Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Removing texture from a ceiling 1

The current rehab project has one “bedroom” that was originally a screened sun-room. There is an original exterior-wall window still in place between it and the living room. The interior walls were ¼” exterior-grade plywood shot with heavy plasticized popcorn texture, but the joints were all cracking anyway because of wall movement from inadequate framing. The ceiling had a heavy coating of conventional popcorn texture and also had some quality issues. There were only three receptacles all on the same wall. The room had no door and there was no closet.

The latest step of this rehab was the removal of the ceiling texture to allow refinishing to a smooth surface. I had never done this particular job before and received a very helpful hint from a fellow investor and TBREIA member that most textures could be lightly dampened with water to soften them and then either flattened or removed with a dull-edged trowel. I was a little skeptical but decided to give it a try for lack of any better options. I did not want to remove the ceiling unless absolutely necessary.

I used an old window-wash spray bottle filled with plain water to mist the ceiling in 2’x4’ sections and gave it five minutes to soak in. It worked like a charm. Instead of a difficult, dusty, all-day job the ceiling was ready for refinishing in 2 ½ hours.

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