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Repairing a Textured Ceiling


I have a textured family room ceiling that got wet from a leak above. The leak was fixed and the damaged area measures approximately 2'x2'. It is bubbled and pulled away from the ceiling. How do I repair this without affecting the rest of the 20'x12' area?


I fixed our ceiling with a "texture in a spray" spray can that I found at a home repair store. It worked great, and I'm new to home repairs. Practice a little before spraying on the ceiling to get the feel of it.

I also used the "texture in a spray can" I had to use 3 layers to build it up slowly.
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The product I used is called Homax Easy Touch - Knockdown Texture. It cost me about $12.00 at the local home repair outlet. According to the address on the can Homax is located in Bellingham WA. It covers about 16 sq. ft. I was satisfied with the product .


Removing a Stain from a Spray Ceiling


I have water and mildew stains on my ceiling, is there a way to remove or cover them up without repainting the entire ceiling?

You can get rid of mildew with bleach/water mix but the water stains are another story. They can not
be removed. If this is a bathroom or a moisture problem area they will just keep coming back.
Prime with a stain blocking primer then paint. Most bathroom and kitchen paint has fungicides to
help prevent this. If it is a high moisture area install an exhaust fan or open windows or install a dehumidifier. ALL of these will help PREVENT this from happening again.


Popcorn Patch Job

Is there a product that can be purchased easily to spray a patch of ceiling popcorn back on that has been damaged? I have tried the type you spread on, but the size of the popcorn is smaller and tends to took like a poor patch job.

I have used the pressurized cans of popcorn patch. 1 can is about $9 and will cover about 4 sq. ft, they claim. Messy is an understatement. Imagine a mix of oatmeal and cottage cheese coming out of a fire hose. About 10% sticks to the ceiling and the other 90% blows back at you and all over the room. I set up plastic screens around the work area and it still went all over. I don't think any patch will ever look exactly the same, but once painted, its not real noticeable.

Yes, but expensive and very messy ,however you can use that general popcorn spread it on and take a paint brush and felt it on or around the end, and it should look good.

Painting a Popcorn Ceiling

Can I paint a popcorn ceiling? The ceiling in my family room has the popcorn texturing and I would like to give it a fresh, clean coat of paint. Can I use a large knapp roller? Also, there is glitter embedded in the current paint. How can I give it a fresh coat of bright white and achieve the same effect with the glitter?

Yes, but use an oil-based paint. Be sure not to use a latex paint, which will break down the rough texture. Use a long-nap roller and apply very light pressure to avoid disturbing the textured surface.

Removing Popcorn/Textured Ceilings


Help, how do I remove a popcorn/textured ceiling, by myself?.

I have talked to a few people that have did this themselves yet I have not attempted it myself.
All they did was wet down the area with a spray bottle with warm water...used a scraper and scraped it off. Prime then paint once you get it all off.

Be sure to have the popcorn tested for asbestos. It's a major health hazard to remove an asbestos popcorn ceiling. It requires specialized companies.







Skim Coating Ceilings


I have that sprayed on cottage cheese looking stuff on my ceiling. Is it difficult to get that off or is it removable and how? Once removed someone said it would then be best to skim coat the ceiling? How difficult is this? Is it something I should hire someone to do?

It can be removed, yes. Just use a scraper, and gently scrape all that stuff off. Then you should use sandpaper on a sanding block to clean up what is left. I think you will find it comes off rather easily. This will be a rather dusty messy job, however.

I have also heard a recommendation of spraying the ceiling with water (with a hand pump spray bottle) and the scraping it off. Do this a small area at a time.


As for repainting, I am not sure what you mean by skim coating the ceiling. You can repaint it yourself of course. Ceiling paints often come with sand, etc in them to give a textured finish (you know, since you are scraping yours off). The purpose is to difuse the light in the room and keep it from being glaring. If you don't want a textured paint, be sure to use a flat ceiling paint which will offer somewhat the same effect.

More on Removing Popcorn/Texture

How do I remove the "Popcorn" texture from my ceiling?

Ceiling texture is removed with a scaper, such as a wide putty knife.

Just be careful, if your ceiling is old it could have asbestos in it. That's what happened to us. But if it's newer and asbestos isn't an issue, they have paint and varnish scrapers with a kind of curved edge to them that work really well, better than a putty knife because of the solidity of the scraping blade.

Removing Popcorn from Drywall Ceiling

How do you remove popcorn from drywall ceiling ?

Actually, removal is a lot easier than putting it on.
It should just scrape off with a wide scraper. Then lightly sand it to flatten everything out.

Removing Popcorn from Plaster Ceiling

I am redoing a 1940's house with plaster walls and ceilings. All of the ceilings are smooth except two. These have the blown popcorn finish to them. What is the easiest way to strip the popcorn off without damaging the plaster.

We had the same issue, and simply sprayed a light coat of warm water over the popcorn and scraped the materials off the ceiling. There was some minor touch-up on the ceiling, but all in all, very easy to remove. A word of caution, though, you should check if this popcorn is made of asbestos (which was common in pre-80s houses), and take necessary precautions if it is in fact asbestos based.

One Last Look at Removing Popcorn

I am currently renovating a bedroom in a 30-year-old colonial. My problem is that I would like to remove the texture from the ceiling and prepare a smooth surface for painting but I don't know how to go about it. Any suggestions on the best way to do this?

The popcorn etc, type-ceiling material will scrape off easily with a scraper, then sand the whole thing flat. Messy, but not too difficult. Wear a good dust mask!

Converting Flat to Vaulted Ceiling

Can I remove the existing flat ceiling in a upstairs bedroom and convert it to a vaulted ceiling? It currently has drywall attached to ceiling joists with attic space above. I'm wondering if I can remove the existing drywall and joists, add new joists, apply new drywall, and give it a vaulted look? Will this compromise the room structure or are the joists just for hanging the drywall for the ceiling?

What you are proposing is possible but without seeing your house's construction I would not dare to just say rip away. The joists, beside just holding up the ceiling, tie the two outer walls together keeping the roof from pushing them apart. (As the weight of the roof through the rafters pushes down) This is why in vaulted ceilings you see some exposed beams performing this function.
Have someone knowledgeable like an architect take a look and advise you.

Raising Ceiling

How do I go by raising a ceiling. I have a 8 ft. ceiling and I want to raise it to 9 ft, above the ceiling are regular ceiling joist, with a gable style home.

There is no way, then, short of taking off the roof adding more wall height and then building a new roof on top of that


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