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Posted by: from Woodstock
2/20/2012 at 1:23:45 PM

Me and my boyfriend are trying to fix up our house. When you would walk in the front door there was awful wallpaper, my boyfriend had started to try peeling it off, and we realized that it was put right on drywall and he has tried peeling most of it away, now the wall is all blotchy and we are finding it very hard to get it all off. We tried sanding and that wont work.

I know we cant get dry wall wet so I have no idea how to get it off and it looks awful.

Please help!

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Date/Time2/20/2012 at 2:11:55 PM

Hi Nastasha. You can wet down the wallpaper then scrap it off with a putty knife. In most cases that will take it off. Other ways are to rent a steamer for those those problem papers that really adhere to the wall. You may have to soak it a few times for the water to pentrate the surface but it won't hurt the drywall for the most part.

Hope this helps.


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Dave from 360renos in Navan
Date/Time2/20/2012 at 9:08:50 PM

Hi Natasha

Along with Brent's recommendation add a little bit of liquid dish soap to your warm water when spraying the wallpaper. It helps with loosening the glue and adhesives in the paper.


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Date/Time2/27/2012 at 4:34:35 PM

Hi Natasha,

I know from many experiences that removing wallpaper isn't the most glorious job. I do agree with the previous posts when they say to wet it down. It may be a bit messy, but it should come off alot easier. I would not sand the drywall at all, or you may end up replacing the drywall or at leasthaving to apply compound to fix any damage that may be caused.

Good luck,

Bill Clawsie

Clawsie Contracting

Mississauga, Ontario

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Jordan from New Trend Painting in Surrey
Date/Time3/2/2012 at 11:23:09 PM

Hi Natasha,

The fastest and easiest way to solve your wallpaper sticking problem is to purchase some DIFF from your local paint store or home depot. It is a wall paper removal solution that you can use concentrated or diluted in water. Simply put into a regular spray bottle, like you would use for the ironing, and spray all over wallpaper until wet, then use a putty knife, at least 4-6in wide and start scraping carefully.

Any holes or gouges made in the drywall beneath can easily be fixed by the two of you with some drywall mud, no need to hire anyone for that either.

Good luck!

Jordan Guyer

New Trend Painting

Vancouver, BC

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