Patching a Ceiling

Sometimes things happen around the house that cause damage to a ceiling. The following tips on patching and how to repair ceilings from damage caused from a water leak stain, that may have cracked or just aged.

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Stipple ceilings or otherwise known as popcorn ceilings are very common in most homes especially for those built before the 1980’s. Although even today most home builder’s use the textured spray paint ceilings because they are easier and faster to do instead of painting them.

If there is any positive to say about the textured ceilings it would probably have to be that in most cases they do provide somewhat of a sound proofing barrier.

Here’s a perfect explanation video on why stippled ceilings are not well liked by home owners. We totally agree with their point on it’s best to paint it.


Video courtesy of Slow Home Studio

How To Tips for Patching a Ceiling

There could be other reasons why a ceiling would need patching other than the simple fact that you want the stippled popcorn texture gone. Here’s what you need to know when “patching a ceiling”.

Tip 1. Find the Root of the problem

Finding out what the actual root of the problem to the damage on the ceiling is the first step to be addressed. Find out what the actual cause is before patching / repairing the ceiling.

Some issues that may cause the ceiling damage would be for example, a water leak from an overflowing bathtub or broken toilet from the upper level of the home. Water damage to drywall left without repair can create problems of mold.

If the ceiling is cracked you should investigate to ensure it is not a structural issue.

Tip 2. Matching the Stipple Texture

If the ceiling already has the stipple or popcorn sprayed then you will need the proper materials and technique to apply the same amount of textured spray as to make it as little as possible noticeable that there was an repair done. Although the fine, medium or coarse grade of stipple ceiling products can be purchased and homeowners can do their own repair, it can sometimes prove more difficult than anticipated.

That’s why sometimes it’s easiest to call in a home services professional that has the experience with repairing and respraying the texture to the ceiling. Ceiling Repairs with the textured spray have a quirk of their own. With the proper product, and machinery an expert can help take the pain out of repairing and repainting the ceilings.

Tip 3. Getting the Right Amount of Sprayed Texture

It can be tricky for a homeowner to do this on their own. Not only will you have to match the texture but how much of the product is applied after patching. You can do a trial and error run on a piece of old wood before spraying the ceiling giving enough time for the first coat to dry before applying the next.

Tip 4. Hitting the Bull’s Eye Spot on the Ceiling

Targeting the exact spot of trying to spray the textured stipple to the ceiling is like playing darts. You want to aim for the exact spot. Failing to cover other areas that don’t need to be sprayed is important, as if not you will have textured spray where you didn’t want it to begin with. Going over and beyond the actual damaged area with overflow of the stipple spray will only emphasis where the repair actually was to begin with. You want to try and make it as inconspicuous as possible.

You don’t want the repaired area of the ceiling to stand out, so sometimes it’s just easier to call in a who has experience with stipple ceiling repairs and repainting.

Tip 5. Sanding After Patching

Removing the old texture from the damaged area of the ceiling is the first step. You will also need to sand the area done before applying the texture properly. This will help the repair blend in better and be less noticeable.

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