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How to Remove Peel & Stick Faux Brick on a Plaster Wall

by Eric Jonas

Whether you’ve just grown tired of the brick pattern on your wall or the youngsters have covered the walls with enough stickers and drawings that peel-and-stick just reminds you too much of cartoon stickers and crayon wall art, there is a simple fix. You can return your faux brick-covered walls to their previous state of bare serenity with just a bit of effort. Unfortunately, the stickers and crayons might take a bit more elbow grease.

1 Start at the top right or left corner of the peel-and-stick faux brick and lift up a corner from the plaster wall with your fingernail or a dull butter knife. Lift the corner gently if you want to keep the brick in good condition to use again later.

2 Pull downward from the lifted corner at a 45-degree angle. If the brick is high on the wall, use a stepladder to reach it easily to avoid pulling too hard or too quickly and stretching the material.

3 Turn a blow dryer onto a low setting and move it gently back and forth across any areas that do not pull away from the plaster easily. Sometimes the material can adhere to the wall after a long period of time or sticky debris beneath can cause the material to stick.

4 Continue to pull slowly and firmly downward until the entire sheet has been removed from the wall. Stop and use the blow dryer any time you come across a difficult area. If you are removing a large sheet of faux brick, enlist an assistant for the project to hold the section you have removed. This will keep the material from stretching or creasing if you would like to use it again.

Items you will need

  • Butter knife (optional)
  • Blow dryer

Warning

  • Do not leave the hair dryer against any section for a long period of time because it can eventually damage the material. You can turn the dryer to a higher setting if the low setting is not sufficient, but keep it moving back and forth as the heat loosens the material.

References

  • Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration; Scott Doorley, et al.

Photo Credits

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