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Old 02-01-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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Greetings, all! Got a real problem on my hands: my "new" 1972 home has badly applied, textured wallpaper on the living room walls that the seller painted over with white latex. If the texture weren't bad enough, the ding dong over lapped every seam which is terribly visable and the room has a southern exposure with tons of light streaming in, showing every imperfection. The room is 16 x 20. We tried many means to remove the paper but only gouged the walls. Is there a way to remedy this situation without replacing the drywall? Any/all help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-01-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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I've never ran into this before but found this discussion that may help. They are talking about wall paper painted over plaster walls maybe you can get tips from here.
http://ths.gardenweb.com//forums/loa...923055.html?10

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go to homedepot and get whats called a PAPER TIGER and a GARDEN PUMP SPRAYER...........scratch the walls up with the paper tiger then wet them with the pump sprayer using plain ole water.......LET THE WATER SOAK IN !!!............ LET THE WATER SOAK IN!!!..............LET THE WATER SOAK IN!!!................ ok after the water has soaked in start to remove it with a spakle knife ...............the key here is to SOAK THE PAPER. i tell people this all the time and they dont listen then i go over and show them how its done.......................SOAK THE PAPER



8 out of 10 times it will come right off................
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:28 AM   #4
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You forgot to mention soaking the paper.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:17 PM   #5
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You forgot to mention soaking the paper.

no matter how many times i mention it people never listen....they get inpatient and start digging at the walls then come back and blame me for bad advice.................lol LET THE WATER SOAK IN !!!
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You I've found that a scraper a vinegar works very well in the removal process, a technique I discovered when the box store closed on me
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I use to not believe in this, but what you can do is to texture over it, or fill the holes with joint compound. I just did this recently on a job and it looked awesome. A friend of mine did this and textured over it in his bathroom. Looked fantastic. Contact me and we can talk more about this...



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Old 02-02-2011, 05:09 PM   #8
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ok lets break this down to solutions for your problem




1-remove the wallpaper: more labor intensive but will provide the best finish afterwards...highly recommended

2-oil prime the wallpaper then skim coat the entire area then sand,prime,caulk,paint.....VERY labor intensive but a better finish

3- prime/patch and paint over wallpaper: easy fix, less expensive and not much labor involved.......LOW END FINISH, mostly seen in rental properties
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:28 PM   #9
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Hey balmore,
Am I the only one here that noticed no one has suggested a wall paper steamer? Gas is best but electric will do. You can rent them at any well stocked rent it shop. The steamer will make short work of that paint and the wall paper doesn't stand a chance. No paper tiger, no vinegar, no sweat. If you want to do it like a professional then use the steam, if you want to do it like a homeowner use the other Home Depot suggestions.
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If you want to do it like a professional then use the steam, if you want to do it like a homeowner use the other Home Depot suggestions.


lol..........steamers are for homeowners, be there all day steaming wallpaper off ...........ill scratch and entire room up then soak it then with in 20 mins i will pull it off in SHEETS
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Hey Jack,
Where in southern Michigan? Or would rather not say?
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Where in southern Michigan? Or would rather not say?
That would be Warren

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I'm way out in Highland, not far from Milford.
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Oh you Home Depot suggesters. I am going to try and point my microwave at the wallpaper in my living room and see how it works.
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