The battle against the wallpaper continues. Last night my good friend Styne came over and we tried attacking it with my tiny steamer.
This is my friend 'Styne, being hardcore with the steamer:
(Why she chose to battle white glue and fiberboard in an all white outfit, I'll never know.)
Anyway, the steamer made short work of the fibrous wallpaper underlay. See, when we were first getting ready to attack the house, I peeled all the purple/green floral wallpaper off in a fit of zestiness. Underneath we found a nasty textured fiber layer, that apparently functions as wallpaper underlay. In some spots on the wall, we found ANOTHER layer of wallpaper (tulips, ugh.)
Me and Mr. Steamer:
I have tried two different kinds of Zinsser enzymatic wallpaper remover (gel and the mix-with-water kind), and tried using it with a "paper tiger" (a tiny device that scores hundreds of tiny holes in the paper when you swirl it around). Nothing could make the slightest dent in the fiber layer, that stuff is tough. Once Styne came over, we set up our friend Mr. Steamer with Miss Paper Tiger and it was clearly a match made in heaven. On one wall, the fiber layer got soft and pliable enough to come up in big strips. On the next wall it wasn't quite as amenable but it still came up easier than it did with the Zinsser. Unfortunately, even with the steamer, the drywall paper came up. I think a skim coat is going to be in order. (Ugh. Fred and I discussed if I could do the skim coat and he said "well, its physically taxing and requires a hearty attention to detail, but if you think you're up to it..." Hmmm.) Stay tuned for the next installment of adventures in wallpaperland.