How To Remove Textured Ceilings With A Electric Drywall Sander

Your office’s textured ceiling looks a little beat up, and you’re thinking about removing it. But you don’t have time to do it yourself. Luckily, some professionals can help!

Here are the steps to follow if you want to remove a textured ceiling with an electric drywall sander:

Say Goodbye to Your Textured Ceiling

1. Prepare the room by removing all furniture and covering the floors and walls with plastic sheets to protect them from dust and debris. Turn off the power to any light fixtures or ceiling fans.

2. Wear protective gear: wear a dust mask, goggles, and ear protection to protect yourself from dust and noise.

3. Sand the ceiling using an electric drywall sander with a vacuum attachment; work slowly and evenly to avoid gouges or uneven spots in the ceiling. Stop periodically to check your progress and empty out your vacuum bag.

When you’re ready to paint your ceiling, there are a few things you’ll need to do before you get started.

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First, clean the ceiling by sanding it in order to remove any loose paint or texture that may still be present.

We recommend doing this right after sanding before the dust settles since it will be easier to see where the dust is.

Once you’ve done that, inspect your ceiling surface for any remaining texture or uneven spots.

Use a hand-held sander or putty knife to touch up these areas if necessary.

Next, sweep up any remaining dust with a broom or vacuum and dispose of it in a sealed bag or container.

Once you’ve finished inspecting and touching up your ceiling, apply a coat of a high-build primer before painting it with a ceiling paint of your choice.

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Note: Textured ceilings may contain asbestos, a health hazard if inhaled. If your home was built before 1980, it’s recommended to have the ceiling tested for asbestos before attempting to remove it. If asbestos is present, hire a professional. Otherwise, you should check out this article to see How To Remove Popcorn Ceiling Yourself.