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Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV?

I love our RV, but it didn’t always feel like “ours”. I sometimes forget that once upon a time it had floral bordered wallpaper in the kitchen and bathroom.

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

Yeah, definitely not my kinda style.

One question we get emailed quite often is how to remove the outdated wallpaper border, and the good news is it’s much easier than you may think.

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

However, before you start tearing at the walls of your RV you should know there’s a MAJOR difference between the wallpaper texture all of the walls have, and the bordered wallpaper added on top of that.

The interior walls of your motorhome are likely made of some sort of luan plywood that has a wallpaper texture adhered to them which is NOT removable, at least as far as I know. We just painted over ours.

This seems to be the case in most RV’s and campers, but I’ve seen some with wallpapered accent walls, so I would just look closely before attempting to pry it off.

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV?

Here are the materials I used to remove the wallpaper border from our RV, but I’ll list some alternative options at the bottom of this post.

  • Flathead Screw Driver or Paint Scraper
  • Goo Gone (You could also use Krud Kutter, but NOT Goof Off!)
  • Sponge or Rag

If you have any outlets where your border is, be sure to remove the covers first!


Eric and I planned to add a textured backsplash to our kitchen so we technically didn’t need to remove the wallpaper border in the first place. However, one day while working on another kitchen project I became curious about the border. Besides, it was an eyesore and I wanted to see what our kitchen would look like without it there.

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

I grabbed a nearby flathead screwdriver and starting at one edge of the wall I tried to lift the wallpaper.

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

Surprisingly it lifted off fairly easily and before I knew it I was unrolling the entire border in the kitchen. If your finding your wallpaper a bit more difficult to remove you can use a blowdryer to help loosen up the adhesive.

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

It took me less than 5 minutes.

I think Eric had run inside to grab something and when he came back the border was off.

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

I can’t remember if I was supposed to be doing something else, but I get sidetracked like that sometimes, woops.

While the border was super easy for us to remove, the sticky residue it left behind wasn’t so nice.

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

I grabbed some Goo Gone and a sponge and started wiping it down. I had to do this a few times and it worked pretty well. I later ended up wiping the wall down with some TSP as well.

Ready to remove the outdated wallpaper border in your RV? Here are some tips and tricks to get the old border out quickly and easily. MountainModernLife.com

In case you missed it, you can see our renovated tiny kitchen over on this post. Again, we didn’t actually need to remove the wallpaper in our kitchen, but at least it gave me some experience, haha.

Here’s a close up of the (painted) wood planked backsplash we installed later on:

Tiny RV Kitchen Remodel

additional tips

Additional Options for Removing the RV Wallpaper Border Residue:

It seems that not everyone is so lucky when it comes to removing the wallpaper in their RV, so I wanted to share some additional options you may want to try.

Orange or Lemon Essential Oil

Some people swear by lemon, orange, or any other citrus essential oil for removing the residue. Bonus, it smells good! I wish I would have tried this out. If you do, definitely let me know how it goes!

Citrus Magic

I’ve heard that using Citrus Magic Air Freshener (not sure if the scent matters) can help remove the sticky residue.

Blowdryer or Portable Steamer: 

If you’re having trouble lifting up the wallpaper border you can use a blowdryer or portable steamer to help loosen up the adhesive.

Spray Bottle with warm water and fabric softener mixed together:

If you’re having trouble removing the sticky residue left behind you can mix fabric softener with warm water into a spray bottle, spray the area, wait a few minutes and then wipe it off with a sponge or rag. Bonus: it will make your RV smell nice too.

Alcohol:

After using Goo Gone you can wipe the area down with Alcohol.

WD40:

This is another option that may help you remove the sticky residue.

Sandpaper:

You can try using sandpaper to smooth out the adhesive if the other options still don’t work

TSP :

You can wipe your walls down with TSP, which is extra helpful if you plan to paint the wall afterwards anyway.


I hope you found this post useful, but if you’ve removed the wallpaper in your RV and have any tips to share, we would love to hear about them in the comments below!

Looking for more RV inspiration? You can find all of our RV-related posts here and don’t forget to check out our RV tours and YouTube Channel!

Comments

  • HI Katie! I love this, and it’s motivated me to maybe remove our border in our rv too. The only thing is I don’t know how long we will have the rv but it still might be a good project to spiff it up a bit. The difference in your rv is tremendous, and the planks were a great idea!

    So glad to have found you today!

    xxx

    Doreen

    November 9, 2016
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  • Soon I’m gonna be removing some wallpaper borders and painting some walls in our motorhome, so your posts were super helpful. Thanks for all the excellent tips. I am itching to get started!

    November 13, 2016
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  • Jaime M.

    This is great! I thought I was stuck with what I had. I believe I will be painting and removing as well!

    December 31, 2016
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  • doris byrd

    i really wan to remove the flowered border in our rv. it’s very out dated and not my style. it seems to be very stuck on the wall so i will be trying the blow dryer and hope it works . there is a roll of wallpaper that is calling my name for our bedroom to make it a more farmhouse look

    July 25, 2017
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  • I’m very interested in removing the border on our park model, and then painting. Any tips on what paint to use?

    July 27, 2017
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  • I have tried all your tips on removing the adhesive. But it is still tricky. What else can I do

    August 9, 2017
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  • Wanda cooper

    We are just now finishing a whole 5th wheel redo….we did everything including the ceilings to the floors, my countertops came out fantastic…took us 14 months to do it right..but it looks like home!! Leaving for Michigan on Wednesday…we are so excited…

    October 5, 2017
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  • Myndi Muncy

    After you remove the border how difficult is it to paint over the remaining wall paper? We’re thinking about buying a fixer upper of a camper and I can’t stand the floral.

    April 10, 2018
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  • Karen Sauers

    I have been told from several blogs and at our local RV store that you should NOT use a blow dryer as it will loosen the glue holding the wallpaper onto the wall. It won’t just loosen the glue on the border! I am in the middle of trying to figure how to remover our 5th wheel borders!

    June 4, 2018
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    • Hmmmm… we haven’t heard of that before and I would think it would take a lot of heat (and a lot more time) to loosen up the actual wallpaper on the luan plywood, but maybe not. During our research we found a lot of people that did it this way without damage which is why we mention it as an option, along with using a portable steamer. I’m wondering what they think about using a blow dryer on the lower setting? To be honest, we didn’t need to use a blowdryer or any type of heat because ours came off pretty easy (thankfully!). In the end, it’s really just about doing what you’re comfortable with, so let us know if you find a different way that works!

      June 6, 2018
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  • I’m ddling exactly the same thing, installing a backsplash and don’t need to remove the border, but rather experimenting there to see what removes that sticky residue. My border peels off for the most part in one piece, but it’s like wallpaper border on a duct tape foundation. I’ve tried several things to remove that leftover adhesive and it seems like anything that removes it also strips the color from the ‘wallpaper.’ I really want those borders gone but not as much as I don’t want to paint all the walls!

    August 11, 2018
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