I get a lot of questions that pertain
to wallpaper removal and painting over wallpaper. Wallpaper removal
is so much easier than it used to be. There is a tool called a
that perforates the wallpaper when you run it over the
walls that are papered. It won’t damage the sheetrock underneath
it only makes it easier for the wallpaper remover to work. After
Paper Tiger then you spray on the wallpaper remover
and let it work its way behind the paper through the perforations for
about 2 minutes. The wallpaper remover that we found – is the one
pros like to use.
M-1 Wallpaper Remover is odor free,
non-toxic and works quickly.
M-1 Wallpaper Remover will make
the glue release so that you can remove big pieces of wallpaper
instead of tiny little pieces that would take you forever to remove.
After removing the paper, there might be a glue residue left- spray
M-1Wallpaper Remover and remove the glue. After that
prime the walls with
Stiks made by Insl-X (Coronado)
and then you can paint with a premier latex paint.
Now if you just want to paint over
the paper, (we do this all the time) make sure all the edges are
stuck down tight and if they are not, then glue them down. Use a
Sure Grip Seam Repair adhesive. Then use the
Stiks, and a latex paint afterwards. Benjamin Moore
paint makes it easy to pick color from their new 12 foot color
Now to the email…..
Question: I have an old chair that was
at my Dad’s place. I want to use it in my office but the finish is
just about gone. The varnish (I think) is peeling and the stain
looks faded. What can I do to fix it – please don’t tell me to
sand- I hate sanding. What stain should I use? Should I paint it
Answer: Remove the varnish the easy
Soy Gel Paint and Varnish Remover. It doesn’t
smell and it is non-caustic. You can even remove the varnish off the
chair inside the house because it has no smell. Brush on the Soy Gel
about a quarter inch thick, and then leave it alone for a couple of
hours. Then come back and test and see if the varnish is ready to be
removed. If it’s ready, remove all varnish and Soy Gel with a damp
sponge. Then you will be ready to stain.
Zar makes a nice
stain that goes farther than any other stain I have seen. Just wipe
it on with a soft rag. When you are happy with the stain, use their
Zar makes a water-based interior and exterior
varnish. Always use 2 coats. As far as painting the chair….I
wouldn’t do it. The chair is probably oak, and oak always looks
Question: We are trying to sell our
house. It’s a 2 story and some areas of the floor upstairs creak.
When we show the house and they step on those areas, they make a
face. I know there is nothing wrong with the floor because I had a
engineer look at it. So is there any way that I could fix that
myself? We have done a lot of work around the house and I would just
like not to call back another contractor. And the floor is carpeted.
So am I going to have to remove that and then put it back down?
Answer: Relax, they make a tool and
long screws that will go down past the carpet and into that floor
joist that is causing the problem. My daughter had the same problem
in her house and everyone always said the same thing. So she used
Squeek No More. It’s a tool that attaches to your
drill, and then the long screws go down to attach to the floor joist
– it will keep the plywood from rubbing up and down and causing the
squeak. Those screws go way down and then the tool allows you to
rock the screws back and forth to break off down below the carpet.
It’s an easy fix. No removing carpet.