Introduction

Always test for asbestos before attempting DIY popcorn removal. You can purchase a test kit in the hardware section of the store. If the test is positive, leave this job to the professionals.

Step 1

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Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Prep the Room

Remove furniture from the space, or move it to the center of the space and cover with plastic sheeting. By laying down a drop cloth and plastic sheeting, you’ll protect flooring and furnishings from dust and debris and it will be easy cleanup after you're done.

Step 2

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Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Spray the Ceiling

Fill a spray bottle with warm water, then spray one small section (10 square feet) of ceiling at a time. Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Don’t over saturate the popcorn coating, as it could damage the underlying drywall surface.

Step 3

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Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Scrape the Ceiling

Slowly remove the popcorn coating from the drywall with a wide drywall scraper, working one section at a time.

Step 4

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Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Clean Up Debris

Before touching up with drywall compound, roll up the drop cloth and plastic sheeting. Take them outside, and shake out into a garbage bin. Lay the plastic sheeting back down, or lay down drop cloths before proceeding to the next step.

Step 5

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Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Touch Up Ceiling

Apply drywall compound to any problem areas using a drywall knife to get a smooth skim. Allow to dry overnight, then lightly sand and wipe clean with a sanding block and damp cloth.

Step 6

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Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Prime and Paint

Paint the ceiling with paint and roller with an extension attachment. Use a tinted paint that dries white to help you with the process.

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Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions