We want to remove the wallpaper stuck directly to drywall in our diningroom. We have tried a steamer but it's a real mess..the drywall is ripping and we've had to stop. The paper has been on there for years and we're wondering is there anyway to get it off?
Hello unless the drywall was sized properly there is not much you can do besides oil priming whats there mud the seams and paint or remove all the drywall and start fresh but befor all that try hot water in a spray bottle and add some fabric softener.
oil prime walls using good primer.then finish plaster walls.or you can re-drywall with 3/8"drywall and finish tape.
if you have started to rip the paper on the drywall then you are using to much steam.
a vinyl wallpaper will resist steam so the options you have are.
1. to get a tool that makes little holes in the wall paper ( any paint store has these) and gently steam off the paper it's tricky but far from impossible.
2.you can peal off the outside layer leaving the glue and backing and just wet this with warm water on a damp sponge,
3. if the wall paper is textured you will have to skim coat the whole wall sand and treat like new drywall.
adding new drywall should not be a option, this would mean jam extension's at any doors and windows , the removal and re-installation of any trim and prime and paint the entire room including ceiling this should only be a last resort as cost would easily reach $5000 even in a small dining room
This is really not a small job it is very time consuming no matter how you take it on a little impatience can cause a huge extra cost and amateur attempts leave nasty looking walls a good painter can easily take care of this in 3-4 days leaving a crisp newly painted room for about $2000
Thanks everyone for taking the time to respond to my question. We've decided it would just be easier to move!
Thanks Peter! We ended up using regular drywall mud and then repapering. Turned out fine...now for the other 3 walls!
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