we plan to remove wallpaper and dado rail, and then paint the wall a
uniform colour eg off while.
As far as I can tell the existing dado rail is fixed on with glue (I
can't see any screws or nails. Is the a technique or solution to
loosen the glue, or is it just brute force and a claw hammer.
would appreciate any advice
You may find that it's nailed on - with the nail heads punched in, the holes
filled and painted over.
Either way, try to get a sharp bolster chisel behind it and lever it off. It
will be very difficult to get off without doing *some* damage to the
plaster - so be prepared to beautify this with Pollyfilla (or similar)
before painting it.
Impossible to remove -if they were put on with adhesive mastic, without
doing damage; more like. People tend to forget that problem with mastic.
I pulled down half the skim from the wall in my fat when I moved in. I
used adhesive mastic and masonry nails tacked in to hold some shelving
battons while the mastic set.
When I pulled the nails out the battons came away with the plaster. It
was so poor that the stuff flaked off half the # wall. Boy; that was
Has anyone had any experience with removing adhesive mastic with caustic
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Agreed, nails are highly likely especially if it's original dado.
In addition to levering with a bolster, something else which might be
worth a try is using a tenon saw or similar to cut through the dado at
intervals; that will let you lift it at a midpoint and lever it off
length-wise, if you see what I mean. Might cause less damage to the
walls. You also *might* loosen the grip of the nails a bit by
whacking the edges of the dado with a hammer (at right angles to the
dado, parallel to the wall) - might avoid a dinner-plate-sized chunk
of plaster coming out with the nail when it gives!
Also, if you use a tool to lever off the dado, protect the underlying
wall with a bit of scrap wood; ie lever against that, to avoid more
damage to the plaster.
In the real world, brute force.
Theoretically, if it WAS glue and not nailed on, then maybe correct
application of heat might work IF it was the right sort of glue, but
it's probably a non-starter. Use the force.
Simon Avery, Dartmoor, UK
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