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How do you get rid of a textured ceiling?

How to get rid of a textured ceiling

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popcorn ceiling Although very popular in the 1950s, Stucco ceilings, sometimes called, “Popcorn” or “acoustic ceilings”, are now less commonly seen in homes.

Artex, different to Stucco, is also a popular textured ceiling covering found in homes.

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tools needed for removing popcorn ceiling To remove a textured ceiling, you will need:

  • Protective plastic drop-cloths
  • A long-handled scraper
  • A pump garden sprayer filled with water
  • A sanding pole and 100-grit sandpaper.
overalls Removing a textured ceiling is not particularly difficult, but it can be unpleasant.

Make sure you’re wearing protective clothing as the paint on the ceiling will fall onto you as you scrape.

fuse box

Step 1 – Prepare room

Clear the room of all contents, including any hanging electrical fixtures.

Turn off the room’s electric supply at the fuse box.

hanging dropcloths using painters tape

Step 2 – Protect walls and floor

Cover the floor with plastic drop-cloths.

Also protect the wall by hanging drop-cloths using painters’ tape positioned about 5mm below the ceiling.

water sprayer

Step 3 – Soak ceiling

Soften the texture with a light water spray.

Then wait a couple of minutes for the water to soak into the ceiling.

removing popcorn ceiling

Step 4 – Use scraper

Scrape the texture away from you to remove from the ceiling using the scraper.

Sanding pole

Step 5 – Sand down

Use a sanding pole with 100-grit sandpaper to remove excess dust and smooth the surface of the ceiling.


Step 6 – Clear up mess

Fold up the plastic sheeting, collecting the remains of the textured ceiling and then throw it all away.

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