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Removing wallpaper from sheet rock  

I am removing wallpaper from a room in my house. I can get it off the plaster walls without any problem using a solution of vinegar and water; however it appears some repair work was done with sheet rock which was not plastered. wallpaper is adhered directly to it in some sections of the room. when I try to remove it with the vinegar and water solution, I get a big mess. any suggestions?

No... other than scraping the mess off, and repairing the wall again, or steaming it off.. I have no suggestions.

Gosh I hate wall paper. Good luck.

Removing wallpaper!

We have been in our house about a year and a half and the wallpaper was apparently put up VERY poorly. It is already starting to lift on the seems and peel on the edges. I have decided not to repaper because I don't really like wallpaper anyway, so I need the wall to be able to be painted when I am done taking down the paper.

First I need to know how to get the paper down and if there is a "homemade solution" to help get all the glue ect...

Second I need to know how to prime the walls for painting after it is all down.

To remove it, I know of no home remedies.. (if you find one and it works well be sure to let us know!) Wall paper is best removed with rented steaming equipment. Or you can buy the wallpaper remover that sponge on.. then lift it off.

After the paper is off, as long as the wall is smooth (fill any holes with joint compound) you can coat the walls with sizing and paper away.


Removing wall paper

I would like to remove some wall paper so that I can paint the walls. We just bought a house and it has wallpaper in the restores and kitchen. I would like to remove the wall paper and paint the walls. Willing to hear any suggestions anyone may have.

I don't know of any secret recipes. You can buy wallpaper remover and brush it on and ease it off. You can also rent a steamer for removal which works better.


I am stripping two layers of wallpaper from an upstairs bathroom. The second layer of wallpaper is virtually been impossible to remove. I've tried everything short of burning it off. It seems as if it was glued to the drywall directly and in some cases directly to the plaster. I want to paint the wall but I'm spending hours peeling this stuff of with no success. What's my next step?

First you get a wallpaper scraper. It's a little round thing that has wheels with teeth on them. Go over the wall with this moving it in circles. This will create little holes in the wallpaper. Then get a paint roller and some DIF wallpaper remover. Mix the DIF with water in a bucket according to the directions on the bottle. Dip the paint roller in the DIF solution and roll it on the walls. Put it on heavy don't worry if it drips all over the place. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then start peeling off the wallpaper.
The purpose of making the little holes was so that the DIF can soak through to the glue.
After you're finished if you have holes or scratches in the wall use drywall compound to patch them up. Then when you're ready to paint first you must primer the wall or else some of the glue that's still on the wall will crack the paint in the future.


Wallpaper removal

What is the best solution to remove wallpaper and glue on wall? I cannot reach the wallpaper in the stairways. A ladder is not useable in this particular situation. How can I get the solution on and how can I remove it?

To access that area, make a scaffold to stand on. Place a ladder on the stairs leaning against/ the wall that goes straight up from the ceiling. Then place a long board from the top of the stairs to the ladder. Know what I mean?

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How to remove painted wallpaper

I am going to be re-papering my entry, bath, and stairwell-hall areas. The old wallpaper has been painted over. How can I take off the old wallpaper so that I get minimal damage to the wallboard?

I would recommend going directly to the steamer method. I require less judgement on what's actually underneath and it will work. Let the steamer do it's work.Give it time to penetrate, then take paper of with large putty knife. At no time dig into the wall or rush the process. If the paper is dry, reapply steamer, this will be heavy work as most of it will be over shoulder level, be prepared.



We are trying to re-wallpaper a bathroom. We first tried to remove the old wallpaper but the backing stayed on the wall. We then tried applying primer to cover the backing. It seemed to work until we tried putting up the new wallpaper. Once wet the old backing started to lift off the wall leaving bubbles. We bought wallpaper stripper and are in the process of removing the backing. What a mess, while scraping, in some areas the wallboard gets scraped and nicked. Short of installing new sheet rock what do we do now?

Well, finish getting it all off. Don't worry about the sheetrock too much.

After the paper and backing is ALL off, buy some joint compound (ready mixed in a plastic bucket) you won't need too much. And smooth it on over any holes you have made. You may need 2 or perhaps 3 coats to get it nice and smooth again. Sand with medium sandpaper between coats. (Wrap the sandpaper around a block of wood to be sure you are sanding flat)

The wall will be as good as new for your papering.



Stripping wallpaper and priming walls  

Though I've painted before, I've never stripped off wallpaper to do so. Does fabric softener work to help remove the paper, as I've heard? And how thoroughly should the wall underneath be sanded before applying primer? Finally, in a ventilated bathroom, what kind of primer should I apply?

I am not sure at all about fabric softener. Let me know if you try it, I would love to know.

