My house is covered in Woodchip. What is the easiest way to strip it?
The easiest way to remove woodchip is to get someone else to do it!!
On a serious note, to remove the majority of wallpapers it is necessary to reactivate the dried paste underneath the existing wallcovering by means of water or steam.
Woodchip is notoriously difficult to remove, this gets even more challenging if it's been painted over many times, especially with a washable emulsion such as vinyl silk.There several methods to ease the pain – generally on site we would use wallpaper steamer.
However, if you live in an older property using a steamer is sometimes not possible and can cause the plaster to “blow” off the walls. I would suggest trying a small area first.
A paper tiger can be used to score the wallpaper, which will allow the water to soak through, alternatively remove the “chips” by scraping with a scraper. This again will allow the water to penetrate making removal easier.
I would then soak the paper at least 3 times, with hot water, allowing 5minutes between each application. The woodchip should then literally fall off the walls allowing easy removal without any damage to the existing surface.
All my doors, frames and skirting boards are discolouring very quickly, why is this happening?
Following changes in Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) legislation in2010, paint manufacturers have been required to reduce the amount of solvents in their products.