Basic wallpaper removal solution and a broad knife ( putty knife )
.The key is scoring the wallpaper plenty times and let the solution
soak in. Very easy ,comes off like a charm with minimal mess. I've
done it plenty of times.
On Tue, 21 Mar 2006 23:17:16 GMT, "Andy & Carol"
I have never used a steamer. I have used a commercial product called DIF and
a home made solution (Warm water and vinegar).
The key is to get the glue wet with the solution.
This can be easy or hard.
Some papers are vinyl. The solution will not penetrate to the glue. In that
case you need to get one of those tools to poke little holes in the outer
layer so the glue or solution can penetrate. That's, unfortunately, has the
side affect of causing the paper to come off in small pieces.
Some papers that do have an impermeable layer can be split. Try to just pull
off the outer part of the wallpaper without doing anything else first. Just
use a utility knife to lift a corner and start pulling carefully. If you can
get off the decorative layer then the glue layer will come off easily with
the solution above.
Now - The bad news - If the paper was installed directly against unprimed
drywall it will never come off. Argh.
past. I dealt with wallpaper that was glued directly to unprimed 1st
generation drywall. No method of cajoling would get it off w/o damage to the
paper facing on the drywall. I suspect the same would be true with modern
drywall or even plaster.
peeled the vinyl off the backer of the wallpaper and then sprayed
plain water of the backer. It peeled right off after a 5 minute soak.
You may have to spray some areas more that apear dry .
Then a wet sponge to remove the old glue. Do this right away
as the glue is still wet.
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