to wait a long time before you can add texture and paint. However, too little spray can make it hard to scrape.  Start on the light side and adjust accordingly.  If it’s too hard to scrape, spray a little more, until you have figured out the right amount for your ceiling. You should be scraping down to the sheetrock, but not into it.  When the texture comes off you should be able to see the mudding and patching in the sheetrock seams.

Let it dry!

Imperative that the drying process be complete and thorough!

Spray on New Texture

Ceilings, even flat looking ones, have some kind of texture.  Hardware stores have many different kinds of spray texture.  The most fine and flat one is usually called “Orange Peel” texture. Read the directions on the texture sprayer carefully and follow them closely.  You want to use smooth, even strokes as you spray the ceiling so the texture spreads out evenly.

Let it Dry!

Continued patience is required as there is a lot of drying time in this process.

Prime and Paint

Prime and paint but remember that it’s a ceiling, and does not require fancy and or expensive paint.

Clean Up

Start with the top of the wall panels and remove the tape. Lay plastic across floor covering the debris from the removal process.  Fold in all sides to the middle like you are wrapping toast crumbs up in a napkin.  Pick up your big ball of plastic wrapped popcorn ceiling and throw it in the trash.  Clean up – DONE!!

If you are interested in learning more about Popcorn Ceiling Removal in your Fort Lauderdale home or business; or Drywall Repair,  Knock Down Texture Ceiling, Smooth Finish Ceiling, Interior Painting or Exterior Painting, you are invited to contact Ross Brothers Professional Popcorn Ceiling Removal at 954-256-1840.

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