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Popcorn Ceiling Removal - Bay Area Painting Tips

Popcorn Ceiling Removal - Bay Area Painting Tips

There are all kinds of fashion trends from previous decades that we shake our heads at now, from mustard-yellow bathroom tile to rust-orange curtains to paisley-print wallpaper. Some of it is easy to remedy, while other fashion foibles are harder to correct. What about removing acoustic popcorn ceilings… are they a do-it-yourself job, or should you talk to a professional about popcorn ceiling removal?

The actual removal of popcorn ceiling texture is not a difficult job. Simply dampen it with a garden sprayer, let it set for a minute, then scrape it with a putty knife on a pole. No problem, right?

Unfortunately, there are a few reasons this is not as easy as it seems. One reason is the mess; this process makes a sloppy, drippy, spattery mess. If you’re going to tackle this project, make sure you remove or cover all furniture, and cover the floors. Plan to wash the walls also when you’re done, and wear old clothes!

Also, the process doesn’t end with the removal. You may have to do some drywall repair or retaping before the ceiling can be painted. And then, of course, there’s the actual painting, which isn’t easy to do on the ceiling.

A more serious consideration, however, is the possibility that asbestos could be contained in this popcorn ceiling texture. From 1950 to 1980, massive numbers of home ceilings were treated with this texture, and many of them contain asbestos. To deal with this yourself, you will need respirators, protective clothing and special hazardous material disposal bags.

If you want to do the acoustic popcorn ceiling removal yourself, make sure you test it first. You can send a sample to an asbestos testing lab to find out.

If taking on this project sounds like more than a do-it-yourself job, you can find many contractors who perform this kind of task regularly. MB JESSEE, as an experienced Bay Area painting contractor, has the equipment and expertise to perform popcorn ceiling removal quickly and safely. From ladders to breathing protection to tarps and plastic sheeting, we already have the setup necessary to get your Bay Area home free from acoustic popcorn ceiling texture.

In addition, we are also ready to repair drywall, and to prime and paint your ceiling, erasing the ghosts of styles past and making your ceiling an asset to your home!

MB JESSEE is a widely-respected painting contractor serving the San Francisco Bay Area, including Contra Costa, Hillsborough, Piedmont and Oakland Hills.

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