09:35AM | 01/11/03
Member Since: 01/10/03
1 lifetime posts
We are attempting to remove the wallpaper in our family room. It went up circa 1978 by the original owners of the house. We are scoring and using a steamer and the top layer comes off well. A bottom layer comes off in patches and is difficult to fully remove. That bottom coat is almost rubbery (latex paint??) and below that is bare drywall. There are some areas that it is impossible to remove that bottom layer, other areas where it peels off in rubbery hunks.
What do we need to remove? And what preparation do we need to do to get these walls ready for a top coat of paint?
Thanks in advance,


07:17AM | 01/14/03
Member Since: 11/05/02
18 lifetime posts
We recently moved into a home that the wall papper was put directly onto the drywall. No matter how careful we were the dry wall was rough and pretty damaged when we finally got the wall papper off. We ended up putting a light textue on the walls to get it ready to paint. If I was you I would get off all of the paper and rubbery paint that you can and then put a light texture on before you paint to make wall look smooth. Just an idea.


01:10PM | 01/15/03
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
i would recomend using the steamer for the most part and try to get all the wall paper off.once the majority of it is off take a palm sander with a medium - fine sand paper and just smooth out the wall..then apply a layer of primer then paint it your color...if you dont get all the wall paper off and paint over it it will eventually come off over the years, leaving a bare spot on the wall..good luck


12:09AM | 01/16/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1358 lifetime posts
If the wallpaper is tight on the wall and it is directly on the wallboard without any paint and or sizing it should be left that way and painted over as to remove it is a waste of time in my opinion. I have seen wallpaper that was painted over after 25 plus years and it was still tight on the wall. It has really become a part of the wall.


06:13AM | 01/16/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
3 lifetime posts
I've had this situation in past homes I've owned. I'm a believer in removing all the old wallpaper and getting the new surface ready for paint. I've used Dif, hot water sprays and found that a rented steamer is the best method of removal. If you are scrapping off part of the drywall, all you have to do is use joint compound to fix the all. You apply the joint compound (USG, in the white and green tub, I have found works the best) with a trowel blade 2 to 4in. blade, try to keep your applications smooth, feathering the edges. Then use drywall screening to sand the area, and if you do a good job you won't have to texture the wall. My friend just painted over her old wallpaper and used a good oilbase primer over the paper, and it looks great. Good luck.


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