Adventures in Removing RV Wallpaper Border
Once we had Lucille in our slanted driveway, my very first job was to remove the wallpaper border. While there was nothing particularly wrong with the border itself, we knew that painting over it left the potential for visible lines, so it had to go.
When I first started, I had no idea what I was doing. I just pulled back the wallpaper and tried to pick off the sticky bits. Not the best plan, so I moved on to plan B. I knew we had some Goof Off laying around the house, so I hunted it down along with some strong paper towels, and I was ready to try again.
This time I had success, but it was slow going. We’re talking hours of pouring the liquid Goof Off onto a paper towel, and then rubbing it onto the sticky wallpaper residue. This method resulted some of it coming off, but I ended up having to roll the remaining sticky into a little ball and then using that ball to roll off the rest. It a slow process, but after several hours I was done with the Great Room.
It was only after we were up to our elbows in Lucille’s renovation that I discovered a MUCH easier way to remove that pesky sticky, residue. I even made a video to show how easy it is!
Step 1: Remove RV wallpaper border.
I found that pulling back the border was not as difficult as I thought once I was able to get a good grip on the corner. I used the closest sharp object I could find, a wood carving tool, which worked really well.
Once I got a little piece of the corner, I was able to get it pulled back enough to get a good grip. I found that holding border close to the wall as I removed it allowed it to come off in larger pieces.
After pulling the border back it was time to remove the goo! Thankfully, the Goof Off I had been using spilled during our journey, so I was forced to buy more. On our next trip to the store, I was thrilled to learn that SPRAY Goof Off existed.
I felt like I had just discovered fire! The problem with the liquid Goof Off was that once it was on the paper towel, most of it absorbed, leaving little to actually break down the goo. I knew I’d be able to apply the spray directly to the goo, resulting in a great application.
The only downside to this awesome stuff is that it is really potent. So much so, that while applying, I used a dinky little paint mask. For fumes like this you should really use a respirator mask…but I just used what I had.
Step 2: Spray Goof-Off on glue residue.
Step 3: Wipe off the goo!
After applying the Goof Off, I let it sit for about 20-30 seconds to penetrate the goo. I discovered that working in small sections (about 2 feet at a time) allowed the Goof Off not to dry too quickly. Once the Goof Off had a chance to soak in, it was time to wipe with heavy duty paper towels, like these.
Hope this time saving tip will help during your RV remodel! We’d love to see your before and afters!
Best of luck,