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Question DetailsAsked on 9/21/2011

what is the best/easiest way to remove wallpaper paste (paper is off)?

I need a quick way to remove the old wallpaper paste in order to paint the walls. Any ideas?

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There are a couple of ways to remove old wallpaper paste

#1. Use DIF solution mixed with hot water - DIF can be found at most home improvement stores. This chemical helps deactivate the glue to make it come off easier. We typically apply with a garden sprayer, but you could apply with a sponge also. Typically you need to apply twice for effectiveness and let the chemical sit for about 15 minutes. Typical ratio should be about 10 parts water to 1 part chemical.

#2. You could try the same process as above but with just hot water

#3. You can add fabric softener to warm water and wash the walls that way as well.

The key in all of these is to get the paste wet again so you can scrape it off with a taping blade or broad flat blade of your choice. You'll still want to sponge the walls after scraping the glue off with clean water to get any leftover residue. It's also a good idea to sand the walls before applying paint.

We also recommend priming after removing of wallpaper paste just in case there is any left over glue - the two products that we recommend are 1-2-3 primer by Zinsser or Guardz, also by Zinsser.

Answered 7 years ago by jondecpainting




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