How to Patch a Popcorn Textured Ceiling

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This how to article will teach you how to patch popcorn textured ceilings. It is very easy to do, but slightly messy so be sure to block off the area you are fixing and patch small areas at a time. Read on to learn how to patch a popcorn textured ceiling.

Things You'll Need

  • Scraper
  • Orange peel
  • Drop cloth
  • Masking tape or painters tape
  • Paint
  • Safety goggles
  • Using a scraping tool, clean away any debris from the area needing to be patched.

  • Cover any exposed areas with drop cloth. It is easier to tape plastic drop cloths to the ceiling about a foot out from the area needing to be worked on. Using painters tape is easiest because it will adhere to the existing textured ceiling and won't remove much when you take it down.

  • There are three settings on the can of orange peel, you will have to try all three to get the right texture/consistency with your existing ceiling (each house is made slightly different from the next). The orange peel is messy and will spray everywhere, so make sure you have covered everything within the vicinity with a drop cloth.

  • Spray the orange peel in short bursts to the area in need. It might take more than three applications before you get the right consistency on the ceiling. Let it dry and then remove the drop cloth.

  • Keep in mind that about 24 hours later the ceiling patch will be ready for painting.

Tips & Warnings

  • Please, please, please tape off the area around where you are working. Orange peel is extremely messy and will get on everything including yourself. Make sure you wear clothing you don't mind messing up.

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