Sandra Lepack August 16, 2014 at 6:28 am. After sanding, we gave the ceiling a once over with a damp sponge mop just to remove any dust. The popcorn ceiling had been painted at least once so rather than trying to remove it right down to the drywall, I just scraped the popcorn off and left the texture on the ceiling. There are tons of videos on YouTube about this. you'll probably have more dust to wipe off so you might want to go for a twice over. 1 month ago. Also if it’s older popcorn (pre 78 for sure but even into the 80’s in some cases) it’s likely asbestos so making dust is not a good idea. Something to keep in mind is sanding doesn’t always work. Sanding is probably a bad idea. Why did builders decide to use popcorn ceiling? A coat of primer and then a coat of satin paint makes the ceiling look really nice and modern. If you don't use the sander + vacuum route (again, why wouldn't you?!) If it's time to redo a popcorn ceiling, there are three popular ways to take on the challenge: scrape, cover with a new layer of drywall, or skim coat with plaster to create a new textured ceiling. If a popcorn ceiling has not been painted or has been painted minimally, a sander may work. : I surprised my wife by having her walk in from a long day at work to find me covered in sloppy wet oatmeal-like popcorn ceiling plaster and the furniture all over the house, but she wasn't mad and it turned out to be a very easy DIY project! Be sure to cover any … If the popcorn has been painted, it doesn’t work well at all. Reply. Then it was prime time. ** (Step 1.) 180 grit sanding sponge (like this one) Directions for Acoustical Ceiling Removal: **Warning: If your home was built before 1978, your popcorn ceiling may contain asbestos. Do not complete this project yourself if your home was built before 1978. A lot easier than trying to make it smooth. We used this Kilz 2 Primer. … The national average for popcorn ceiling removal is $1,707, according to Home Advisor. Lay plastic on the floors and tape plastic to the walls if desired. And if you were itching to use your sanding machine, then it may also come in handy during the process, depending on which method you use. Removing Popcorn Ceilings! Prep the space for a big freakin’ mess. level 2. When it does work though, sanding can be a big time saver over wet removal. If you want to get rid of your popcorn ceiling, there are several methods you can use. Read below to get all the details about removing your popcorn ceiling! How Much Does it Cost to Remove Popcorn Ceiling? The way that popcorn ceilings are normally handled (and the way that I have removed mine) is by scraping them down.