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Posted 2010-10-31T02:20:03+0000  by travera travera
Wallpaper is the mother of innovative removal technique,

When wallpaper was being replaced by faux paints in the marketplace, everyone wanted to know how to remove it.

The paper tiger is a well-known tool, but the metal teeth create pits in the wallboard beneath the wallpaper and once pitted you have to skim coat the entire wall to smooth the surface before painting ... a significant secondary repair!

Instead, I recommend my customers re-wet the wallpaper adhesive by applying very warm water and Chomp concentrated remover.

Make only one-half gallon at a time and use an old roller cover or sponge to apply three generous coats about five-minutes apart.

Once the paper saturates, the adhesive begins to re-wet and the paper will come off in large sheets.

This technique prevents most damage to the wall and shortens the timeline for completing the project.

There is no substitute for oil-based primer when repainting after removing wallpaper.

Remnants of the glue most likely remain on the wall and water-based paint will blend with the glue and make dark brown or gray marks that show through the paint.

Oil-based primer seals the water-based adhesive, preventing it from bleeding back through.

Ask your Paint Associate to tint your primer so you can add your first coat of color while you're priming.

Any topcoat can be applied over oil primer.

Follow these removal instructions step-by-step for easy wallpaper removal with no secondary damage to your walls.

Although wallpaper removal is among the least favorite DIY repairs, you may as well make it easy if you have to remove it.

Hope this helps,

Pat InPaint

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Posted 2015-11-10T21:33:52+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

Hi, had same problem when I moved into my home. A few questions are needed first- It is Heavy Vinyl paper- sometimes called sanitas... if not  does it seem like uncoated paper. Next, what type of walls are there.. Sheetrock, Plaster?   If you wet a small spot in the corner, does the water absorb  or just roll off.

Al Clark

Scranton, PA

Posted 2010-10-31T02:42:33+0000  by HomeActions

Hey travera

This is Ingar from Atlanta, and it sounds like we have a job on your hands. There are a couple different avenues we can take.


If the wall paper is well attached and not peeling up or dog-eared, then what we could do is, first we need to mud the seams, let the mud dry, then sand it. Now we are going to get a good oil-based primer and put in on the entire wall. Once our primer has dried, then we will just put on your favorite color latex paint.


If the wall paper is in less than ideal condition, then we will just have to remove it. The Home Depot sells a wall paper scoring tool called the "paper tiger". Just score the wall thoroughly with paper tiger and then apply liquid wall paper remover. We have a couple different kinds. There is the M-1 wall paper remover which is very good and there is the DIF wall paper remover which comes in a gel and a liquid. For this project, I would probably use the DIF gel. After it has sat on the wall for 5 or 10 minutes use a putty knife and peel it off. Now just sand the wall smooth, wipe it clean with a damp rag, let dry, then prime and paint.


Swing by the store and let our professionals get this together for you and answer any other questions that you may have. We are so glad to have as a part of our community and welcome to the HD family.




Posted 2010-10-31T18:10:39+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL

Does the DIF remover smell. My husband is very sensitive to strong smelling products.

Posted 2010-11-28T13:01:52+0000  by carolnieves

Before using any of the wall paper removal products, start by ripping off the first layer of paper. This should leave the glue layer on the wall. Next, use hot water. As hot as you can stand. You can add some white vinegar (some people use as much as a 50/50 mix). Roll this on the wall using your handy paint roller (never tried it, but it might be only the second reason to ever use one of those hideous yellow foam rollers :smileytongue: ). Wait about 10 minutes and go to town using a plastic scrapper. If this doesn't work, try 1 capful of unscented Downy fabric softener to a quart of water. Again, use the roller. Wait 10 minutes, etc.


Using a roller to apply your remover works better than spraying, whether it's water, fabric softener, DIF, Chomp, whatever.

Posted 2010-11-30T02:58:05+0000  by Paul


carolnieves wrote:

Does the DIF remover smell. My husband is very sensitive to strong smelling products.


Welcome to our community carolnieves!

The blue DIF gel is an unscented enzyme based product and as such is odor free.

Some other products actually are scented.


I have an old home with lots of wallpaper, and have found that using an inexpensive steamer works very well to remove the paper.  It too is of course odor free.  If you have a lot of area to cover, this can be a good solution.


You can find a link to this Wagner Steamer here.


I hope this helps,


Posted 2010-11-30T16:34:55+0000  by Chris_HD_CHI

This is great information: I also just moved into a house with some uggggly wallpaper.  this may just get me motivated to get rid of it now!

Posted 2011-01-02T13:17:08+0000  by sullygrl99

 Is there a way to remove just the border while protecting the paint on the rest of the wall? Thanks for your help

Posted 2011-03-25T12:47:03+0000  by cheriheartsong

Hello cheriheartsong, welcome to the Home Depot Community!


Neither the Dif blue gel nor a wallpaper steamer will remove the paint on your walls.  They both may appear to create streaks though as the drips flow down the wall.  These will go away when you wash the walls after you are done removing the wallpaper.


I hope this helps,


Posted 2011-03-25T18:14:07+0000  by Chris_HD_CHI

Thanks so much for your reply. I am a first time user of this forum, and had a hard time finding my post so I could get the answer. I will work on that lol. Thanks so much. I love Home Depot!

Posted 2011-03-25T23:11:54+0000  by cheriheartsong
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