Get Rid of Wall Strips in Mobile Home

Solution to wall strips in my mobile home.Howdy all!  I have decided to remove the User Forum from this site since it doesn’t really seem to generate any discussion, but rather,  just bogs down my site and makes it slower to run.  I’m hoping that discussion will be active if I just get down to business and keep writing here…which is my real desire, but there is always some project going on around here!

On a happy note- I do have lots of photos and posts that I can share as soon as thing settle down for the Summer and I can get those thoughts together.  There have been lots of new things happening here, things I’m dreaming about getting done, and lots of questions I’d like to ask all of you out there who like to make your mobile homes even “homier”.

So- on to the topic- since I’m removing the forum, I’m going to make a few posts with the topics from the forum that actually did have questions and responses there and I will open up all posts for comments from registered users.  Yes, you must be registered to post, but that helps to keep the site more clear of spam for your viewing pleasure.

Here’s the Big Question of the Day-

How do you get rid of the strips that separate the wall board pieces in your mobile home?

MMHM Member “skrapwood” asked:

“Has anyone found a way around those lovely lattice strips they use to join drywall board without replacing the drywall all together?  Either by decorating or another way of taping the seams?  We tried using a stucco effect but the seams just cracked.  And we tried just painting over them as if they didn’t exist but that doesn’t seem to work either, they are still there in all the wrong places.”

Me again:

I would love to hear all the ways people are doing it, whether you’ve had success, even if you’ve had not so much success, since we all want to know what is a bad idea in order to save ourselves time and money.

I’ll post the rest of the questions throughout the week if I find more.  I know there’s one coming up about those infrared heaters.  I’d really be interested in some lively conversation filled with your opinions on those.  I’m not too optimistic!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend y’all.  I hope you find the time to site back and enjoy your labors at your home rather than always laboring.

Remember,  just say “no” to wall stripping!

Peace out-

The McGees


  1. Bought a used mobile home. Didn't look to bad (it needed some work) but when they took the furniture I out saw many rooms where the original (builders grade) wallpaper had come loose & they never fixed it. Can you reattach this wallpaper, how do you do this, or do what instead?

    • Hi Robin. Thanks for visiting our site!
      I was never happy with the wall coverings in our manufactured home from the day we purchased it new. They just didn't have many options where we purchased the home, so we were stuck with floral prints and wiry stripes. I'm not sure how to repair the wallpaper as I can't see it to assess the damage or material you have. A few options you have include: Use wallpaper glue to reattach the torn sections, cover the walls with bead board or paneling (paint it a light color for a cottage style look rather than dark in a small space), if damage is on the lower section of the wall, apply wainscoting to the lower 2-3 feet of wall, apply a new wallpaper over top of the old or remove the old and apply new pre-pasted paper. We have shared many posts here that show different ways we have resurfaced our walls. We've even used sheet rock. I hope this helps. I know you may be looking for a low-cost fix, and repairing what you have would be the easiest, least expensive option, but without seeing your walls, I can't offer any other solutions.

  2. I used fabric tape and spackle for the joints. Once dry and sanded, painted the room. For the first 6 months it looked great. Now that it has been 2 1/2 years, every joint has cracked from floor to ceiling. Now it is going to be a mess to fix. I think I will be using silicon next time.

    • Thanks for visiting our site, John.
      We have had wall shifting too that has cracked wallpaper over joints. It's upsetting because it seemed to happen in one night all of a sudden. It shifted about 1/4 inch! But just in one spot on the end of our home. I imagine silicone would be a better choice for these types of projects. Much more flexible. I wonder what others think. Maybe someone will post here in response.
      Good luck with your projects!

    • What kind of silicone would you use? I know next to nothing about home repair but I’m hoping to learn something from this site. We have a double wide that is fully paid for on land that I love – but I would really love it if we could make the inside look better and more homey – starting with those yucky strips.

  3. I am happy I found this site. I am about to start removing the strips, and retexture a wall, in a mobile home that I am about to move in to very soon. I was really excited to do it, until someone told me that the walls could shift if not done properly. I am planning on using acrylic caulk, fiber joint tape, and then sealing over that with joint compound, and sanding. I hope to use a hopper to give an orange peel texture to the walls. Hopefully, I am doing the right things to avoid shifting and cracking. If anyone else has any suggestions, I would be more than open to them!

    • Thanks for visiting, Sarah, and for sharing your comment. It sounds like you have a great plan! Please feel free to come back and share your experience once you've completed it. We love to hear about everyone's projects. You can do it here or visit our facebook page at

      Good luck and we look forward to hearing how it went!

  4. My wife and I are replacing some of the paneling in our double wide and removing all of the strips and molding in the other rooms. We are planning on using the all purpose painters caulk for the the seams that aren’t so large and tape and mud the large ones.

