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Popcorn Ceiling Removal in the San Francisco Bay Area

 Popcorn Ceiling Removal in the San Francisco Bay Area

Ready for a fast way to update your home’s style? Just look up!

Popcorn (or “acoustic”) ceilings used to be all the rage. This was in part because they absorbed sound well, but also because they were super easy to apply and required no real surface prep. You could spray it on, creating that glorious popcorn texture, and never need to worry about cracks, blemishes, or smudges again.

Once acoustic ceilings fell out of vogue, however, they began dating homes faster than almost anything. One glance and you know that it’s an older property, and that the ceiling hasn’t been touched in 30+ years.

There was another big problem too: up until it was banned in 1978, asbestos was used as the binding agent in the popcorn ceiling mixture. This is why you really shouldn’t disturb your popcorn ceilings without the help and guidance of a professional!

Can You Remove Popcorn Ceiling Texture?

Yes, it can be done, but it’s a messy process that requires the right approach, tools, and know-how. And, just to reiterate, in homes built prior to 1978, those popcorn ceilings could contain asbestos, so please don’t take on popcorn ceiling removal as a DIY project.

How Do You Remove Popcorn Ceilings?

 Popcorn Ceiling Removal in the San Francisco Bay Area
 Popcorn Ceiling Removal in the San Francisco Bay Area
 Popcorn Ceiling Removal in the San Francisco Bay Area
 Popcorn Ceiling Removal in the San Francisco Bay Area
 Popcorn Ceiling Removal in the San Francisco Bay Area

Take a look at the photos above to see our team in action!

  • Take all precautions as far as workplace safety, testing the surface for asbestos, and using personal protective equipment.

  • Thorough containment, from floor to ceiling. Popcorn removal makes quite a mess, and we want to be sure it’s contained for easy removal.

  • Spray the ceiling with a product used to soften the popcorn surface.

  • Carefully scrape the surface, alternating between spraying and scraping to move efficiently through the space.

It can be easy to gouge and scratch the ceiling, adding one more reason to the list of why it’s a good idea to leave this process in the hands of professional painters. Plus, after the process, cleanup, and proper disposal is done, you need to prep, patch, and paint the ceiling again.

Have More Questions About Our Popcorn Ceiling Removal Services?

Give us a call at MB Jessee Painting! We’ve been painting Bay Area homes and businesses for over 25 years, and would love the opportunity to serve you.

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Customer Reviews

“MB Jessee painters are stellar! As a designer I've worked with numerous companies over the years, and MB Jessee is a top-notch firm. From the first phone call to the final clean up, every person is courteous, professional, and hard working. The owner, Matt, is a charitable leader who has instilled his team with integrity and honesty providing the customer with a first class experience at a fair price with a paint job that is guaranteed to last. I highly recommend MB Jessee. Thank you Matt and your STAR crew-Daniel, Rigoberto, Vicente, Edy, Pedro, and Mario, for a job well executed! Cynthia Brian, ASID, Starstyle® Productions, llc”

— Cynthia Brian
Morgan, CA

“In September, MBJessee finished painting two sides of our 3-story condominium building (six owners). We were impressed by the professionalism of the company and every one of its workers, Matt Jessee couldn't have been more helpful in planning the project. His painters were well-trained, easy to communicate with and eager to please. In addition to painting the stucco, they made extensive repairs on windows and frames, which will save us considerable money in the future. They finished earlier than anticipated, with as many as five men working on the job, and the scaffolding came down the next day. All of us were delighted with the results. Now my husband and I are looking forward to having MB Jessee paint our own apartment later this month. Matt and Gustavo (who will be our crew leader again) have explained how they will work to make the painting proceed smoothly while we're living here, and they have been endlessly patient with our protracted decision-making process. If you look at their website, you'll learn that MB Jessee is an exemplary company that takes good care of its workers as well as its customers, and contributes public service projects to the community. All in all, we can't recommend MB Jessee highly enough.”

— Jayne W.
San Francisco, CA

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
Oakland

“Dear Matt,You must be so proud of your men! They were fantastic to have around. Polite, courteous and hardworking. I am so pleased with the outcome of our home--in fact, I couldn't be any more pleased than I am!”

— Mrs. S
San Leandro

“Thank you for the support you have given the Women's Cancer Resource Center over the past year!”

— Margo - Director Women's Cancer Resource Center

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“I cannot imagine finer painters--and I have worked with many. They work exceptionally hard. It is a joy to see their workmanship!”

— Alicia R.
Oakland

“I can't say enough about how courteous and professional my foreman was. He was on time every morning and arrived cheerful and ready to go. He is highly organized and very thoughtful. He was extremely careful and respectful when moving my belongings - a mature professional.”

— Nora Robinson

“The painters at MB Jesse are top notch! Cesar's team was super friendly and helpful. They were very polite and accommodating. Their expertise in everything painting related was evident in their attention to detail and efficiency painting tricky spaces. The apartment looks brand new!”

— Adam Swisher

“M.B. Jessee painted the exterior of my Spanish house over 9 years ago, and they did such an incredible job that they are still getting referrals from me today. The paint is holding up perfectly -- there is absolutely no peeling chipping or any other deterioration. I still remember that my final walk-through list consisted of items written on one side of a 3x5 index card (and I'm REAL picky about my house!) However, when Matt and I did that walk-through over HALF the items were no longer an issue, as his team had noticed them first and they had already been resolved.”

— JoAnn Newcomb

“I just wanted to thank you all for doing such a phenomenal job on our recent house painting. We are very happy with the outcome and can't say enough good things about the crew. Everyone working on the project was outstanding and made it a great experience. Thanks to everyone.”

— Daylan
Piedmont

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walkthrough experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3-year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch-up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua J.
Oakland, CA