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Popcorn Ceiling Removal - Recommendations

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Mar 15, 2018
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Popcorn Ceiling Removal - Recommendations

Hey All,

Been looking to have popcorn ceilings removed in a home I purchased. I tried a few contacting about 3 contractors and basically they all have a 'generic' email or a very basic email of what they do/entail. Then after when trying to book them in or even have them come for a estimate they stop communicating. Its not like we even got to the point to negotiate fees. I been finding my friends also have been having trouble getting contractors to commit and do work.

Any one have any recommendations for people they have used for popcorn ceiling removal?

Heres some 411 that might be pertinent:

-New house (was a new build purchase, but the home was already built so didn't get the option to choose smooth ceilings on second floor)
-Popcorn ceiling doesn't have asbestos (again new home)
-Ceiling is not painted
-Home located in Ajax
-Only 1 section is hard to get access too (its where the stairs are) about a 10foot by 8foot section, would probably need a extendo-ladder

Thanks All!
29 replies
Newbie
Sep 30, 2015
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Ashburn, ON
I used Canadian Trim. Was a pleasure working with them. The owner Dale who came to house was great.
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Jr. Member
Aug 21, 2010
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toronto
its quite easy to do yourself...put plastic on floor..water bottle and sray fine mist abd scrape off..just make sure scrape off at correct angle of scraper so dont gauge ceiling
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Nov 16, 2011
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HAMILTON
" its quite easy to do yourself...put plastic on floor..water bottle and sray fine mist abd scrape off..just make sure scrape off at correct angle of scraper so dont gauge ceiling "

But, popcorn ceilings are done because it is cheap and prevents the builder from having to finish the ceiling correctly.

As a consequence, while removal is easy, the finishing and painting of the ceiling is usually very challenging and not something an inexperienced home owner would want to do.
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Aug 29, 2011
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Mississauga
It’s a very messy, labour-intensive job but certainly DIY-able.

Whoever invented popcorn ceilings should be forced to scrape everyone of them clean...
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Oct 9, 2010
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Windsor
luckystrike1 wrote:
Jul 6th, 2019 8:45 am
" its quite easy to do yourself...put plastic on floor..water bottle and sray fine mist abd scrape off..just make sure scrape off at correct angle of scraper so dont gauge ceiling "

But, popcorn ceilings are done because it is cheap and prevents the builder from having to finish the ceiling correctly.

As a consequence, while removal is easy, the finishing and painting of the ceiling is usually very challenging and not something an inexperienced home owner would want to do.
Not to mention popcorn ceilings might have asbestos; a "pro" would know, whereas a homeowner might not.
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Nov 10, 2018
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ChubChub wrote:
Jul 6th, 2019 9:31 am
Not to mention popcorn ceilings might have asbestos; a "pro" would know, whereas a homeowner might not.
OP mentioned it's a new home.
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mrweather wrote:
Jul 6th, 2019 8:47 am
It’s a very messy, labour-intensive job but certainly DIY-able.

Whoever invented popcorn ceilings should be forced to scrape everyone of them clean...
Popcorn, or newer California knock down, has a ton of benefits for builders. Cheap, goes up quick, hides tons of imperfections, easy to install. When your pumping out houses by the hundreds or thousands this is a huge benefit. If building new, you could pay extra for flat ceilings, but they are a lot more work and obviously you pay accordingly. A non-popcorn ceiling (before the popcorn get sprayed on) is not the same as a flat ceiling.
Sr. Member
Mar 22, 2017
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If yours is unpainted, then it's not that expensive to get them scraped. Basically a putty knife and a water spray bottle will do it. you'll need to get the ceiling skimmed, primed and painted though, which is the expensive and annoying part.
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Jan 15, 2013
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Ottawa
Here's another option, just google "coffered ceiling over popcorn" :



Can't be that much more work, is a lot less messier and looks great imo.
Sr. Member
Aug 18, 2014
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Markham, ON
FYI skim coating and sanding smooth a ceiling takes a lot of skills and effort...

houses have popcorn ceiling not because people like them, it is because it is much easier (CHEAPER) to do than flat ceiling...
You don't magically get a flat smooth ceiling after you scrap off the popcorn
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Jan 1, 2013
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Durham
luckystrike1 wrote:
Jul 6th, 2019 8:45 am
" its quite easy to do yourself...put plastic on floor..water bottle and sray fine mist abd scrape off..just make sure scrape off at correct angle of scraper so dont gauge ceiling "

But, popcorn ceilings are done because it is cheap and prevents the builder from having to finish the ceiling correctly.

As a consequence, while removal is easy, the finishing and painting of the ceiling is usually very challenging and not something an inexperienced home owner would want to do.
This, was looking into it as a diy, but when you really look at the ceiling, you can tell the builder does not sand it to make it straight as they are going to spray popcorn on it. Guaranteed once your remove the popcorn, your ceiling will not be level and thats where getting a pro comes in.
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Nov 16, 2011
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HAMILTON
Builders do it because is fast and easy way to cover up the mess of a crappy ceiling. Taped ( sometimes mudded ) but not sanded well and just a general mess.

Then, when you try to take the popcorn off, you make a bigger mess by scraping the drywall so not only do you have the builder mess to fix but you have your own.

And, you are working overhead which is a real PITA........

Worth it but be prepared to work and you had best have some drywall mudding, sanding experience.
Jr. Member
Jul 19, 2005
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I am also looking for recommendation on contractor/company that is master at popcorn ceiling removal.

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