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Nathan 12-12-2003 10:43 AM

Hanging a Wallpaper Border
Tim Bodine has written an excellent DIY - How To Guide that can be found here: Hanging a Wallpaper Border

If you have any questions about this guide please post it here in this thread.


shashmommy4 02-24-2004 10:10 AM

taking down a wallpaper border
hi i was wondering if you could give me some tips about taking down a wallpaper border.

Mark 02-27-2004 04:53 PM

Taking it down is the fun part. Peel off the top layer exposing the paper backing thats stuck to the wall. Using some wallpaper remover in a small spray bottle wet the paper liner a couple times to trigger the release of the glue. Using a 3" sharp scraper gently remove the we liner making sure to keep wetting ahead of your work direction. After its all off scrub the walls with a mixture of TSP powder and hot water (use rubber gloves) to remove any residue or gobs of the old paste.

Stelablu 03-03-2004 03:28 PM

If you are going to paint over it even if you have washed it you may need to prime the area with an oil-based primer to prevent reactivation of the boarder glue by a water-based paint.

ProWallGuy 03-04-2004 08:17 AM

That is true Stelablu. If the paste comes off fairly easy, I use Zinsser's Gardz or DrawTite by Scotch Paints too. They both work great, dry fast, and apply much easier than oil products.

housedocs 03-24-2005 10:28 PM

I'll second the vote for Gardz, great stuff!! I highly recommend it!!

Teetorbilt 03-24-2005 10:50 PM

My paperhangers insist on Zinsser B-I-N. I don't ask, just do.

housedocs 03-25-2005 01:13 AM

Sounds like the help has the boss well trained Teeterbilt. :D And what makes you the guy the quality help wants to work for, there be method to your madness.;)

Teetorbilt 03-25-2005 07:45 AM

Housedocs, I use 4 paperhangers with a combined experience of 115 yrs and one of them is 3rd generation. How could I possibly argue?

housedocs 03-25-2005 11:56 AM

:D How could you indeed! :cool:

meiersenterprises 06-17-2005 01:19 PM

Removing wallpaper is a PITA. I just moved into a place with 14 yr old paper on one wall (about 8ftx12ft). Even with chems, it took me 6 hours to get it all off. NEVER again...

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