If you've ever been unfortunate to have your wallpaper thin just like that, then you know just how frustrating it can be to try and remove it. It may seem impossible, but in many cases, there are ways to work around this issue if you know what you are doing. The most common way to remove a wallpaper border is to use a chemical stripper, but it can potentially cause some damage to your wallpaper and could also make the problem worse! This article explains the many different things you can do to remove wallpaper thin without causing any damage to your precious walls.
If you have just noticed a small dark blue line on your wall, then you need to act fast! There are several different things you can try at home right away to remove it. The most important thing to remember is that you need to start gently and carefully. So, to begin with, gather up a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a cotton ball and a good pair of gloves. You will also need sandpaper ranging between sixty to two hundred grit, a drill with a bit set to an adjustable level, and a drywall knife.
Before you begin, make sure that you have turned on the bathroom lights and have covered all surrounding surfaces to prevent further damage to the wallpaper. Once all surface surfaces have been covered, take a small section of your wallpaper and dip it in the rubbing alcohol and allow it to sit for around five minutes. This will loosen up the paper fibers, making it easier to work with, but not completely removing the fibers yet!
Once the paper fibers are partially loosened up, it is time to use the drill bit to carefully chip away at the paper. Make sure that you are working with a drywall knife so that you don't scrape the wallpaper as you are cutting. Once the paper has been chipped away, it is time to move on to the next part of the job! That would be to fill in the gaps. Gather all of your leftover bits of paper into one large pile and once you have the entire area wet, gently run the water through the area and make sure that you get all of the water out of the cracks!
Once you have the entire area wet and the paper is wet, take a small amount of blue paint and spray it over the entire blue area. Make sure that you put about half a cup of water on the brush before you put any paint on it because it may seem like a good idea to put too much, but the water will prevent the paint from sticking to the brush and give you a better finish! Once you have sprayed the blue onto the paper, put another layer of blue over the areas where you did not get the first layer and let it dry overnight.
When morning comes, it is time to put another coat of blue paint over the area. Once it has dried, take a small section of the wall and use a small brush to very lightly brush in a straight line down the wall. You should be able to easily follow the path of the brush. Be very careful not to put too much paint on any single spot, especially near any electrical outlets or joints, because you want to avoid a bunch of brush marks all over your newly painted wallpaper.
Once you are happy with the way that your new wallpaper is coming along, take a small section of the wall and put another coat of blue paint on it. This time, however, do not put as much paint on the wall as you did when you were just beginning. You want to be sure that there are no flaws in your wall, and you are going to be putting lots of different things on this section of the wall, so don't make the mistake of putting enough paint on it to make the whole thing look terrible!
After you have finished applying the paper, trim off any excess paint and let the wallpaper dry completely before you apply the next layer of decoration. When you are putting up your new wallpaper, you will notice that the first one almost always looks better than the last one. This is because the first one has built up a bit of air pressure inside the paper that gives it a sort of blue tint. If you keep on applying layers of blue paint to the same part of the wall, your wallpaper will become thicker and bluer. This is why it is so important to start out thin and then add more paint as you see fit. When you are done, you will have a beautiful wallpaper border that you have designed yourself!