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How to Properly Get Rid of Stucco Ceiling

Stucco, popularly known as “popcorn” ceiling, used to be the ceiling feature of the 1950s. It was easy to apply and could hide imperfections very well. That said, its aesthetics leave a lot to be desired, and it hasn’t aged well at all. Handyman Connection® of Knightdale discusses three ways to properly get rid of this dated ceiling feature.

Stucco Ceiling

Scrape Method
With this method, you’ll have to physically scrape the “popcorn” pattern off the ceiling. We recommend using a 4-inch utility knife or drywall knife for this. All you really need to do is chip away at the texture to achieve a smoother surface. Since some parts of the abrasive surface may be deep into the ceiling, we also suggest you have a joint compound handy just in case you need to smooth out any imperfections. Once you’re done, all you need to do is sand the surface and repaint it.
Drywall Covering
Covering your stucco ceiling with drywall is another less messy alternative to remove popcorn ceiling. It’s also what we recommend if you suspect that your home has lead paint or asbestos as physically scraping the stucco might free these harmful substances. For this method, we recommend you have a professional like us do it for you. While you can do this on your own, you will often need specialized equipment to make accurate cuts to the drywall. We already have this equipment, so we can finish your stucco covering in no time.
New Texture Coating
Arguably the easiest method, skimming a new texture coating onto your stucco ceiling is fairly easy to do, and you can actually do it yourself. All you really need is your handy trowel or knife, a joint compound, and the new texture coating. Just make sure that you clean the old stucco ceiling and get rid of any debris. You don’t want these bonding onto your new ceiling texture.
Handyman Connection of Knightdale can assist you with your stucco ceiling needs. Fill out our form, or give us a call at (919) 701-8009 for more information on our services.

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