How to Strip Wallpaper – This Old House



Full episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsC6Bj2UWi0

Painter Jim Clark shares tips for cleanly removing the most stubborn wallpaper. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for Stripping Wallpaper:
– wallpaper-stripper solution
– wallpaper-removing fabric

Tools for Stripping Wallpaper:
– rubber gloves
– wallpaper scoring tool
– 3-gallon bucket
– pump sprayer
– scouring sponge

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23 thoughts on “How to Strip Wallpaper – This Old House

  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    LOL!! We have an old house were fixing up and were just going to spray and scrape. If needed well apply some vinegar and soap. Same results.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    How long????? 20 minutes!!!! on top of all the faffing around and all you've done is clear a 1.5m2 wall? useless option.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    I have painted wall paper over plaster walls and the quickest way i
    found was to use a belt sander with 36 grit belt to remove maybe 90% of
    the paint then wet the wall with water then use a steamer.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    All they really needed was hot water, a spray bottle and some elbow grease. Done, but that wouldn't sell unnecessary products now would it. Shame on you TOH.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    If you spray the STRIPPER SOLUTION on a woman, will she peel her clothes off? And then can you do the SCORING?

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    I must have watched dozens of clips on how to remove wallpaper and
    absolutely nothing has worked as shown. I am in the
    process of removing wallpaper in a powder room. 4 walls….I tried
    different methods on each of the wall and none has worked.

    The top layer comes off relatively easy, but the bottom layer is a bitch
    to remove, because it is wet and it's a very, very thin bottom layer. It comes off in little strips and if too wet it actually loosens the paper tape that binds wall board together at their seams. I dare anyone who advertises this task as being easy and even as a fun
    activity to come over and demonstrate this on my walls. Be prepared for
    several days of removal, several days of patching, sanding and more
    patching and sanding. and when you think you are done there is more patching and more sanding.

    What most forget is that what's under the wallpaper and how long the
    paper has been on the wall are very important. Plain drywall/sheetrock,
    only primed or primed and painted? Then what type of paint. Water-based
    paint is the worse because it has a tendency to come off with the wet
    drywall.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    im so glad he didnt plug the vendor of that product whew ,,,,,,, and i am shocked they did not edit the part were he put the knife over the door and the other guy was right under him lol .

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    This looks like an advertisement so folks will buy more stuff they don't truly need.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    I was told to use equal parts hot water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. I watched the restoration crew use it, soaking the wall, at one of their job sites and the paper pulled off the wall in about 30 minutes. Why use the chemicals and extra materials and time to put fabric up?  Is there a reason not to use vinegar and water (other than vinegar smell that takes a day to go away) 

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    If you want it right off just spray the wallpaper with dishsoap water, get it soaking wet (almost running down the wall) – wait 5 minutes and it comes off, full strips no tearing and no cleanup required. Did whole room (24m2) in under an hour. Cheap and easy

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    i youse a 8 L sprayer with dish soap in water and scarper WET paper then scrap it off

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    I removed the wall paper from 2 bedrooms in my house with nothing more than warm water and a putty knife in 1 day.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    I did some part time work with a contractor a few months ago where we had to remove wall paper and then paint/texture. We spent a whole week removing the wall paper. I wish we had known about this process then.

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