11:12PM | 09/23/14
I removed my backsplash in my kitchen and the adhesive is very hard to remove. I would like to put different backsplash on my kitchen walls, but I need ideas of how to remove the adhesive. I have tried liquid glue removal and a little sanding. Any thoughts what if I can get it all off can I just add my grout and then my backsplash? Help!!


11:59AM | 12/28/14
i'm dealing with the same problem. thought i got all the glue off my wall where i had a wallpaper boarder. i'm going to just try (in a small area) some good primer. hope this works.


01:25AM | 02/05/15
For walls covered in wallpaper that is firmly fixed, a lot of time and effort is needed to remove the paper. During the process it is highly likely that the surface of the drywall will be damaged, needing additional time and effort to restore. After this, the surface is still likely to be less than perfect, and painting may not be completely successful.
In severe cases like this, it is faster to remove the drywall and replace it with new sheeting. This material is cheap and easy to work with, and will give a finish that is as good as new. This has the advantage of giving access to electrical wiring and other services if any changes are needed. If you don't want to remove the old sheeting, consider fixing the new sheets over the old. Make sure you find where the studs are before fixing.


12:37PM | 06/11/15
Quicker to tear out all of the walls and re dry wall the room? HA! We used Guardz over the remaining wallpaper sizing/glue and it worked great... First we peeled away the top vinyl layer of wallpaper, then for the backing (on the wall) we used a pump sprayer with hot water and fabric softner.. spray it on, wait 10 minutes, then use a wall scraper.. it came of in sheets.

After that we did a quick sanding of the walls, then used Guardz to seal up the glue. Some light patch work followed, then came the paint.. done..

The time it would take to tear up a room, removing drywall, re installing it, taping mudding, sanding and priming would be twice what it took us to do what we did..

Not to mention, if you have several rooms to take care of, do you really want to tear everything down to studs? Most of us would not, but if youre handy enough thats all you!


11:37AM | 07/10/15
I have the same issue, will try the hot water and fabric softener... what ratio do you use? I have the concern that the walls were not primed before this old (40 years) wallpaper was applied, so for the small spot I tested, that the knockdown finish (I'm in California) was starting to dissolve if I got too aggressive in trying to scrub the hard, dried paste off. I will try a longer wait time to let the mixture do its thing.


03:52PM | 10/12/15
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Six months ago I removed the backsplash from my kitchen and the adhesive left was thick. Everyone told me I would "just" have to replace the drywall. That's a big "just". Anyway, I noticed the adhesive bubbled and would just scrape right off behind the coffeemaker and over the stove so this weekend I got out the steamer!! I got all the adhesive removed in a few hours using steam and a scraper. No chemicals and free!!!
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