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Hi Everyone my name is Ann and i recently got a 1959 Tour A Home travel trailer that i hope to restore to her former glory. Where she is in fair shape I will from time to time be posting not only her progress but my questions on some things i am not sure of.

Right now i am wondering if anyone can help me. I have spoke to Dave C. on fixing the roof which he was a wonderful help. Now does anyone know how to remove UGLY contact paper that was put on her beautiful paneling? So far have managed to remove quite a bit but then there are those stubborn pieces that wont come off.

Scraping it is what i am trying not to do for fear of scratching the paneling which is in excellent shape so far.

She is gonna be a loot of work but it wil be done with a lot of love. This old girl is a diamond in the rough and any help I can get to restore her will be greatly appreciated. 

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Comment by Ann Shaikh on July 16, 2016 at 10:00pm

Thanks Russ, I tried all you mentioned but alas  did not work till I finally tried the chemical MEK wow did that work it melts the vinyl and glue but did not hurt the wood. It did remove some of the varnish which needs to be removed anyway. However after saying that I will add that that contact paper was hiding a lot of water damage so looks like a total rebuild. Plus the owner who put up contact paper also tried to insulate it by putting 3 and 1/2 in insulation behind carpet and roof nailed to walls in bedroom. That was a challenge as well. But my determination to restore her is still strong. progress is slow but coming along. Not sure how long it wilol take to rebuild her. Have watched a lot of videos on the how to and boy will I challenge my skills with tools and the like. Ok math don't fail me now. Until next time keep on rv ing

Comment by Russell E Johnson on July 12, 2016 at 12:17pm

Mix up some wallpaper removal solvent. Use any of the following: commercial wallpaper remover, mix as directed on the bottle. Fabric softener can work too, add one cup to a gallon of warm water. Or try white vinegar mixed 50/50 with water.

Soak the wallpaper or backing. It is important to get it quite saturated, and give it about ten minutes to loosen the underlying glue. Use a plastic putty knife to scrape the paper off the wall. You may have to go over sections two or even three times with a wet sponge to get it all off.

Wash the glue off the walls. Pay attention to the grooves in the paneling, where glue residue can accumulate. Rinse the walls with the large sponge and clean water.

Go over the paneling one more time to really get all remaining glue residue off. When you are down to unpainted wood paneling, you can now do a final clean with wood-friendly soap like Murphy's oil to bring back the shine.

Not easy, but it does work, I prefer getting the wall paper remover solution, it seems to dissolve the glue the easiest.

Good Luck!!!



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