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Old 11-07-2010, 11:13 AM   #1
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House is 90 yrs old. We can get the 3rd layer of wallpaper off. Layer 1 & 2 won't budge. Would we get good results doing a skim coat? Other alternative is to install qtr inch drywall, but that would mean removing all the trim - baseboards are 5" as is the door/window trim that is topped by, for lack of a better description, crown moulding. Advise please! Thanks

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What method are you using to remove the paper? Steam? Paper tiger?
Is the stubborn layer a vinyl material?
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Hi Ron. Have been busy working on the house. There are three layers of paper that I've discovered. The top layer is just peeling off with a scraper - it's at least 50 years old and is very brittle. I tried getting off the next two layers with a steamer, and after about 10 minutes of trying got down to the lathe & plaster in about a 1 inch diameter section. Those two layers are really stuck on. For that reason, I was thinking if we did a skim coat, the moisture from that wouldn't pull off the paper because it would dry and adhere without loosening the paper. Thanks!!
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It would help if you answered all the questions. I ask them for a reason.
If the next layer is a vinyl paper, the steam will not work too well unless you penetrate the surface with a paper tiger. Once the holes are punched, the steam can get behind the vinyl to loosen up the paste.
You can try skim coating and see what result you get. Paper that seems stubborn can start to come off under the wet compound. Only way to know is try it on a section and see.
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Hi Again. Sorry about that....no vinyl paper. Paper Tiger was no help. Tried Dif and also the fabric softener method didn't help. Very good idea on just trying a skim coat on a portion & seeing what happens. That will go on the "to-do" list for tomorrow. I've removed wallpaper in six rooms of our own house, but the walls were at least prepped before paper went up. We have to redo the wiring, add insullation, install a complete kitchen, redo the bathroom, add another bathroom, add a garage, scrape & repaint the exterior, reroof, yikes! But, the property is beautiful - we have 28 acres with hills, woods, and a creek.
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