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Newkirk Wallcovering and Painting

Wallpaper removal and repainting project

Removing existing wallpaper and preparing room for latex interior paint

Hi, I'm Jerry Newkirk and I would like to share one of my recent projects online where I stripped old wallpaper from a client's home and repainted. Following are the steps taken.

Here we have vinyl coated wallcovering from 1980s. We also have a paper backing so we have to get out some hot water chemicals, cover the carpet, and prepare the room for stripping.



Stripping existing wallpaper

The key to stripping the wallpaper off the wall is getting the wallpaper backing completely soaked through without making a huge mess. This 2 gallon pump sprayer (which can be purchased at just about any home and garden store) is perfect for such a task. Spray a mixture of hot water and wallpaper stripper (mild chemical) directly on the paper backing left behind after the vinyl coating has been removed. Let the water soak in. Try scraping a small section with a rigid putty knife or scraper. If the backing does not come off easily try soaking it again. Here's another important tip: Don't take on to big of an area at once as the paper will begin to dry out in a matter of minutes.



This is after the backing has been soaked and I'm using a 5 in 1 scraper. I'm using light pressure, just enough to remove the paper from the wall without gouging the wall. This took about 3 soakings. Once the paper is off, you have to go back with a sponge and hot water and try to get off as much of the adhesive as possible.


Oil based primer

This is the oil based primer image. This is after the backing has been removed. This particular wall had two layers of paper. The first layer was a fabric backed vinyl which pulled off in solid sheets. The second layer had been painted over top of and we were able to pull that off. Behind that was a clay based adhesive which was too labor intensive to remove. So we went ahead and sealed it with an oil based primer, alkyd.



We're applying to the rough surface (that has already been oil based sealed) a skim coat. We're going to go overtop any rough surfaces, unsmooth areas with the mud. The key to mudwork is to make it sander friendly which means when it comes time to sand the mudwork, we don't want a lot of lines and edges. We want it as smooth as possible so we don't spend a lot of time sanding in order to get it smooth. The next process will be to add a tinted primer coat.



After the wall had been skimcoated smooth, I go back with a sanding attachment hooked up directly to my shop vac. This keeps dust to a minimum. This is a 220 sanding screen for finish sanding. Once the entire room is sanded then I went back with a latex primer.


Latex Primer

Right now, we've got the ceiling painted white which has dried. And now we're going to apply over the sanded mudwork a coat of latex primer (which is tinted to color of finish paint). This allows you to seal off the mudwork and the tinted primer allows me to just use one coat of finish coat instead of two.


Clean up

After applying a final coat and pulling the tape from the baseboard, it's time to cleanup. There was dust in the carpet from sanding. The main thing is to do the cleanup after the finish coat has dried so we don't stir up dust which may adhere to the finish coat. A good cleanup is part of every job.

Finished product

Finished product came out real nice. Furniture is back in the room. The wall to the left of the television was like the surface of the moon and now it is as smooth as a baby's butt. That was the trickiest wall in the room. The idea of a good job is to make this wall look like the rest of the walls in the room so no one would be able to tell the difference.


Happy customers!

Here are the happy customers, Bob and Angie, enjoying the finished product!

Newkirk Wallcovering and Painting is now on the road with two more satisfied customers!

Newkirk Wallcovering and Painting
Columbus, Ohio


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