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Old 08-04-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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I just moved in to a "new" house and doing a bunch of little fixer upper projects. One of them is painting. However, some walls have old woven wallpaper that seem to sit nice and tight. I don't want to just paint over them since the woven parts will still be exposed.

Is there anything to cover the walls with, such as really thing drywall or other products to go over with instead of taking it off. Or is there an easy way to get them down?

Any suggestions?

Thanks a bunch!

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Old 08-04-2011, 09:45 PM   #2
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You don't want to cover it up.

What do you mean "woven"? Burlap comes to mind for me. Is that what it is?

Has it been painted?

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Bud, you're right. I'm pretty sure it's Burlap. (wasn't sure what it was called).
And yes, it has been painted by the previous owner. What's the best way to get rid of it? It looks pretty bad.

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And yes, it has been painted by the previous owner.
I was hoping that wasn't the case.

One more question.

There was a time when a person could buy a drywall panel with burlap made to it at the factory. Is that what it is maybe?
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That didn't sound too good. Yeah it must be. Haven't really seen it before but I googled burlap and it looks very much like it.
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That didn't sound too good.
Yow I know. Until you can somehow identify what it really is it is hard to say how to send it down the road.

If it was just old fashion burlap wall covering you could wet it and peel it.

Since it has been painted that's a different story and it may be impossible to get off without doing extensive damage and having to repair or replace wallboard.

If it is the factory assembled variety the only thing to do is remove the drywall and start over.

I worked with a lot of that stuff years ago and it was great going in but not so great to remove.

What happens when you tug on it?
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Thanks! After all I don't think it's that factory made stuff. When I tug on it, some pieces came off but it sits very tightly and I started to see the "cardboard" looking paper on the drywall and stopped. How and how much of a pain is it to repair damaged drywall if I go ahead and soak and peel but parts of the wall gets damaged?
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I just moved in to a "new" house and doing a bunch of little fixer upper projects. One of them is painting. However, some walls have old woven wallpaper that seem to sit nice and tight. I don't want to just paint over them since the woven parts will still be exposed.

Is there anything to cover the walls with, such as really thing drywall or other products to go over with instead of taking it off. Or is there an easy way to get them down?

Any suggestions?

Thanks a bunch!
Hi - Seems to me like there is a very heavy wallpaper made just for situations like this. It's intended to be applied over unwanted textures to provide a smooth paintable surface. Unfortunately, my two active brain cells don't seem to be talking to each other at the moment and I can't recall the name of the product. An inquirey with your local Sherwin Williams paint guy may get it.
If I can recall it, I'll come back and post a link.

Son-of-a-gun... It's called Wall liner. Here's a link to one online retailer:
http://www.stevesblindsandwallpaper....X-XR-&ctg=1428
I'd still talk to a paint guy before using it though. I've never used the stuff myself.
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Here is another

http://www.spec-chem.com/nuwal/index.htm


Removal is always better

http://www.wallpaperinstaller.com/wa...stripping.html

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