06:17AM | 03/24/99
I need advice on how to either paint over or remove old wallpaper in the bathroom that has a textured metallic baked on finish, I tried to remove it but it isn't coming off easily - should I try to go over it and if so how and with what?


03:07PM | 03/25/99
I just completed such a project (at least the removal/cleaning part). I purchased the paper tiger from a large local building supply/garden center. It is very tedious, and the two walls I took down took about 2 weeks. i just did a strip or two per night after work. Now, I will say I would do it again. It was well worth it. My problem was the paper was about 25 years old and was vinyl without any sizing applied. The backing would not loosen up easy but with my plastic scrapers i was the winner! The worst part is always what is behind the paper. I am on my 3rd area of our home. Taking my time. There are 2 bathrooms and a foyer (that has the same old paper) but I will get it down. Good luck!


04:44PM | 03/25/99
The alternative against which to balance any
really tough wallpaper removal job is going
more drastic, demo the plaster back to the
studs, and start over with drywall. At two
weeks of labor, that may be the more cost
effective route. But there's also the labor
of love factor, and the quality of genuine
lath and plaster, which is why I'm still
messing with paper removal.

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