OT--How do I remove contact paper?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
OT--How do I remove contact paper?
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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 4:47pm
I have contact paper on an old hutch that I will be putting on the girls dresser once we are done painting their room & the dresser. It's 30 years old plus & has contact paper on the inside shelves & wall of it. Is it the same as wallpaper? Do you have any tips?

Thanks, Vickie

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Registered: 12-12-2002
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 5:11pm
I don't think it is the same as wall paper, as it is more of a sticker. I have never removed wall paper, but wall paper is more of a glue, right?

when I removed contact paper from an old house of ours, I peeled up an edge as best as I could, and used a straight edge razor to peel it off. You have to be careful though so as not to cut the wood. Also, you might try something like a putty knife (not really a "knife") since it is bigger. With it being a sticker, of sorts, I'm not sure that a steamer would help, but it might.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 9:17pm
My experience with contact paper is that it usually just pulls right off. If not, try soaking it with a warm water and vinegar solution and using a flat scraper, or use one of those "orange solutions" like "Goo Gone" and a scraper. Let us know if it works.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 9:54pm
are you planning on painting or staining the hutch after you remove the paper? If so then try one of those chemical "paint" removers.....I like formby's best. You can paint it on like paint....let it sit and then scrape it off....this of course won't work if you are not planning on repainting or staining the surface.
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Sat, 05-24-2003 - 10:06pm
Apply low heat with an iron over a towel - this will melt the adhesive and it should peel right off. You can rub off the remaining adhesive while it is still warm, or use eucalyptus oil :) (There are tools you can hire to do this job but seriously, a good firm press with an iron does just as good a job.)

pax

Jane

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 05-25-2003 - 4:48am
Tell a 3 year old that you love that contact paper and hope it stays in there forever. then leave the room. Your hutch should be stripped in about 15 minutes. ;) Just kidding.

You might try using a hair dryer to soften and loosen the glue and then with a rubber wallpaper smoother, pry the paper up gently.