(For Part I of this story, click here.)
I was disappointed at the lack of choices on the Home Depot shelves – however, one product did catch my eye:
It was still DIF, the brand I had used before, only it was in gel form. And this was the eye-catching phrase – “No Drip – No Mess”. The liquid DIF had run all down the walls and was a huge mess. The gel was supposed to cling where you sprayed it, hopefully giving it more time to soak in and do its job. I decided to give it a try.
I started by scoring the walls as before with a Zinnser PaperTiger scoring tool:
Next I sprayed the DIF gel – they were right – “No Drip – No Mess”…I liked it already and I didn’t even know if it was going to work!
After I sprayed the first section of wallpaper, I waited the required 15 minutes, and then came the moment of truth – would this stuff let me peel the wallpaper off?
The border peeled off in relatively big sheets, leaving pieces that were pretty easy to lift up with my scraping tool.
Sorry, I’ve been wanting to play with an animated GIF file 🙂
I was able to remove the border on the whole wall in a fraction of the time that it took to do the other wall.
After removing the border, it took another application to remove the glue residue, and then I rinsed the area with water and a sponge.
To summarize, I was REALLY happy with the DIF gel product. It didn’t run down the walls, and let me peel up the wallpaper in big pieces. Another thing I liked about it was that, after you sprayed the initial application, you waited 15 minutes and started removing the wallpaper, whereas with the liquid you sprayed, waited 15 minutes, sprayed AGAIN, and then began removing the wallpaper. Add another thumb to this picture, ‘cuz I give it TWO thumbs up 🙂