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Old 01-02-2015, 02:16 PM   #1
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Steamer Or DIF


I have been using the gel DIF for removing wallpaper. It works good but it is messy...Has anybody had any good luck with a steamer?
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And I mean an industrial steamer not just a little home version! lol

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i have a earlex steamer for wall paper removal and love it, can not remember the last time i used diff
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For me it comes down to simplicity and time. I can take someone who is not skilled they can remove the paper easily and rather quickly with the DIF Gel by Zinsser.. put a steamer in their hands and they move at a snails pace. So I prefer the Gel over the steamer any day. Sure, it's a little messier than a steamer but I am putting down plastic/builders paper either way so the mess is manageable.
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Thanks for the information guys. I heard wallpaper is making a comeback so at least this will be more job security in 10-20 years when it needs to come off again! lol
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I feel a steamer is the last resort. Strip the paper off in two layers if possible, first remove the facing dry and then use diff on the backing.

I know I am hanging more paper each year, bring it on.
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Just don't use Super Glue when hanging that paper, I swear some people do!
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I've used regular DIF for as long as I can remember. I hate steamers. It used to be painters painted paperhangers papered. Paperhangers hated priming, so many times the walls weren't primed.

I've seen a few used contact adhesive on corners and edges.
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Yeah aren't you supposed use that stuff called size on the walls. Not sure if I spelt it right
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I use steamer as last resort. Always try and strip layer by layer. Wet it where functional and not use anything but water where I can.
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I don't do a lot but when I do I use a steamer and it works great. Even the cheap ones like the wagner from the depot work pretty good. I used to use dif but haven't touched it since I bought a steamer.
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Hot water in a pump sprayer and metal putty knife is all we ever use.

Wet Drywall Sponge the glue residue off.

Prime wall with this after repairing nail holes etc.
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Prime wall with this after repairing nail holes etc.
Have used a good bit of that SW primer... then I found this and use it when I do not use the Zinsser Cover Stain. Ya use that PrimeCoat2 by Zinsser and I bet ya won't use the SW brand again.

I have had some issues with the SW brand Primer bonding well when I have it tinted grey for red walls etc. Never had that issue with the Zinsser though. Have even had some of the salesguys tells me the SW brand is not supposed to be tinted anyway... dunno which ones to believe on that....

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