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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.
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However, there were two big negatives which are why I won't go with them. First, and a little strangley, he or somebody from his crew spilled a bunch of paint on the bushes and the ground underneath them in the front yard. When I asked him about it he gave no explanation. Second, I asked if they could repair and paint some cracks in the walls and ceilings on the inside of the house. They did a mediocre job at that, just slapping on some plaster but not doing a complete repair job.
After the job was complete the crew came on a Saturday to tear down the scaffolding and clean up.
Plastic was installed over the scaffolding to protect the work area (the side of my house) from the weather.
Over the duration of the job rain had ...MoreRead more of this review puddled on the top of the plastic .
When the crew started removing the plastic from scaffolding water that had puddled on the plastic ran down the new finish and created large streaks in the finish (the finish was not cured yet).
One of 's crew got on the phone with and told him of the streak in the finish
( was too busy to come to the job on a Saturday being he had already been paid).
’s reply on phone to the crew member was he would put an additional coat of finish on the wall to fix the problem. Surprisingly that never happened. Is this just a standard reply when a problem arises and has already been paid?
After the scaffolding and plastic were taken down, the uncured Dryvit was exposed to the rain which can affect the bonding of the finish to the wall and the overall strength of the finish.
Now in some areas the finish is cracked and in some areas the finish bubbles when it rains.
Shortly the bubbles will just crack and the finish will peel off the wall.
was in a hurry to get the scaffolding back to the equipment rental place so he did not care the finish was not cured.
Everything was done beyond our expectations. On time, professionally, and with a willingness to make changes or redo a few things when we asked ...MoreRead more of this review for it. even made suggestions on some other improvements that were needed as a result of their prep work and we went with his input.
You will be absolutely thrilled with and his work.
quoted me at $1025 for the 3rd floor repair, and the two other areas of the house (much lower) were the stucco was had completely fallen off. He started the very net day and was done in two days as promised. He left the place very clean, so I'm not sure why the other review had such a bad experience.
What made me so appreciative, aside from he was one of the only people willing to do the job, was that he noticed a large area of stucco missing from my porch pillar that wasn't discussed in the fee. He called me and mentioned that he had extra cement left, and would repair it at no cost if I wanted.
The work he did on all sections matched the current stucco great. Certainly went above and beyond.
Clean, friendly, prompt, great work, great price. Highly recommend.
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