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How do you take down wall paper boarders?

I have two rooms with wall paper boarders, oh so popular a few years back. How to I get them down? If I cannot get them down, should I paint over them? They are at the top of the wall, next to the ceiling. Thanks.


Asked by Joeygoat at 4:05 AM on Jul. 23, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Score it, spray it with diluted fabric softener, wait a few minutes for it to sink in, then use a scraper.

    Answer by SWasson at 4:01 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • The best way to remove the wallpaper border depends on what type of wallpaper was used, what type of surface it was glued on and what type of adhesive was used. One of the easiest things you can try is to use a hair dryer to heat the wallpaper border which may loosen the adhesive enough to let you peel it off.

    Usually if the border has been glued to wallpaper, it will come off fairly easy. Mist it with water and use a plastic scraper to remove it from the wall. If the wallpaper border has a vinyl covering that won’t let the water or any commercial wallpaper remover soak through, use a perforation tool over the entire surface of the border to allow it to soak in.

    If the wallpaper border has been glued directly onto a painted wall, use warm water and some commercially available wallpaper remover and give it plenty of time to soak in before you try to scrape it off.

    Answer by neebug3766 at 5:19 AM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • I would go to DIY website for tips.

    Answer by AdrianaS at 5:37 AM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • There is a spray, easily found at Home Depot or wallpaper store, that we found really helpful. You score or scratch the wallpaper with a tool, spray the liquid on, let it sit for the time said in the directions, and scrape wall paper off. It worked really well for us.. GL

    Answer by elizabr at 7:14 AM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • Even easier and usually you have it on hand......Yes, you have to score the wallpaper OR if you can get the top layer off you don't have to score it. But spray with a solution of HOT water and WORKS!!! We just used it a couple of weeks ago on a stubborn wallpaper border in our bathroom. Scrap with a plastic scrapper and then wipe clean so you can paint. Don't paint over the border if you can possibly get it down.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 7:43 AM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • you can try using steam to remove it.

    Answer by sodapple at 10:26 AM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • I would consult the store where you purchased it from.

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 2:14 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • STEAM & getting it as wet as you possibly can! AND YES, be sure to take it/peel ALL down before painting.

    Answer by Carey2006 at 9:55 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • maybe rent something from home depot

    Answer by tonyalynn at 3:48 PM on Jul. 24, 2010

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