A  lot of homes in the 70s have plaster ceiling – specifically, popcorn ceiling – due to the fact that it adds accent to the house and it is resistant to fire. However, it has also became a widely talked about issue since researchers have found that the ingredient of plaster ceiling that makes it unconducive to fire is asbestos – a mineral that has been used in some countries to strengthen roads and buildings. Asbestos has a pungent smell, and so a huge number of homeowners have decided to get their asbestos plaster ceiling removed.

Asbestos Plaster Ceiling Malaysia

If you are living in a home that you are sure to have asbestos plaster ceiling, you do not have to spend a lot of money in having it removed and replacing it with a new ceiling. Remember, a lot of things are dangerous, but how we deal with it to contain its harmfulness is what matters the most.

As for the asbestos, it can only cause harm to us when it decomposes in the open and we inhale its dust. Therefore, we have to literally contain the problem.  How, do you ask? You have two options for this: you can either cover it with drywall, or you can paint it to seal those asbestos fibers in place. Among the two, however, you still have chances of getting asbestos dust circulate in the room that’s why sealing it with paint is your best choice.


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Asbestos Plaster Ceiling Encapsulation

Asbestos plaster ceiling encapsulation may be done by a professional, but if you are feeling confident that you are capable of doing it by yourself, please do so with utmost caution.


  • Forget fashion at this time and wear those moon suits that astronauts have so that you will be fully protected.
  • Close any possible sources of heat or air. It is important that asbestos is as still as possible so that it will not shed off dust.
  • Remove all of the furniture in the room that you are going to work on, and cover everything in that room with plastic sheets except for the ceiling itself – floors, walls, windows, doors, light fixtures, etc.
  • Make sure that your ceiling is free from any cobwebs because having any debris on your ceiling will defeat the purpose of encapsulating it.
  • When the previous step is done, spray a first coat of latex paint with the color of your choice. Let this dry before you spray a generous amount of paint on the ceiling again as your second coat.


After that, you are now safe from inhaling asbestos. It is not difficult to do, right?