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Removing old wallpaper
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John    Posted 11-29-2004 at 06:52:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Could any of you good people share any secrets on how to remove old wallpaper. Is it best to rent a steamer,or is there a secret potion that will loosen it up. Gotta love these do it yourself projects. Thanks.


Dug    Posted 11-29-2004 at 23:11:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
John,

Use fabric softner to remove your wall paper. It's cheap and smells great! If the paper has a waterproof covering, you will need to follow TB's advise and use the Paper Tiger to score the surface and allow the faric softner to penetrate to the glue.

I use a spray bottle to soak the wall, then wait about ten minutes, spray again and remove the paper with a putty knife.

Try it, it works great!

Dug


TB    Posted 11-29-2004 at 10:35:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thay have a tool that has a lot of stared wheals on. you run it all ove the old wallpaper and it pokes thousendes of little holes in the paper. Then you simply start wiping it down with a soapy wet spunge several times. after a while the old glue will be soaked up an soft again. Then you should be able to just peal the old paper off the wall.


Yep    Posted 11-29-2004 at 10:40:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
But don't mistake that scoring tool with the one that you hold in your hand and it has five little sharp blades that rotate freely and score the wallpaper as you rub it all over the wall.

The tool with the little blades puts so many cuts on the wallpaper that once the glue softens, you are peeling thousands of tiny shreds of old wallpaper off the wall. That is a painstaking job.

Go with the tool TB described ... it just pokes holes that allows the water or stripping solution to get into the glue.

- Peanut


TB    Posted 11-29-2004 at 18:04:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
The tool is called a (paper tiger) and people I seen use them say thay work great.

This is whare I ment this post to go. LOL


Its simple and effective    Posted 11-29-2004 at 07:00:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a jug of wall paper stripper and a sharp utility knife. Score the wallpaper vertically (without cutting into the drywall) in strips about 12" wide. Get a sponge or rag and apply the stripper generously and let it soak in for about 5 minutes. The wallpaper will peel off in 12" wide sections along your score marks. Be patient and use plenty of stripper. When you are all done wipe down the walls with a damp clean sponge or rag and apply primer for your next wallcovering or paint.

- Peanut


TB    Posted 11-29-2004 at 18:02:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
The tool is called a (paper tiger) and people I seen use them say thay work great.


Mugway    Posted 11-29-2004 at 08:18:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do it about the same as you,only I use a solution of DIFF and a Raul,2 different kinds one has a handle the other is palm held,use raul to make perforations in paper and spray with Diff solution,let set a few mins and peel off,use a putty knife to remove heavy paste and more Diff to soften the glue,then I wash the area with TSP, 2 buckets and sponges,one to wash and one to rinse,to remove the rest of the paste.You realy want to get all the old paste off,or it will dry and crack under paint or dry and bubble and pull away under new paper.


seahag    Posted 11-29-2004 at 07:56:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rent a steamer, it works so fast and also removes the glue from the wall. I had an old home with 7 layers of paper on the walls and 4 on the ceiling. It took me a while to get the paper and glue off, but i used a steamer. It went so fast and was so easy.


midway    Posted 11-29-2004 at 09:21:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
This was before steamers etc., seems we used vinegar in warm water. Is my memory correct? Anyone else remember useing that? This was back in the 30's when I was just a kid. LOL


steve in in    Posted 11-29-2004 at 12:09:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
It depends on how old. I have removed 120 year old wallpaper from my house. Took a lot of time but the thing that worked best was a putty knife and a spray bottle of water. Spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes. Most of the wallpaper itself was gone, only the glue remained.

Newer wallpaper comes off really well with a steamer. You can buy, I believe, a wagner for fairly cheap.


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