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maria_bettina

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I'm thinking of removing the wallpaper from our '92 Terry TT (18D) and painting the walls a neutral color. At our old house, we used a device that basically made holes in the wallpaper, and then sponged on a solution (I think water-based) and allowed the goop to dissolve the glue and then peeled off the wallpaper in strips (sometimes tiny, sometimes big).

What is the best method/solution for removing wallpaper from the TT interior? Is the same process applicable or should we do something different (oil-based vs water-based solution)?

And what are we going to find underneath the wallpaper? Plywood?

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I spent some time removing wallpaper from the insides of an older trailer. After scraping and working my buns off, I had a light bulb go off in my head. I retrieved my blowdryer from the house, plugged it into an outlet in the tt, held it up to the wallpaper warming it as I scraped and pulled, and voila! Much easier to remove when the glue was warm, or slightly hot. And yes, there was plywood beneath. Hope this helps you..........still lots of work.


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Is the wallpaper in good shape? If so, why not just paint over it with a roller. I did this at my house and you can't tell it is painted over wallpaper. It may take a couple of coats but it will be a lot easier than trying to remove the paper (which is the easy part) it's the glue that is more trouble!


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Dick_B wrote:

Is the wallpaper in good shape? If so, why not just paint over it with a roller. I did this at my house and you can't tell it is painted over wallpaper. It may take a couple of coats but it will be a lot easier than trying to remove the paper (which is the easy part) it's the glue that is more trouble!


It's in good shape in most spots except around the windows. I think one of the previous owners took out the windows and when he put back in, the wallpaper scrunched up in some spots.

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On HGTV they use a spray bottle of warm water with some fabric softener in it. Wallpaper comes off really easy on HGTV.


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If its like most RV’s the wall board is mfg with the wallpaper on it and it is extremely difficult to remove, usually causing more damage to remove it than to just paint over it… often it is a vinyl coated wallpaper and will need primed with a thin even coat of gripper from HD so it don‘t peel…


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Downy clothes softner mixed with water. I am sure someone here will have the right mixture. I use a cup to a couple gallons of water when I take labels off wine bottles.


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Clean the wall paper to remove any oils, etc. Now paint the wall paper with Shielz. This will seal the wall paper and provide a good base coat for the paint. Now you can paint with any latex based paint.

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I would seriously consider painting over the wallpaper instead of removal, too. At one time I fixed a lot of drywall surfaces that were damaged by paper removal. The wood panel under the TT paper should be more durable than drywall, but it still might leave a rough surface. It is hard to tell when non-textured wallpaper is merely painted over which is much simpler.

One other minor consideration: The vinyl surface provides some marginal barrier protection from dry vapor infiltration into the wall cavity where it condenses to water. In cool weather, this problem is magnified in campers because the same vapor from ordinary living is released into a much smaller dwelling and attracted by cool walls. The wrinkled wallpaper around the aluminum window frames is likely been caused by this insidious process rather than uninstall/install. Most people don't notice condensation except on the window glass, or on tent walls in a tent camper, but it is ever present, seeping everywhere it can.

Some paints or primers are quite good at vapor protection if you do remove the vinyl.

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I think I would try to paint it then put extra trim around the windows to cover where the wallpaper is scrunched up. All TT I have seen have the vinyl coated stuff on the walls that won't come off without a lot of damage.

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