Old wallpaper removal.

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I bought a house built in 83, bathrooms have foil wall paper even on ceiling. Pulled off paper on one wall was easy but what was left on wall the glue I guess. I have tried everything, Downey, venigar, scraped, bought the stuff from Home Depot. Help.


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  • Donna C Donna C on Apr 08, 2018
    goo B gone
  • Karol1940 Karol1940 on Apr 08, 2018
    Use fabric softener in water apply to walls remove while it is still wet. Works wonderful
  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 08, 2018
    Sand it off and/or skim coat the wall with joint compound.
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  • Gk Gk on Apr 08, 2018
    Sometimes it does take FOREVER to get all the old glue off. You have to wash and wash and wash. And it does help to scrape with a flat scraper when the glue is wet to get off as much glue as you possibly can without wiping it all over. I am AMAZED at how much wallpaper glue can be left behind. I would continue with the Downy and water mixture--changing the water and cleaning sponges/rags MANY times so you are always working with fairly clean water. Sometimes--after you have washed and washed--let it dry until the next day--I know--it's hard to wait--but it seems to help to get more of the glue off. Don't give up--it is probably going to take longer than you expected. One house I worked on--wallpapered in the 1980's-- took 3 days to get all the glue off. It WAS a job--but FINALLY got it down to the painted drywall. Then I primed before I painted. That took care of it.
  • Cherylbeatrice Cherylbeatrice on Apr 08, 2018
    try warm water and liquid fabric softner
  • William William on Apr 08, 2018
    Goo Gone.
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