09:34AM | 06/01/04
Member Since: 05/31/04
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We recently purchased a house built around 1910-1920 and it has wallpaper on every available inch of its lath and plaster walls. The wallpaper is in pretty good shape, but we, of course want to paint the walls. Do we have to remove the wall paper or can we seal it in some way and paint over it? Is there a special technique/sealer to do either of these on these walls? Any info and/or experience with this would be helpful! Thanks.


02:57PM | 06/01/04
Member Since: 05/31/04
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big messy job. use wallpaper remover and a gadget called 'paper tiger' to shred it up, then it scrapes off easily with a scraper... or use a wider 10" taping knife to make it quicker...

the glue used for wallpaper is equal to elmer's on the health-risk scale, so you can do it yourself.... try reading lables at the hardware store...

afterwards, make sure EVERY BIT OF GLUE is scrubbed off... don't let anyone sell you a product that 'seals in' the paper or the glue or you'll just have a bigger, messier job later...

Good Luck !


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