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David Klug
03-14-2003, 12:11 PM
Does anyone have a good way of removing wallpaper and the glue residue that is left behind. LOML wants to paint the bedroom and I have had limited success removing wallpaper.


Ken Dolph
03-14-2003, 12:23 PM
use fabric softener. I do not know the amount to dilute in water but it disolves the glue quickly.

I hope this helps

David Klug
03-14-2003, 12:43 PM
Thanks Ken, I had never heard of that. I'll give it a try.

bob stotts
03-14-2003, 2:06 PM
David there is a product called dif you can buy it at almost any store ,lowes home depot k mart ect.
bob stotts

Dave Crabbs
03-14-2003, 3:03 PM
The fabric softener works but, if it is a vinyl paper you need to score it for the remover to penetrate it. They make a product called a "Paper Tiger" looks like a over size grinding wheel dresser. You can find it in the wallpaper dept. in any Big Box or Department store. It scores the paper but it does not damage the wall.

Kevin Gerstenecker
03-14-2003, 6:05 PM
Depending on the paste type used, VERY hot water will also work. As stated earlier, you will need to score Vinyl Paper, so the water will penetrate to the paper backing. It only takes enough to get the paper wet, a pump spray bottle set on the fine, almost mist setting, will do the job. A compression sprayer, (Like the kind you find in Lawn & Garden Deparments, for spraying herbicide/pesticide chemicals) will also work well. Some paper comes right off, and some will have you using the most colorful of language! ;)

Chuck Gramling
03-14-2003, 6:10 PM
I'm kind of umm... frugal, and I've stripped a lot of wallpaper in the last year and never once regretted spending the money for DIF. It works nice

Joe Suelter
03-15-2003, 9:13 AM
DIF works wonders! The scoring tool option didn't work for me, but I peeled off as much of the outer paper I could, then brushed and rolled on DIF gel (much easier to keep on the walls!) After 20-30 minutes, I used a scraper and all the backing paper & glue almost fell off on it's own. Good Luck, not a fun job to do, but worth it. I hate wall-paper!!!!! Joe

Phil Phelps
03-16-2003, 5:33 PM
..warm water in a pump sprayer. Several additives are available to add to the water. They make a little device that scores the paper to let the solution penetrate. Keep it damp, (I use a broad knife as a scraper). And, before you repaper, seal the wall with a sizeing solution. A lot of new construction cuts this procedure and it really makes stripping "hell". Sealing the wall also makes papering much easier. I've hung hundres and hundreds of rolls of paper, vinyl, suede, milar, grass cloth, burlap, you name. Size the wall.;)

Ted Shrader
03-16-2003, 8:53 PM
David -

When my sister was last here visiting she used the fabric softener technique. But she has WAY more patience than I do. While she was here the kitchen was stripped, repainted and "bordered".

She started on the dining room but had not finished removing all the wall paper when it was time for her to leave. I went to the HD and rented a wall paper steamer. Worked great! Was in and out in no time!


Steve Clardy
03-17-2003, 8:29 PM
a MATCH? Poof, taken care of quickly. Just kidding, could not pass that one up!!!!!!!!!