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« on: March 05, 2007 09:35:32 AM »

My fiance and I are buying our first home. It's very exciting--and very problematic. The house is kind of funky and in need of some love.

Our very first homeowner task is going to be to take off the stucco, which is covering every inch of the house--it even goes up and down the brand new windows!

Most of the websites I've seen insist that you can only tear down the drywall and start anew, but I found a thread on the Bob Vila message board that suggests to use wallpaper paste and a bit of dish detergent as a stucco-removing -solution. Has anyone heard of this before?

I would really appreciate any ideas and feedback--I know someone here must have gone through this!

EDIT: This is the link for the wallpaper paste + dish detergent removal. http://www.bobvila.com/wwwboard/messages/101345.html
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2007 10:36:26 AM »

My best friend accidently popped the cork on a cheap bottle of baby duck champagne a little too vigorously and it sprayed all over her stucco'd wall and stripped it off when she tried to wash it, so she got another bottle and finished the job and was quite pleased with herself.
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2007 06:37:20 AM »

Interesting... So I just need about a hundred bottles of cheap champagne. That would be an excellent story, if nothing else!

"So, how did you guys do the nursery walls?"
"Well, we bought 50 bottles of Korbel Brut to start....."

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2007 09:54:02 AM »

I think it was the bubbling action and acidic nature of the champagne that did the trick so a citric acid/baking soda mix would have done the same,  I also  suspected that her stucco may have been faked with mudding compound and wasn't in fact true stucco.  Maybe this could be the case for you as well?  I would definitely try that dish soap thing as well.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2007 10:03:03 PM »

If it hasn't been painted and sealed it'll come off pretty easy (like that "popcorn" ceiling crap) but if it's on all the walls i assume it's painted. Get a good sander with a vacuum on it, good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2007 09:57:53 AM »

We had a wall in our kitchen that was covered in joint compound. The only way to remove it was to knock the wall down and put a new one up (which sucked). In smaller areas where we had that same joint compound-swirl texture, we sanded it down with orbital sanders and skim coated it with joint compound.

I have read that, if the texture is that "popcorn" stuff (like on ceilings), you can spray water on it, let it soak a little bit, and then scrape it off.

If soaking doesn't work, and your walls have voids in them and aren't really bumpy, I strongly suggest the skim-coating. Just mix a small amount of water with joint compound (the consistency of mayonnaise) and spread it all over the area, filling in the cracks.

Good luck! Knocking walls down can be fun, but mudding drywall is a tedious (and dusty) job!
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2007 10:51:56 AM »

Thanks for all of your help! You guys have been great!

The Update:

The walls (along with everything else!) are sprayed with the stucco/popcorn/textured stuff...on top of PANELLING!

At first I was very excited, because I have become a pro at ripping down panelling! After consulting with my crafty dad, however, I became much less excited. It turns out that the panelling is covering holes...rows and rows of holes in the drywall from when they updated the electrical system. SO. If I wanted to rip down the panels, I would have to re-rock my entire house....at least that seems to be the general agreement.

Looks like I will be living with textured walls for a few more years until I can afford to do the whole thing right. :-(

Oh well--it's still a lovely house. ;-)
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2007 05:08:22 AM »

Why not skim-coat the paneling (to get rid of the ridges) and then put up some interesting wallpaper over it? I just saw someone do that on that "DIY to the Rescue" show.
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2007 07:38:52 AM »

Hmm, I hadn't really given wallpaper a thought yet. That could be a good solution! Thanks!
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