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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Fen, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    Stripping wallpaper to be exact. Done quite a bit of redecorating over the years and been lucky enough not to have too many problems.

    The worst walls I ever had to strip had three layers of wallpaper on; first an Anaglypta paper with thick blue emulsion on, second layer was woodchip with another layer of emulsion (yellow this time) and the top layer was another woodchip with several layers of emulsion on, mostly white.

    Our new home has presented its own unique problem... You've probably all heard about 'sizing' a wall (normally new plaster) to seal it, one method of doing that is to mix a PVA glue and water solution and paint over the plaster. Well, here (at some point in time) they decided to do a coating of pure PVA glue over a layer of lining paper and then wallpaper pasted over that and put another lining paper over that and then the final outer layer of wallpaper (a fabric coated paper).

    They haven't coated the whole of the first layer of lining paper in PVA, just large sections. So we are having to remove the fabric paper first, then steam the next two layer off to get to the glued layer. That is having to be heavily scored every couple of inches so that the steam can get through it to remove the *expletive* stuff off the walls. Really time consuming and the smell of steamed PVA isn't very nice. It's taken me four hours to get half a wall done! But the walls are 3.41m high :eek:

    What's the worse walls you've ever had to deal with?
  2. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    Hi Fen,
    Kitchen of our old flat. Cannot remember how many layers but the bottom one was thin wallpaper which had been varnished. No idea what kind of varnish but it was hell to get off even with a steam stripper - eventually bought a domestic one as hiring the proffessional ones was costing a fortune. I think part of the problem was that the varnished paper was so thin.
  3. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Hope you find a wall behind it all. Ha!
    I wonder if there's a suspicion of damp just waiting to get through. Hope not, for your sake.
  4. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    Hi Willie - Yeah, I was looking around at hiring one. They were about £25 a week, then I saw the same ones being hired out only cost £40 (in a sale) so I bought one. We've got a lot of walls to strip!

    We had that... in the cellar. But that's all been treated now and the room has been tanked. There is also a patch in the living room where it looks like they had problems in the past which has been treated, fixed and then plastered over... plastered over the existing wallpaper! So that was another issue I had to sort out.
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  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Oh, it all brings back memories.
    I do sympathise, honestly. I had a place in the bedroom a small patch which I was sure had something to do with the cast iron downpipe outside. I got really tired in the end suggesting it to builders who didn't like the sound of that hard job of removing the guttering and downpies and replacing them.
    Anyway, those days are behind me and I can only hope your problems are sorted too. Take care,

  6. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    Another 'delightful' covering to remove is Artex - a very dodgy material to deal with as it's very likely to contain asbestos!
  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Better to skim over it if ceiling panels are in good shape. Needs specialist removal/disposal.
  8. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    When we moved in this house the front room was papered with wood-chip that has been gloss painted. We hired a steamer and spent all evening scraping off about 12 square feet, lots of curses, huge scratches in the plaster. Then we went into the [connected] back room to cool off and have a cuppa. Every last bit of wallpaper had peeled off the walls by itself.
  9. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    In the white room, with black curtains...

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  10. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    at the station...
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  11. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    That's one more person who got the gag than when I posted it on Fartbook at the time!
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  12. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    I don't strip wallpaper because the last time I tried most of the plaster came off with it!!

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  13. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    They must all have been too young.
  14. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    We had asbestos in the coach house. On a nastiness scale of 1 to 10, it was a 9. Had to call in the specialists to have it removed. Air-lock tents, onsite showers, the works.
  15. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    I think you need to sing "In the white room, with black curtains..." to be in with any chance of understanding the comment :D
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  16. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Without doubt wood chip with 30 years worth of silk emulsion on it. Steam just didn’t want to penetrate, and when it did, it blew the plaster. We ended up replastering the whole room! It was hell on earth! Never again. It almost broke me :confused:
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  17. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    I think it is compulsory to find several layers of paper and paint, with at least one colour being bright yellow, purple or green.
    I don't know what they use to paper the walls with, but I am sure it could resist a nuclear blast - it is always a complete pain to remove.
  18. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    I think I've mentioned this before on here - My brother was redecorating a flat on the 4th floor near the 'Scrubbs'; It still had a working speaking-tube in the kitchen, to call the Janitor, when the Tenant wanted the household waste removed, via a hand-cranked 'lift' which traversed up the outside of the building.

    He's noticed that the 20ft-long passageway wall was covered with wallpaper and a bit 'bowed' and one day his mate accidentally 'prodded' it ....

    I'm told the sound from an 18 ft long section of plaster detaching in almost one lump and then falling onto the floor, was pretty awesome to behold, as was the resulting mess in the air from the original dried-out plaster and horse-hair that had been used as a 'binder' by the plasterers.

    To say that external lift then became very useful, would be an understatement!
  19. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Ah yes, there was a period a good few years ago when the preferred colour scheme was dark green, burnt orange and brown.

    Made for some very depressing living rooms!
  20. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Dark Brunswick green one hopes. Not Paris green or Scheele's green.Imagine stripping Artex painted with Paris or Scheele's green.

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