Directions for Stripping Wallpaper

Tools and Supplies Needed:

Paper Tigers…

  1. Zinsser 2966 Paper Tiger Three Head Wallcovering Scorer
  2. Zinsser 2976 Paper Tiger Scoring Tool for Wallpaper Removal Triple Head
  3. Chapin 10000 SureSpray 1/2-Gallon Lawn and Garden Sprayer
  4. 3 Inch Flex Putty Knife
  5. Fabric Softener (Any brand, the cheaper the better)


  1. Remove light switch and outlet covers
  2. Cover light switches and electrical outlets with tape to help prevent water from entering
  3. As an added precaution turn off power to outlets and light switches if possible

Procedure (Steps)

  1. Take the Zinsser 2966 Paper Tiger and with firm but not heavy pressure move in a circular pattern on the wall until there are holes every 2 inches on average
  2. Use the Zinsser 2976 Paper Tiger for small areas around outlets, windows and doors
  3. In a ½ gallon Lawn and Garden Sprayer add 12 ounces of Fabric Softener, fill with hot tap water to the full mark
  4. Spray the solution on the wall you have just ran the Paper Tigers over, let soak for 2-3 minutes
  5. Spray the solution on the wall two more times allowing to soak for 2-3 minutes each time
  6. With the 3 inch flexible scraper remove wallpaper
  7. For stubborn wallpaper apply another coat of the solution and wait 5 additional minutes
  8. After wallpaper is removed and prior to painting wash down walls

Watch the How to Video for more instructions