How to remove wood chip wallpaper



Wood chip wallpaper is probably the most difficult type of wallpaper to remove. Some wood chip wallpaper will have been on the walls for several decades and is notoriously difficult to remove. In this video I removed some wood chip using a Zinsser paper tiger and some Zinsser DIF liquid which is the best way of removing stubborn wallpaper.

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Fahad Hameed

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29 thoughts on “How to remove wood chip wallpaper

  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Just stripped 16 walls of woodchilp, every wall plasterboard, the best process is this, cut sections top to bottom with Stanley blade in strips that are just narrower than the steamer, place steamer on the paper and heat for few seconds, move steamer away to pick the corner of section and slowly bring down steamer and pull strip off, this will remove the painted paper and leave pasted woodchilp, continue this until all painted stuff is off, soak remaining paper, leave for 15 mins then go around again taking off remaining woodchip with steamer, although it's been soaked previously soak small sections as you go as this boils the water on the paper within 10 seconds and the paper will scrape off much easier with a good, large scraper. I tried many methods and this is the best way

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    What kind of stripper would your recommend for this kind of job

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    hey I'm new to this and just got my new flat and got alot of wallpaper stripping to do can I use these methods on a plasterboard wall I used a steamer on one wall and it's chipped at the wood let me know thanks In advance

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Woodchip is the pebble dash of interiors. Just plain ugly! Just got my first flat and am having the hallway and front room redone as they are covered in badly applied woodchip. Hopefully underneath is fine and I don't have to go through the fuss of having it repannelled. This video was a lot of help.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    this is actually a nightmare, i'm redoing my room and i'd prefer to have flat walls, luckily im in a small room that only has this on two of the walls compared to my mums room which is on every wall 😂👍🏼

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    looking to buy a house with this and helped me alot! the whole bloody house is covered in it including the ceiling lol!

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Oh no, I've just bought my first home. There is woodchip on the ceiling in every room, wish me luck.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Just wanted to add that your videos are also invaluable to people like me that hire in tradesmen to do jobs we can't – so that we can speak the right lingo, ask the right questions, and appear to know what we are talking about to wheedle out fly-by-nights and spot the real professional tradesmen. 🙂 Thank you!

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    hi i have been useing an old hand planner bland without water its going good but thanks for the tip with the water ill give it try

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Brilliant video, thanks. I've got a job to remove wood chip from two rooms and know what a nightmare it can be!

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    we just sore it. and wet brush hot water .still did not work .its a shit lol

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Who came up with woodchip paper??! I'd like to find that ol'fart, who's probably in a care home now, and take him for a day out to Beachy Head.Next target would be Mr Magnolia, for all those that suffered depressions in bedsits, you sir…get special treatment!

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Moved into a 3 storey, 4 bed through terrace and every wall has woodchip! Been using a sponge and scraper so far but off to screwfix tomorrow morning to buy this stuff and hopefully will make my life a little easier. Woodchip really is the paper of the devil but hoping this makes it easier for myself and i can finally get to paper and paint to our design. Find your videos so helpful and easy to follow, so thank you for taking the time 🙂

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    I find it easier to burn the house down and start again fresh build…. 🙂

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    I wish I'd found this before removing paper in two rooms and a hall. You're dead right about a steamer not being the best tool for the job. I can confirm large chunks of old plaster fell off the wall and needed patching – then priming with watered down paint. This also restricts the kind of paint you can use to cover it.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    How to remove wood chip wallpaper = petrol and a match and a arguement to the insurance people 🙂

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    i cant belive how small this removing tool is… Chemicals are made just to drain money. Best way to remove wood chip wallpaper is water sprayin + sharp 10 cm removal tool, with right angle 45degr paper flys off (Even 3 layers) Regards from Germany

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Doing this for the first time today and jaysis, what a faff.

    No magic Zinsser solution I'm afraid, wish I had seen this before. Back to it tomorrow, might make a trip to the shops early to see if I can find this stuff. Having some success with a sharp scraper, super stripper brand thing and a steamer but it's tough going and it's a large room.

    I've spent most of the day cursing the people who put this stuff up in the first place.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    my favourite job…. where you lose the will to live. plus you end up with sore arms…scraping..I find some music and headphones does help…Elgar…not motorhead

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    I have this stuff in an unused room, but it also has blown vinyl over it that's been painted a couple of times. Appears to be a pain to remove that I've not yet attempted.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    great video. can you paint right over the chemical on the wall or do you have to clean the wall first before you apply paint? what do you clean and prep the wall with before you paint?

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Love all your videos and the level of work you deliver in them , now if i could just stop watching them i may get some decorating of my own done haha. keep up the good work. would it be possible to make a video on motivation to start a job ? I can't find any anywhere i have tried playing the rocky theme tune and everything 🙂

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Zinsser seem to make some very useful stuff. I have used 123+ several times and find it excellent!

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    I prefer to use a sponge – we just did a job and it was quicker using sponge than the steam wallpaper stripper – totally agree they are a waste of time.

    Always learn something new from your Vids UH – Never thought of using a garden pressure sprayer and the Zinsser hole ragger is a great device.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Hi there. certainly one way of stripping wood chip butI really can' t see the point in adopting this system at all. The fact that the paper ideally needs prepping the previous day (3 coats at intervals) is certainly not efficient or practical. I've also read the hyperbole about the stripper and the literature actually tells you to not bother spraying it on. The paper tiger has its uses but is completely unnecessary. All you need is a decent steamer and to be careful and do the job straight away. Wood chip is not problematic for a decent steamer. As you say, there will inevitably be some damage whatever method is employed. Also, that scraper is less than ideal for this purpose and will cause more damage than necessary. Just my opinion. Yours respectfully 21c

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  • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    I am a plasterer we have skimed over wood chip wallpaper we have just made the pva stronger than normal
    I have never seen the plaster blow off it

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