We're remodeling a bedroom that has one wall of wallpaper. MOST of the
wallpaper has come down <g> The backing of the first layer of paper is just
NOT budging! DH pasted a pre-pasted paper. I just called the tape and
bed/texture guy and he said that if the backing is "good and stuck", they
can "skim over it"??? Does that make sense? More important, will it WORK
and work WELL? He's going to texture it to match the other walls and paint.
Spray the wall down with water, soaking the paper really well, go have a
couple smokes, or a drink, or whatever, then go back a scrape it off
with a plastic scraper. They probably can skim over it, but why? Just
get it wet for long enough, it will come off, then clean the wall really
well to get the rest of the glue off.
I've taken down a good bit of wallpaper and have never damaged the
sheetrock unless I scraped too hard or scrubbed too long. Getting the
old paste soft is a messy chore, but with care the paper should come off.
As CA said, spray it well - old windex bottle works fine if your hands
hold up :o) Have a cuppa coffee, spray again, another cup and it will
be ready. It most likely will not all be off. I have always let the
wall dry overnight at that point so as not to soften whatever coating is
on the sheetrock. Then, warm water and soft rag to wash remaining paste
from the wall. It will quit feeling "slimey" when all the paste is
gone. Be sure to carefully feel and look for remaining paste, as if any
is left on it will transmit the paper texture when painted.
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