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Peeling/cracking paint and textured ceiling

Posted by addictedtoroses (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 3, 07 at 19:15

I have slowly been chipping away at my cracking ceiling texture for two years now, and I'm thinking that there's got to be an easier way! The thing is, there are different thicknesses of texture. It seems like this cracking/peeling problem has been an issue for a long time, and the previous owners' solution was to apply the cracked areas with more and more drywall compound. So in some areas, I may just have five layers of cracking paint, whereas in others, I have an inch of drywall compound. Any ideas on how to remove this with minimal damage to the orginal textured ceiling, which appears to be in decent shape under all this gunk?

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The original texture/paint is the peach colored one.

Thanks in advance!

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RE: Peeling/cracking paint and textured ceiling

I guess my first question would be why there is cracking to begin with. That's not normal, is there or has there been a leak or abnormal moisture on the ceiling? There's no easy way to get that stuff down. If you try to strip it using a heat gun, you wil take off all the layers. You certainly don't want to spend time and money putting up a new texture coat and/or painting if there's an underlying problem that will cause the same thing to happen again.

RE: Peeling/cracking paint and textured ceiling

I think that this house must have had a leaky roof at one time. The previous owner was an elderly gentleman who was obviously miserly, judging from the shape this house was in when we bought it. The house had had a new roof put on in 1997, right after the old man died, so the situation had to have been bad. I know the people that sold the house to me would not have spent the money for the roof if it weren't needed. There are huge water stains in the bedroom that is adjacent to the kitchen, and the bathroom has the same problem as the pictures. Some areas of the ceiling peel and crack off easily, whereas other parts want to stay put, which is why, as I say, "I have the world map on my ceiling!"

RE: Peeling/cracking paint and textured ceiling

I,ve been in the drywall trade for 25 yrs & i seen this before,the only way to corect this problem is to remove the drywall ceiling & re-drywall it is almost impossable to get the texture off if it has been painted you can try be spraying the ceiling with water lightly so that the compound is soft enought to scrap off, but if there is coats of paint on the surfuce you can forget it,but before you re-drywll check to see were the moisture is coming from because that why you have this problem, moisture is collecting above the drywall causeing the compound to let go..

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