STRIPPING STEPS
The first step is to cover the floor with a plastic drop cloth. Also protect the baseboard, window and door casings and other moldings with self-adhering masking paper (photo 1). Peel off any loose wallpaper by hand, then run the scoring tool over the entire wall (photo 2). Make sure there are perforations at least every couple of inches. Pour the stripping gel into a clean metal paint tray (photo 3) and use a 1 1/2-in.-wide sash brush to apply it along the moldings and ceiling (photo 4). Then spread a generous coating of gel to the rest of the wall using a paint roller with a 3/8-in.-thick nap cover (photo 5). Wait 20 to 30 minutes for the stripper to penetrate and soften the adhesive; the paper will start to blister when the stripper has done its job. Then use the scraper to strip the loosened paper from the wall (photo 6). After removing all the paper you can with the scraper, run the scoring tool over any remaining sections of paper and roll on a second coat of gel (photo 7). Wait 20 minutes and scrape away the remnants. Use a 6-in. drywall knife to scrape off all the gooey residue of softened adhesive and stripper (photo 8). Wash the walls clean with a sponge soaked in warm, soapy water (photo 9). Finish up by carefully peeling off all the masking paper and rolling up the drop cloth; both can be safely discarded with the household trash.
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