Chris....Help!! The Safe & Simple IS NOT removing the painted over paper over the mantle. I've scored it several times, wetted several times and attempted to scrap. Only a few scraps of paint came off about size of a quarter. :furious: What do I do next? :huh: Actually all the other areas....the paper backing/glue came off easier with my homemade solution . I'm writing this Wednesday night as I know you'll be back from vacating tomorrow. Hope you had a good time and had one for me.