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

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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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Drywall Contractors in Pine City, MN

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Affordable Windows, LLC

715 7th Avenue North
St Cloud

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

BoeKett Building Supply Inc.

709 North State Street
Fairmont

Bushard Construction LLC

10117 County Rd 11
Sauk Centre

DEAN'S TANK INC

PO BOX 22515
Robbinsdale

DKN Construction

2332 Hwy 65
Mora

DOC'S DRYWALL

28429 HOLLY RD
Pine City

Expert Building Services

3106 E Us Highway 169
Grand Rapids

Forest Lake Home and Property Services

6479 236th Street Ct N
Forest Lake

Gary Bounds Drywall

17591 204th St
Sebeka

Handyman Pete

PO Box 473
Squaw Lake

HANSON CONSTRUCTION

20988 Willchard Dr
Thief River Falls

Kretzman Paint Company

820 S 8th St
Brainerd

L.L. Smith Jewelers

2815 W Division St
Saint Cloud

Paul's Paint Service

700 Lake Placid Blvd.
Pillager

Professional Exteriors, Inc

3158 Viking Blvd. NE
East Bethel

Quality Drywall

20873 county highway 61
Pine City

RIGHT-WAY PAINTING

631 1/2 N CEDAR AVE
Owatonna

STROMBERG CONSTRUCTION LLC

41372 LITTLE CLARA DR
Deer River

The Finished Look

1235 Birch St.

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