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How to remove interior drawer / shelving paper covering.
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To remove old interior drawer / shelving paper
covering in preparation to either insert and laminate a new interior
paper covering or paint the inside, do
the following for each interior drawer / shelving whose interior
paper will be removed:
Pull out the drawer / shelving and uplift it
so as to remove it off its tracks / support pins to gain better
access to the paper cover that is to be removed.
Take a warm-dampened cloth/rag (use a small
pan/buck full of warm water in which to dip the cloth/rag and
squeeze excess water out of it) and rub it across the paper
covering with the idea that the warm water will undo the
adhesive layer underneath the paper covering that is keeping
paper covering attached to the drawer / shelving.
Work your hands around the paper covering's
edges, attempting to slowly start the uplifting of the said
Continue to rub the warm-dampened cloth/rag
across the paper covering, working the warm water into it and,
as you do that, continue to uplift the paper covering until it
finally comes off.
If parts of the paper covering come off and
not others, for those that prove difficult to remove, rub either
paint thinner or vegetable oil into the paper covering with the
dampened cloth/rag. Caution: When using products like
paint thinner, be sure to allow for proper ventilation for your
safety, and make sure you are not operating near combustible
materials or open flames. Use a scrapper if necessary to
get rid of the remnants of the paper covering, being careful not
to scar or gouge the underlying surface of the drawer /
Upon removing the paper covering, pour some
general detergent/soap into the pan/bucket of the remaining warm
water and dip your dampened cloth in it.
Raise the cloth/rag above the pan/bucket and
squeeze out the excess water absorbed by the cloth/rag and then
use the-now soapy-watery cloth/rag to give the drawer / shelving
a final clean rub and swipe of all residue, including any
Immediately dry the drawer / shelving with a
dry cloth/rag, and now it is ready for the application of either
a new paper covering or interior paint.
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