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What to Do with Water Marks on a Popcorn Ceiling

Most things that we now see as mistakes were considered a good idea at some time. Popcorn ceilings are a good example. Their texture was supposed to hide dust and bits of cobweb so that they didn’t have to be cleaned often, and it was intended to absorb sound, so that rooms were less “echoey.” In addition, they were generally infused with asbestos for fire resistance.

Unfortunately, the texture turned out to make these ceilings very hard to clean, and as we now know, asbestos was a terrible idea! On top of these problems, popcorn ceilings are very absorbent, so they easily show water stains. What can you do about this? What do you do with water marks on a popcorn ceiling?

Deal with the Source of the Water

The first step is to make sure the water source is properly stopped. If it is from plumbing, have a certified plumber make sure the problem is resolved. If there is a roof leak or some other kind of exterior water intrusion, make sure a licensed roofer repairs the issue.

If the water has come in over a long period of time, you also need to have a professional make sure there is no mold behind the drywall.

Once these vital steps are taken care of and the materials are all dry, you can begin to address the unsightly stains left behind by the water.

Painting over a Popcorn Ceiling

While this is not the best course of action, it is possible to paint over a popcorn ceiling. First, make sure it is very clean. Since it cannot be washed, a broom is probably the best way to clean dirt and cobwebs from the surface. Once this is done, use a flat (no sheen or gloss) ceiling paint to recoat the surface. If the stains are significant, you will want to use a stainblocking primer first, to seal the stains prior to painting.

Removing Popcorn Texture from a Ceiling

There are three ways to get rid of the popcorn texture from a ceiling:

  • Scrape off the texture
  • Remove the drywall ceiling and replace it with new drywall
  • Put a new layer of drywall over (or really, under) the popcorn texture

Because the popcorn texture can contain asbestos, it is important to have this done by a professional painting or remodeling company. It is a messy, laborious process that requires special skills, and the drywall will need some touch-up repairs and priming before it can be painted.

The other two options are possible for a skilled do-it-yourselfer, but unless you have the time, skills and tools to tackle this, they are also best handled by a professional house painter.

Southington Painting

For homeowners in Connecticut, Southington Painting is the name you can trust for all kinds of painting and drywall services. If you have popcorn ceilings that you want to remove, our expert craftsmen can handle the work safely, efficiently, and with spectacular results! Instead of that outdated, hard-to-clean ceiling, you will be enjoying a smooth, attractive surface that can be painted any color you like!

Since 1979, Southington Painting has provided Connecticut homeowners with superior painting services, including interior painting, exterior painting, cabinet painting, drywall services, epoxy floor coatings, and much more. Contact our office or use our online scheduling tool to get your free estimate. We look forward to serving you!

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