Removing wallpaper to paint instead


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Old 07-17-00, 02:00 PM
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We just bought our first house, and are removing the wallpaper in the master bathroom to paint instead. We've tried wallpaper remover, etc, but we keep peeling into the drywall and exposing the wood-like board underneath. What should we do to remove the wallpaper, and then prepare the surface for paint, now that the top surface of the drywall is peeled away?
 
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Old 07-19-00, 04:42 AM
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It sounds like you've removed more than the top layer of drywall. When you say 'exposing the wood-like board underneath', are you seeing the studs or thin boards (laths)?

If you are to wood, you will need to replace those sections of drywall. Are you sure its drywall and not plaster?

To remove the rest of the wallpaper, use a paper tiger and lots of water. Let the water soak and loosen the paste. You will still remove part of the drywall. When all the paper is removed, patch the walls. Then prime with a quality primer.
 
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Old 07-22-00, 03:46 AM
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We are in almost the exact same boat as thehorans, but perhaps not as far along.
We just bought our first house yesterday, and tore right in to removing the wallpaper in the MBR, so we could paint. The room in question had two different wallpapers above and below a chair-rail, and also a border at the top. Both wallpapers were installed under the chair-rail from the look of it.

We first tried a rented steamer from Home Depot. Before using the steamer, we scored all the walls with a Paper Tiger. We didn't use the steamer for long. The steamer removed a strip of wallpaper but also removed paint and plaster, but stopped at what's right below the plaster. This set off alarms for us, and we decided we didn't like what the steamer was doing, so we shut it off and
decided to try something else.

Our next step was to buy some Dif and try to soak the paper off. We used Dif on all of one wall and part of another, but only succeeded in removing about 1/5 of the wallpaper on those walls before it started looking even worse. At that point we stopped. The Dif is removing wallpaper slowly, and usually not along with its adhesive, but when we start to remove the adhesive, we are going into the drywall. We have two roughly 1-2 square foot sections where we are down to a portion of the drywall that is similar to cardboard in color. We have other parts that are down to the plaster. We are not down to studs or boards however.

It sounds like there are things that can be done to strip all the rest of the wallpaper off and then paint. Having no previous experience with this we are now strongly considering hiring someone at this point, even though it almost certainly means we will have the movers put our furniture into the center of the room next Friday and wait a couple weeks for the walls to be done. What are our options, what kind of costs are involved in each? Have we done anything irreparable to the drywall, or can this kind of damage be replaced? Would it be better to patch and then either re-paper or panel the walls, instead of patch, paint, and then realize it doesn't look so good because we didn't do a pro job on the drywall repair?

[This message has been edited by ESPerlman (edited July 22, 2000).]
 
 

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