We spray the wallcovering surface with a mixture of hot water and an enzyme based wallpaper remover. The enzyme in the solution breaks down the starch in the adhesive, loosening the bond and allowing the wallcovering to be scraped off. Some fabric backed vinyl wallpapers are dry stripped. Whether wallpaper removal is done wet or dry, we always wash paste from the walls. If a previously papered area is to be painted we recomend a coat of Zinsser "Gardz" primer to seal any adhesive that might be left after washing. Using primer eliminates flaking or peeling of the finish coat. We use the same basic procedure to remove popcorn ceilings. In removing popcorn texture, additional spackling might be necessary since textured coatings are often used to cover up imperfect surfaces.
Paperhanging: In installing wallcovering, the key once again is preparation. Cracks
and / or imperfections in wall surfaces are repaired. Sometimes a primer is required
to seal unsound surfaces. To assure adhesion we use a latex wall prep product and the
proper adhesive to go with your wallcovering.