How to peel off old wallpaper yourself

How to peel off old wallpaper and paint removal


Table of contents

  • 1 We talk about the wallpaper
    • 1.1 paper
    • 1.2 Fleece
    • 1.3 natural
    • 1.4 vinyl
  • 2 We are working with painted surfaces
  • 3 Summarizing

You yourself are doing repairs in the apartment and did not know where to start? The answer is simple - processing of the walls - an important and integral part of the design of any room design. Let's start with the fact that look at how to peel off old wallpaper.

how to peel old wallpaper

So, you need to prepare all the surfaces in the room to subsequent decorating. Whether you spend gluing or conventional heavy wallpaper, paint or lay the wall tiles - surface preparation in all these cases it is almost the same.

Consider the most popular option, which is used in the repair - pasting wallpaper walls.

We talk about the wallpaper


Removal vinyl coating paper substrate


If your walls are covered with conventional paper webs, you are very lucky.

for cleaning the surface of the work does not take much time, they are well removed the sheets or parts thereof.

If the paper webs bad dismantled spatula, use water. Moisten the pasted surface and wait for its disintegration.

Wet paper is torn off the walls much easier than dry.


Heavy wallpaper - a difficult task. The thickness of the coating layer is sufficiently high, in addition, often it is protected from exposure to water.

Using spiked roller for removing the old finish

Using spiked roller for removing the old finish

We have to cut the web at several locations, for example, where the dispersed seams or irregularities having webs and slits fill water.

It is also possible to use the needle roller to produce a plurality of holes on the surface that will facilitate their rapid wetting.

The inside decoration perfectly soaked, and you can easily remove it from the wall.


Natural wallpaper removed intact paintings.


Vinyl wallpaper are composed of two layers, so they should be removed gradually. Top textured film is removed easily, it is sufficient to pick up the edge of the canvas and start shooting with the paper substrate. The paper substrate is eliminated by the method proposed for the classic paper webs.

Note! In order to remove the fiberglass, which are mounted on a special very tenacious adhesive composition require a special solvent.

We are working with painted surfaces

Removing oil paint

Removing oil paint

And what about the other finishing materials? Let's look at a couple of examples.

  • Standard case: you do repairs in the apartment and working with painted wall. In this situation, there are two approaches for surface cleaning and they depend on the type of paint that was used in your case.
  • If the wall is applied latex paint, you can not delete it spatula. Conventional oil paint peeled off easily and comes down from the wall whole layers.
  • For the first option, we will either have to completely remove the coating from the wall or the entire wall sanding and priming process it.
  • Sometimes in order to facilitate such tasks use scrapers with a long handle, they can comfortably get an effect similar to conventional sanding.
Special scraper for removing paint

Special scraper for removing paint

In the process of stripping all the little cracks and fissures to clean off the paint on the surface will remain just sitting tight, reliable paint.

Priming allows to strengthen the layer more increases and the encircling properties wallpaper paste directly to the wall.

For additional reliability may be treated with a dried adhesive layer slaborazvedennym primer solution.

Oil paint is prepared in the same manner, except that cover it with glue is not necessary.

There is an even easier way of preparing such a wall - paint stripping strips located at a distance of 15-20 cm from each other. This will allow not to sand the entire wall, but only manage a small portion of its processing.

The thus treated surface should also cover the primer composition.


After preparation of the wallpaper will be enough to keep your painted wall and serve you faithfully until the next repair.