Re: “Cottage Cheese” Ceilings - Posted by Jim IL
Posted by Jim IL on November 30, 1999 at 21:18:48:
If the type of ceiling you are referring to is what I am thinking about, there is a better way to handle it, IF the ceiling is intact.
Does the surface have holes, or abrasions?
Is it just that it is faded, or looks like it needs paint?
Has it been painted before, or is it bare, “popcorn/cottage cheese”?
If it has been painted, and is in tact, you may consider two options.
1.), repaint it.
Use a long knap roller, approx. 3/4 inch if possible.
You will use a lot of paint, and it will be messy applying it, but will turn out okay.
2.) clean it.
My home has that type of ceiling, and frankly was really dirty looking. It had smoke and dirt stains on it, but was intact.
So, we got this product from a “T.V. info-mercial”.
It is a bleach type substance, that comes in a powder form. (I think it is called “insta-gone”, but do not quote me.)
Basically, what we did was to mix it with water as per the instructions, and put it in the spray bottle that came with the “kit”.
We then spread out tarps in the area we were applying it to.
Then, we sprayed the entire ceiling, and it came out WHITE AS SNOW!! (make sure you wear eye protection and a mask over your mouth and nose, this stuff stings when it gets on you. OUCH!! Learned that the hard way!)
What a difference it made though, and cost me only about $10 for the ENTIRE 800 sq/ft we used it on. (and I have some left in the garage.)
I have also used this on white ceiling tiles on a home we bought that had some water damage stains. We fixed the source of the stains first, obviously.
The other ideas given here are also good, but frankly, removing the “popcorn” is messy and time comsuming.
Also, when you remove it, you need to make sure that you either sand the surface really well BEFORE you repaint it, or cover it with some new texture.
A white ceiling will show almost all impoerfections, and people WILL notice.
I think that is why this “popcorn/cottage cheese” stuff came about in the first place. It hides any blemishes.
Hope this helps,