Deciding to have popcorn ceiling removal is easy. The hard part for homes in St. Petersburg is deciding what to replace this finish with. Trust Bourgoing Painting, LLC to help you get the job done right!

The Pros and Cons of Popcorn Ceilings

This type of application is also known as acoustic. Typically, a spraying machine applies this coating, which takes little effort. Many people find this coating to be an inexpensive treatment. This material helps to hide any imperfections on the surfaces, such as cracks. However, it does have its downsides. Acoustic is difficult to paint, clean, and repair.

If you have decided to go through with popcorn ceiling removal in St. Petersburg, you are looking at many advantages. For one, you are giving yourself a new surface that is easier to maintain. A new, smooth finish gives a modern look. If you are remodeling to sell your home, popcorn ceiling removal can increase the resale value of your home.

You are still left with a tough decision to make: what new finish will you choose? There are many styles to choose from, each with a unique design to give your home a new look.

Sprayed Textured Finishes

If you are looking for popcorn ceiling removal but still want a sprayed textured surface in your St. Petersburg home, you have other options. The most popular options are orange peel and texture machine knockdown. These two methods are similar to applying acoustic. They involve spraying drywall paint onto a surface. Because the surface does not end up being smooth, you can hide imperfections as well.

Orange peel coating, as the name implies, has a look similar to that of an orange peel. It is a bit smoother and more subtle than acoustic. Texture machine knockdown is less severe than orange peel and acoustic but still provides an uneven surface.

Other Textured Options

There are many different styles of coating that are applied manually to drywall. Though you can use a texture machine for a knockdown look, it is also possible to use a sponge to stamp on mud and use a knockdown knife to smooth it.

Other unique finishes are mud swirl and comb. Mud swirl requires swirling a brush in a pattern. A comb style is a bit more versatile. There are many different designs that this method creates. With texture combs, many looks can add a creative flair to your St. Petersburg home.

A Smooth Finish

To transition a scraped-off texture to a smooth finish for your St. Petersburg home, a skim coat is typically applied. This is a thin covering of either mud or joint compound. Applying this layer can help smooth out the surfaces. There are a few ways to skim, depending on the desired finish. A simple method is rolling on the mud and then using a squeegee knife to smooth it down.

Removing Acoustic Ceilings in St. Petersburg

Once your plans are set, it is time to perform the task of popcorn ceiling removal. This process is best done by a professional. Many decide to take on this project themselves, but it is difficult and time-consuming work.

The most important part of popcorn ceiling removal is checking for asbestos. Before the 1980s, this texture contained asbestos. Collect a small sample to test for this dangerous substance. If the asbestos content is more than 1%, you legally must either leave the drywall as it is or contact a professional asbestos removal company.

If removal is safe, collect the materials you will need, including:

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Painter’s tape
  • Putty knife
  • Floor scraper
  • Dust masks
  • Eye protection

Next, handle the prep work. Remove all furniture, close vents, turn off power to the room, and cover all surfaces but the ceiling with plastic. Work in sections, spraying the old coating with a solution of dish soap and water and allow it to absorb. Finally, scrape the texture away.

A simpler alternative would be to hire a professional in the St. Petersburg area. While it can cost more money than a DIY job, you are saving your own time and labor. With a professional, you are ensuring the job gets done correctly and promptly, so really, it saves money in the long run.

Trust Bourgoing Painting for Popcorn Ceiling Removal

At Bourgoing Painting, LLC, we are more than just a painting company. We also offer stucco repair, roof coating, and of course, popcorn ceiling removal to our St. Petersburg clients. Our team of professionals will take care of all the work for you from prep to clean up. We stand by our promise of quality standards, the longevity of the finished product, and cleanliness. Visit us online or give us a call at (727) 688-2397 and see what fresh paint can do.