Need to know how to remove painted over metallic wallpaper.

The wallpaper may be from 1969. It was painted over about 20 years ago. There are wrinkles in the wallpaper that having been bothering me for a very long time and I would really like to get rid of them, finally.

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 10, 2017
    Hi Fanny, what you'll need first is called a "tiger". It will help make scratches in the paint & paper. Then you can steam or hot water to soak it until it comes off. The tiger helps the moisture get behind the old wallpaper and that helps. I also read where someone added fabric softener to the hot water and said it really helped. Wishing you the best.

  • Rose/Miros Rose/Miros on Dec 10, 2017
    The usual solution for painted wallpaper is to rent a steamer, but I've never used it on metallic. Also make sure your outlet can supply the needed power.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Dec 10, 2017
    Such a big job and I don't understand why anyone would paint over wallpaper (lazy, I guess). Spray down the walls with the hottest water possible, then scrape off with a putty knife. We actually put 1/4" drywall over some really bad wallpaper walls instead of removing it. Good Luck!

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Dec 10, 2017
    It sounds like you're going to have to score the paper before applying steam. That way the steam can work it loose.

  • Terry Terry on Dec 10, 2017
    very carefully.... if it was a newly built home and came with the wallpaper, chances are it was pasted to the wallboard.... all the edges and nails might be exposed once the wallpaper is removed; you may need to look into some type of wall preparation before you paint. Check it out in an inconspicuous spot. If it looks OK, steam & some elbow grease is your best bet for removing the wallpaper. Also, depending on the wallpaper, you might even be able to use a spray bottle of water.... spray an area. let it sit a minute and pull it off.