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10 Common Ottawa Stipple Removal Questions

By Jud Menshal | Dec 15 2023 | Stipple Removal

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Here are the 10 most frequently asked questions by our stipple removal clients and our answers - in FAQ form.

We believe this info will help give you a better understanding of the process and equip you with questions to to ask the competition if you decide to get multiple quotes.

1. What are the steps for Stipple Removal?

1. Setup Protective items and drop sheets
2. Sand off the Stipple using dust extractor attachment
3. Spray 3+ coats of mud onto ceiling
4. Sand fresh mud.
5. Prime ceilings
6. Perform prime check and do touch ups
7. Spot prime touched up areas
8. Paint 2 coats onto ceilings

Our technician will contain the area with drop sheets then use an orbital sander to sand off the stipple. The sander is connected to a dust extractor for minimal mess. Once the stipple is sanded off, the technician will proceed to spray 3 separate coats of mud to the ceilings. Once the mud is completely dry, the technician will sand the ceiling down to a smooth surface. They will then proceed to prime and paint x2. You will then have a stipple free home!


2. How long does Stipple ceiling Removal take?

A typical home with 1000 sq.ft of stipple could take 5 to 7 days to complete. The duration of the job depends on how many rooms and how large of an area we are working on. Once the estimate is created, we would be able to determine the length of the work.


3. What happens if my stipple ceiling tests positive for asbestos?

If you receive your asbestos results and they come back positive, there is a different method that Patchboyz would execute. We do not disturb the asbestos containing stipple, we would spray multiple coats of mud over top to encapsulate the stipple. Once the mud is set, your technician will sand that to a smooth surface. The ceiling will then be ready for primer and painting.


4. What if I have cracks – Do you do Stipple Ceiling Repair?

Yes. We definitely do stipple ceiling repairs or Popcorn Ceiling Repairs as some call them (slightly different). But in this case, this would just be a regular flat repair once we remove the stipple. We actually make the repairs mandatory as we do not want to put our name ona perfectly smooth ceiling that has cracks in it. It would not reflect well on our team. Sometimes cracks are not visible until the stipple is removed. Both parties agree and understand that these Extras must be charged and repaired for a long-lasting ceiling.


5. How messy is it?

Not messy at all when PatchBoyz does it. The traditional way of removing stipple is very messy. Most people will scrape off the stipple leaving bits all over the floor below. Patchboyz knew that they could save time by using an electric sander and connect it to a HEPA-filter eeee for minimal mess.


6. Do I have to remove my furniture?

Yes. Unlike painting, we really need to get under every square inch of ceiling. Like any job site, it is ideal to have a clean workspace. Patchboyz asks that the clients have their furniture removed from each room to prevent any tripping hazards.


7. Can I be in the house when they are working?

No. Not in the work area. It is not advised that you remain in the home while the technician is working. You can absolutely return home at the end of each day. While the technician is working, the site is considered a construction zone and only trained professionals should be present. This is for the safety of the homeowner as well as for the technicians.


8. When can I move in after the job is done?

Immediately after completion. You can move right back in as soon as the job is completed. Patchboyz uses Low VOC (Volatile organic compound) which is safe for the homeowners.


9. How much lead time do you need?

We ask that you let us know as soon as possible for scheduling. Patchboyz does not hold any spots. Once the estimate is accepted, the office will book you into the next available time slot.


10. Will I lose ceiling height?

No. There is no noticeable difference in ceiling height. At the most it would be ¼ inch difference.


11. Can I still do it if I have high ceilings?

Yes, Patchboyz is equipped to remove stipple from high ceilings. For us to prepare for the job, this information should be given during the quoting process. This also avoids any unexpected charges to the client.


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Article By

Jud Menshal | 📚

Jud is a 14 year Asbestos Removal Type 3 & Supervisor certified remediation technician with additional experience and certifications in Mold, Lead and Finishing. He holds all mandatory safety credentials important for running a safe project site.

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PatchBoyz - Popcorn Ceiling Removal

If you’re asking yourself what makes Patchboyz the best option for this type of work, other than the fact that we have speedy communication and are able to quote our clients within a matter of hours of receiving the right information, we’ll give it to you straight.

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From the moment you contact us, we will get back to you same day. From the moment you send us all the details, we should be able to quote you within a day. From the moment you sign to the time we’re in your home, you’re waiting weeks. If you’ve talked to other contractors lately, they’re booking a year out and likely have no interest in smaller jobs. Us…. We live for these small jobs!

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Home vs Work site

Most Drywallers Ottawa don’t do a great job of cleaning up after themselves. We have a running joke that we leave most houses cleaner than we found them. We don’t typically work on construction sites. We are in people’s homes every day. ‘nuff said.

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Dust Extractors

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of doing drywall work, you understand that even once you wipe down all surface, the dust remains in the air for a long time and one can find themselves dusting 4+ times trying to get rid of it. Patchboyz technicians are equipped with HEPA-filter dust extractors to prevent this kind of thing.

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Safety & Notifications

On the day the work is scheduled, you will receive a text message when your technician hops in his van to let you know they’re on the way. This text message will also tell you a bit about the technician as well as a picture so you know who’s in your home at all times.

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Stipple Experts

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages to working with us is that we are mudders first. What do we mean by this? Well... many of our competitors are painting companies. They can make the ceiling smooth. If you have an older home, however, and your ceilings are wavy. They may not be able to make them flat. Leaving you with an oceanic ceiling and an empty pocket. We will rectify this issue from the get go!

Additional Questions Answered

What if I am having pot lights installed?

Have your electrician do his work first. Why? Because we can repair any mistakes he makes as well as all the fishing holes he makes in order to run his wire. It is cheaper for us to fix these whilst we're already on site for a bigger project.


If I have asbestos in my popcorn ceiling, can you help?

Absolutely, we have a custom process to take care of the asbestos.


Other Companies did not mention Asbestos, why are you?

What other companies do legally is none of our business. Unfortunately for home-owners however, this behavior can lead to serious health complications. These companies work hard to make money and keep their team busy. This is an issue that is often swept under the rug at the client's and workers expense. Seeing as PatchBoyz is the ONLY Drywall and asbestos company in the city we don't avoid the important issues, we tackle it head on with honesty and full service.

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PatchBoyz Ottawa Drywall Repair is located at:
15-3 Hogan St.
Ottawa, ON K2E 5E8

Phone: (613) 627-2592

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