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Quickest Least Expensive Method Of Removing Wall Paper Border?

Posted by catkin (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 14, 10 at 15:43

I'll be painting a dining room that currently has border (hideous, I might add) any tips would be helpful. I've read that applying moist heat works wonders and it's virtually free, your opinionss?

Thanks in advance.


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RE: Quickest Least Expensive Method Of Removing Wall Paper Border

If you do a search for border removal, you should get lots of posts--seems many people have this problem. From my own experience, first determine if the border will come off fairly easily by holding a wet sponge against it to slightly saturate & then try pulling any loose areas. What eventually worked for me, after using a paper tiger & removal gel, and a clothes steamer (not good-melted the paint), was just using a cloth & saturating the remnants of the border with Downy liquid fabric softener. Not sure if that's what did the trick, but it worked as well as anything else & smelled nice too! Just be prepared for possibly lots of tedious work--mine was like scraping confetti off the wall...scraping with my "Pampered Chef" pot scraper & fingernails.

After it's all removed, cover with a coat of Gardz; this will prevent any residual glue from getting into your new topcoat.

Happy scraping!


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RE: Quickest Least Expensive Method Of Removing Wall Paper Border

I just tore off what I could. Then sprayed real good with water, to soak through and then scraped with a putty knife. It took a while but it wasn't hard plus very inexpensive.


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RE: Quickest Least Expensive Method Of Removing Wall Paper Border

A spray bottle with 1/2 HOT water and 1/2 cheap, white vinegar. The 'tiger' scoring tool is also a big help to allow the warm vinegar solution to penetrate the paper and underlying 'glue' layer. Be prepared to scrape alot.

I know I am in the minority, but I'd rather remove wall paper than paint.


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