Sordid tales

Mel and I have been working diligently on getting the new house ready to move into. Monday we spent the afternoon and evening pulling down wallpaper. We tried a product called “Diff Gel”. It worked alright, but it was like $6 for a windex-style sprayer bottle, so it was going to cost a lot.

So I tried just water, and soked the wall. Actually, before spraying, we were using a little thing called a “Paper Tiger” to poke hundreds of little holes in the wallpaper to let the water soak through. That little tool is *required* for wallpaper removal in my book.

But basically, scored the wallpaper with the paper tiger, then soak it with a spray bottle, then wait five minutes. Soak again, then start at either the top of the bottom, and firmly remove the entire piece of wallpaper.

The first night we removed wallpaper, we were removing little chunks, and having to pick hundreds of tiny bits of paper from the wall. That is not the way to do it. The second day, we removed entire strips of wallpaper at a time. This saved tons of time, and made less mess….

The other things we’ve managed so far are patching all the nail holes and dents, and painting the ceiling. Needless to say, we’re both a bit tired of body. Hopefully today we can get the walls painted, and the garage floor etched and painted.

  1. For future reference, a 50/50 solution of water and fabric softener (any kind) works well. You still need a tool to score the paper, like what you used.

  2. One word: Steamer

    Costs like 30 bucks and well… its damn easy.

  3. I know this feeling well!

  4. I second the use of the Tiger thingy and the fabric softener solution. It’s cheap and it gets the job done. I, like Cynan, have spent many a hours bonding with/getting mad at stubborn wallpaper 😛

  5. Man, I wish I would have solicited comments from y’all before I went into an incoherent rage (well, almost anyway) against that stupid wallpaper.


  6. The Tiger and water works as well as anything I’ve ever tried.

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