In most cases it is necessary to remove wallpaper completely before attempting to repaint or apply new wall covering. Sometimes removing old wallpaper can be more involved than it might appear from the surface. You never know what is behind the wallpaper until you start removing it. Sometimes there may be multiple layers of wallpaper. Other times cracks and other wall damage is exposed.
There are many ways to remove wallpaper. The technique we use mostly is soaking down the wallpaper with a common warm water and DIFF solution. Diff is a solution you add to the warm water that helps soften the glue behind the wall paper.
A Paper Tiger is a hand held cutting tool that you score the wallpaper with to make lots of tiny pin-holes to let the solution penetrate the wall behind the wallpaper. While the wallpaper is wet, we carefully start removing the old wallpaper with a stiff spackle knife. After removing the wallpaper and wallpaper lining, we again wash the walls down to remove all the glue from the wall. When the walls are dry, we then prime the walls with a low odor oil primer to completely seal in the walls before repairing any damage and then painting or applying new wallpaper.