HOW TO: Clean up Popcorn Ceiling Lines

You can waste a ton of time trying to cut irregular ceiling lines on popcorn ceilings or you can take a few minutes and modify a 5-in-1 tool and clean those ceiling lines up. Place the 5-in-1 in a vise and use a metal file to put a notch in the end of the blade.

Painting Popcorn Ceilings

Painting Popcorn Ceilings

I tried various notches and found this one to work best. You have to take in to account the angle in which you hold the 5-in-1. I tried filing down to the bevel but doing that created binding moving the blade along the line so I filed to approximately the same distance away from the bevel.

Painting Popcorn Ceilings

Here you can see a very common ceiling line on popcorn ceilings. This particular ceiling has not been painted but the walls have. Click for larger view.

Painting Popcorn Ceilings

This room is 13’x14’ and I spent no more than 10 minutes running the 5-in-1 tool along the ceiling line. Now you can cut faster and have a nicer edge to work with. Oh, almost forgot… the homeowner will appreciate the sharp clean lines but the intent was to improve your time cutting. It’s simple and very effective.

Painting Popcorn Ceilings

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4 Responses
  • MindofVacuity Reply

    This guide is a little hard to follow. It would be nice to see a picture of the tool in action or even just have a little more description about how you use it. Thanks

  • Dan Reply

    Or better yet, take down that pop-corn ceiling all together. The 70s and 80s were an entire 2 decades of interior design mistakes.

  • Chuck Reply

    Doesn’t that stuff contain asbestos in older houses?

  • Jennifer Oh Jenny Reply

    Couldn’t you just use a flat head screwdriver to do the same thing? Not being snarky – is there an advantage to using this?


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