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Dollhouse repairs Answered

I bought a dollhouse made 25 years ago and someone put white oak tag like a poster board paper on all the ceilings of the rooms in the dollhouse and I want to take it off. It doesn't peal easily and right now it makes the rooms look tacky. Anyone have a suggest how I can get this paper off?

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Downunder35m

2 years ago

Have you tried wetting it?

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klugstarDownunder35m

Reply 2 years ago

I used warm water and white vinegar and let it set for a bit and then I still had to use a putty knife to scrap it off. Took me 2 hours to do one ceiling. There has to bean easier way to do this unpleasant task.

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Downunder35mklugstar

Reply 2 years ago

There are these fine "multitools" available now.
Basically just a vibrating plate for cutting and sanding.
If you use the smallest attachment and glue some snadpaper on it you can save a few hours of cleaning time.
I doubt wall paper glue was used as that stuff would have been soft after soaking.
Next best thing would be wood glue, this dissolves in water too but takes a long time - too long if yoi want to prevent warping in the wood pieces.
But wood glue does not like heat, so if you heat a flat blade to around 250°C and it cuts through like butter you what was used and how to get it off.

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klugstarDownunder35m

Reply 2 years ago

I know what you are talking about with the multitools, but after I walked away from the dollhouse and then came back to it was when I though of the hair dryer. As far a multitools my husband is going to buy me a Dremel for my birthday. It has all those attachments and will help to restore my dollhouse with out all the frustration of try to get into corners or narrow places with sandpaper.

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klugstarDownunder35m

Reply 2 years ago

Well I finally figured it out. I have been using a hairdryer to loosen the glue and when it's just about to peal back I use Windex with vinegar. I give it a really good spraying and let it sit for about 30 minutes and then using a putty knife it comes off like a wrapper on a stick of butter.

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caitlinsdad

2 years ago

Are you planning to "redecorate/restore" or rebuild the ceilings after you strip them? Even removing normal wallpaper leaves a marred surface that you have to fix so I am thinking glued on paper or cardboard is the same. If there is wood under there, you may have to scrape and sand till you get to a flat surface to refinish. If you scrape with a razor blade or utility knife, you will still have to use some wood filler to smooth out the surface unless you veneer or cover over. Good luck. Maybe paint the existing oak tag, texture paint, veneer, cover with model scale wood panel over?

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klugstarcaitlinsdad

Reply 2 years ago

Yes I am going to restore the whole house and I finally figured out how to get it off. I am using a hair dryer and then when it's just getting easy enough to peal away from the wood I use Windex with vinegar. Spray it really good and wait about 30 minutes and then with my putty knife it peals of like magic.

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klugstarToga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

No not steam. I used a hair dryer to loosen the paper and glue and then of all thing I used Windex with vinegar and it's coming of really easy.