My problem is foil paper on drywall. The paper is on very tight and is
impossible to remove.
In a column a
long time ago, you mentioned a product by Zinsser called Shieldz. Do
you think that would work? I have a powder room and small bathroom
with the problem. I know I could drywall the rooms, but hope it wonít
now by Rust-o-leum, Shieldz is a primer you apply to walls to make
hanging wallpaper easier. It has nothing to do with removing foil
paper, or removing any wallpaper for that matter.
The trick to
removing wallpaper is getting whatever liquid you use for the job ó
warm water, vinegar, or some commercial product ó behind the paper
so the bond between it and the adhesive is softened enough to be
Some people use
razor blades or X-Acto knives. A Zinsser tool called Paper Tiger
(available online) will score or puncture the paper so the liquid will
find its way more easily behind it. In all situations, you have to be
very careful not to be too hasty and start pulling the paper or foil
off until it has loosened enough not to drag the drywall paper along
a-coming. Itís only early fall, but as we found out much to our
chagrin last year, big storms such as Sandy donít wait until the
solstice to show up on the doorstep. Or on the roof, for that matter.
Here are a few tips from roofing manufacturer GAF to help minimize
Check the roof
framing structure to make sure it is not compromised. Visually scan
the roof for sagging or uneven areas. If you see an area that looks
uneven, that may mean damage to the roof deck below the shingles.
gutter systems to make sure they are not clogged with branches, leaves
or other debris. This is important to ensure that rainwater and snow
have a way off.
gutters are fastened properly and are secure, so they donít cause
overflow and build-up or fall off the fascia board.
valleys of the roof to ensure they are clear of debris that can add
weight and act as a barrier to rain and snow.