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Hey All,

I just posted on ContractorTalk.com, so I'm sorry if any of you are reading this for a second time. I just got my first request for wallpaper removal, and I'm curious to know what the general consensus is for the quickest, most effective, and most efficient way of doing this. There are tons of chemicals to aid in the removal, but are they even necessary? If so, what's the best to use? Is it possible to just sand the wallpaper with a DA sander and scrape it off without using any chemicals?

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Is it possible to just sand the wallpaper with a DA sander and scrape it off without using any chemicals?
not usually...the most essential part is removing all or most of the adhesive residue-usually the only way to effectively do that is using product/water

not saying it can't be done, because I've done a small area like that, but it's real messy/dusty/nasty/etc
 

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....the quickest, most effective, and most efficient way of doing this....
There's no one good way that works for every situation, as the covering may have been applied a number of ways, correctly or incorrectly, and a number of years ago, and may be of a few different types and qualities

The removal for a recent thick covering properly applied over paint with sizing will be way different from a 50 year old thin paper directly to the uncoated sheetrock
 

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Just water if I can get it to work
If not, then DIF
 

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Sounds like the client is cutting corners... You can paint over the paper if its in good shape and adhered well. But it won't last.
We do it, from time to time...
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Wha?
Is that SO bad Pro?
I've also textured over wallpaper, for a quick fix on crummy paper...
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Painting over wallpaper

Wha?
Is that SO bad Pro?
I've also textured over wallpaper, for a quick fix on crummy paper...
r
We sometimes paint over paper when the customer insists, but I recommend removal. We've painted over previously-painted-over wallpaper a few times and have had bubbles form in the paper. Based on my experience, I believe it's likely that will happen with 2nd or subsequent repaints. If it's in an area where there may be moisture (e.g., bathroom), I believe there's also a likelihood that peeling at seams/edges could occur.
 

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Welcome to the site T200! When you get a chance post a new thread in the introductions forum and let us know a little about yourself.

Thanks!
 

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I use a paper tiger and an airless spray gun with water,let the paper soak for at least25 mins and spray again.After a while most papers give in and come off no problem.

If it's stubborn add a little washing up liquid to the water,again spray,but this time place a polythene sheet on the wall you've sprayed,this prevents the water evaporating out so it must be absorbed by the paper (or loosen off vinyls).
 

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and an airless spray gun with water,

Be sure and wear a respirator if spraying Diff with that sprayer,trust me.:blink:
 

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Hey! this IS great... we got a The, and an UK paintermanS

Gosh UK, I don't think I want to use up my pump to spray water, or water w dif in it... pump up garden sprayer or sponge in a bucket works fine for me.

T200... Yup, get those blisters almost every time... maybe EVERY time!
Point is, thats all the client wanted to pay for.
They usually go back down, but if there are only a couple at a high vis location I'll cut out boats and hit it with the fast set.

If it's in a wet room... well, it's probably got to be stripped!

Cut rate methods are never optimal, but sometimes its what the job IS.
 
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