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Old 07-31-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Default Removing Decoupage???

We have bathroom walls that were decoupaged in intermittent areas. Does anyone have a proven solution on how to remove it easily from the painted walls? Thanks.
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Central Fl
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Hard to say...a picture might help.

I would guess it is dependent on what type of clear coating is over the decoupage.....and how it may be different from wallpaper.

I have used DIF, a tiger-type perferator, etc with varying degrees of success. I have also bought a Wagner wallpaper steamer. So far I like that the best, but even that is not perfect.

Is it over drywall or plaster? Does it have a clear sealer over it?

In extreme cases it may be less labor intensive to just go over it with 1/4" or 3/8" drywall........but it is hard to suggest without knowing a bit more.........
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:56 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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If hot water didn't soften the coating, it would just sand it.
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Thanks to both of you for responding. It looks as if someone cut out Looney Tunes characters from a wrapping paper and decoupaged them all over the bathroom wall. They are approximately 2"x2" and I would estimate maybe 100 of them all in random places. We started out with warm water, and had a little success scraping with a razor blade. However, it is very time-consuming, bad on the wrist, and gouges the wall...which is drywall (painted with semi-gloss and then decoupaged as mentioned.)

Our next trick will be to try the tool that scores the paper...and see if that works better. If not, we are thinking about applying paintable wall paper on the wall, and just paint them.

Thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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You might also try borrowing a small steamer from someone....that may loosen them up enough to scrape them off.
Also, using the right handle with a single edge razor blade might help a lot and not hurt your wrist.

Since they are so small, I would lean towards just scraping them off, patching with some drywall mud if needed, then prime and paint. You might even be able to just put a skim coat of mud over them, then prime and paint.

I think I'd do that before doing the wallpaper thing. I'm in western NY...if you're close I'd let you have one of my steamers to use......DM me if you are...

Frank
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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I would approach it just as if it were wallpaper--get a scoring tool and a steamer. Run the scorer over it, then steam it, then scrape it. Should come off like butter if you did it right.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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I would approach it just as if it were wallpaper--get a scoring tool and a steamer. Run the scorer over it, then steam it, then scrape it. Should come off like butter if you did it right.
Agreed. The only thing I'd add is that if it is over drywall, sometimes those scoring tools will leave little impressions that need to be skim coated themselves before painting. That does not happen over plaster.

Frank
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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Thanks to both of you for responding. It looks as if someone cut out Looney Tunes characters from a wrapping paper and decoupaged them all over the bathroom wall. They are approximately 2"x2" and I would estimate maybe 100 of them all in random places. We started out with warm water, and had a little success scraping with a razor blade. However, it is very time-consuming, bad on the wrist, and gouges the wall...which is drywall (painted with semi-gloss and then decoupaged as mentioned.)

Our next trick will be to try the tool that scores the paper...and see if that works better. If not, we are thinking about applying paintable wall paper on the wall, and just paint them.

Thanks for your suggestions.
If you put wall paper over them you be able to see the edges thru the wall paper...
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:59 PM
 
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We had border and wallpaper to remove on our foreclosure,son-inlaw used wagner steamer and was sucessful,electric cost $50,couldn't believe it and had electric co ck meter.House was completely void of anything electric.
We spent month there and finished removal of wallpaper,used wallpaper remover from Lowes,did a quicker job than steamer without scoring.Paper almost fell off.Had to use joint compound to cover his scoring.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:32 PM
 
Location: FL
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I just did this! The former owner of our house decoupaged tropical plants coming out of the top of the toilet... lol. With a steamer, it came right off. We didn't use a scorer because the pieces were small enough that they peeled off fairly easily. DIF has not worked at all for me in the past.
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