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Old 07-18-2016, 01:34 PM   #1
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When replacing wallpaper, is it necessary to completely strip the old paste?
I am finding it difficult to clean it off completely. Hot water softens the paste but it is taking lots of wiping to remove only a little. Since it is stuck on there pretty good, can't I just add the new paste on top?
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The old paste will telegraph through your new wallpaper and I'd remove it. Try a little vinegar mixed with your hot water and use a 6" putty knife to scrape it.
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Ugh. You're going through the work of removing the worst stuff in the world, can't you call it a win and paint instead of putting up more of it?
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Re: wallpaper replacement


The situation is the wall is an ugly spatter texture underneath. I am not removing that. The wall paper itself was textured, which hid any irregularities.

Painting:
Either place new sheetrock or
Strip off all the paste,
Smooth over the old texture or re-texture,
Mask,
Prime,
Paint

Repapering:
Knock down the high points with a scraper,
Apply paste,
Repaper

Painting seems like hours of more work here. The only question is if new paste ever has a problem sticking to old paste. The old paste is really on there so it isn't failing anytime soon.
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Ugh. You're going through the work of removing the worst stuff in the world, can't you call it a win and paint instead of putting up more of it?
Hey now, you are talking about my livelihood here. If applied properly all wall paper could be EASILY removed. All it takes it a proper wall covering primer first, that's all.
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The situation is the wall is an ugly spatter texture underneath. I am not removing that. The wall paper itself was textured, which hid any irregularities.

Painting:
Either place new sheetrock or
Strip off all the paste,
Smooth over the old texture or re-texture,
Mask,
Prime,
Paint

Repapering:
Knock down the high points with a scraper,
Apply paste,
Repaper

Painting seems like hours of more work here. The only question is if new paste ever has a problem sticking to old paste. The old paste is really on there so it isn't failing anytime soon.
You can certainly paper over the old paste, it's done all the time in commercial situations. As mentioned it could telegraph through the new paper depending on what it is. The new paste will stick just fine.
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