You won’t need to go to the gym if you want to remove popcorn stucco ceiling — sometimes called a popcorn ceiling — and flatten it for a smooth, contemporary look. Your arms and upper body will get a great a workout from this over-the-head spraying and scraping job. Here’s how to smooth out popcorn ceiling.
But first, if your home’s popcorn stucco ceiling was built before 1980, there is a risk that it has asbestos in it. If this is possible, scrape a small sample into a plastic zip-lock bag (wear a mask and goggles) to have it tested. You can find laboratories online for this that you can mail the sample for results. If it has asbestos in it, you’ll need to call a professional company that deals specifically with the removal of this type of health hazard.
If the popcorn stucco ceiling has been painted, you might have to use a paint removal chemical to break down the paint first. To find out, dampen a small part of the ceiling with soapy water and see if the popcorn stucco gets soggy. If it doesn’t, it’s protected by paint which will have to be removed with a texture coating removal product.