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|How do you strip wallpaper?
Should I use a steam wallpaper stripper?
Should I use chemical wallpaper stripper?
Thanks for any help
|Steam is good but verry slow. If the wall paper is a paper type and not vinyl then chemical is fastest. Just spray it on (I like Dif ) let it stay wet for 20 mins, then use a sharp scraper and it falls off the wall. With this method you could do a whole wall at a time. If the paper is vinyl it probably can be stripped by just pulling from a corner. Then use the Dif to get the paper backing and glue. Some vinyls are too thin to strip that way so they make a slicer that looks like half a ball. There are knives on the flat side so when you run this over the paper it makes tiny slices to allow the Dif to penetrate to the glue.|
I use Dif all the time to remove paper from the walls and then to remove any remaining glue. Then the walls are paint or paper ready! Other than a little spackle!
|The KEY to using the dif is to keep the wall good and wet with the stripper for the full 20 minutes. If it dries out, you WILL have to do it again, so a little spray at 10 minutes wouldn't hurt...
If it has been properly wet and the chemical has properly penetrated, the paper will practically jump off the walls into your arms.
|Hopefully your arms are holding up a plastic bag!!
PS remember to put cloth tarps around the edges of the floor to protect it from the Dif Stripper!
|I've had excellent results dampening the wallpaper with a mixture of water and fabric softener. Hair conditioner works too, but not as well.|
|deograine wrote: |
I've had excellent results dampening the wallpaper with a mixture of water and fabric softener. Hair conditioner works too, but not as well.
I have heard of using hot water and fabric softener. I have never tried it. I think the next time I need to strip wall paper off on a job I will try it!
Does the fabric softener need to be rinsed after the stripping part so paint will adhere? Or is it paint friendly??
|I didn't rinse mine. I followed it with primer and then painted the wall, but I was doing textured painting (faux stucco) using textured paint that might make a difference.|
|Well I will do a test when I try it and let ya'll know!
Thanks for the tip!