(Closed) Tips for wallpaper removal?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lots and lots of wine.

ETA: It’s on paneling, not the drywall? Just rip the paneling down, you’ll never get it cleanly off the paneling.

Post # 4
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Edit: missed the part about paneling. I’d definitely just get rid of that – way easier than stripping it.


@vorpalette:  THIS.

This was our project last weekend … Not sure what kind of wallpaper it was, but ours came off in teensy little paper-thin strips. It was horrible, but it IS done.

  • Used this first to score everything (doesn’t wreck the drywall)


  • Sprayed this on, soaking everything, waited 5 min and then alternated scraping with a paint remover and spackle tool (flexible tool helped with getting the glue off) and spraying with more of the liquid remover to keep the paper wet.


  • My dad used a sponge and a bowl of water to keep washing the glue off. He swore it was more effective than the $7 spray, so you might want to test water first!


  • If you’re going to paint after, you definitely want that glue gone. We missed a spot and then paint wouldn’t adhere/would bubble up. Good luck!!


Post # 7
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

PP Dad is right – ALL you need is a bucket of water (change the water out when it gets goopy) a large sponge (the ones you get in the tiling section are best) and a scraper.


No scoring no anything else needed. With the sponge soak down the section you are working on, then go back to the start and do it again. Start scraping. Depending on the paper type it will either all start to come off together (and for any bits that didn’t get soaked get your sponge and wet them again), or you will at least be able to peel the outer layer of paper off. I prefer when this happens even though it sounds like a pain in the ass. Once the outer layer is off you have the backing paper left on there and it is MUCH easier to read how wet that is and see any dry spots and make sure you soak those. Once it is all wet then scrape. The more water you use the faster it will be, the paper will peel off like butter.

Your walls WILL dry, they will be undamaged and fine for you to either paper or paint over once you let them dry. You do NOT need scorers, steamers or any other nonsense other than a bucket, water, scraper, sponge and garbage bags!!!


Post # 8
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have been battling wallpaper in every room in the house, and I would definitely recommend a steamer!  It’s still a huge pain the butt, but it comes off much more easily than any of the other methods I tried. 

Post # 9
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@TheSpoons:  Our house was COVERED in wallpaper when we bought it- like every. single. room.  I agree that a bucket of warm, soapy water, a sponge and sometimes a butterknife to get under the paper to start are all that is really needed.  Other than patience… lots of it:)  Make a weekend out of it- have music going and have a friend or SO/DH help and it’ll be done in no time.

Post # 10
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Okay, so I just asked Fiance who used to work in the wallcoverings department at a home improvement store and he said that they ONLY way you’re going to be able to save the paneling is by using a steamer to remove the wallpaper and going very very slowly (and that’s not guaranteed to work). The scoring tool is going to chew up the paneling, and the sponge/water method is going to warp it. He did mention that the amount of damage to the paneling is going to depend on what kind of paneling it is, how dense it is, what finish it’s got on it, and what kind of glue was used to put the paper up. 

OP, toilets are easy to remove! Go pick up a new wax ring (which, if I remember right, are under $2) because the one that’s on there is probably nasty (and you can’t reuse them anyway). You can probably just cut the paneling around vanity, but really, a new vanity at Home Depot will run you $50 for the cheapest one (white cabinet with a white vanity top) and a cheap faucet is like $25 (or $11 if you want the cheapest one).

I can’t tell what the tub surround material is, but you can get a new tub and surround that just pops over that, or rip it out and replace it with an actual fiberglass surround and tub. Not sure which one is cheaper.

ETA: Fiance says!

“If she wants to try, rent a steamer and use a plastic tool, but don’t steam in one spot too long. Work a corner up and see what type of panel it is.  Hardwood or some printed pos, then decide from there. Or do a super hot sponge in a low corner then decide if she wants to rent a steamer. 
Or, set fire to the house and blame the dodgy Johnson boy down the street.  Everyone knows gingers aren’t trustworthy.”

Post # 12
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Put Downey in a spray bottle, spray the wall, let sit for 10 min then it will peel off!

Post # 13
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@nhoh:  +1 to the downy. If you have the money get a steamer because they’re miracle workers. Both of these methods work really well. I’m pretty much an expert wallpaper peeler by now (I helped my friend take down the wallpaper all over her house and growing up my parents enlisted my help in two of the houses we lived in which also had wallpaper in EVERY room)

Post # 16
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@TheSpoons:  I know exactly what you’re talking about, and I NEVER understood why anyone thought that was a good idea to sell. Where Fiance and I used to work STILL sells it (and yes, people will buy it)! Since the other paneling is wood and not particleboard, you’ll probably be okay sanding it and painting over what you can’t just peel off.

The topic ‘Tips for wallpaper removal?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors