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Old 06-29-2010, 04:12 PM   #1
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I just bought a fixer-up condo and we noticed that the paint is separating from the walls in a couple of rooms. It also appears that they may have painted over wallpaper at some point.
Any suggestions on how to get this mixture off the walls?

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Old 06-29-2010, 09:28 PM   #2
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There's only two things worse then stripping wallpaper and one is stripping wallpaper that's not been sized and the other is stripping painted over wallpaper.

Use a wallpaper perforator and then spray a hot mix of water/vinegar and let it soak thru the peforations and loosen the wallpaper.

Pull as much off as you can. Use a plastic putty knife to encourage the stubborn spots.

Repeat as necessary. This will be a miserable task - good luck. I hate wallpaper!!!

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My last house I used a hammer
Drywall was a terrible job...complete redo
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I wouldn't try to remove painted on wall paper. Either replace the drywall or use oil to seal the papered walls and drywall mud to skim them. Peeling the paper is probably a lost cause.
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I think I will try to remove the paint/paper first as I can do this myself. If not I will have to resort to replacing the drywall. Hopefully I won't have to go this route as it will require permits and hiring a drywall hanger and finisher.
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I think I will try to remove the paint/paper first as I can do this myself. If not I will have to resort to replacing the drywall. Hopefully I won't have to go this route as it will require permits and hiring a drywall hanger and finisher.
permits are needed to hang drywall in your area? really? i wonder what the exact wording is. at any rate, i have a wall just like you described. i also tore it out, replaced the drywall and had it mudded and taped in less time than i ever would have spent trying to save that old stuff.
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I think I will try to remove the paint/paper first as I can do this myself. If not I will have to resort to replacing the drywall. Hopefully I won't have to go this route as it will require permits and hiring a drywall hanger and finisher.

really??
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It is my understanding after talking with the City that removing a substantial amount of drywall is considered "Renovations" and requires a permit to insure it is being done correctly. I think they just want their $50.00.
This City has very strict building codes, you have to have a Licensed Plumber to replace a hot water tank. If they see the box in the gargbage, they will actually check to see if you got a Permit, and make you give the name of the plumber who installed it so they can verify their credientials.
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One reason I burn every box !!!
I've never heard of drywall needing a permit
Maybe they figure people will be doing more then drywall once the drywall is off
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substantial is subjective. if you're only doing one wall is there any risk in just going for it? if the city says anything all your work will be done properly. i really hate it when they use words like that. it really gives you no clear idea of what can and can not be done.

http://www.amazon.com/Drywall-Hangin...8098670&sr=8-1

is a video that is extremely helpful if you're new to drywall.

usg also has a free packet you can download in a pdf on their site.

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