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"He called me back a week after I had bought the service. He came to the house to discuss the job, then never called again. I waited two weeks for a call, then called" him but no return call. I waited a few days, then called again. No return call. I called one final time and had no call back, so I cancelled the service with Angie's List.

-Marcia S.

"Lalo was great. He was super patient when I cancelled the job a number of times before finally settling on a date. He came every day on time and was both efficient" and detail oriented at the job. He explained what I needed to do to get ready for his part of the job and gave me some great tips as I am finishing the last skim coat and spraying the texture myself. He even saved me some time and money with a good recommendation for doing the insulation. As the contractor on this job I appreciate guys like Lalo who come in and work hard to get the job done while at the same time being flexible to work with my budget and schedule. I would us Lalo and his crew again.

-chock B.

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Drywall, Asbestos Removal

Dear Angie: Who can I hire to remove a popcorn ceiling? How is it done and what will it cost? — Jonathan H. of Woodland Hills, California, and Marcia E. of Altamonte Springs, Florida

drywall contractor finishing a smooth ceiling

Are those small Styrofoam balls on your ceiling bugging you? A popcorn ceiling removal project is the answer. You can remove popcorn ceilings yourself, or hire a drywall pro.

Angie's Answers

My sister-in-law uses brite white toothpaste and rubs it into those small holes. No prep, no sanding.

I've used wall liner (it applies like wallpaper only thicker) to cover a multitude of "wall sins" over the years. In my opinion it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. It doesn't look cheap or tacky, it's inexpensive, non-labor intensive and not messy to install.

I used it for the first time about 15 years ago to cover a faux brick tile on my lower kitchen walls that couldn't be removed. It was either tear the wall down or take a chance on $40 worth of wall liner. It did the job beautifully and lasted. Since then I've used it to cover paneling, a badly gouged wall after a kitchen remodel and a wall that looked like a pegboard after floor to ceiling shelving was removed.

Friends and family (and realtors!) have been amazed by the transformation after applying this simple inexpensive product. 


Remember, you not only have to remove the popcorn texture, but also redo the ceiling in some other texture.

Price will depend on several factors:

1) how much the contractor you choose hates removing popcorn or textured ceilings - some charge $1 or so/SF extra just because they hate it. There are even some who bid total drywall replacement cheaper than removing the popcorn, so you have to first find contractors who are happy to do that work, or your prices will be out of the realistic range

2) if the popcorn predates about 1990, then it could likely have asbestos in it, which doubles or triples the price, and in many cases uncapsulating it with a spray coating and then removing the drywall entirely is actually cheaper than all the protective measures necessary if it is scraped off. 

3) whether the popcorn is primarily gypsum and vermiculite (comes off REAL easy) or was the plaster of paris variety, which takes a fair amount of soaking to soften it enough to scrape off

4) what type of finish you are replacing it with - if a textured ceiling, slapcoat, knockdown finish or paneling, not real problem. If you want to go with a perfectly smooth ceiling (generally a bad idea as any variations in the drywall on a ceiling surface really shows up dramatically), then it will demand a lot of care in preparing the scraped surface, and a complete surface drywall compound skim coat to smooth out the scrapes and gouges from the removal process.

5) what underlying conditions are - if there is a lot of furniture to move around (should go to adjacent rooms) or cover and work around, high-quality rug or hardwood floor to super-protect or such, will drive cost up.

I have seen costs run from as low as $0.60/SF to $1.25/SF (for removal only). Generally, remove and recoat with a surface texture of some kind (anything but smooth) and paint will run you about $2.50-3.50/SF.

Now the bad news - if asbestos containing, can run from $5-10/SF. Many homeowners in that situation go the other legal route - have it encapsulated with an asbestos-rated sealant by an asbestos contractor, then paint it and leave it for the next homeowner to decide what to do about it. Some contractors encapsulate it and then put a 1/4" thick drywall layer over it - this usually looks like a disaster unless it has a VERY rough textured finish on it, because putting drywall sheet over a rough surface like popcorn invariably means a wavy surface commonly looks like a gently rolling ocean surface.


Drywall Repair reviews in Austin


Job was completed ahead of schedule and was done extremely well. The wall texturing matched the rest of the house perfectly. I am extremely impressed with skills and would recommend him to anyone.

- Kevin R.

They came over within several hours of my call to prepare an estimate. Scheduled the work the following week. They arrived on time and made the repairs in approximately 2 hours. They were very clean and professional. I will use them again if needed.
- Richard B.

I do not know the exact date that he came to my home. Fortunately, I called before purchasing the 8 hours of wall paper removal for $199. He came to the house to give me a quote. This is a BAIT AND SWITCH! I had the same experience as several other members who Lalo did not honor the Angie's List deal. He said "Forget the Angie's ...More List deal. The cost is $1,400 to remove the wallpaper and smooth coat , or $1,600 to remove the wallpaper and texture." Otherwise, he wanted $60/hour. When I kept bringing the conversation back to the Angie's List deal, he told me that I didn't understand, and that it was "very hard work". He was pressuring me to begin the next day.
I told him that I'd need to discuss it with my husband just to get him to leave my house. I felt that he was trying to take advantage of me, and I did not hire him to do the work.
- Joy W.

First of all, Angie's List should BAN vendors who are deceptive in their offerings. Lalo has not answered my calls and has been totally remiss in honoring the purchase I made for his service through Angie's List. This has caused me considerable trouble and has caused Angie's List considerable trouble in having to issue a refund of my ...More purchase.
For this reason, Angie's List should BAN from their vendors list.
Short of this, I would caution anyone from using this vendor.
- Barry C.

& team started with short notice and completed house with in a few days. Awesome job and very professional! Would definitely use them again:-)
- Charles N.

It went perfectly. He was punctual and adjusted to my schedule. He covered everything with plastic to minimize dust and debris from getting on anything. He exceeded expectations in this area. The cracks are now unnoticeable and perfect. He did an excellent job.
- Michael C.

Angie's list had a special for 8 hours of popcorn removal for $200. My house has 2000 sq ft of popcorn ceilings, but all I wanted was as much done in 8 hours as possible in the room with the highest ceiling, and I would continue on from where he left off. Contractor insisted that he should do the entire house and if I hired him for 8 hours (which ...More I had already paid for), hardly anything would be done and that he would then charge hourly. After repeating that all I wanted was the most done in 8 hours of work, I decided to not have him do the work.
- Jennifer O.

Wonderful service. So, we have been trying to find a repair person for months with absolutely no luck. Either they just did not show up,or their their estimate was just too high. So, I joined Angie's List and was the first company I contacted. He responded immediately and came out the same day to ...More give us an estimate. He was knowledgeable and gave us a very fair estimate. He came out the NEXT day and completed the repairs. My ceiling and walls look great! Would definitely hire him again.
- Rosemary T.

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Woman Of Paint

5801 Hwy 290 W


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Xstream ATX

7703 Brodie Ln



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8104 Posten Ln



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