Easy way to remove wallpaper

What is an easy way to remove wallpaper from drywall that was not primed?

  11 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 20, 2017

  • Ken Ken on Dec 20, 2017
    Yikes. No there isn't.

    Okay, I can give better advice than that. If it is well adhered you might consider putting new wallpaper over or painting. That wouldn't make me happy but for most people it would be an acceptable solution.

    Next thing is it paper or vinyl? If paper you can try just wetting it down, waiting 10 or 15 minutes and seeing if it will pull down. Vinyl will need to be scored by something like a Paper Tiger to let the water through. A rented wallpaper steamer will make the job much easier after you determine the difficulty of removing the first piece.

  • Amanda Amanda on Dec 20, 2017
    Hi Vickie. There really isn't a easy way to remove wall paper. I would rent a steamer and also use DIFF a wall paper remover. Purchase a wall paper scorer and then score the wall paper spray with diff and also use the steamer to try and dissolve the adhesive. Work in small areas. You will probably need to scrap some off too. It is a long process but when completed well worth it. If you happen to damage some of the drywall you can try to repair it using drywall compound. I did this in a small bathroom and it took me a long time, but well worth it. Good Luck!

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Dec 20, 2017
    I wouldn't call it "easy", but you've got this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXTGKMzKqpk&t=226s

  • Steam it! Here is a link.

    It is not easy - no matter what anyone says. And exactly why I rarely use wallpaper. Good luck!

  • Kathy Kathy on Dec 20, 2017
    There is no easy way. A steamer may remove the paper, but if it wasn't primed it'll probably take the paper layer off the drywall.

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Dec 20, 2017
    Score with a scorer that kinda cuts the wallpaper, wet with spray bottle filled with water and then scrape

  • Sam26000073 Sam26000073 on Dec 20, 2017
    No removal, paint over it.

  • Shannon Shannon on Dec 20, 2017
    I have removed wall paper before with wall paper spray and a spider claw. The spray wets it and the claw makes little nicks in the paper and it peels right off.

  • Pet31719755 Pet31719755 on Dec 20, 2017
    There is no "easy" way - I removed it from several walls in our newly purchased house. Took hours. It worked best by using a steamer, I just used one for clothes. Work in small sections. After the wall paper was finally off, I scrubbed several times with vinegar, dawn dishsoap and water to remove the paste. Then prime with a primer "sealer" - Zinzer brand, then prime with regular primer, then paint. Good luck!

  • Jrackman Jrackman on Dec 21, 2017
    Youtube has many videos and different ways to do this.