10:21AM | 07/10/02
Member Since: 07/09/02
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I have tried the following: DIF gel & solution, vinegar & water, spic & span plus water -- nothing works. Someone suggested painting over the glue residue with basement waterproofing paint first before priming. Has anyone used this technique before. There are different opinions on TSP -- some says that is it overrated & will not remove the glue. Pls. help! I'm desperate.


01:54AM | 07/11/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Are you sure its wallpaper paste? Plain water will remove regular wallpaper paste.

Since whatever it is, is still there, I tend to think its something other than paste. Can't answer about TSP until we have more info.

Why do you think there is still paste on the walls?

Painting with concrete paint is not the answer.

[This message has been edited by BobF (edited July 11, 2002).]


02:51PM | 07/11/02
Member Since: 07/09/02
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When I touch the walls, its is very rough. The walls were also not primed correctly - when we removed the wallpaper, we also torn off the drywall surface. You can also see some of the backing still left - tried everything to get it off. You cannot use a wallpaper scraper nor a putty knife -- it doesn't work. I have minimal success w/ a scouring pad. My neighbor who also took his wallpaper down several years ago determined that it is glue. I hope this helps. I can take a picture w/ a digital camera & send it off to you, if you would like.

Pls. help! I'm really frustrated.


02:32AM | 07/12/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Sounds like a job for sandpaper.


02:35AM | 07/12/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Sorry, I still don't think it is glue, at least not normal glue/paste. Regular wallpaper paste will wash off with plain water. That doesn't rule out a stronger glue of some kind. It could be texturing done to the wall at some point.

Try other glue removers such as naptha (lighter fluid) or nail polish remover. Do this in a small area.

WD40 also works on some glues. Try it in a small area.

[This message has been edited by BobF (edited July 12, 2002).]


09:32AM | 07/15/02
Member Since: 07/09/02
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I just want you to know that I am using a brilo (lemon scented) steel wool soap pads to get the excess glue & remaining wallpaper backing and it WORKS! I remember reading an article a while back that suggested using steel wool to basically clean the walls. So for anyone out there who is having the same problem as I have, use brilo in a small area first to test its effectiveness. It's cheaper and at the same time it's cleaning the walls.

Thanks for all the advise I really appreciate it.



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