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Popcorn ceiling texture removal FAQ ·
While you can stay home when texture is being removed, we strongly recommend that you vacate the premises while it is happening. Texture removal creates an inordinate amount of dust, which may or may not contain asbestos, and is very unpleasant and potentially harmful to individuals with respiratory issues, children, and pets. We also use an oil-based primer to seal the stripped drywall before painting. This contains VOC’s which are noxious and hazardous to breathe. You should also have the property professionally dusted and cleaned before moving back in. ·
Unless it is one or two rooms, it generally takes three or more days (depending on the size of the project and size of the crew) to complete a texture removal. One day to cover up and remove texture. A second day to prime and patch any damage or exposed tape. And a third day to sand patchwork and apply a finish coat of paint. It should be noted that we do the above three stages on the entire project and not a room or level at a time. It is much less efficient and therefore more expensive to break the project up into phases. ·
We put plastic on floors, light fixtures, cover furniture and walls (if they aren’t also being painted) to protect them and to capture the removed texture for disposal. The ceilings are soaked with water from a sprayer and the texture is manually removed with drywall knives. Once all texture is off the ceiling, we oil prime the ceilings to completely seal them. Once the primer is dry, we patch any damage from scrapping or any exposed drywall tape with joint compound and caulk any crown molding as necessary. When the compound is dry, it is sanded, and the final coat of flat ceiling paint is applied. ·
We do not. We can drop the flange cover on a ceiling fan, but every other fixture we mask with plastic. If you are having your light fixtures replaced after the texture is removed, you will want to dispose of them before texture removal begins. My ceilings look wavy, will that go away once texture is removed? Unfortunately it probably won’t. While it maybe less noticeable, the wavy-ness is probably due to the underlying wooden framing not being level and not due to the drywall or the texture.
Absolutely! Popcorn texture is a cheap, outmoded building practice that may contain hazardous materials, traps dust, grease and smoke and just doesn’t look very good. While the process to remove it is expensive and very messy, once it is complete you won’t have to think about it ever again! Not to mention it is one of the best ways to increase the re-sale value of your home. Go to Expressyourselfpaint.com to book your free texture removal quote today! https://expressyourselfpaint.com