How should I deal with wallpaper that's been painted over?
Many times in older homes, previous owners painted over wallpaper because they also had a difficult time with removing it. This is one of those quick fixes that probably seemed smart to whoever did it, but looks dumb to the one left to deal with the aftermath.
Usually, the paint sticks to the wallpaper just fine, but the seams telescope through and sometimes peel loose. The wall surfaces may also be peppered with bulges.
It is safe to say some elbow grease is most likely needed to remove wallpaper that has been painted over. Once you start the wallpaper removal process, you may realize that there are several layers of paint, which may require new drywall installation.
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Tips for Removing Wallpaper that Has Been Painted
If there are only a few layers of paint on your wallpaper, it may be possible to properly remove it without having to install new drywall.
To remove the painted wall paper you can:
• Start the wallpaper removal process by scoring the outer layer of paint with a wallpaper scoring tool. Prevent damaging your walls by only using medium pressure.
• The main challenge is to get moisture to the wallpaper adhesive. Use a wallpaper stripper or a mixture of water, vinegar, and fabric softener in a spray bottle. To prevent wall damage only spray small workable sections at a time. Let the mixture soak into the wallpaper for a few minutes. With unpainted wallpaper, that's relatively easy. If the covering is true, uncoated paper, it easily absorbs water.
• Vinyl wallcoverings block moisture, but most are "peelable," which means you can lift an edge at a seam and peel off the plastic coating to reveal a paper backing, which is absorbent. Some vinyl wallcoverings are "solid-sheet," with a thicker plastic layer bonded to a fabric backing. These just peel off in single-layer sheets.
• Next, you will need a scraper tool or small putty knife. Use the sharpest corner to get underneath the painted wallpaper and start scraping away. We recommend scraping in alternating directions.
It’s important to remember that every wallpaper removal job is different.
There are many factors that come into play like different types of glue that was used and the many styles of paper that have been applied. So, what works for wallpaper removal in one room, may not work for another.
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