Our Wallpaper Removal Method for Best Results
After years of experience and tens of thousands of square feet of wallpaper and vinyl wall covering removal, we can say there is one ideal method we recommend to yield “like new” walls. It seems every contractor has their own method to the wallcovering removal madness. Some competitors may even say Major Painting’s method is extensive and tedious due to the preparation required, but what we can guarantee is your walls will look like new when this method is executed correctly.
1) Remove wall coverings from wall
It is very important to be as careful as possible in this first step not to damage the underlying sheetrock more than what’s absolutely necessary. Due to the existing adhesive used, you’re going to damage the sheetrock to a certain degree, but we recommend taking your time and minimizing the damage as it will save you time in the later steps. If you’re having a hard time you can try the following:
- For residential wallpaper, you can dampen it using a pump-up sprayer to help loosen the glue, or they make wallpaper removal steamers.
- Typically, commercial vinyl wall coverings will pull nicely, but if you’re having troubles you may try a heat gun.
2) Remove Glue Residue
In this step you will want to remove as much glue residue as possible using an orbital hand sander. It’s very important to get this step right as it sets up the whole project for success.
3) Apply Wall Sealer
At Major Painting we use Roman RX-35 Interior Dywall Repair and Sealer primer. We have had great luck with this product as it helps seal the sheetrock, resulting in a good base from which to build.
4) Skim the Walls Complete and Sand
After your wall sealer has cured, you will want to skim the walls with drywall mud with the goal of creating a smooth surface. After the drywall mud has dried you will take an orbital sander to it sand the wall smooth, resulting in a smooth new wall! We highly recommend an experienced professional completing this step as it’s an acquired skill.
5) Prime Walls with Drywall Primer
Now that you have a smooth new wall, you will want to apply (1) coat of drywall primer to the wall to seal the drywall mud and ensure your finish paint will properly adhere to the wall.
6) Detail and Apply Two Coats of Finish Paint
After the drywall primer has cured, you will want to review the wall and look for any imperfections in it. If you find any nicks or dings you, then should apply a thin coat of drywall mud to these areas and sand smooth. Your wall should be smooth as possible and free of imperfections before applying any finish paint. Lastly, apply two coats of a high-quality interior finish paint!