Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions regarding popcorn ceiling removal, drywall repair and acoustic application.

Bubbles in your ceiling are an indication that the ceiling has lost adhesion to the substrate. Although it may be possible to scrap back the affected area and respray the ceiling it will most likely continue to bubble and peel loose. In fact depending on the cause of the problem it is very possible the entire ceiling will bubble or fall from the moisture when resprayed. The best solution for this problem is to remove the popcorn texture and start over by removing the existing acoustic and applying either fresh acoustic or wall texture.

Asbestos was used as a binder, a lubricant for the spray rotor/stator pump, and because of its fire proofing properties. Although outlawed in 1978 old stock was still legal and applied well into the 1980's. Asbestos was also used in the joint taping compound for finishing the drywall. Removing the acoustic does not eliminate asbestos from your home however the joint compound is typically encapsulated by texture and paint and does not present a danger.

You cannot tell if your ceiling contains asbestos without a microscope and proper training. Although an experienced contractor can make an educated guess based on numerous factors there is no way to be 100% certain without testing by a qualified individual or lab.

Yes and no. If your ceiling does not contain asbestos you can spray your ceiling with latex paint although it is not usually recommended. More information can be found on our guide to painting acoustic ceilings. If your ceiling does contain asbestos you may be prohibited by law from painting in some juristicions. The theroy is that painting the ceiling causes asbestos fibers to become airborne although some experts advise to paint the ceiling because they claim it encapsulates the asbestos fibers. It seems that if you do have a ceiling with asbestos the experts are split on recommending for or against painting.