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you better go for the professional help to do job properly....
scour the section you want to remove, use a high quality spray bottle and hot water. Let stand for ten minutes and start at a corner. The top layer will come off in strips. Then respray whats left and it will scrap away when it is wet. Just a tedious process but just needs to be done in sections a little bit each day. Or! have a wallpaper party with friends and if they each take a wall you will be done in no time. Then buy them pizza, beer, or tacos. However, don't buy the beer first of the job may never get started! LOL

al berry:
i have old wallpaper to take down, but do not want to put up walpaper again. what do i need to do to prep old plaster walls for paint?

An experienced painter, giving an estimate for painting our house both with and without removing the paper, told me that if we wanted to do that part ourselves, just peel off the top layer (which came off easily with ours) then spray or sponge on "the hottest water you can stand" and work the bottom layer off with scrapers, then wash the wall well. Using heavy rubber gloves greatly increases the temperature of "the hottest water you can stand" and thus the effectiveness of the technique. No scoring, no solutions, just hot water. It works. I let it soak in a while, 10 to 15 minutes per area (being an old woman, I did about a 4' x 4' at a time and let my son do anything requiring a ladder), then used the plastic putty knives to work it off. Some areas were tough even with this, but 95% just took a little effort, nothing too daunting even for hands beginning to feel the aches of arthritis.

All walpaper shouldc have been sized before the actual paper was put on, and I am lucky to have had someone who did that for me, as now I am taking down that wallpaper. I shal score it with the proper tool, then rip off waht I can, as so much can be torn off, but the underside has to then be dealt with, by either usinf vinegar and water, fabric sotener and water, sponged on-has to be warm or hot- then scrape off the wall, being sure not to gauge the drywall itself.


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