It is the first coat so there are still some visible defects but I’ll take care of the tomorow. It is drying overnight. It was overall easy, if we exclude the little angle piece at the center of the pictures.
That piece was paint with latex paint and too much paint was put. Due to the nature of popcorn, it is difficult to paint over it and get a clean finish. Typically, homeowners without much knowledge will be tempted to put more paint just to try to cover all sins. This is most likely what happened on my ceiling, probably a few years ago.
The popcorn texture absorbs a lot of water and paint and soaking it with paint makes it very hard to remove. I had to litterally scratch an area of 1 sq in, put water on borders of the square, wait for the moisture to make its way in the wallboard’s paper first then back to the popcorn (from the wallboard) and then scratch the wet parts. What a nightmare. The following picture was taken as I was doing this:
So if you are reading this and are thinking about painting over your popcorn ceiling, I have one piece of advice: do not! Remove it instead.