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Old 05-08-2008, 02:18 PM
 
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The paper came off fairly easily. The paste is a pain! What should I do? Most of the paste is coming off. It is drywall. I am using fabric softener and hot water. There is still some sticky glue residue left in some spots, even though most paste came off. I am afraid of getting the walls too wet. Should I go back over the walls again with the same treatment? Should I sand off the final residue? Or would it be ok to just prime over it before painting. Will the primer cover up, and keep covered up small paste-glue residue? Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:27 PM
 
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Are you using a scraping knife (not sure of the actual name for it) along with the fabric softener? I would try to get as much off as you can before priming.
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:28 PM
 
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We had to sand in order to get residual paste off-makes a smoother painting surface. Worth the extra work.
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Use a plastic putty knife to scrape off the residue. Is there any primer or paint under the wallpaper? If so, I'd think you'd be okay to spray on more diluted fabric softener to help to get off the stubborn glue. These Pampered Chef nylon scrapers work great for that leftover glue. They're small enough to fit in your hand and unlike plastic putty knives, these allow you to put the most pressure at the point your need in order to get the glue off the wall. I don't think painting over the residue is a good idea.
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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We did this in our bathroom and after weeks; hubby gave up. Maybe he was doing something wrong! Anyway I finally hired a pro to come in and fix it and I have to tell you it was SO much cheaper than I thought it would be! And of course it looks a zillion times better!
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Old 05-09-2008, 04:01 AM
 
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The walls under the paste are painted. I guess what I will do, is get as much as I can off, then go back over them and do them a second time. The paper part of the paste is coming off fine, but there is some clearish glue still on the walls. I am having soooo much fun.
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Old 05-09-2008, 05:39 AM
 
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I had several professional painters tell me this same tip--let the glue dry completely after you take off all the wallpaper-much of it should be scraped off as you scrape off the wallpaper, sand it down to smooth it out (we used the foam sanding blocks--it is quick and easy-not a major sanding job like sanding wood), prime the walls with a good stain blocking primer like Kliz and paint. It works like a CHARM. It is WAY easier then washing down the walls. We have done this in two houses now and no problems at all.
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:47 AM
 
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I probably would have done the scraper idea, then a light sander for the rest.
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:36 AM
 
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I finished the project!!!! I did finally get off almost all the paste, and sticky glue. There were a few small places I had to sand it off. I primed, and painted this weekend. The results were very good! The hallway was papered in very dark ugly paper. It is now painted pale yellow, and it looks so much bigger and brighter and warmer. I plan to ruin my Holiday weekend coming up by taking down wallpaper in the Master bedroom!
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:03 AM
 
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I finished the project!!!! I did finally get off almost all the paste, and sticky glue. There were a few small places I had to sand it off. I primed, and painted this weekend. The results were very good! The hallway was papered in very dark ugly paper. It is now painted pale yellow, and it looks so much bigger and brighter and warmer. I plan to ruin my Holiday weekend coming up by taking down wallpaper in the Master bedroom!
Woo Hoo! I started to post earlier but noticed others had mentioned that you may have to sand (wh/ is what we ended up doing one time). Wanted to say CONGRATS on completing your DIY project! And . . . so glad to hear it worked out and now you don't have that facing you over Memorial Day weekend!!!
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