09:44AM | 11/10/03
Member Since: 11/09/03
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any suggestions? tried steaming, wall paper remover,and detergent. nothing is working
please help


02:02PM | 11/10/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
The walls may not have been sized before they were papered and if that was the case you will better of leaving the paper up and priming with an oil based primer and then apply your finish paint. This is assuming that the paper is tight on the wall and the seams are not loose or curled up.

I suggest this as if you get the paper off you will do so much damage to the walls you will to skim coat the entire wall with joint compound and this just more work than you need to do in my opinion.


01:56AM | 01/19/04
Member Since: 01/18/04
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We had never removed wallpaper before and everyone that we talked to said to just apply the remover and it wall come off easily in sheets. Well, that didn't work for us. After trying for an entire day, my husband and I finally figured out how to remove stubborn, thin, cheap wallpaper.

First, score the paper in one to two inch horizontal strips (seam to seam) with a utility knife. Next, apply a gel based wallpaper remover and let sit for about 10 minutes. Then, take a wallpaper steamer and apply steam to one scored edge for about 10 seconds. Use your fingernails to pick off the top layer of the wallpaper and pull across pulling the entire top layer strip off. Then, go back to where you started and steam the under layer (it should begin to bubble). Remove under layer with a putty knife other scraper.

This is the only way we could remove this wallpaper and it was a very grueling and messy process, but it will get it off.

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