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Removing Wallpaper?

Is possible to remove wallpaper that has been put on over vinyl gypsum board so I can paint the vinyl board and what issues will I be facing?

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February 17, 20170 found this helpful
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I would put slits in the wallpaper with a razor blade. Then I would soak the wallpaper with hot water. Peel off carefully. Then wash walls to remove all traces of glue. It's a time-consuming job.

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February 17, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you, but will I be also cutting the paper on the gypsum board ? How about the round scroll tool that I found? I like your idea of slitting the paper, but I don't want to run into problems on the gypsum board that I need to paint.

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

What is vinyl gypsum board?
Vinyl-covered drywall is a gypsum product like traditional drywall, except it has a layer of decorative paper on its face. That means you don't need to mud, tape, sand, paint or do any of the tasks normally associated with hanging drywall. You can hang the prefinished gypsum panels on wood or steel studs, or you can attach wooden furring strips to masonry to hold the panels.

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This type of paneling has been used in mobile homes for many years and generally holds up well and can be painted but I'm not sure about wallpaper removal.

Here is a site that I use frequently as they tend to be very helpful with DIY projects. Maybe they could give you a better answer. Search at the bottom of the page for the "contact" link.

www.doityourself.com/

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

Again, Thank you very much

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

You can steam it off. You can rent a steamer for this purpose or you can also use a steam cleaner to do the same thing. I used a steamer once, and it was very easy to do.

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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

i do not believe you can use any "conventional" wallpaper removal techniques on this type of board as the original topping of this board will probably be removed at the same time.

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I hope you will ask more questions before trying these methods.

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

Thank You , I think I'm in a catch 22 !! the wallpaper is ugly and lifting in many places. It must be removed , I have no choice, I'm hoping it doesn't destroy the papered wall board. Will skim coating take away any mistakes and correct the issue. Regards

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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

It may be possible to remove, but this wall product is made to be kept as one, not to be removed like you would newer modern wallpapers over regular drywall surfaces. I have removed wallpaper from several homes from a variety of "vintages" and that in itself can be labor-intensive and problematic if walls were never sized before applying that fist layer over normal drywall (as in older homes or lazy wallpaper hangers) or the wallpaper is old and not like what we have today. I did try to remove the vinyl off of a small area of gypsum in a mobilehome kitchen, and it quickly became apparent that this was not a good idea.

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This is what I would do: Remove the wood trim from the walls if you have it. Clean walls thoroughly, patch and fill joints, seal with GARDZ. Next, either skimcoat the wall surface, prime & paint OR just prime (bonding or acrylic-based primer) and paint.

If you are determined to try and remove the vinyl, be prepared to do a lot of repair to the surface underneath when you are done, since the adhesive used was most likely never meant to come off. You will still need to patch, seal, prime, etc. NEVER PAINT OVER ANY SURFACE THAT HAS HAD ADHESIVE ON IT BEFORE WITHOUT PRIMING. Cleaning never removes every last trace. So, why add all of that intensive labor and effort and then have to treat the wall board anyway?

Here are some links that will help you:
www.thespruce.com/paint-vinyl-mobile-home-walls-2288218
www.mobilehomerepair.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=28748

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www.doityourself.com/.../how-to-paint-vinylcovered-wallboards

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you, I will not try and remove the paper on the board. I just hope not to do much damage to the gypsum board. Good advice,is your instruction based on after the original wallpaper is removed ? So, skim coat and the prime ?/

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