Mar 21, 17, 12:50 AM #1
Wallpaper Removal Suggestions?So I'm in the middle of a massive remodel of a house we've purchased on the super cheap from relatives. The downfall is the house hasn't been updated since it was built in the 80's which is ok, BUT there was quite a bit of wallpaper waiting for me. It's a struggle.
So, any suggestions on quick and effective removal? I've been using the scoring tool and some spray. But it's messy and an extremely slow process. Anyone had any luck with the steamers?Advertisement
Mar 21, 17, 02:13 AM #2This may depend on the type and texture of the wallpaper in question, but in my previous home, I had walls that had a kind of grasscloth wallpaper on them. I just put a knock down texture over it, like I would unfinished drywall, and painted. In this case, it came out great.
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Mar 21, 17, 02:17 AM #3Unfortunately there are times when removing wallpaper just sucks and slow & messy is your only option. For what it's worth, often times hot water is just as effective as the DIF wallpaper removal solution. You should try to use water that's absolutely as hot as you can stand to use...and even if you stick with the removal solution, you're best to stick with really hot water.
I've not personally used steamers, but I have talked with some folks who have, and they seemed to have good luck with them. The problem you can run into with steamers is that you can run the risk of steaming the drywall paper right off of the gypsum underneath...so be sure you're careful with steamers until you've got the hang of them.
If you have plaster walls rather than drywall, those tend to stand up a little better to the steaming, for what that's worth.
Mar 21, 17, 06:36 AM #4Get one of these to score your walls.
Zinsser Paper Tiger Triple Head Scoring Tool (Case of 3)-2976 - The Home Depot
Amonia works well on breaking down the type of paste that was typically used to hang wall paper back then. One quart amonia to 3 quarts of water.
If that doesn't work, I would try renting a steamer. Using a steamer depends on the type of paint/primer that was used under the paper. If it was just a flat latex paint you're in trouble. The glue from the wallpaper softens the latex and ceates an incredible bond with the drywall paper, and as CWB said, you can damage your drywall. If a good primer was used, then a steamer will melt the glue and allow you to scrape it away pretty easily.
Don't use the amonia concentration from above in a steamer, add just 1 cup amonia per gallon of water. Steamy amonia can make you a little light headed at the higher concentration.
We used to use the old fashion Windex that had real amonia in it back in the day.
If the paper has a vinyl surface. Try to get as much of that off as you can before scoring and spraying it to get the backing off.
I have heard of a lot of people using fabric softener instead of amonia, at the same 1 qt to 3 qt concentration.
Last edited by coldweatherfan; Mar 21, 17 at 06:57 AM.
Mar 21, 17, 06:58 AM #5If all else fails. This is the right way to do it.
Mar 21, 17, 09:37 AM #6Save your time and effort...go rent a steamer. This is going to be like sweeping Elmer's Glue off your wall as it reduces the backing, it will be messy, but it will be much more effective and quick. Also gets your walls very clean for the final scraping prior to your next set.
Mar 21, 17, 09:56 AM #7
I've used a steamer and hot water with some dawn on a wash cloth. The steamer helps the most. It's still a tedious process the entire way.
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Mar 21, 17, 10:59 AM #8Pray the walls were sized prior!
Vinegar and water will work to remove it if so.
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Mar 21, 17, 11:57 AM #10If you don't have to worry about the floors, or even if you do, buy a garden sprayer, put as hot of water as you can in it, add whatever chemical you are using, even dish detergent will do just fine, and go to town.
Mar 21, 17, 12:07 PM #11
In my experience all the scoring tool does is cut it into smaller pieces that have to individually be pealed off. Gurus suggestion of a sprayer with hot water and vinegar, dawn, ammonia or other chemical has worked the best for me.
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Mar 21, 17, 12:32 PM #12Right now it's all subfloor so I may give the sprayer a shot. The water heater is removed so I don't know what I'll do to get hot water. Over this...
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