08:22AM | 03/16/01
Member Since: 03/15/01
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I have a two story foyer with wallpaper that looks to be the original paper - probably about 13 years old. I want to redo this space and would prefer to paint, but taking down all this wallpaper looks to be expensive and a nightmare. I've pulled up a corner or two and I don't think the builders primed under the paper, just put it up over the drywall. Can I paint over the wallpaper and have it look decent - this is the largest and first part of the house that people see - I want it to look good. Or, do I need to remove the paper and how can I accomplish that cheaply without tearing drywall and creating a much larger project than I want to tackle. I'm investigating someone doing it for me, but figure it will be very expensive. Suggestions?


09:10AM | 03/28/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
You can paint over the wallpaper, but it is not a goiod idea, especially if the wallpaper is beginning to peel off. The wallpaper will eventually peel off, taking the paint with it. The solid paint surface will also reveal the wallpaper seams that the wallpaper pattern concealed.

Remove the wallpaper for the best job. Use a "Paper tiger" to gently perforate the wallpaper, then soak the wallpaper with a DIF solution. The instructions are all on the DIF and Paper Tiger packages.

Usually, when you pull wallpaper off without soaking it, you only pull a top layer of the paper off, not all of the paper.

Be careful to not scrape the cardboard surface of the drywall when you remove the paper. Soak it, soak, it, soak it, and re-soak it. It should eventually peel off, not need to be scraped off at all. Then sponge the residual glue off with DIF, as well.


08:33AM | 04/09/01
Member Since: 04/08/01
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Greetings Alise. I totally agree with Lawrence verbatim. I was also told that warm vinegar with water works pretty well as an alternative to DIF, but at a mere $10, a bottle is well worth it.

On the note of damaging drywall Alise, you really don't have a choice there because if the surface wasn't primed & sized, the game is pretty much over. You need to remove all paper & adhesive, and in doing that, the best advice that you can be given is to take your time when removing large chunks. You'll be less likely to do more damage if you take your time.

Ultimately though Elise, the bare truth is that you will be having to repair some drywall if the wall wasn't prep-ed correctly. Usually all that is involved is that you'll "skim-coat" or fill in the voids in drywall with lightweight joint compound. You'll find the instructions right on the container, but simply stated, you do the skim-coat and let it dry. Then sand to a smooth consistent surface, clear the dust and prime. Then you're ready for paint.


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