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How To Patch A Hole In A Popcorn Ceiling

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Many things leave holes in popcorn ceilings, such as leaky roofs, leaky plumbing, relocating objects, or misfired darts. The good thing is you don't have to replace the whole ceiling, but fixing holes in textured ceilings but it can be tricky repairing them. Popcorn ceilings often peel when you touch it, and it may be hard finding a color match. It is possible to fix the ceiling by using this guide.

Prepare to Fix the Damage

To fix the hole, gather:

  • work gloves
  • step-ladder
  • broom
  • rags or sponges
  • spray bottle
  • drop cloths or plastic
  • masking tape
  • non-clump cat litter
  • beveled-edge putty knife
  • fine-grit sandpaper 
  • drywall joint compound 
  • drywall mesh tape 
  • spackle paste popcorn
  • paint roller and brush
  • texture ceiling paint and primer (optional)

If there is water damage, find what caused it before you make repairs. Otherwise, just repair the hole. Call an asbestos abatement company to test for asbestos, if your home was built before 1978. Spread drop cloths or  plastic around the work area, and sweep the ceiling to remove dirt. 

Fix Small Holes and Cracks 

Set up a step-ladder to reach the area, if needed. Spray water on the hole until you saturate the area help loosen material, and use the putty knife At a 45-degree angle to scrape it. Smooth the surface with sandpaper, and wipe sand dust with a damp rag. None of the old texture should remain, so the repair material will stick better.

Combine a small amount of smashed cat litter and paint, then apply it to the hole with the putty knife. Alternately, fix the hole with a spackle compound. Let the repair dry, then sand.

If there is ceiling drywall damage, spread a thin layer of drywall compound to the hole. Attach drywall mesh tape over the area until it dries, then lightly sand the area. Reapply drywall compound, if needed.

Reapply Texture

You may prefer to practice spraying the texture on scrap cardboard or ceiling tile. Shake the can for the time suggested on the label, and apply the texture in smooth, sweeping motions. 

Use a roller to spread the texture; overlapping it on the edges of good texture for evenness. Work texture in tight areas with a paint brush. If desired, make random patterns by moving the roller or brush in various directions. 

Dab excess material with a rag or sponge, and let the ceiling dry. Add another layer of texture, if the first layer doesn't give adequate coverage, and let it dry. Prime and paint the ceiling repair area to match the rest of the ceiling, if desired. Contact a contractor service, like Mile High Acoustical Ceilings, for more help