- Plastic sheeting (2-3 mil for walls, 6 mil for floors)
- Rosin paper
- Painter’s tape
- Putty knife(s)
- Pump up sprayer
- Liquid dishwashing soap
- 6” or wider floor scraper
- Mesh sanding pad with handle
- Drywall joint compound
- Drywall joint tape
- Dust mask or respirator
- Eye protection
Removing a textured ceiling is a messy so prep work is very important to keep from damaging your walls or floor and to make clean up easier.
- Remove all furniture from the room.
- Turn off the heating or cooling system and close any vents. Ceiling vents should be removed and covered with plastic.
- Turn off the power to the room and remove any ceiling lights or paddle fans.
- Cover wall outlets and switches with plastic, sealing them with painter’s tape.
- Cover the floor with plastic, extending it a foot up the wall and attaching it with painter’s tape.
- Cover floor with plastic before spraying ceiling, and secure to walls with painter's tape
- Cover floor with plastic before spraying ceiling, and secure to walls with painter's tape.
- Run painter’s tape on the wall around the ceiling along the walls and attach the 2-3 mil plastic sheeting to it, overlapping the plastic along the bottom of the wall.
- To assist in clean up, cover the floor with rosin paper, overlapping the sheets and taping them together.
- Running painter's tape around the walls next to the ceiling
- Run painter's tape around the walls next to the ceiling, and attach plastic sheets to it.
Getting It Down
- Be sure to wear a dust mask and safety glasses, and keep the part of the ceiling you are working on damp to reduce dust.
Spraying textured ceiling.
- Fill a pump up sprayer with warm water and add 2-3 tablespoons of dishwashing soap per gallon of water.
- Saturate a 4-6 foot square section of the ceiling with the solution. Wet it enough to loosen it, but not so much that it damages the drywall under the texture.
- Wait 10-15 minutes for the solution to be absorbed by the texture material.
- Use a floor scraper, or other wide bladed tool, to gently scrape away the popcorn texture. Be careful not to gouge the drywall or tear the drywall joint tape.
- If the texture proves difficult to remove, spray it again, wait a few minutes, and try again.
- Use a putty knife to remove any residual material as well as to get into the corners.
- Using a scraper to remove wet ceiling texture
Repairs and Finishing Touches
You’ll probably need to do some drywall finishing to the ceiling after the texture has been removed, including:
- Hammer any visible nails or screws below the surface and cover them with joint compound.
- Replace any damaged drywall tape and smooth out the joints with joint compound.
- Once the repair work has dried, sand the ceiling with a long handled mesh sanding pad. Sand only to remove the high spots, as too much sanding will damage the ceiling.
- Sanding the ceiling with a long handled, drywall sanding pad
- The final touch is to prime and paint the ceiling using latex ceiling paint.