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Preparing Wallpapered Surfaces For Paint Or New Wallpaper

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If you have a home with wallpaper and you want to change things up, removing the old wallpaper can be a challenge. Whether you plan to paint the walls or add a new updated wallpaper, properly removing the old paper and prepping your walls is the key to getting it to look beautiful. Here are some helpful tips so you can make sure your walls are ready to accept their new colors with ease.

Getting Ready

Before you start any work, tarp the floors and remove all furniture. Tape off trim so you can keep it protected from glue and debris. Then, start peeling off the face of the wallpaper. You can begin by using a sharp putty knife and slicing a rip into the wallpaper. Grab a section and begin to pull it from the top of the wall downward. It's best to begin in a corner so you can work your way outward and make sure you're removing as much as possible at a time. Take your time and use even pressure as you pull. The key is to remove all scraps of the face of the paper so you can prepare to remove the glue underneath.

Removing Glue

Wallpaper is applied to walls using a heavy duty paste or glue, which can be a real challenge to remove. Once you've gotten all of the paper off the walls, you'll need to soften up the glue with extremely hot water to make it easier to remove. Wear gloves to prevent burning your hands with the hot water. Apply the hot water to the glue and let it soak for about fifteen minutes. Do this in small sections so you aren't damaging the drywall underneath and apply the water using a mop or sponge. If the glue isn't getting softer, you may have to reapply more water until it starts to soften up. Once the glue gets soft, carefully scrape it off in sections using a plastic putty knife with rounded corners. Pay special attention to the drywall so you avoid nicks or cause damage.

Prep The Walls

Your walls need a clean, flat surface in order for paint or wallpaper to adhere. Once all of the glue is removed, use a solvent called gel stripper to remove any excess from the walls and then wipe them down with a moist sponge. Sand your walls thoroughly to create a smooth surface. Use a joint compound to patch up any holes or nicks and smooth it down, letting it set completely before sanding over it one more time. Apply primer before you paint or apply new wallpaper to help the new material adhere to the clean walls. You can enjoy a brand new look in your home even if you have wallpaper that's been there for years by following these easy steps. 

For more information, contact a company like European Glass & Paint Co Ltd.