wallpaper removal, yikes!

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

The wallpaper that I loved, which I thought would last FOREVER, has indeed lasted forever. My love for it is over and I'm dreading this task. Has anybody used Wallwik? There are many testimonials online stating it's the cat's meow. Tell me if you've used it.


Missouri City, TX

Looks like a great product.

Buy a "paper tiger" to score the paper - they really work.

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

hiya doing Bubba? it looks like you like doing wallpaper removal. wanna come help me or would you prefer doing it yourself. I'll let ya.

the kit I'm looking at has all I need, including a scorer.

Missouri City, TX

Oh, Boy! another project I don't have time for - LOL!

Since water or some liquid is invilved - be sure to remove everything form the room if possible. Also some dropcloth on the floor and some old towels to quickly get any drips up is a good idea.

Will you be hanging new wallpaper or painting?

Hardest thing is NOT the paper removal, but getting all the residual glue off. Owner tried to prime the bare walls at the old farmhouse - semi sucessful, so, we had professional sheetrockers put on a "skim coat". That took care of the glue, nail holes, etc. before we painted. It was quick, and not very expensive. We let the walls dry for a week, after paper removal, priming, and finally skip-coating. Probably overkill, but we had no intention of ever doing it again.

Come join us some Friday evening at the winery.

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

Circle S winery, DH & I should do that, yes.

We will paint, but of course, by the time we do that, it will be out of style and wallpaper will be fashionable all over again. Maybe I should forget the whole thing and let my old wallpaper be back in style, lol. Isn't that how things become vintage/antiques???

The kit I have mentioned here, supposed drastically reduces the need for sheetrock overhaul. To me, that's the most appealing benefit.

Anyway, we are not planning on doing this immediately--this is our "when it's 100 degrees outside" project for 2010.

Missouri City, TX

You mean this weekend? LOL

Houston, TX(Zone 9b)

I haven't removed wallpaper, but had a friend who purchased an inexpensive wallpaper steamer from amazon and she said it worked really well. I can get you the model number if it would be helpful. (BTW, I didn't look at the link you provided, so if it includes a steamer, just ignore this).

Lakeville, MN

I have removed a ton of wallpaper.

Here are a few tricks.

Score with the "tiger" but don't press so hard you score the dry wall. Very important to break the first layer of the paper. Don't worry about the backing at this point.

You don't need fancy wallpaper removers or steamers. Use HOT water and a sponge and soak the wall paper several times over 25 minutes or so. Then lightly scrape of the first layer. If the second comes off too well good. Don't gouge the dry wall.

Works as well as anything else and a lot cheaper. Keep it well soaked and you are home free.

Getting the glue off is a (insert inappropriate to this forum word here) to get off. Clean clean and clean again.

Missouri City, TX

LOL - So you had trouble with that (expletive deleted) stuff, too.

Warm to hot water and lots of wiping rags - and clean them often or you just re-apply the goo elsewhere.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

How's the removal going, Nery? Ready to paint yet?

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

lol. The kitchen project was a breeze. paper came down like peeling a banana using SimpleStrip. My bathroom, oh my! that was a nightmare. The paper was glued right to the unprimed drywall so I tore a lot of paper. I agree w/ what Bill and others have said about keeping paper moist, but a big concern for me was that the room became such a wet mess, I was scared of falling on the wet, slippery tile. But all is well now. Paper is gone, wall is primed, now to select paint.

After having a busy wallpaper (and red at that) all paint seems so dull. I want a tranquil look but not so uninteresting that will put me to sleep.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

If that bathroom is near the kitchen you could paint it white and use all your unused red kitchen tools as adornments on the walls.

Missouri City, TX

Now that's funny, pirl. I didn't know you knew Nery that well - LOL

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Maybe it will help her red withdrawal in the bathroom. Or maybe she could start collecting red bathroom items - like those bonnets they used to make for toilet paper! My neighbor still has them!

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

actually, I had red bathroom items other than towels. But unlike the kitchen, they looked tacky so I got rid of them and have neutrals.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

I just use a spray bottle of hot water and a wide bladed putty/spackle knife....comes off w/ little work


Weedville, PA(Zone 6a)

learned this from a professional painter...

spray down the wallpaper with a mix of fabric softner and water and let it sit for a bit (maybe 30 minutes...or long enough to soak in)
Then come back over it with a steamer and steam that paper right off the walls. It will come off in sheets. Don't score that paper!!!!! it makes it harder to remove all those little pieces, plus it damages the drywall/plaster on the wall creating even more work.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

heathrjoy - we're using your method as I type but, as you can guess, I'm not doing the work part of the job. I'll report back later.

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