I want to redo a room in my Cape Cod home. It has cheap white paint
over cheap light green paint over ugly wallpaper.
What is the easiest way to get it all down so I can paint it?
There are ugly lines showing through the paint, seams I guess. Half
of the rest of the house WAS done in paneling with no drywall behind
it. I fear finding that in this room too! The ugly lines are even on
Tips? Steaming? A razor? Nu Wall over it? (worked very well on the
A sponge and a 4 inch putty knife. Sponge on get an area wet and then let
the water do its job. Takes a while but the stuff will come right off. Not
much clean up for painting either. I just removed 3 rooms from wallpaper
hell recently. Just do not let it dry out. I started at the top and worked
down. Better when it is warmer.
Go to the local Hope Depot or Wal-Mart and get what is called a Paper
Tiger. This scores the wallpaper and allows the water to get behind the
paper to dissolve the glue... Also, get one of the solutions designed
for wallpaper removal. They dissolve the glue much faster than water
does, and you really will need it to get all of the glue off the wall so
that paint will adhere properly.
My wife and I tried this approach on a bedroom and it almost ended the
relationship. It's very time intensive and messy. For the next room we went
to Home Depot and bought a wagner steamer for $50 bucks and finished the
house with much happier results. That was the best $50 bucks I ever spent
and without it there would still be plenty of the previous owners wall paper
throughout the house.
I would strongly suggest not using the chemicals and instead use a steamer.
If you don't want to buy one you can most likely rent one but I think you'll
spend the same money either way.
I have the all time best and cheapest, least hot way to remove wallpaper.
Instructions must be followed to the letter. Garden sprayer with hot water
and Ivory liquid dishsoap. Tiger claw/paw the whole wall and spray it down
with the hot water/ivory mixture. Critical step - sit down and drink a
whole can of soda/beer. then use a putty knife to take paper off the wall.
DO NOT touch until the soda/beer can is empty or it won't all come off.
use same sprayer to apply TSP to the wall when the paper is off and wipe the
wall down. NOW paint away.
Unless you need the steam to warm up the home anyway ;-))
UGH I got the paper tiger, spent three hours removing about 3 feet
times three feet (behind a couch) to find that there is no drywall.
Just plywood. The paper doesn't peel off in sheets, it comes off in
So I'm gonna avoid all of this work for no reason, just sand the
wallpaper lines, prime (maybe twice) and paint. Coral color I think
Tape and compound the wallpaper lines.....use alcohol base primer or Kilz,
etc. then regular primer then topcoat. Use 1" roller to get a little texture
into paint surface.
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