"Vinegar & Water"
The "old wives tale" of
using vinegar and water is no longer valid. This recipe worked well long ago
when 90% of wallpaper was made of pulp paper. Pulp wallpaper was usually
installed with starch or wheat based adhesives. The pulp nature of old
wallpaper would readily absorb water and the acidity of the vinegar would attack
the adhesive (acid is the chemical enemy of starch or wheat). Over the last
20-30 years wallpaper and adhesive have changed. Today 90% of wallpaper is
vinyl coated, vinyl laminated to a paper backing, or vinyl laminated to a fabric
backing. Most wallcovering installed in commercial buildings is solid vinyl or
fabric backed vinyl.
solutions have been in existence for years., but have not chemically changed for
years. Most competitive removal solutions introduce an enzyme to attack
wallpaper adhesive. Ever conscious of safety,
Safe and Simple ©
removal solutions DO NOT use an enzymes to attack adhesive. Our removal
solutions work on the premise of reactivating the existing wallpaper adhesive.
Once the adhesive is soluble it can be removed.
think that wallpaper removal will be easy because their walls were sized prior
to installation. Sizing is actually thinned down wallpaper adhesive. Older
homes were constructed of plaster and walls were painted with oil based paints.
The sizing gave more of what felt like tack to the slick feeling enamel paints
so that it would more readily hold the wallpaper. While this practice is still
in existence today it does not mean removal will be easier. This is especially
true if the paint is latex based and the walls are drywall. Sizing over latex
or drywall can make the removal more difficult because the sizing cures over
time by absorbing into the latex paint or drywall paper surface.
hundreds of different primers each with very specific properties and uses.. We
are often told by our customers that the wallpaper should remove easily because
the walls were primed. This holds true IF the primer was a wallpaper
primer. We have found that the better the wall was prepared with proper
materials and workmanship, the easier the removal. Wallpaper should only be
installed on primers formulated to receive wallpaper. We have found
Draw Tite to be the best wallpaper primer.
R35 is a
specially formulated wallpaper primer which offers a feeling of tack. This
product feels tacky when wet or dry. This tacky feeling was deliberately
included in the product to make paperhangers believe slippery and wet wallpaper
will adhere better, especially on a slick or new surface. It is extremely
difficult to remove. If the wall is dry and still feels tacky hours later, most
likely it is R35. Scrubbing the R35 could take hours and if the walls are
drywall or texture, the scrubbing action usually ruins the paper surface of the
drywall or texture. In most cases is easier to seal over the R35 with Draw Tite
than to scrub for hours on end.
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