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Old 03-10-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Katonah, NY
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Hi Everyone! I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice! We are moving to the burbs and are going to rent out our studio apartment. In half of the apartment -the ceiling has that cottage cheese bumpy texture that used to be so popular. Well, it's peeling in places and just looks out of date anyway. After we move out - I would like to have it removed before I try to get a renter in here. Does anyone know who I could get to do it and about how much it would cost? Has anyone attempted to do this themselves? I'm going to try and do my own research - but I'd love some advice as I'm not sure who to contact to peel my ceiling! Thank you!!!
-Heather
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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have you tried just using a putty knife and scraping it? You may get lucky and it may come off easily - I hope.
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Katonah, NY
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I might try it - but I don't want to ruin the ceiling. I also think that I might make a huge mess and maybe someone who is paid to do it - and does it a lot - would just do a better job.
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Australia
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In Australia that 'cottage cheese' stuff is called Vermiculite. It sometimes contains absestos - in which case you'll need to be very careful not to breathe any of it in ... in fact it would be best left to the experts. If you can establish for sure that it doesn't contain absestos, I believe it can be removed by wetting it first (preferably with a spray bottle, don't overwet it) and scraping it off. Very messy though. Try googling: how to remove Vermiculite ceiling.

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Not so sure they were ever actually "popular"
My memory is that it was often used as a technique to cover up other problems(like cracks and bad patches) with ceilings, so go carefully. You might open a can of worms.What's underneath might be worse.
It might actually be easier and better to skim coat the ceiling a few times with plaster or wallboard compound and make it smooth.Then paint.Just continue with the cover up.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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I agree, it might contain asbestos, so be careful when you remove it, try to minimize the dust somehow and not breathe any.

Does yours have the sparkles in it too? that's the BEST!
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: at work!
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I believe it was also used to sound deaden. It is a mess to clean up. I tried scraping and just had someone else finish it. It was hard to keep the surface smooth and the stuff goes everywhere.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Ons solution is to cover it with 1/4" sheet rock, tape and skim coat the seams and then paint it. If you want to have someone scrape it off, contact painters or someone who does sheet rock work, as you'll likely need to do some or a lot of mud work. They may want to test for asbestos or you can test before you contact them.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Australia
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There are companies that specialise in installing false ceilings over vermiculite. If you have enough height they can drop it down a wee bit, so that you can also have downlights installed. You'd have nowhere near as much mess to deal with, and wouldn't have to worry about asbestos. I guess it would cost more, but then again it would surely add value to your property.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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We moved into a home built in the 1920's. All of the ceilings had the "popcorn" or "cottage cheese" finishes. After we researched and found out it was not harmful, we removed it ourselves. I purchased a pump spray bottle at Lowe's for about 10 bucks. We sprayed the ceiling till it was damn and scraped. It came right off. Of course after we got the mess off we realized why the previous owners did it in the first place. The ceilings were so cracked they looked like road maps. Since the home was older and had true plaster ceilings, we called in a professional on re finishing them. Since the ceilings were coved and we wanted to stay true to the home's age, a new plaster ceiling was going to be 6,000 dollars! The company suggested they just cover it with a plaster like material (drywall mud) and they would do a small design. That cost us 2 grand. It turned out lovely but I never got my true smooth ceilings.
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