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How to Remove Stucco Ceiling And Popcorn Ceiling Removal

With the constant emergence of new interior decorating and design ideas is the need for flat ceilings in Toronto.  Up to about 10 years ago, stucco ceilings or otherwise known as “popcorn” ceilings have been the trend.  But things have changed now. The new trend is for cleaner, simpler, and more finished areas, hence the need flat ceilings.   The problem is, up to 10-15 years ago or so, popcorn ceilings were the trend of the past.  This is where Home Painters Toronto comes in. We can fulfill that need for flat ceilings and support our clients with top notch popcorn ceiling removal!

Prep for How To Remove Stucco Ceiling

Removing stucco ceilings or doing popcorn ceiling removal can be one of the more satisfying jobs in ones home decorating project.  However, there are several steps you need to follow in order for it to be done properly

  • Removing stucco from your ceilings is probably one of the messiest jobs in residential painting. This is the reason why you must properly prepare the room.
  • This includes lining plastic from wall to wall and also wrapping up all furniture and floors in plastic as well.
  • This ensures that whatever you scrape, plaster, and paint will not ruin anything in your home space. Ideally you would want an empty room. But wrapping everything up in plastic is the next best option.
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Popcorn ceiling removal process

  • The next step is to scrape or try to remove any stucco from the ceilings.  This can be done with either scrapers, putty knives, or anything you can remove it with, and at the same time not ruining the existing surfaces.
  • You may need to get your stucco ceiling damp with water prior to scraping.
  • It can really help to move the process along in terms of removing the different texture.
  • Although, you may find that dampening your stucco ceiling doesn’t make things easier. If that’s the case, you just really need to get in there with your hands and a tough scraper.

Plastering the ceiling with skim coats of plaster

  • Once this is done, then you can start plastering the ceilings with skim coats of plaster.
  • This is probably the most difficult part of the job technically.  If you don’t put the layers of plaster on smooth it increases the amount of sanding exponentially.
  • So, the key here is to properly skim coat the ceilings well to minimize the amount of sanding you will need to do after.
  • When doing so you may need to repair any major damages were scraping.
  • Sometimes this can be as easy as applying drywall tape in the worst areas, or just putting more plaster on depending on the situation.  Regardless, the goal in this step is to apply a good surface so you can sand it to perfection.
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Sanding & Repeat Previous Steps, If needed

  • The next process, is the sanding of the plaster. This can sometimes be the most grueling and dirty step since sanding a ceiling is not an everyday comfortable thing to do for most DIY people.
  • Be prepared to get dusty.  Wearing a dust mask is recommended due to all the dust created.
  • Depending on how bad the ceilings are and if they are drywall, concrete or plaster, the previous steps may be repeated several times.
  • Normally, two skim and sanding coats are necessary minimum.  But sometimes more depending on the conditions of the stucco ceilings.  It’s important to wait a day in between each skim coat of plaster to allow ample drying time.

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Prime, Paint & Clean Up

  • Once you have the smooth ceilings, you want to do a full prime coat on the ceilings.  You can use either latex paint or oil based paint here.
  • Once the primer is applied it’s a good idea to check your work and see if you didn’t miss anything.  Once you prime the ceilings its much easier to see any mistakes or defects that were missed in the plaster and sanding process. If you did miss any, simply repeat the previous steps in those particular areas.
  • The final step is the painting! Two coats of paint is usually necessary. But depending on the quality of the paint and expertise of the painter, one coat may be enough. The bottom line is to check your work in all types of lighting to make sure the ceilings are primed and painted to perfection.
  • Final step is the clean up!  Make sure you unwrap and remove all plastic from the room, and do a thorough vacuum using an appropriate shop vacuum since regular vacuums may get damaged.

How to Remove a Stucco Popcorn Ceiling and Flatten

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