Stripping wallpaper – advice please
I have got to strip the wallpaper in my hall, stairs, landing etc.
In the last I have stripped loads of walls and have always used a steam stripper thing. But this time I need to avoid damaging the plaster. I’ve not done any stripping in years. Maybe there’s a new way to do this….
I’ve looked online and nowadays people seem to be using Polycell wallpaper stripper ( Polycell Wallpaper Stripper 500ml PLCWS500S
What’s this stuff like ? Anyone used it ?
TaPosted 4 years agobighMember
If all water runs straight to floor then try peeling surface off.
If surface won’t peel off then use “paper tiger” or similar device to score surface.
Then. …wet it.
If it doesn’t come off then wet it again, and again, and again until it does.
Whilst you’re doing this I would recommend warming the steamer up for when you lose patience.
The additives are a waste of time. ….30 years experience (someone kill me……. please)
Sorry for any typos, dun on fone.Posted 4 years agoSuiMember
the problem with steam strippers is that people hold them on one area for too long, that’s why the plaster blows. Best thing to do is carrying on using steam, but before you apply it, give the the area a slight knock with your nuckles or the end of the scraper. If it sounds hollow, then don’t use the steamer on it, if it sounds OK then use it. You can avoid re-plastering with a steamer as long as you are careful. If you fond that the plaster is hollow everywhere, then you are i’m afriad left with no option but to pull it off, or paper over what is already there*.
*bodge job.Posted 4 years agoVern0nMember
Steamer gets my vote, but pull off as much of the old stuff by hand to save excessive steaming, esp if there are multipe layers of paper.
If you can get any painted / vynil layers off then just a case of soaking the backing paper and being patient for this to work its way thru.Posted 4 years ago
Get a £10 steam stripper from B&Q (they do the same job as anything more expensive), & just get on with it, as above if the plaster comes off, it’s knackered anyways. IMHO, you get far too bored before you can hold a steamer on the same section of wall long enough for the steamer to do damage to the (good) plaster.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
tbh, if a steam stripper’s going to damage plaster it’s going to need replacing anyway as it’s only the wallpaper holding it up.
And patching plaster isn’t as hard as I imagined, felt scary pulling off 1m3 sized bit’s of bad plaster, but patching them up again was fairly easy, just slap loads on, leave to dry, and attack with an electric sander for 5min untill smooth. House hasn’t fallen down.Posted 4 years ago
Steamers are good. Propper razor scrapers are better.
I used a steamer in the front room , messy business with wet paper sticking to everything.
I wet the hall with a sponge and used the razor scraper and it came off in much bigger less wet chunks much less of a pain.Posted 4 years ago
Nephew was just down for two days, spent 1.5 of those doing his father’s box room… woodchip with lots & lots (50 years worth?) of layer of paint on top. Fair play to him for sticking with it, but it took him ages! 😈Posted 4 years ago
He was unimpressed by my brother’s hedgehog perforator, and reckons on of these Orbital Scorers are the way ahead.
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