Part of the wallpaper in my bathroom has started peeling. Thus this
weekend i decided to tear some of it down to get the wall ready for
paint. The wallpaper comes down easily but leaves a brown paper
backing on the wall.
Is the brown paper backing part of the drywall called drywall paper?
or does it need to be removed as well?
What color is the drywall paper?
Not sure but it sounds like you tore off most of the drywall paper
when you removed the wallpaper. Brand new, the paper itself is more
white than brown in my mind. What you are seeing is probably the
remnants of the drywall paper still clinging to the wall.
Hard to say without seeing it but I'm guessing that it is best to
remove it if you are planning to paint. Using a sharp scraper to get
under the edge and then try to get it off in big strips. After that
you can use sand paper to remove what's left. I like to use an oil
based primer on drywall with that kind of damage.
By "drywall paper", are you talking about what's part of the drywall when
you buy it, or some second thing that might've been applied before the
If the former, and he removes it all, isn't he going to run into the gypsum?
Can that be painted?
In my case the wallpaper had brown backing. When was the hosue made?
If you have plaster walls, then the brown backing is definately from
the wallpaper, and needs to be removed. Anyone who puts wallpaper in
a bathroom should be drawn and quartered.
....and fed to hungry wolves.
The previous owners of this house left some extra wallpaper in the basement.
The package says it's suitable for moist environments. Bullshit. The stuff's
peeling 1/4 inch a week, and I have a monster bathroom fan that everyone
??? My bathrooms have ALWAYS had wallpaper and they've never peeled. We
rarely run the exhaust fans when taking showers, either. I put wallpaper in
my mother's bathroom 10 years ago, and it still looks great today, with no
peeling. What's the big deal? I can't understand how anyone can put up with
flat, painted walls. No pattern, no texture. Yuck.
Again ??? How does wallpaper versus paint affect anything mounted on the
wall or patching holes? Paint is MUCH more of a hassle. With paint you have
to fill the hole and then hope that your leftover paint is still good and
still matches the wall color. With wallpaper you don't even have to fill the
hole if you're lazy, you slap a small piece of wallpaper over the hole, use
a razor to cut a small, irregular circle through both the new piece and
what's on the wall, pull the cut out off the wall, and apply the new patch.
Takes about 5 minutes, and it will always match. For changing colors, you
just take down the old wallpaper and put up new, just like you'd have to
paint to change colors. As far as a mural (euwwww) or stencils, if I
stenciled an entire room it would take weeks, and look just like wallpaper
if I did it right. Why on earth would I do that when I can put up wallpaper
in one day? Also, I've never lived in a house built after 1900. Old houses
are supposed to have wallpaper. They just look "wrong", flat, boring, and
unfinished without it. Painted walls scream modern tract house. As always,
If you were the one that papered the room, and if you thought to keep
a spare roll of the same pattern, that may be true. Ever try matching
20 year old wallpaper, on a house that had paper when you bought it?
To make it look right, I'm gonna have to strip entire room (including
pulling the vanity and WC for access), and either repaper, or skim-
coat and paint, all to patch a hole where a duct was removed.
Seriously thinking of cheating and mounting a mirror over the spot.
Yeah, I have good reason to dislike wallpaper.
paper, and with my current house, I was fortunate to find a closet full of
wallpaper rolls which had been saved for at least 100 years. There was some
for every paper on the walls, and a TON of rolls which were no longer in
use. When I re-did the living room I found 6 layers of paper before I got to
the plaster (how lazy do you have to be to paper over paper?), and I had a
spare roll for each of those layers! I donated the stuff from the 1800s to
the local historical society. There was enough of one of the papers for them
to put it up in a hallway of their Victorian display house.
unpainted sheetrock) but I have the spare tile for the bathrooms,
carpet (just installed), and bamboo for the halls/diningroom/kitchen
that I'm planning on leaving when we move, hopefully in a couple of
months. I also have paint, but some get sticky over such things.
The last house had to be completely empty. The relo company was a
real hard-ass about such things.
The thing I really appreciated from the previous owners of this house
was a folder with all the manuals and warranty information for the
appliances. They've come in very handy over the years.
Oh man, that really helps. I was similarly fortunate when I
purchased my current home. The seller was a realtor and she
did an outstanding job with those documents including receipts
for some earlier minor repairs plus extra paint, tiles and
other assorted paraphernalia.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
I have stripped a wallpaper that was thick and had a brown paper backing.
These were in kitchens and bathrooms where there was a surface coating of a
water resistant type, and the backing is just for protection. I have
stripped about two thousand sf of wallpaper. There are lots of it, some
foil thin, and other as thick as posterboard.
It is difficult to tell without looking at this whether it is backing or
drywall. Spray some plain water on it, and let it sit for about five
minutes. Rub lightly or scrape lightly and see if the backing comes off
down to the paper surface layer of the drywall.
Soaking and slow peeling and scraping are the secret to removing wallpaper.
Use plain water, and allow it to set long enough to soften the layer you
want to remove. Don't overwet, as you want it to soak in rather than run
down. Use any old spray bottle. Use the plastic yellow scrapers that they
sell cheap for drywall mud.
Actually it's neither difficult or messy to remove wallpaper. Use a tool
which scores the paper to allow the liquid to get behind the paper and
attack the adhesive, and use a wall paper removal enzyme. Sherwin Williams
and other places that sell wallpaper should have both -- the scoring tool is
called "Paper Tiger" (one brand name) and you simply roll it around on the
wall paper. Then spray the wall paper with the enzyme ("Dif" wallpaper
remover from Zinnser is one brand), wait for a few minutes, and the paper
should come right off.
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