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melindqui
Getting rid of ceiling texture (not popcorn)
melindqui

We bought a 1979 ranch house a few years ago and the ceiling has this texture that makes me crazy. I say there has to be a reasonable way to fix it or cover it up. My husband says it isn't worth it. I'm wondering if anyone else has successfully dealt with this sort of texture. There are sunbursts around the ceiling fans and kind of half circles every where else (some more deftly executed than others).

I can't seem to add the image file (TOH system says it is not a valid file), so here is a link to the image on my Pinterest page: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/39/55/c6/3955c6e0f8142043589c37e0731e2e0e.jpg

Fencepost
Re: Getting rid of ceiling texture (not popcorn)
Fencepost

The easiest solution will be to cover the entire ceiling with a skim coat of plaster or drywall mud and smooth it out that way. Not saying it's going to be easy; only that it's the easiest. Removing the old stuff without damaging the sheetrock would be very difficult.

Another option is to put another layer of sheetrock over it. Or if you're really enterprising, rip down the ceiling and start over.

Clarence
Re: Getting rid of ceiling texture (not popcorn)
Clarence

Fencepost is correct on skim coating it.
First use an angle plane to knock down the high areas this will save on skimming material.
Than pick the type you will use for skimming.
You can use a drywall compound which will require sanding.
Or use a veneer plaster that is troweled smooth no sanding.
Drywall contractors had a double rounded brush connected with one handle to make the texture.

A. Spruce
Re: Getting rid of ceiling texture (not popcorn)
A. Spruce

Skim coating will be the way to go, not really something for the average DIY'r, not because it's "hard" to do, but that it takes technical ability to do, something that the average DIY'r doesn't have.

dj1
Re: Getting rid of ceiling texture (not popcorn)
dj1

Call a drywall finisher for this one.

There is another option, if the estimates come in a little high: remove the drywall and install new drywall. Finish it the way you want it.

Clarence
Re: Getting rid of ceiling texture (not popcorn)
Clarence

I would recommend that you use this product.
Master of Plaster.
If you can frost a cake you can use this material cover your floors and furnishings no dust.
If you can use a trowel use a drywll knife or even a spatular.

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