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21 thoughts on “Absolutely The Best Way To Strip Wallpaper

  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    Thank you for the information but I'm not sure about this being the 'absolute best way'. Your paper looks quite new and didn't put up much of a fight. However, paper over paper and painted paper would not peel so easily. Also people need to know how much heat the steamer generates as you run the risk of damaging your plaster/dry wall if it is held in one place for too long.

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    Just removed 30 year old wallpaper in a 3 bedroom house using a similar steamer. The trick is to start like he does at the top corner and let it sit for 10 plus seconds. Then scrape the top with a putty scraper so that you can grab it then slowly, slowly move the steamer down the wall using one hand to hold the steamer and the other gripping the wallpaper strip while peeling down a strip a little thinner than the steamer head. Basically your chasing the steamer head down the wall with the wall paper strip. If you go too fast it will leave little chunks of the under layer so you will need a putty scraper handy. As long as the wallpaper is over paint most of it should peel off by hand with only a bit of scraping here and there. If the wallpaper is on unpainted drywall it is much much more difficult to remove and you will use the same method but you chase the steamer head with the scrapper making quick short scrapes instead of being able to peel it off by hand. Took me 3 8 hour days and to be honest it was pretty miserable, huge mess, glue on everything and in your arm hair, and the occasional minor burn from the hot water and or steam. The steamer I rented was kinda like a pissed off pressure cooker that would randomly gurgle water and steam out the pressure release cap keeping me on my toes. every time I bumped or moved it it would spit at me.

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    I agree that wall paper came off way too easy. But I tried this method to remove 30 year old wall paper using a Conair garment steamer and much easier and cleaner than using scoring tool and chemicals.

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    "Taking the pain outta paint" I love it! Then all your left with is T for time. Or are you?

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    Cmon dude! why ripe it off sideways!!! try to take the whole thing off!

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    either way it takes a long time I've just moved to a new property and the last person thought it would be a good idea to wallpaper the entire place pink absolutely fucking hideous want it off asap

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    tosh absolute tosh my tried and tested method that worked an absolute treat for me is washing liquid hot water and a garden sprayer or a scorer

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    I've never had wallpaper come off this easily with my steamer. I'll leave it in place 2 to 3 times longer than this guy and the backing still remains, even after perforating/scoring beforehand. Always a 2 step process with me, the printed wallpaper then the backing.

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    Hi.thank you for your advice .I have to remove really old painted over layers of wallpaper. I have moved into a flat (apartment) that was previously occupied by a couple for 50 years. Will holding the steamer too long against the wall affect the plaster on the walls?I am from England.

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    The chemical wallpaper stripper is obviously much faster. You score the entire wall, then use a 2 gallon garden sprayer and soak the wall, wait 15 minutes and do it again and then strip it off. Some paper is extremely difficult to get off with either method and when this happens it's best to prime with a shellac bin primer and then to compound the seams, snad smooth and paint

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  • September 3, 2017 at 7:24 am
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    Great way to do it.  It looks nice and clean.  (We just did our bathroom and we managed to strip the top layer, but the bottom layer we scraped and scraped after many sprays with vinegar.  Took a few hours. Quite a mess)  Thank you.  Carol.

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