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Old 08-28-2014, 07:59 PM   #1
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I've tried using DIF with little success. I'm going to try a steamer next. If the steamer doesn't work what other options are there.
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Warm water and white vinegar, piranha wallpaper remover, those are the only two that I have used. They make a tool that scores the paper, you may find some luck in that first then use a product. If its vinyl based wall paper good luck that is so hard to get off.

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I'm gonna try wallpaper remover in a sprayer. SW says their paint guys swear by it. Leave it on the surface for 30mins and keep surface damp.

I'm picking up the festool wallpaper tool for a job I have coming up.
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I'm gonna try wallpaper remover in a sprayer. SW says their paint guys swear by it. Leave it on the surface for 30mins and keep surface damp.

I'm picking up the festool wallpaper tool for a job I have coming up.
FIL is a paint contractor. That's how he does it and now we do as well. Just a pump garden sprayer and keep it wet for a while. We have the little hand held scoring tools. My bro texted me a photo of the Festool one last time he was stripping wall paper cause it takes so long with the small things.

Let us know how that Festool one works out for you cause we strip paper quite a bit around here.
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I've tried using DIF with little success. I'm going to try a steamer next. If the steamer doesn't work what other options are there.
I bought a Wagner streamer from HD: $50
Worked great. Best money I ever spent.

I didn't actually do the removing, my helper did. But it was super easy. He used the steamer and a 6" taping knife.
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Haven't found a wallpaper yet that wouldn't strip with steam. I know some of the strippers out there work faster, but when over half the time I need to strip it off they never prepped it right in the first place and the steam will work. The most miserable is wallpaper directly to bare Sheetrock.
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Downy fabric softener.

My sister has the Festool scorer, it's the only thing that went through the multiple layers of paper. It can be set to score to a precise depth. Trying to convince her to send it to me now that she is finished with it.

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I second the sprayer, works very well. Like BCC said keep the chemical on the walls to let it cook them glue off.
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I like the steamer myself. However, if you have wood floors or bare trim, you need to watch the water.
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Believe it or not I had a remodel job one time where the wallpaper had to be peeled off a little at a time. Nothing I tried worked. It had been on there so long it was almost a part of the wall. Then the glue had to be sanded off. What a mess.
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If you can close the room off, fire up a steamer, open the petcock, and let er buck for awhile. I've stripped more paper than I want to admit that way. Just find an old carpet scrap to set the steamer on.
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We strip plenty of paper. Standard procedure for me is as follows:

Try to strip face layer from the backing, done dry and if reasonable progress is made then continue.
If progress is too slow then we score the paper and apply remover - usually DIF. Keep it wet, usually wet every 10 - 15 min for as long as we need to. Be patient and let DIF work.
Now try to scrape off the face layer.
Once face layer is off soak backing with DIF and strip the backing.
Then soak walls again and use a scouring pad to remove glue.
Wipe down walls until clean and not slick.

Stubborn paper will get use of a 4" razor knife, causes a bit more damage but repairable.
Never had to resort to a steamer. I would think they are too slow.
Stripping paper can be real work.
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I remember back in 09 i was doing a floor and there was a painter in there after me with two helpers. They stripped, prepped, and painted the whole house interior for 1600.00. The guy said he didnt want to do remodel work because you always had to buy another tool and it was too expensive. Whiskey tango foxtrot.
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I know this is an old thread but fabric softener works good
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We use vinegar, fabric softener and hot water
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I own a EARLEX steamer its the only way to go
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We have always used a steamer and a 4 inch putty knife. if you don't have a steamer then warm water and lots of it.
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It's been two years since he asked, I would imagine he has figured it out by now.
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I'm dealing with some tough paste right now. No access to hot water. Going to use microwave to heat it up today. Thought about bringing my camp stove too.

At least the walls were sized for once paper falls right off.

Did one room last week. Glue took two soakings with water to remove. Going to try piranha or dif today plus hot water.

Also the thought entered my mind to try my PC sander/vac with 80 grit.

Mid 80's glue.

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