How to remove paneling glue from drywall

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How to remove paneling glue from drywall
Remove panelling glue and adhesives from drywall using a few items from the hardware store. (carpet installation image by Greg Pickens from

Give a room a whole new look by simply putting in new wall panelling. Taking old panelling off the wall in preparation for new panelling can be tedious, and removing the glue that binds the panelling to the wall can be arduous. Wall panels are often constructed of metal or wood and are covered with textured fabrics, materials or wallpapers. Fortunately, it only takes a few items to remove stubborn panelling glue from the wall.

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Things you need

  • Paint scraper
  • Hair dryer
  • Heat gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Drywall mud
  • Putty knife

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  1. 1

    Scuff off glue or adhesives on the walls using a paint scraper. Do not scrape too aggressively as this may cause deep gouges and greater damage to the wall.

  2. 2

    Apply heat directly to the glue with a heat gun or hair dryer set at its highest heat if the glue doesn’t come off. The heat causes the glue to soften. Remove the glue off the panelling using a scraper while applying heat. Continue applying heat and scraping until all the adhesive is stripped off.

  3. 3

    Remove any remaining glue spots using sandpaper and a circular motion.

  4. 4

    Restore the wall using a mud exclusively made for drywalls. Put mud directly on the wall using a putty knife to conceal holes or scratches that were created while getting rid of the adhesive from the walls. Leave the mud to dry out completely.

Tips and warnings

  • Put a fine layer of joint amalgam on the walls' surface to smooth it out before repainting it.
  • Cleaners that use oils as bases must never be used because these will leave stains on the walls.

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