The Complete Removal Process

Do you prefer to try ceiling remodeling in Mesa, AZ as a DIY project? If so, we’ve outlined the steps to follow below. Popcorn ceiling removal and retexturing is a six-step process.

Popcorn removal supplies

  1. Gather the required materials
    • Plastic sheeting: You’ll use this to cover furniture, walls and floors. Choose thick material so it will not rip as the popcorn falls onto it.
    • Heavy-duty masking tape: Get the good stuff, and don’t bother trying the blue tape. It won’t hold the plastic in place.
    • Weed sprayer: You need some kind of spray tool you can fill with water to wet the ceiling.
    • Scraper: Almost any scraper will work fine.
    • Mask: You don’t want to breathe in the stuff you’ll be scraping off your ceiling.
    • Drywall knives: You’ll need six-inch and 12-inch drywall knives to repair nicks and gouges already present, plus the ones you’ll inevitably create while scraping.
    • All-purpose joint compound: A 48-pound box should be enough.
    • Garbage bags: You’ll need more than your usual kitchen bags. Get large bags, 6mm thick.
  2. Prep the space
    Remove everything from the walls and ceilings. Take all plants, animals and children out of the room. Place blankets over your furniture, then put the plastic up. Start at the ceiling line and drape the plastic all the way to the floor. Overlap each subsequent panel of plastic, then go back and tape over the seams of each panel. Don’t forget to line any pathways between the room and other places you’ll need to access (such as the bathroom).
  3. Remove the popcorn ceiling
    Fill the weed sprayer with water and spray your ceiling. You’ll probably need to spray down the whole ceiling twice before you start scraping. You want it to be wet, not just moist. This process will probably take about 20 minutes.
    Once the ceiling is wet, don your mask, grab the scraper, and scrape away the popcorn. Push more than pull, using perpendicular strokes to the wall and holding the scraper at a 22-35-degree angle. The scraping process should take you one and a half to two hours.
  4. Complete repairs
    Once the popcorn is off the ceiling, you can evaluate the surface for any cracks or poorly taped areas that need repairs. Also check for gouges you may have just added. Use the drywall knives and quick-dry smooth set to complete repairs.
  5. Retexture and repaint
    Most homeowners hire a professional company to retexture and finish at this point. They will complete any additional repairs needed to ensure the surface is properly prepped, then complete the retexturing. The most popular ceiling texture Valley wide is skip trowel. Make sure you or your hired professionals put up a quality primer sealer before the top coat. We recommend rolling rather than spraying these coats. Most homeowners choose a flat sheen for the finish.
  6. Clean up
    Un-tape the plastic from the ceiling and roll to the inside to keep all the sludge inside the plastic. Place plastic in heavy-duty garbage bags and dispose. Keep in mind you’ll have between 200 and 500 pounds of slimy sludge to haul away, so you’ll probably need some assistance (and check with your waste removal company to ensure they will take these materials).

Repeat this process for each room that has a popcorn ceiling. Or, call Beehive Ceilings if you want to leave all this fun stuff to us! Reach us for a free estimate at 480-888-1200.