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My game room has the dreaded popcorn ceiling. It has been painted over, so I believe the "moisten and scrape" method is out of the question. It's also possible that asbestos could be in it. I wouldn't want to spend the time scraping it, anyway. I was thinking about maybe covering it, possibly with thin plywood, and some small boards or beams over the seams. Is this a bad idea? Is there a better way to go about this. The popcorn just looks bad when trying to install flush mount lights or speakers.


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I would go over it with 3/8" sheetrock as it's easier to work with (compared to 1/2"). I did all the rooms in 3/8" in my last older home that had cracked lathe and plaster. Even if you wanted to do a wood/beam ceiling, the 3/8 rock will give you a good smooth surface to work with.
 

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I've never heard of 3/8" drywall (only 1/4", 1/2", and 5/8"). At any rate, though, I wonder if its too thin and won't lay flat. I'd suggest 1/2" or 5/8" to cover the ceiling without bulges.


I've heard that moisten and scrape will work even if its painted--it will be slower though. I'm partial to that (and yes I know he said he didn't want to do it) even if contains asbestos as the moisture will keep the dust down.


OP, what did you end up doing?
 

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Originally Posted by Lakee911 /forum/post/21309816


I've never heard of 3/8" drywall (only 1/4", 1/2", and 5/8"). At any rate, though, I wonder if its too thin and won't lay flat. I'd suggest 1/2" or 5/8" to cover the ceiling without bulges.


I've heard that moisten and scrape will work even if its painted--it will be slower though. I'm partial to that (and yes I know he said he didn't want to do it) even if contains asbestos as the moisture will keep the dust down.


OP, what did you end up doing?

3/8" is standard wall thickness in manufactured homes.
 
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