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Question DetailsAsked on 8/16/2011

How can I remove wall paper that have several coats of paint over it?

Some genius painted several coats of paint -- at least 4 layers -- over the the wall paper in the kitchen of the house I just bought. I want to take the wall paper down, but that paint is thick!! Any advice would be great! Also, they painted over some varnished wood trim, but just in one spot. It there a way to get that paint off without messing up that section of the trim or making it look different from the rest of it?

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As for getting the wallpaper off you can get a tool at the hardware store called a paper tiger you run it over the wall real good and then using a spray bottle or hudson sprayer and wet the wall down real good "warm water with vinegar" or wallpaper remover let it set a few min and repeat the more you soak it the easyer it will come off. Some times its a hard fought battle to get off but that the best way ive ever done it. Now there are times we dont take it off we just skim coat the paper with sheetrock mud sand and prime and its ready for your new finish. O ya when soaking the wall down I like to use a sponge at the same time and soak it with it to that helps push it through the holes that the paper tiger leaves. Now on the trim there is a lot of things you can try but the finish under the paint might be messed up is why it was painted worst thing you can do is to have to stain and clear coat again, but I would start with a product called OOPS, or GOOF OFF, If its latex those might work if its oil enamel then you will have to strip it and refinish there are other products but I wouldent advise using them they are very strong and un safe. Good luck hope everything works out. JR. w/Platinum C.

Answered 9 years ago by jr


The first answer to your question was pretty spot on. The only thing I have to add is that if the vinegar doesn't work with warm water, try DIF solution available at any home improvement store. Mix in the concentrate with hot water, use a garden sprayer to spray it on the walls, let the chemical work and you should see the wallpaper start to bubble. This is assuming you have already used the paper tiger.

Answered 9 years ago by jondecpainting

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