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Wallpapering

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Ackoman, 16 Aug 2020.

  1. Ackoman

    Ackoman

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    Hello

    I want to put new wallpaper up, and have bought a steam wallpaper remover to get the old stuff off first.

    What I am finding is that the old wallpaper is delaminating as I take it off. If anything, it's looking like I don't even need to use the steamer to get the decorative layer off, it's possible to just peel it away - I only seem to need the steamer to get the back layer off the wall.

    My question is this - do I actually need to get the back layer off the wall, or could I just wallpaper over it?

    Thanks,

    Ackoman
     
  2. Mottie

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    Take it a all off otherwise the new paper wont stick properly.
     
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    Some wallpapers are designed to do that. You do need to get it all off, both layers, but the second layer is easy with a stripper - it is very absorbant.
     
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    I doubt you even need the stripper, just wet the wall with a wet sponge, leave it 10 mins, then scrape away.
     
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  7. Ackoman

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    Thanks for your replies. Yes, that wallpaper is coming off very easily.

    Unfortunately, I've now discovered that there is another layer of wallpaper behind it. Plain white (which is why I originally mistook it for the wall itself), with a sort of plastic/shiny/smooth feel to it. It doesn't come off too easily even with the steam stripper. I assume it does need to come off?
     
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