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Old 07-17-2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I bought a fixer upper, and the first thing I wanted to do is tackle the wallpaper. I am new to home repair and learning as I go. The wallpaper is located in both the kitchen and the butler's pantry. I started on the butler's pantry I ripped off the vinyl then soaked the brown layer.. came off nice and clean..

My next move was to tackle the kitchen, and my oh my...I bit more than I could chew.. I repeated the same process only this time, some of the wallpaper have been applied on older wallpaper that was partly torn off. The rest of the wallpaper seems to have been applied on bare sheetrock, although I see some white residue when I was removing the brown layer. I spent an entire afternoon trying to remove the brown layer and the white substance by my finger nails hoping not to damage the drywall. I know I am missing something here and there has got to be a better way... other than replacing the drywall

I am attaching few pics in the hope that you can feel sorry for me and share the knoweldge... What is the white substance.. Is it primer ? paint ? GLUE ??? and what is the best way to go ?

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Old 07-18-2010, 03:10 AM   #2
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http://www.safeandsimple.com/

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

The white stuff is most likely old, bad primer and needs to come off. HOT water, stripping solution and a razor knife and elbow grease and patience is the only way I know.

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Be careful when scraping not to make to many gouges.
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http://www.safeandsimple.com/

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

The white stuff is most likely old, bad primer and needs to come off. HOT water, stripping solution and a razor knife and elbow grease and patience is the only way I know.
1/4" drywall over it, if it doesn't mess up the depth on windows / doors / counters.

Otherwise, I've done difficult stripping jobs before, just as chris said, it can be done, it is just a pain.

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Old 07-19-2010, 08:35 AM   #5
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first you need to get rid of the wallpaper backing using hot water and a scraper...once its dry, get someone in to apply a skim coat of mud. Then sand and prime and you're set to go.
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