I would try steaming it .
You can test a small patch with a steam iron , if that works well, you
can rent a steamer to do the rest of it .
The steam shouldnt do any damage to the drywall, but you can leave it
dry for a day or two if you want before priming.
I had the same problem, but a little worse. The people before me had
papered, then pulled off the paper, left the glue and painted. Then
papered again. So I got the top level paper off, and was looking at
painted glue. After putting in a full day of meticulously removing the
painted glue without destroying the drywall I gave up. I hired someone
to come out and skip-trowel the whole room. I think it cost maybe 175$
for the 10x10 room. Best money I ever spent.
Wallpaper comes off easily, once the paste is softened. Getting water
to the paste is the tricky part. I certainly would not try to put new
wallboard around bath fixtures. I have used extra coarse sandpaper to
cut just the surface of wallpaper when it won't peel off. If the
surface peels off, just spray the underlying paper well, let it soak and
start scraping GENTLY. If the surface doesn't peel off, use the
sandpaper to score it horizontally. Spray, soak, spray, soak, scrape.
Washing off the remaining paste is the only hard part of this chore.
I've never used steamers or chemicals - wallpaper paste just needs water.
Listen to this advise I've removed more than my share of wall paper. It's
really straight forward if you get a good sprayer, garden sprayers are IMO
the best. Use hot tap water and soak the paper several times when required
until the wheat paste beneth the paper becomes wet. Once the paste is wet
the paper will start to pull off in complete sheets. If the paste is soft
you don't have much need for a scraper.
Let the first coat soak in for awhile and spray a second time before trying
to remove. Put drops or something down to catch the excess water and have
sponges handy to dry the baseboards. The remaining paste is washed off with
a wet sponge, then set a fan to dry the walls.
Unpainted sheetrock yes but someone was sharp enough to size the wall before
papering. I've seen walls that appeared to be bare because they were sized
with transparent products and even diluted wheat paste. But if you mean
completely bare with nothing in the form of sizing used before hanging the
paper then no I've not had the pleasure to have seen a job done that poorly.
There doesn't have to be any sign of paint on the wall to have been sized
and hung properly, some DIYers will paper over paint (not a good idea) but
few would hang paper on a bare wall. I'd want to be very sure it was bare
before advising to gut the walls and hanging new drywall.
Giving it one good try at removal won't cost much but a little time.
Someone off their meds?
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