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Matty

02:39AM | 04/02/02
Member Since: 02/28/02
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We're removing wallpaper from our new home and have run into areas where bits and pieces of wallpaper and adhesive are difficult to remove. My wife suggested we try a Mouse or other palm sander for this task. Will it work? Also, is this an appropriate tool to use for smoothing out rough patches on the wall itself?

Thanks!

Matty

BobF

01:11AM | 04/03/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
NO - don't use a sander to remove the wallpaper. Plain water will normally work. If that doesn't, then try diluted fabric softener or DIF (available at all hardware and wallpaper stores). Soak the paper and let the it sit for a few minutes.

As for the rough wall it depends on why its rough and how much of the wall is rough. Please elaborate.

Matty

01:55AM | 04/03/02
Member Since: 02/28/02
5 lifetime posts
Thanks BobF! Actually, we used DIF to remove a majority of the paper. It worked pretty well for the most part. There are many small pieces of glue left which are proving rather tedious to remove. The rough patches are areas where some of the underlying paint was accidentally removed while scrapping off the wallpaper.

BobF

01:14AM | 04/04/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
For the remaining glue - can you tell if its white glue or something like rubber cement? Wallpaper paste is water soluable and should come off with plain water. However, someone could have done some repair work (bubbles in the paper or patches) and used super glue or who knows what. You might try a little nail polish remover or lighter fluid on a small cloth. Don't go crazy with it. If it won't dissolve, just pry it off with a putty knife.

For the rough areas and any other holes (like you will get using a putty knife to remove the glue) use spackle or joint compound.

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