Stripping Wallpaper the Easy Way
If you've ever
stripped old wallpaper using vinegar, hot water, or a heavy steamer, you
probably remember what a tedious, unpleasant, and time-consuming task it was.
It doesn't have to be that way any more, thanks to a new team
of wallcovering removal products from William Zinsser & Company. Zinsser's
fast-acting DIF Wallpaper Stripper, along with two new tools called the
PaperTiger and PaperScraper, make wallpaper removal quicker and easier than
ever. They minimize the chances of gouging or damaging the underlying drywall or
plaster. These products make up the following simple three-step system for
removing old wallcovering:
1. Score the wallpaper. If you are not able to dry-strip or
peel the paper on the wall, and if it has a vinyl or another waterproof surface,
you'll need to make perforations in the surface so the stripper solution can get
behind the wallpaper to break down the old wallpaper paste. The PaperTiger is
designed to do this. It's a scoring tool with tiny spiked wheels located under a
palm-comfortable handle. The spikes create small tears and holes in the
wallcovering surface and lift small sections of paper away from the wall. The
wheels are mounted in a swivel mechanism like castors on a chair, so the tool
can be moved in any direction on the wallcovering-even in circles. Scoring is
fast and easy, and the tool perforates wallcoverings to a controlled depth so as
not to damage the underlying surface. PaperTiger works on all type of
wallcoverings, including foil, vinyl, vinyl-coated papers, painted wallcoverings,
and multiple layers.
2. Apply stripper. After scoring the wallcovering, apply a
wallpaper stripper to resolubilize and break down the paste behind the
wallcovering. A popular brand is DIF. It's an enzyme-based product that comes in
an economical concentrate that you mix with warm water and apply with a sponge,
paint roller, or garden sprayer. DIF is also available in a no-mess gel
formulation that applies conveniently with a paintbrush or roller. As the
stripper wets out and resolubilizes the paste, the enzymes break down the
paste's chemical structure, destroying its adhesive strength. This method is
better and faster than using dishwashing liquid or vinegar and water solutions.
3. Scrape off the paper. The loosened paper may come off in
sheets or large sections with little or no scraping. Where it doesn't-and to
start the stripping when needed-use the PaperScraper. This tool is designed to
glide along the wall with a blade fixed at the optimum angle to scrape without
gouging the wet wallboard beneath. It has a "email@example.com" handle similar
to the PaperTiger, and is easier to use than conventional scrapers or putty
Using this three-step process, you can remove wallcoverings in
half the time required by steamers or ordinary tools and ordinary wallpaper
removers-with no gouging or other damage to walls. There's less mess, and left
over DIF solution is great for removing traces of residual paste that are left
on the wall.
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