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we finally have a housa and dd's room has this l-u-r-v-leeeeeeeeee 70's wallpaper that must come down so i can paint it the pink that she has been begging for ,how on earth do i get it off??easiest way possible <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br>
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...easiest? Hire someone else to do it! Okay, seriously, that's what we did when we had all the wallpaper removed in our new house. But there was tons... anyway. You'll want to get a steamer, and most harware stores have theses things you can use to score the wallpaper. Makes it easier. Good luck!
 

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We peeled mucho wall paper with just spray bottles (water), picking, peeling and scraping. When we got to really stuck on areas we used the scoring tool. It wasn't fun but the bare walls were great.
 

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I too have used a spray bottle. We used just plain old water and had great success. Removing walpaper is never easy, but it's always very rewarding!
 

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Vinegar.<br><br>
Put it in a spray bottle, soak the wallpaper, let it sit a few minutes, then scrape it off.<br><br>
It works better than chemicals sold for this purpose, which I know because I started with chemicals and my painting contractor (OK, the high school student I hired, but he was really good) told me to just use vinegar as it was cheaper and worked better.
 

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When I removed about 1000 sq feet of wall paper out of our 20's bungalow -- would you believe they put layers of wall paper on the ceiling too???? I compared zep to water and found that the water worked better. We steamed the livingroom/dining room ceiling and that worked faster, but it was still tedious and goopy. We were either being steamed or having rain fall on our heads. Good family bonding moments though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
My preference on walls is to take my time, use a spray bottle and scrap the stuff off - but steaming is much faster.<br><br>
The vinegar might be worth trying if you can stand the smell. ICK!<br><br>
You may want to check what is holding the wall paper up with too. Plaster is wonderful for scraping, but if it is drywall, you may want to make sure there is paint on it, and how well the paint stands up to steam or vinegar or water. And, if it is oil based paint, don't repaint it with latex without a primer. (just referring to my experiences here...)
 

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Wallpaper on the ceiling? Wow, I'm going to probably have a nightmare about that one!<br><br>
I've taken down quite a bit of wallpaper in our home. A steamer is the way to go for me. I score it with a Paper Tiger <a href="http://paint-and-supplies.hardwarestore.com/48-253-wallpaper-tools/paper-tiger-272369.aspx?iorb=4764" target="_blank">http://paint-and-supplies.hardwarest...aspx?iorb=4764</a><br><br>
Then use the steamer. I just got a basic Wagner one at Lowe's. I think it was $49.99? And worth every penny!! Around here, it costs $25 a day so if you are doing more than one room (or don't have a solid day to do one room) it is worth it to buy. The Wagner one works great. Plus they have a "deluxe" model that I think you can use for steam cleaning, etc. It was maybe $100?<br><br>
And just a word of caution, if they didn't put on sizing, old wallpaper will sometimes rip off the paint/drywall when it comes off. If this happens, you will have a lot of repair and might end up needing to re-drywall the whole room. It just happened to me but luckily it was a border. I had to put drywall mud up and sand the whole top 4 inches of the wall. Fun, fun! But if you see a lot of peeling in a test area, you might want to consult a professional about it.<br><br>
Good luck! It can be a huge PITA but it is such a good feeling to get ugly wallpaper down!
 

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I will second and third the steamer advice. Let it get some steam built up before you start using it. I've removed and rewallpapered a few times, and the steamer saved SO much time.<br><br>
And like lindberg99 mentioned, test a small area to make sure the previous wallpaper was applied with sizing. Otherwise you might have a huge mess you aren't ready for. Mudding is tough work!
 

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My ex is a professional paper hanger. Professional, like, worked with interior decorators... not like union hardware store paperhanger. (You can see some of his work in one of Patty LaBelle's cookbooks, haha.)<br><br>
Get one of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FChapin-Garden-Sprayer-1-Gallon-20000%2Fdp%2FB000E28UQU%2Fref%3Dsr_1_4%2F103-0231101-0275843%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dhi%26qid%3D1178086676%26sr%3D1-4" target="_blank">these</a>. Spray the whole thing down and rip like you're opening a big present. Use a scraper where necessary.
 

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If the wallpaper was still in good condition on the walls, I would just paint right over it. A few of my rental houses had this & I actually didn't mind it especially in the houses I had where the wallpaper was kind of embossed/textured and they'd gone over it in a neutral shade, I liked that a lot.<br><br>
I wish I could just do that in my new house, but the wallpaper is in really crap condition, already torn off in places down the joins & stuff like that.
 

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thanks for all the info<br>
one question,what's sizing?what do i look for?
 

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Sizing is a liquid used to prime the drywall. The wallpaper will adhere to the sizing, so it can be removed easily. Since it makes the walls slick, it keeps the drywall from sticking to the paper as it's being put it.<br><br>
One way to test before renting a steamer is to pull up some paper along a seam and use some DIf or another similar product. That will soften the glue so you can scrape it off. If it's relatively slick underneath, there's probably sizing there.
 

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Vinegar, or fabric softener (dilute a bit with water)...fabric softener for where the vinegar fails.<br><br>
I was impressed. We had layer after layer....<br><br>
Good luck, I don't envy you. NOT a fun job.
 
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