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when father papered the ceiling

Once again I must consult with the hive mind that is LJ. Me and sibelian have been (graciously!) given permission to remove the flowery wallpaper in our new flat and paint the walls white or cream. So who out there has experience of wallpaper removal and what's the best way to go about it. Especially since we have high ceilings (though we do have access to a ladder, which it would take a roof rack to move from Mir to Laputa). Should we hire a wall paper stripper, and if so where from. Will we need to prepare the walls before painting them? We're only doing the walls because we only have a few days for this, but I'm quite keen to get rid of that wallpaper...

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autopope
4th Jun, 2003 10:05 (UTC)
Wallpaper stripper
Yes, we do indeed have a wallpaper steam stripper, and you're welcome to borrow it for a few days whenever you need it.
purplerabbits
4th Jun, 2003 10:50 (UTC)
Re: Wallpaper stripper
That would indeed be very useful. I'll phone and arrange a time to pick it up tonight (and the printer while we're at it).
random_redhead
4th Jun, 2003 10:50 (UTC)
You don't need a roof rack to move a ladder from Mir to Laputa! just two people! ;-)
purplerabbits
4th Jun, 2003 10:59 (UTC)
True, but it's a bloody heavy ladder, and walking through town with it could lead to some Buster Keaton moments...
zotz
4th Jun, 2003 12:09 (UTC)
You say that like it's a bad thing.

Could you get another couple of people to carry a pretend pane of glass while you're at it? Pretend panes of glass don't weigh very much.
persimmon
4th Jun, 2003 12:10 (UTC)
IME -
If you keep soaking the wallpaper (large sponge and hot water) as well as using the wallpaper stripper, it comes off a lot more easily.

However, putting down plastic drop sheets FIRST is also strongly recommended!
lovingboth
4th Jun, 2003 13:29 (UTC)
Just paint over it. Much easier.

If you must remove it, it's a pain even with a steam stripper and you often end up looking at cracked etc plaster.
purplerabbits
5th Jun, 2003 05:15 (UTC)
Hmm, any ideas about how to repair tears and peeling bits before painting over?
lovingboth
5th Jun, 2003 06:04 (UTC)
You can get tubs / tubes of premixed wallpaper paste.

Failing that, make it into a feature. Did you ever see the painted snake in my flat's hall? That's the line of a crack, that is.
purplerabbits
5th Jun, 2003 08:15 (UTC)
Sadly we aren't going to be allowed to do murals, so it'll have to be glue :-(
badriya
4th Jun, 2003 14:33 (UTC)
Ex removed it in our house and had to replaster. Bluerose's bruv did it in the flat last year and had to repaper because the plaster came off a bit and left a bumpy wall. Now the paper is bumpy and so is the paint over it...

The previous paper was peeling a tiny bit but on reflection sticking it back would have been better. Ex did it with scrapping and bluerose's bruv did it with a stripper we hired. A wallpaper stripper. A sexy stripper would have been just as much use and more fun. Lots of steam about nothing...

My walls are a nice shade of pink, called babe, and I don't mind a few bumps.

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