Wallpaper Removal Chattanooga TN

Wallpaper is a great way to create a look on your walls that painting just can’t duplicate.  But, when you are ready to remove your existing wallpaper and go back to your standard painted walls, the task can often be very daunting and time consuming.

Here at Painter Ready, we typically engage in about one wallpaper removal project every two weeks.  As you are preparing to tackle your wallpaper removal project, here are a few things to consider and a summarization of the steps you’ll need to take.

  • Was your wallpaper properly installed and sized?  If so, then you’ve got it easy.  Ideally, substrates where wallpaper will be installed should be “sized”, which is a process of applying a primer or flat paint under the surface (some folks also use a fine grit sand-like aggregate in this coating).  If this is the case, your wallpaper should come off with minimal effort.  Do make sure to remove all the wallpaper glue.  Painting over wallpaper glue with latex paint will only reactivate the glue, and later it will show through your finished topcoat.
  • If your wallpaper is not sized, try taking off as much of the outer layer as you can.  Thereafter, use either a) a steamer or b) a spray bottle with hot water mixed with wallpaper removal solution to moisten the backing of the wallpaper.  Use a putty knife or 5-in-1 to scrape off the wallpaper.  Be careful not to damage the walls during this process.
  • Once the backing is removed oil prime the area.  At this time, you may begin to repair all of the damaged areas or areas where the sheetrock veneer as been removed or peeled back.  Apply think coats of drywall compound until you have achieved a smooth, uniform finish.  Prime the repaired areas.  You may also need to caulk the areas where the walls meet the trim around your baseboard, doors, windows, etc.
  • Now, you are ready to apply two coats of finish to take your walls back to the standard painted wall.  After your first, coat, particularly if you are using eggshell paint, you may discover that some areas need additional drywall attention – repair accordingly.

Repairing wallpaper is a skill acquired over time.  If you feel that you may damage your walls to a point past where you are comfortable repairing them, please call the professionals at  Painter Ready.  We would be happy to assist you!

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