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Old 04-13-2014, 11:23 PM   #16
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If you are going to sell the house to someone that you don't like, by all meansaint over the paper.
?? Painted over correctly, it works fine. Perhaps you only notice the jobs that were botched. The ones that look fine, you wouldn't know they were painted over wallpaper.

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Read gymshu's post #11

then read it again
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?? Painted over correctly, it works fine. Perhaps you only notice the jobs that were botched. The ones that look fine, you wouldn't know they were painted over wallpaper.
The point is that at some point someone will want to remove and do new paper.....and that which has been painted is doubly hard to remove. Ron
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:28 AM   #19
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If wallpaper has been painted over correctly, then no one would think to remove the old first. If it was the original homeowner, they would know it was too hard to remove the first time, so they would just wallpaper over the paint. If was a new owner, they would never know it was ever wallpapered, so they would also wallpaper over the paint.

The only reason you would paint over wallpaper in the first place is if it was difficult to impossible to remove, so obviously trying to remove after painting would be out of the question.

Yes, there are people that paint over wallpaper without even trying to remove it. I'm not talking about that case - that's not what I'd advise to do.
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And truthfully a lot of them have failures. Yes some get away with it. But your taking the chance of the water in the paint finding a few places where it's not stuck so good so a few months into it you start getting bubbles in your paint. Or along the seams. I have seen this happen even with oil primer used first.
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Josie, I'm in the same situation. Took me 4 months to finish kitchen, then a couple if months on a bathrm.

My best tool is a long handle scraper with Replaceable 4" blade. Water, water, water is key.

Everything I learned was on here. I'm working on final room, my bathroom, and bored out of my mind, so quit for awhile.

Perseverance! It's all worth it in the end. What's hard for me now is awkward places, behind toilet, plus areas up high where I have to work on a ladder.

Just keep plugging along and eventually you'll get done.
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Wow,

Thank you all very much for the help. Ill take all the suggestions into account. I'm definitely going to try and keep plugging away at this untill something works. At the same time I will exercise Patience, Patience, and, Patience...

Thanks all for the help!
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So to expand on toolseeker's point, even if you've decided you don't want to take the wallpaper off, you should still soak it well and look for places that it's separating. In other words, still try to remove what you can, even if it's not much. This will help get rid of bubbles that might form later on.
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I had my first experience a few months back! Taking down wallpaper should be a capital punishment! In fact I told my children I had a new consequence for them next time they got in any trouble! I found vinegar and water work great and also an old credit card or gift card is an amazing cheap tool good luck! I'm now having to try and paint over my over scoring before I learned about the ones that cost almost nothing.
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I had my first experience a few months back! Taking down wallpaper should be a capital punishment! In fact I told my children I had a new consequence for them next time they got in any trouble! I found vinegar and water work great and also an old credit card or gift card is an amazing cheap tool good luck! I'm now having to try and paint over my over scoring before I learned about the ones that cost almost nothing.
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I would really advise against vinegar. It's very acidic and will soak into the drywall and drywall paper and the moisture in the latex paint can re activate it and give adhesion problems down the road. Cannot understand what the advantage to using it would be.
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Wallpaper is off! Skimmed and painted!! Thank you all for the help! I want to post a picture but I don't know how haha.
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That's great.

Last time I took down wallpaper, it was still attached to the drywall.
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That's great.

Last time I took down wallpaper, it was still attached to the drywall.

If whomever installed it had applied a proper primer( ie, wall covering primer) that would not happen
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As stated adding fabric softener to the water really helps.
All that does is makes the job site smell pretty. I have done more wallpaper removal jobs than I can count. It's the water doing the work. The warmer the better.

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