Ok, i'm now onto the wallpaper removal of a different room. It is all
old and cracking and when I'm taking it off by just picking at it, the
paper comes off in small flakes. I was thinking of spraying and
scraping, but I was also thinking that it might be possible to just
take an orbital hand sander and just go over it with a medium grit
paper. Has anyone done this? - removing wall paper is one of my LEAST
favorite things to do.
I use a spray bottle get an area wet then wait for saturation. Work awhile
spray a little more and add a small area repeat. If you do not care about
the floors a big spounge works just more water to clean up. Just do not let
the area your working on dry out. Even worked on the fing foil paper in the
bathroom I removed.
No one ever said this was fast.
Have you seen the little device that has small pivoting cutting wheels,
you roll it around the wall and it slits the heck out of the paper.
Then you spray on the dissolving solution.
Sanding sounds way messy, and may put a lot of lead-paint dust in the
I would suggest against sanding
what is the paper installed over? wall board or plaster
Thanks All.. i think that's what i'm going to have to do, suck it up
and spray it on! It's on plaster, so the next step will be to smooth
it out a little. Can I just use the same stuff I used on the drywall?
Yes. And, if scraping leaves some minor marks, sand them gently with the
mesh-type sanding stuff - looks like window screen, sort of. Dust passes
through it and if it's like most plaster dust, it'll fall straight down to
the floor, pretty much. Doesn't seem to float all over the place, like
If the paper is as brittle as it sounds, you might get most of it off
just peeling or GENTLE scraping. Spraying with water a couple of times,
allowing for water to soak in a bit, is usually sufficient to soften the
paste and make it loose enough to scrape. I've never used steamers or
chemicals. It the paper is coated, either vinyl or painted, a
back-and-forth lateral scoring with coarse sandpaper will cut it enough
to allow water to soak in. Have to be careful not to go deep enough to
score plaster or wallboard surface. When the paper is gone, spray again
to soften remaining paste. I usually let it rest at this point, in case
the wallboard coating has absorbed water. Dry overnight, then wash off
remaining paste (unless you like sanding :o)
While I've not done a lot of wall paper removal, my experience has
been that the best way ...depends...
My experiences so far:
1) It isn't stuck on well, and gentle peeling/scraping got it all off,
with a few minor touchups with a sander or a bit of water.
2) Won't peel well. Steamer takes it off quickly. (or close the
doors/windows, and vent the clothes dryer into the room ;-)
3) Steamer won't take it off, but outer layer of wall paper will peel
(relatively moisture proof outer layer) easily. Then, a steamer takes
off the rest (coarse paper/glue) quickly.
Black and Decker makes a pretty inexpensive wall paper steamer (under $50).
You can also rent them.
It's certainly saved a lot of time over how long it would take with a spray
bottle of water.
Given how fast the steamer does the job, I won't give ours up.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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