As for sanding it, since you intend to paint it, the surface should be flat. No bumps or ridges left. Fix any gouges etc. with joint compound sanding the repair flat.

As for primer, what do you mean the room is ventilated? You can use either latex or oil primer.

Be sure to talk to the paint dealer (always buy Quality name brand paints) about which to use under your selected top coat. But there should be no problem using oil or latex.



Stripping wallpaper

The walls in my sons bedroom are like cement and some of the wallpaper is coming off. I want to remove the rest but some comes off just peeling and others is really glued on there. The top half of the wall looks like it was painted but it has seams and it peels off with the wallpaper. So is it really painted or is that to wallpaper and how do I continue to get the rest of the harder wallpaper off? Also when I go to repaint do I have to primer?

What you may be dealing with is painted wall paper. But if it peels off in sheets it isn't just paint. Use wallpaper remover. Or you can rent a steamer that is used for just that purpose.

After getting it all off, spackle (joint compound) over any holes, rough spots imperfections. You can buy it ready mixed in a small bucket. You spread it on, and sand it smooth. Then yes, prime before painting. It is worth it. For one thing, primer is cheaper than top coat. You can ask where you are buying it, to have them tint the primer to the topcoat color. Generally, this way you will get excellent adhesion and coverage in the two coats. (one primer, one topcoat) And always use top quality paints. They are worth the price in coverage, washability and how long the last.

I have some other tricks as well. First, there is a tool(forgot what its called)that will score or cut into the wall paper. it looks like a hand sander. you local hardware store should be able to help. not the giant mega stores. second, use a garden sprayer to apply any stripping chemical you might need. Protect your flooring of course, but you should be doing that anyway. Primer is a must. Even if you are just going to paint.


What is the best way to remove wallpaper? The wallpaper in my kitchen is impossible to get off.

My wallpaper-expert wife says that the liquid (not the powdered)wallpaper remover chemical is the best route. Use steam on the tougher spots.

Old Thick Leveling Wallpaper over previously paneled wallboard

I have read all the previous posts on wallpaper removal as well as the articles posted on this site, but haven't seen anything that addresses my problem.

After purchasing my current home I wanted to paint the master bedroom which had ugly wallpaper. Initially I tried to pull the wallpaper off, since one of the bathrooms had peelable wallpaper I hoped this bedroom did as well. Wrong! I ended up ripping some of the wallboard's paper coating off as well. My understanding is that this should be skimcoated with spackle and sanded until it appears smooth with the wall.

Luckily, I only screwed up a very small portion before I stopped. Next, I tried steaming the paper off. Well, the paper is VERY thick and would come off in three layers (1) the outer vinyl-esque layer that had the decorative design on it, (2) a layer of fuzzy type backing, and (3) a smooth THICK layer of fabric-like backing, that you literally cannot tear a piece in two with your hands. I removed the first layer from the entire room. I then started on the second and third layers on a small portion of the room, only to discover that the walls underneath this smooth 3rd layer were terrible. It looks to me that the wallboard had paneling on it at one time a long time ago. (NOTE this bedroom is in the upstairs finished portion of a 75-yr. old house. It's the only room with wallboard rather than plaster.) Well, after removing the paneling it looks like they didn't bother removing the adhesive that was put on with a notched trowel and instead just wallpapered over it with this super-thick wallpaper.

So I thought maybe I could leave the 2nd and 3rd layers of the wall paper up and use KILZ or Zinsser's sealer to seal the walls and then prime and paint over them. I have used Zinsser's sealer on a 4X8 portion of the room and it seems to really seal the wall well but, as expected, it leaves the wall a little rough in texture.

MY DILEMMA: I don't really want to steam off the 2nd and 3rd layers of this stuff - which took a LONG time to do just the small 4'X8' section - and then also have to somehow sand the walls to remove the adhesive and then skimcoat the walls to get a level surface and then finally prime and paint. (It almost seems like it would be easier to put up all new wallboard if I have to do that.)

MY QUESTION: Can I continue to seal the rest of the room with the Zinsser's sealer and then prime and paint over it or do I have to remove this wallpaper entirely and sand and skimcoat or is there some other alternative of which I'm not aware. (NOTE- the slightly textured surface that is left on the walls after sealing them doesn't aesthetically bother me, I'm just unsure of whether it is workable or not)

Thanks for any suggestions! Sorry for the length of this - I didn't see any other way to describe it though.

In cases like this it is often easier to gut the room and start over...or add a new layer of 1/4in -3/8in drywall over what is there...

If it were my house I would rip the walls out, insulate if there isn't any then re-drywall. (Mainly because I would have punched large massive holes in the walls with my eyelids out of frustration...).

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