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Old 11-21-2004, 06:25 PM   #11
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vinegar doesn't really do much.
plain hot water seemed to work
better when we took our wallpaper
down. score the wallpaper and use
very very hot water and let it soak
into the wallpaper for a few minutes.

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Old 11-21-2004, 09:04 PM   #12
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steam works best, and is the safest. rent a machine; for the few extra bucks it costs to rent, it will save you the agony of having to repair what was damaged taking the old stuff off other ways...

i have re-wallpapered a few kitchens and baths. it is a bit tricky, but once you get the "hang of it", it's not so bad. just remember to spackle and sand and prime the walls with special primer before you hang the new paper. and hanging the first sheet plumb and level is the key.

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Old 11-21-2004, 10:01 PM   #13
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Psiguy - the outer wallpaper will just peel off - the backing will come off fine without doing anything other than applying hot water and a tad of Dawn - it works unbelievably good! I never would have believed it until I did it. Absolutely no scoring was needed.

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Old 11-21-2004, 11:26 PM   #14
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Tan...........I'd dig into my pockets and save yourself some greif and alot of extra labor hours and go to your local Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards and tell them your situation and see what they recommend. I know when we bought this house it was such a struggle to get the wallpaper off......thankfully I had family that helped. I don't believe the people that lived here before primed the walls first. Like Bucky suggested be sure to spackle any holes or cracks and prime the walls before hanging new wallpaper. If your hanging wall paper for the first time you may want to stay away from busy patterns because its an effort to get the sections lined up..........believe me I know I wasted a lot of wallpaper with my first wallpaper job..........sort of a plaid effect on the wallpaper..........took me awhile but I finally succeeded. But then the carpet layers came in and mucked it and my freshly painted trim up when laying the carpet...........talk about mad..........I was reimbursed for new materials and my labor hours but it was just so sad to see all the hard work I put into that room ruined in a matter of less than an hour.........errrrrrrrrrr!!
As my daddy always says............"You Live & Learn". Next time I'll have the carpet laid first and invest in floor protectors and do the walls/trim after
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Old 11-22-2004, 08:09 AM   #15
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Tancowgirl, I know I'm late but my brother has been the manager of a paint store for about 10 years now & when we stripped the wallpaper in our bathroom, we had pretty much the same problem. I called him & he said to mix 1 part ammonia to 4 parts hot water in a spray bottle & spray on the walls. Let it sit for about a minute & them use a plactic putty knife to scrape off the wallpaper. It worked wonders! None of the walls in our bathroom had been primed before the wallpaper was put up & there were 3 layers of wallpaler backing left on the walls. Plus, one of those layers still had the wallpaper stuck to it in palces.

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