Over the years the popcorn ceiling (over drywall and painted, I believe) in my bathroom has started to "sag" in places. Recently pieces started to fall off and I decided it was time to remove it and repaint it.
Near the sagging areas was super easy - you could just pry a strip up and snap it off (resulting in the rectangular boundary in the image below). The rest, not so much. Seems like anywhere mud was used the popcorn is still firmly attached.
Watched a bunch of videos and have made a tiny bit of progress by wetting it down and scraping but I'm not enjoying the process at all.
- will take days of effort at this rate
- not sure if it's bad when I scrape mud off
- I've damaged the drywall seam tape (?) in at least one place
- not sure if it's a big deal that I'm staining and marking up the drywall...
Is there any hope of me finishing this job without learning how to mud? If not, I'll just call in the pros now.
(Popcorn and mud on nearby wall tested negatively for asbestos, house built in 1990 in Canada.)
Update: Wetted a test area until it started to drip four times, 20 minutes apart. Adjacent drywall started to look wet. Still doesn't come off easily. I'm thinking I need to go the opposite direction, and add new popcorn to replace the stuff I removed.