wallpaper removal Austin TX

Wallpaper Removal Austin TX

Professional Popcorn Ceiling Removal & Textured Paint Services Throughout Austin And Surrounding Areas

Are you looking to remove wallpaper from your home?

If so, we’re here to help. We offer a variety of services for removing wallpaper and making sure it looks like a brand new home. Our team is highly trained in the art of removal and will make sure that your walls are left clean and ready for new paint or whatever your heart desires!

You can trust us with all types of paper, including vinyl, fabric, wood-grain, and more. We also have experience working with textured surfaces like stucco walls. No matter what type of surface you need removed, our experts can handle it! And if you want to save time by having us do both the removal AND installation (for example), we can do that too! Just let us know how we can best serve you today!

Call now for a free quote on our services today!

1. Wallpaper removal can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques it can be done quickly and easily

The first step is to simply pull up a corner and give the wallpaper a gentle tug. A putty knife will aid you greatly in this step, since you can get under and between the paper panels. Sometimes, the glue degrades over time, and even the strongest glue will come off simply by pulling. If so, you got lucky! Go buy a lotto ticket to celebrate (after you’re done with your project, of course.) If this doesn’t work, we recommend lightly dampening the area with spray bottle or even a pump sprayer for lawn & garden use. Be careful however, because getting your drywall too wet can cause serious damage to the area, which will do nothing but create more work for you.

After that, let the water soak in for about 30 minutes to an hour and try to peel up a corner again. If even this doesn’t work, you can buy a chemical stripper that loosens the glue up prior to pulling the paper away. In the case that there is a sticky film or paper backing left over after you pull the covering away, we recommend using a stain-blocking primer such as Zinsser 123 or Kilz.

These primers are also great for sealing up any torn drywall paper that may be left behind after pulling the old wallpaper off. Many times chunks of drywall will come off the wall’s surface during this process. When this happens, you must first prime with a good sealing primer, and then fill the gaps with drywall mud or residential spackle, whichever you have on hand at the time.

2. There are a few things you need to do before starting the wallpaper removal process

First, remove everything from the walls in question. That means shelves, picture frames, TV mounts, EVERYTHING. We then recommend covering your floors and any painted surfaces with either ram board or painter’s plastic, such as 2 mil or thicker. Make sure whatever you choose will be strong enough to withstand you stomping all over it for several days, not to mention the possibility of dropping tools or other sharp objects while working. Painter’s plastic comes in small amounts wrapped in a plastic bag, typically measuring around 9’ by 12’.

Make sure you have everything you need to get the job done. That way, you aren’t stopping every 45 minutes to go run to the store and get something else. As a business that has been through it all, we can tell you with 100% sureness that this is a massive time suck that will cost you the whole day, especially in the Austin Metro area!

3. How many types of wallpaper are there?

Paper, vinyl and grasscloth are the three main types of wallpapering that you’ll encounter in your home. Paper is probably the most common in the older homes you’ll find in the Austin area, and is typically pasted separately on-site before applying. Vinyl wallpaper is a more modern technology than its paper counterpart, and will sometimes require a solution to break down the adhesive if simply scraping and pulling doesn’t do the trick. Finally, grasscloth is likely the easiest to work with, as it almost always comes in a peel-and-stick format. It’s also very porous, so any spray solution you may choose to use will soak up nicely.

4. What if I absolutely cannot get this stuff off of my walls?

 If there are any stubborn patches of wallpaper that won’t come off, you seal it in and skim coat over it. After trying the other methods listed above, seek out any bubbles or loose spots where the covering has come unattached. In these areas, you can just scrape clean with a metal spatula or drywall trowel until you get to the paper backing or drywall paper. And the other areas? Just leave them, don’t worry about it. 

Get either an alcohol or oil primer and give everything a nice solid coat. We personally recommend Zinsser B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer, but any shellac primer should do the trick just as well. Keep in mind, this method is not recommended for vinyl wallpapering, because the vinyl will actually move with the changing temperatures. It’s imperceptible to the naked eye, but it’s enough to crack any drywall mud you put on top. Which beings you to our next step. Now that this primer has dried, get some USG Plus 3 Joint Compound and give the entire area a nice, even skim coating. 

This wet, pasty substance can take about 4-8 hours to dry depending on things like the temperature and humidity outside. If it’s incredibly humid outside and you have poor ventilation in your workspace, such as in a bathroom, then it could even take up to a full day to dry! After that, get a good LED flashlight and put it up against the wall, with the light shining across the surface. This will allow you to spot any ridges or bumps that need to be sanded down with a light to medium grit sanding block. 

If you have an especially large area that needs to be sanded, a drywall pole sander would be ideal, especially the rounded type that rotates to avoid skipping. After this, go ahead and apply any texture you may want on your walls and give the entire area another go with your shellac primer to seal everything in nicely. After this dries, you’re ready for paint!

While removing decades old wallpaper might seem like a nightmarish proposition, with a little knowledge and troubleshooting ability, you can get your walls redone well enough to last for many years to come! While this is a multi-tiered process that requires preparation and planning before you even start the actual work itself, taking the time to calmly plot out your course before embarking will pay off in the end. There are three main types of wallpaper, all of which operate on the same theory but require a slightly modified procedure to get a satisfactory product at the end. And even if you can’t get every single layer off of your walls, there’s a great work-around for that as well. 

Would you rather leave this to the professionals? Then pick up that phone and call us now! Alternatively, you can fill out our lovely contact form and we’ll contact you as soon as possible.


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