COPs: Wallpaper Stripping

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Craftsman Operating Procedures (COPs), developed by the PDCA Craftsmanship Forum, establish a benchmark for how painting is done at a craftsman level so that individual painting companies can customize them for their own brand of craftsmanship. From job site setup to painting trim to cleanup and closeout, COPs constitute a readymade tool to help you standardize craftsmanship practices within your painting company. COPs also help train employees in consistently delivering the quality that you promise your clients. Each month APC highlights a new COP.

RU-PR-1 — Wallpaper Stripping
• Tape plastic sheeting or waterproof drop cloth to the wall, about 1 inch above the baseboard, to prevent water from getting behind the baseboard.
• Pat dry or use a fan to accelerate drying time so you can start other prep or painting.
• Change rinse water often to ensure that all residues are thoroughly removed.
• Prior to washing, have a wet/dry vacuum available and use if necessary.
• Let cleaning agents sit on a surface for a few minutes to be fully effective.
• Use synthetic abrasive scrub pads in difficult-to-clean areas.
• Round off corners of a broad knife with sandpaper to prevent ridges and gouges.
• When removing paper or paste from the wall, discard it immediately in a trash container.
• To avoid gouging the surface, switch the wallpaper blade from the sharp edge to the dull edge.
• If drywall-facing paper comes off with the wallpaper, use an alternative stripping method.
• Use a wallpaper steamer to loosen wallcovering and adhesive as an alternative to chemical strippers. APC

A series of 20 Residential Interior COPs and a series of 25 Residential Exterior COPs can be purchased from PDCA’s online store. Visit for more information.

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