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Old 01-14-2020, 04:28 PM   #1
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Old wallpaper removal

How do I best remove this old wall paper. It's so brittle it doesnt peel anymore. I've tried soaking it with water and it doesn't work.
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Old 01-14-2020, 05:14 PM   #2
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you need one of those wallpaper scoring tools from home depot, and a mixture of water and downy fabric softener -- 3-5 parts water per 1 part downy. That takes up any wallpaper better than any commercial product I've seen.

Also, if you don't have a fiberglass camper, there's a pretty good chance someone may yell at you about it soon.
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Old 01-14-2020, 07:09 PM   #3
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Looks to me like paneling used in trailers not wallpaper. Its probably painted on. You may get lucky have it peel off but its not going to be easy. Its usually cheap mahogony plywood under the paint and that is what I am seeing
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:42 PM   #4
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paint scraper might work well getting that off.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:47 PM   #5
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It is not wallpaper. It is a wallpaper like material that was bonded to the plywood at a factory using non-water soluble glue. You can feather out the rouge edges with sandpaper and spackle them. After sanding, prime and paint right over it, or, you can actually hang a more attractive wallpaper. This is what I did in one past RV, do to the ugly "wallpaper" they had used..
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Old 01-16-2020, 09:09 AM   #6
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Besides our boler we have a 1990 19 ft. 5th wheel that had a vinyl wallpaper glued to wood wallboard. Some was coming off so I decided to remove it all and paint. After some trial and error I found a heat gun and it peeled off no problem. I left the joint covers alone as there was no peeling on them. I didn't do any over prep to the walls just painted and it still looks great after 3 seasons.
Good luck with your reno.
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