Day 4: Removable Wallpaper Project


Well, it's now clear that the Dawn/vinegar/hot water method of removable is not going to work on the "goo wall." I have never seen such a residue in my life. 

I should have gone to the Limitless Walls website and looked up the section for removing the wallpaper; stupid me. I assumed that removable wallpaper meant you just peeled it off.

Note to self: Never make assumptions.

On the website, it does not say that you can easily remove this stuff or that it won't damage the wall. It tells you that you can use a hair dryer or iron to warm up the adhesive. Or you can apply mayonnaise to it.

Who on earth would apply that much mayonnaise to a wall, I ask you? You would have to have a huge supply of mayonnaise for just my one wall. Oh what fun! 

Just thinking about ironing the whole wall makes my eyes cross.

Well, I obviously didn't have sense enough to go to the website for information or I'd have realized this was going to be a painstaking process. Live and learn.

Someone said to try De-Solv-It. I looked it up to see if I could have it delivered, but no one seemed to have it in stock for mailing. I read online that they had it at the ACE around the corner, so I went there yesterday.

I found that they had a different De-Solv-It for more serious problems. Contractor's De-Solv-It. Roughly $10 for a 12 ounce spray bottle. If it works, I wonder how much I will need?

So I bought that and a brush to go on my extension pole that I bought last week for painting. (Twenty more bucks for this wallpaper removal project.)


I got on the step ladder about three times Saturday, but my ankle is giving me lots of grief. I just can't do the climbing. Hard enough just standing there. So let's hope this brush on the long extender will get the wallpaper goo up close to the ceiling.

I had to rest up once I got home from Ace. So I'm starting this morning with the new stuff. 

Will keep you updated. At this rate, I don't know when I'll have the darn wall painted and my living room back.

Meanwhile there is a fly/flying something-or-other inside that I cannot seem to zap with my zapper that looks like a tennis racket. And Abi cries in the bathtub where she scratches at the tub furiously, which is her usual response to flying insects being indoors.

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  1. Mayonnaise, huh? lol I can't even imagine! I hope the new product works for you. I remember we used a lot of 409 spray when we were removing our wallpaper. I hope you can zap that fly today!

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    1. Just talked to someone from Zinsser company. They said I could use Zinsser Gard, which is clear, over non-wet adhesive. Might have to order it. At this point some of it is wet from using stuff trying to get it down. My ankle is hurting though and don't know that I can work on it at all today.

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  2. Oh man. Mayonnaise? On your wall? The smell would turn my stomach...I hope you are made of stronger stuff! :) Hopefully that solvent will work for you.

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    1. I'm not a fan of mayonnaise anyway. Would turn my stomach too.

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  3. Probably the easiest(Im all about easy:)would be what another commentor suggested,get a couple of sheets of drywall and cover that bad boy up.
    The other suggestion would be from me,the wife of a retired superintendent that painted and rehabbed more walls than I care to count,here goes,take joint compound,comes in 5 gallon buckets that weigh a ton,get the smaller size,tint it with the color you decide,those little sample jars are ideal for this,and apply it,thickly with a trowel,we used to do stucco-look but you can swirl it or whatever you like.
    Good luck! The mayo idea gives me chills.

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    1. I looked that up. But it said you won't be able to tell where studs are. I don't know that I could put it up. Don't think I have the tools. Or the physical stamina at this point with my ankle.

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  4. My guess is that a hairdryer will still work for you. I use it to warm up the adhesive on labels stuck to the covers of books. However, you will not be able to get up the steps to the top...... do you have a kind neighbour with nothing to do all day? That's the kind of neighbour you need!!

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    1. Only neighbor I know is probably in worse shape than I am.

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  5. the mind boggles.
    right here in your favorite season. when you should be able to enjoy the cool mornings and evenings.
    I would pay a professional to fix it at this point.
    one at least wonders what they would do? could a sheet of dry wall even be put over it? I've never heard of such a mess! there should be a WARNING on that kind of wallpaper!!! seriously.

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    1. Who would you call? Guess I'll just start looking online. I'm hurting too much to attempt much more of this mess for awhile.

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  6. Good grief, when it rains it pours!! If you didn't have enough frustration the dog going crazy over a bug just about tops it! The thing that's really a pain is you are living in a rental - all that headache and you don't even own the place! But I understand your wanting your home to look nice. All I can say is I wish you the best and that this too shall pass, but what you have to go through to get to that point.

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    1. Not to mention I rarely get an hour of sleep at a stretch due to Abi waking me up!

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  7. Like you I would have just assumed that removable wallpaper meant peal it off. It sounds like that it's almost as much work to remove as normal wallpaper. With that I just use a steamer and it comes away in big strips. Good luck with it.

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    1. I've taken down wallpaper numerous times. This is worse.

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  8. Someone told me to use fabric softener and water. Really didn't work and the paint I wanted to use wouldn't stick to the wall that had been treated with the fabric softener.
    Good luck.

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  9. This seems never ending. I hope something will finally help get the goo off. I understand about stamina and you have to rest to start again. Take care Brenda. I hope you got the bug zapped.

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    1. What would be my title? Wall fixer, blogger, bug zapper...

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  10. Hi Brenda. I bet the De Solv It will work. I'm sure your patience is wearing thin. I hate wallpaper. Having broken an ankle and had third degree sprains on both a few times I understand your situation. If I lived close I would come see if I could help. Just do what you can and take a rest. Only you, Abi and Charlie have to see it. ;) You will have it finished soon and it will look like everything else you touch, FANTASTIC.

