Popcorn Ceiling Repair in a Spray Can

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Popcorn ceilings, also often referred to as acoustic ceilings, are textured with small lumps protruding downward. Popcorn ceilings are popular in residential buildings. The look is achieved by spraying on a type of foam. If the popcorn on your ceiling has become damaged and needs to be repaired, all that’s needed is a can of spray-on popcorn.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Mask
  • Tarp
  • Water in spray bottle
  • Putty knife or scraping trowel
  • Can of popcorn spray
  • Primer
  • Don safety equipment. Early popcorn mixtures contained asbestos, so it’s advisable to protect yourself from the possibility of coming into contact with the carcinogen by donning rubber gloves, a mask and safety goggles.

  • Cover your floor and any furniture underneath the damaged popcorn with a tarp. This will protect them from falling popcorn and any spray that doesn’t end up on your ceiling.

  • Remove popcorn from the damaged section of the ceiling. Popcorn comes off easily by simply spraying warm water on the damaged portion, then scraping it off with either a putty knife or scraping trowel. If the popcorn has been painted over, water will not soften it, so you will need to use a chemical paint stripper.

  • Apply a primer, such as Kilz or BIN. They will cover any stains on the ceiling and are usually available in quick-drying and spray-on formulas.

  • Spray a thin layer of the ceiling popcorn over the damaged area, then go back and spray it again. Repeat the layers until the area matches the surrounding popcorn.

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