Hello, this is Joe from The Picky Painters. Today, we will go over how to remove Wallpaper before painting walls. I tried to make it easy, but there are a lot of small details that can help with this type of project. Let me know if I missed anything or you have questions [email protected]
First, you need to make sure you have the right tools. We will share a couple of lists below, one for pros and another for the DIY’er. Second, you need to prepare the area and protect the flooring and electrical outlets from getting too much water.
For starters, you will need to figure out what type of Wallpaper you have on your walls.
After you determine the wallpaper type, you can either peel or perforate the top layer then the more messy part will begin. It is usually best to work in sections, but you won’t have to go back to these steps later if you can peel or punch the entire room.
In this step, you want to start with a few rows of Wallpaper. It is best not to even begin with an entire wall. Starting small will help you figure out which way to go or if you will be able to handle this project. You will have to wet the section, wait 3-5 mins, and repeat the process until all the wallpaper backing is very wet. If the top layer of Wallpaper was already peeled off in previous steps, this should go easier. When perforation is needed, more wetting steps will usually be required. You may even want to perforate more, as seen in the video. After wetting the section enough to wet all the backing, you can move to the next step.
Now it is finally time to remove that Wallpaper or backing. Sometimes, you can pull it off, as demonstrated in the video walkthrough. If it does not come off so quickly as in this video, you will have to move to scrap it. Don’t forget to keep wetting the areas you are working on, as if they dry out, you will have to wet it down and possibly wait again. Make sure you are not scraping the walls hard enough to damage them.
If you have the paper soaking wet, you may have severe issues, and it still isn’t coming off. Some builders did not use the special paint or paint, maybe just cheap flat color, so the paper may not come off. I compare it to gluing two pieces of paper together as that happens, so you will never get them apart without ruining the surface. If this is where you are at, you may need to stop and hire a professional as you may need to paint over it, but you can’t just use regular paint, and at this point, you would need to use a unique process to achieve a smooth finish. We will cover this topic in another blog and link it here.
Hopefully, everything is going well for you, and you have peeling or scraped the Wallpaper and or backed off the walls. If you still have Wallpaper, you may need to peel the top layer then continue wetting the back a few times to get it to release quickly. Once you have all the paper and backing removed, you can move to the final step.
You should have a small amount of stick glue left on the walls. Sometimes it may be a litter thicker and tougher to remove. You can just wet the walls down, wipe them with a sponge, and keep rinsing them with a clean bucket of water. You will likely have to change this bucket frequently to keep the water fresh. If you have a more challenging time removing, you can use the green scrub pads to get the tough glue off the walls and continue rinsing.
Hopefully, you have made it this far and have successfully removed your Wallpaper, backing, and all the glue without having many wall repairs to complete before painting. Look for more how-to videos on the other painting steps and creating a smooth finished wall. Thanks for reading and submitting any questions or topics we may not have covered, or let me, Joe know how it all worked out for you. [email protected] I will try my best to help you out and create more helpful content to help in your future painting projects.
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