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Wallpaper removal


Howdy - I'm a new guy. Came over from a car site your moderator was on, and he invited us over here. This site is a good deal. Cars and I get along fine - houses I'm not so hot with. Lucky if I can hammer a nail in straight.

Subject - wallpaper removal. I know there are specific products for the purpose, and likely some "homebrews" that work too, but I dunno where to start. If it helps, the house is 12 years old, the surface is drywall, and it appears the wallpaper was professionally done. But down it comes, as wifey prefers a lighter color (paint).

So...what do you recommend for wallpaper removal, given that the surface will then be painted?

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welcome Olds.....I started this site for much the same reasons.....I am useless, so I thought I could learn something.

Not an expert on wallpaper, I know that there are steamers that you can rent to get it off....Don't know what that will do to the drywall.

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i hope you dont have a whole house to do.i hate it.its not hard to do but it is boreing.the steamers work fine.just slow.there will be some residu left from the glue.wash it off with hot water gently.dont rub through the drywall paper.you might want to shoot a light orange peel texture on the walls before you paint.just one oppenion.geezer69

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I've done the steamer treatment too...same as Geezer, it works but not fast.

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If the walls were properly prepared before the paper was hung then just about any method will work to remove it. The only trick, with any method, is to get the paper and glue off without doing damage to the sheetrock. You can rent a steamer and it will do the job but I prefer to use one of those little tools that scores the paper and then spray on an enzyme based wallpaper remover. Zinsser makes a good one, DIF Wallpaper Stripper. (Sorry, the name of the tool escapes me but you should be able to find one at your local home center right next to the wallpaper remover.) Give the remover the recommended amount of time to work the glue loose and then simply peel it off. Once the paper is off wipe the wall down with more stripper to remove any remaining glue. On some types of paper scoring isn't even necessary but if you have a vinyl or foil type paper then it's a must.

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Thanx, folks. I'd heard of the steamer method, but that did not sound very appealing to me. (Or would that be a-peeling in this case?)  I'm trying to do all this in spare time in four days while my wife is outa town - big surprise when she gets home. biggrin
Peg, I like your idea best so far. Will go to a nearby Lowe's and see if they have that Zinsser DIF stuff.
I'll report back in mid-week and let y'all know how it's going and what method I ended up using. And if it has turned into a disaster, I may be seeking more help.confused

-- Edited by Olds215 at 15:38, 2008-05-11

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Yeah, that's what I like best about the liquid stripper, you can do it on your own schedule.

Good luck!

Peggy

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Olds215 wrote:

Thanx, folks. I'd heard of the steamer method, but that did not sound very appealing to me. (Or would that be a-peeling in this case?)  I'm trying to do all this in spare time in four days while my wife is outa town - big surprise when she gets home. biggrin
Peg, I like your idea best so far. Will go to a nearby Lowe's and see if they have that Zinsser DIF stuff.
I'll report back in mid-week and let y'all know how it's going and what method I ended up using. And if it has turned into a disaster, I may be seeking more help.confused

-- Edited by Olds215 at 15:38, 2008-05-11



Yeah, I think you and Peg are on the right track - - - however, the wallpaper may be "strippable" - - - - especially since it's only 12 years old - - - if not then you do have your work cut out for you.



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I promised a progress report, and here's the first. That DIF stuff is terrific - still quite a bit of work, but the stuff works. Our stupid Lowe's didn't have the Zinnser tools - only the DIF. The 'nother brand tool I got is just OK, not great.

Biggest problem ahead, with only three days to finish the job: under the wallpaper is just bare drywall. Besides priming, somehow I need to texture the surface like the walls in the rest of the house. How to describe? Not an unusual finish. It looks like some spattered process where after dry the little peaks are sanded flat but not down to the wall surface. Does that make sense? What am I up against here? Is this something I can do with a roller? I really want to avoid any equipment rental.


P.S to Mello Yello - Nice kitty! We have three ourselves. And a dog. And three turtles. Critters are cool!    =:o) 

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RE: Wallpaper removal


thyats probably an orange peel texture.you will need to rent a texture machine.there cheep.buy a box of joint compound.mix till just thicker than paint.get a practice board.cardboard box works ok.put some of the mix into the hopper.shoot the box till you get the desired effect.adjust your gun to a small hole before you start.the bigger holes are for a different texture.good luck geezer69

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o i forgot dont try it with a roller.it wont come out even.looks like the grandbabys did it.

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Olds, can you take a close up photo of a wall you want to match? It could be a texture but it could also just be that someone used a long nap roller to paint the walls in the other rooms. Impossible to say which without seeing it.

Peggy

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Progress report - paper is all off. That DIF stuff works great. Got a few places to repair where the paper took the top of the drywall off, but no big deal there.  Today I light sand a few places, wash it down (DIF residue), spackle the dings, and KILZ primer the whole enchilada. Now, as to the texturing...I think I found a great solution.
I sought the advice of Lowe's (2 miles away, thus 1st choice when I can). They have alotta products to do the job, including several by Homax. It turns out the surface I need is called "knockdown" or Mediterranean, and they have both oil based and water based. I bought some called "Knockdown Texture". A bit pricey - $13 rattlecan covers 60sf. But it's easy and fast. They have a good instructional video at http://www.homaxproducts.com/videos/4065_lrg/4065_video.html that gave me a comfort factor, and the finish they achieved is precisely the one I want. I have 2 cans, expect I'll need another 1-2 to finish he job.
Onward. Gotta be done by tomorrow night late. Trying to surprise my wife, who will be returning from outa town. (Doesn't know I'm doing this, but she has always hated the wallpaper in the kitchen, wanted paint.)  Mebbe this will get me some "points".  Points are good. wink

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good luck with the can texture.the rental hopper works better.its probably cheeper.you can do a wall in no time.just an oppenion.i use the can for small repairs.peg is rite.a photo allways helps.

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Congrats! Sounds like your almost done. Female opinion is that you will earn some points for all this. wink

I'll admit it, I HATE textured walls and ceilings. Someone had sprayed popcorn on a couple of ceilings in this house and my very first project was to remove it. There's also texture on one wall in the living room that I'm itching to take off. It's low on my project list but still....it makes me cringe every time I look at it.

Peg

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The Homax product worked. Takes a little getting used to, but surface is about how I wanted it. It takes a very very light touch on the spatch, but once you get the hang of it, it's fast. 
It's 11AM. Onward to a job interview (!) and then home to paint. And clean up.

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TA DA!!All done, and it looks pretty good IMO.But Mama's plane is late, so she won't get home till late:30 to see it. (That's even later than dark:30.) But I am pleased with the results, sure hope she is. Thanks for the coaching, and I'll prolly be back for advice when my next project comes aound.

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way to go.you made it.congrats to both of you.the site is working.i bet she`ll like it.

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She liked it! Mama's happy, so all is right with the world.

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Olds215 wrote:

She liked it! Mama's happy, so all is right with the world.



  Great    Keep sockin away  those points,, you'll need em if she is anything like my wife,,biggrin  Points help when the honey-dooooo list starts gettin LoNNNNNNGerwink



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