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    1. I just now called the apartment manager and asked her to ask the guy who paints here to come give me an estimate. Told her I'd pay for it. Have NO idea what I'm looking at or what he'd have to do. No pretty pics of the living room for awhile...

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  11. Rubbing alcohol should take off sticky or just paint over the sticky and see how it drys .

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    1. Not even contractor's strength residue remover takes this off. I'm just going to wait to hear back from the apt. manager.

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  12. WHAT A NIGHTMARE FOR YOU, AND THE PUPSTERS TOO. I HOPE THAT THE APT. COMPLEX PAINTER CAN COME TO THE RESCUE, WITHOUT TOO MUCH EXPENSE TO YOU.
    TRY TO RELAX, SNUGGLE WITH THE PUPS AND IGNORE (easier said than done), THE MESS IF YOU CAN.
    RETREAT TO YOUR LOVELY BEDROOM, TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF YOUR QUILTS AND THE RELAXING AMBIANCE YOU HAVE CREATED.
    SNUGGLES TO THE PUPSTERS

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    1. Yep, living, eating and working in the bedroom!

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  13. Brenda, the De-Solve-It works like magic, believe me I have used it many times and it removes everything and it's eco-friendly.

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    1. I tried the contractor's strength of De-Solv-It. Did not work.

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  14. I am so sorry you are having to deal with all this. I know this is stressful and physically exhausting for you. Take care of yourself, get an estimate and if it is more than you can pay maybe they can at least give you some professional advice. Give yourself a break away from it in the solace of your bedroom with the pupsters. Read a favorite book and rest then go back to it. Sending you calming and healing thoughts.

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    1. Hate to see my living room reduced to furniture setting in the middle of the room. Oh well...

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  15. Honestly, I would have thought the same as you, removable wallpaper is removable by just pealing it of. Who knew it wasn't?

    Take a rest, don't hurt your ankle any more than you have.

    I hope the handy man can help.

    Take care, Elizabeth

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    1. Mayonnaise! Can you imagine putting mayonnaise on a 15 foot wall?

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  16. One more things, do you live in a city that is on the Prime Now list? IT is part of Amazon that you can get things delivered within 2 hours, anything really but mostly food? Check it you because if you are it is a life saver.

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  17. Oh Brenda, I'm so sorry you're going through all this. I've made some messes in my time, so I completely understand. I think at this point having the apartment handyman take care of it is the best course of action. You just don't need to be up on that ladder. He can probably skim a coat of of drywall compound over the whole mess and paint it and it'll be good as new. Good luck to you and I hope you will give yourself a break.

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    1. Taking a long break and waiting to hear. Apparently he hasn't called the manager today.

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  18. Brenda, maybe if you just let it dry out good you could take a sander to it. Just an idea that popped into my head. It might be totally insane, but tho't it wouldn't hurt to mention it in case it would work!

    Also, maybe you could get rid of that fly by spraying it with the De-Solve-It!! Just kidding! (It might work, if you're a good shot.)

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    1. Actually that was going to be my next course of action. But what stopped me is the idea of getting on the step ladder holding that heavy thing and trying to get the residue off up toward the ceiling. Probably not a good thing because I'm very clumsy and when I look up, I get a bit dizzy.

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  19. Hi Brenda~

    I'm so sorry!! What a mess, who knew wallpaper would be so hard to get off. I guess I'm old school, the only wallpaper I had to take off, just came off with water and fabric softener... it was pretty easy. I think I would just go buy paintable wallpaper . . . paint it and call it a day... :0(

    Do take care of your ankle.

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  20. What a home improvement nightmare! Who would have thought that would happen?! Hope you get rid of that residue soon!

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    1. Yeah, I don't do a lot of DIY. This may put me off them for awhile!

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  21. Oh Brenda, what a terrible mess. I hope you find a solution soon that isn't too expensive. In the meantime rest that ankle. xo Laura

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    1. I'm resting it. Hopefully everything will get resolved soon.

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  22. Brenda, I hope this doesn't sound too crazy (off the wall?), but what if you put something absorbent on the wall like bath powder (non-talc) or maybe even flour? After the goo absorbs as much as possible, you could vacuum off any that's loose, then prime and paint. It should be easy to test on a small section. So hate that you've had such aggravation dealing with this. Good luck, whatever you decide to do.

    Sherry in Little Rock

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    1. I thought about baby powder. But scared to add anything to the mix at this point.

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  23. Bite the bullet and call your son-in-law and ask HIM to come look at the problem and give you some suggestions. Perhaps he will appreciate the fact that you need his help...it can't hurt to just call.

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    1. I don't like to ask him. He's been traveling a lot.

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  24. There are two rooms in this 1920's bungalow that have several coats of paint over wallpaper. Removal of any kind is the pits....and we tried the hair dryer trick on the removal kind once and it did not work.

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    1. I don't know that I can look at wallpaper again.

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  25. I write a long comment, but my iPad battery died and ate the message. I came back to say please be careful with fumes. I don't even know if the goo removal stuff go has fumes, but if so, it can be really insidious. A decade ago, I was cleaning a porch floor, and I developed a sudden allergy to certain chemicals. Fine one day and breathless the next. Just worried.

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    1. Actually I think the residue has something weird in it. I emailed you.

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  26. I think we all wish we lived closer to you, Brenda, so we could come over and help you with your latest project. Be safe and good luck!

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