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Home Living : January 5th 2010
2 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Taking off paper HOMELIVING Paint & decorate Tony Isgrove Painter, decorator, and president of the Master Painters Association There are various steps you cantake to successfully strip wallpaper. The materials and techniques mentioned below work on most types of wallpaper. Certain wallpapers require specialised techniques and may require professional assistance. Start by stripping the outer face off the wallpaper. Sometimes this is a vinyl coatingand other times it is just a dense layer of paper. This should leave only the backing material and glue. Prepare a wallpaper-stripping solution consisting of water and a little dishwashing detergent. The solution should be sponged, brushed or rolled on the backing material and allowed to soak (re-wetting as necessary) for atleast 10 minutes. A cheap garden-typesprayer will speed up the process. Attemptto remove the backing material with a wallpaper-scraping tool or any flat- bladed tool such as a wide putty knife. If this fails, re-wet the backingand allow to soak. The more you soak, the easier the job. If the solution is not working well enough you may also try a solution of two parts water to one part white vinegar. This is only effective for wallpaper installed with wheat- or starch-based adhesives. If the adhesive is unknown, use one of the products listed below. If you planonpainting the area you must ensure all the glue is removed. To test, wet the wall and feel it. Any slimy areas mean there is glue left over. To remove any remainingglue, use sugarsoap mixed with warm water and scrub. You must also carefully rinse the entire wall surface so there's no trace of paste before you paint. If your vinyl or dense paper- facing does not want to peel off the backing, you may try to dry peel it off the wall. You can also obtain a paper- scoring tool, such as the Paper Tiger. Ensure you read the directions on the package, but agood rule of thumb is to let the tool do the work. This requires a careful touch asto not damage the wall surface. After this step, attempt to remove the facing material again. If there's still no success, try hiringawallpaper steamer. Details: masterpainters.com.au SINCE 1984 ABC UNITED KITCHEN 2118862i hlf wk17 from $5880 Showroom Unit C2 27-29 Fariola St, Silverwater Ph: 9648 5368 Mob: 0414 790 168 Polyurethane Kitchen includes 40mm Stone Bench Top, Delivery & Installation PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE Best Wholesale Prices Trade & Builders Only We offer a range of Gable and Flat Awnings and Carports, Conservatories and Sunrooms, designed to suit your needs and your budget. FREE QUOTES Phone 9627 1922 Awning with Gable (6000x3000) $4340 Screen Enclosure with Glass Wall (6000x3000) $7000 Unit 1, 58-60 Melbourne Road (Cnr Brisbane Rd) Riverstone Bld Lic No 178737c Improve the value of your house 2279994i hln wk14 Unique Teak 800 Parramatta Rd, LEICHHARDT Ph: 9560 3780 724 Pittwater Rd, BROOKVALE Ph: 9905 9055 Unit 1/103 Vanessa St, KINGSGROVE Ph: 9150 7760 www.uniqueteak.com.au 2089373i hlf wk28 FREE DELIVERY (Metropolitan Area) Hot Summer Price teamer $299 $299 Indoors! Australia's LARGEST Range! Outdoors! $149WHILE STOCKS LAST Call our FREE insulation hot line: 1800 658 088 Federal Government Energy Efficient Home - Ceiling Insulation Rebate, up to $1600.00 is available NOW to eligible *homeowners. MASSIVE CLEARANCE 50% OFF ALL STOCK excludes items already on sale. Sale ends Sunday, 17 January, 2010.
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