    Once we complete this process we will texture and paint. We will share pictures as we take them during this renovation. If anyone has used this method and has any tips, please post them.

    • Chad- Thanks for posting your plan. I can't wait to see how it turns out so please share pics on our facebook page so we can see all of your hard work. Good luck with your project!

  5. I'm confused, HOW do you remove those strips? I'm afraid I'm going to rip the wall apart if i try to get them off.

    • Hi Jane! Thanks for visiting our site.
      We always score a line along either side of the strips with a carpet knife first, just slightly under the edge of the strip. Then, either a putty scraper or a flat head screwdriver from top to bottom or vice versa gently peeling it away from the wall. If you do it slowly, it should come off easily this way. They don't normally glue them on, just tack them in lightly. But if you don't score the sides with the carpet knife, it may rip the papery coating on the gypsum board around the strip.

      I hope this helps!

  6. Amanda Robinson

    I just redid the guest bath and had to do something about the walls. I hated the wallpaper which could not be removed and had to deal with the seams. I muddled the seams without tape but my seems were very tight and smooth so others may need tape. I also filled in all holes and sanded all blemishes. Then i primed the entire surface with mildew resistant wallpaper primer and put up pre-pasted wall paper with a 3D wainscot texture from floor to ceiling. I then painted 2 layers of a latex paint in a blue/gray I loved and put up white trim. I had no drywall experience and had never hung wallpaper prior to this project and it looks great. It did take a couple of weeks for the paint to stop being tacky (sticky) because of the multiple layers of wallpaper, adhesive, primer, and paint. I waited until then to hang towel rods and decor.

    • Thanks for visiting and sharing your work with us, Amanda. It sounds like you were pretty busy. That's a big job! If you have pictures you can share, please visit our facebook page and let us see all of your hard work. We love to see what others are doing with their mobile home remodeling projects.

      Good luck on your next project!

  7. I decided to use the tape just to be on the safe side – completed most of it on Sunday! Just have to sand it all down and paint. Slow progress but cannot wait to see the end results. We appreciate your advice and this site! I will share pictures once complete!

  8. Hi Rachel, and thank you for commenting. If I had it to do again, I would tape the joints. We have had shifting and in the rooms where we removed strips and didn't recover the wall with something else, we had shifting cracks at the wall joints. In all the rooms where we recovered the walls with a different kind of wall board or knotty pine, we have not had a problem.

    Good luck with your project. If you have a chance, please share your pics on our facebook wall. We'd love to see your work!

  9. I hate the strips also but what is the easiest way to remove them?
    And I was wondering if acrylic caulk would work because it would give and not crack?

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting, Debbie.
      We've removed the strips in each room. We've solved this differently in each room…some not so successful. We normally cover the walls with another type of wall board or, like in the case of the living room, we completely covered the walls with knotty pine. Each time we've removed the strips, it left large gaps. So, we needed to fill them a lot with gap filler. Recently, I found a blog that described a great method for doing it. They did use painter's all-purpose acrylic latex caulk like you suggested because it is flexible. I wish we had tried that method! Here's a look at their efforts. It looks pretty terrific.

      Good thinking on the caulk! Good luck with your projects.

    • Thank you for the link!
      I want so badly to get these strips off & they did a great job
      I also want to paint my walls and ceilings the same color…..something light & neutral to really "open it up".
      Has anyone on here done that & can you post pictures?
      I have Googled walls & ceilings painted the same & I really like the look!
      My husband is not sure about this so I am going to start in my bathroom first.
      Please post pics if you have already done this.
      Thanks so much!

      • We painted our ceiling a slight shade lighter than the walls when we covered the living room with knotty pine. It's very slight and you almost can't tell to look at it. But I know the difference since I was up close and personal with it while painting it.
        Check out the two posts we did about our living room remodel. There are lots of pics of the paint in these two. There's no reason you can't paint the walls and ceiling the same color. People paint walls and ceilings white all the time. Why not another color?
        Post 1

        Post 2

        These are not the same color, but they are just about one shade off…barely can tell. Do what makes you feel good about your spaces…it's YOURS…if others don't like it…so what!

        Happy Remodeling!
        The McGees

  10. Well in my old house we scuff sanded the walls and kilzed them and then painted over said strips….in my larger double wide that I bought as a foreclosure and noe I have a hone with no mortgage that was twice the size I had before. …we have done methods….we have tapped and muddled the joints and sanded them out and only had one joint Crack but had more to do with a person’s body falling hitting it. …and we have also just put joint conpound in smaller cracks and sanded them out. Either way haven’t had an issue as long as you prepare your surface correctly.

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting, Christina!

      Good on you for finding a home on foreclosure and getting a good deal! We're hoping to retire and move South in 4 years or so. If we could find a place like that that only needed a little work, we would be in heaven! There's so many ways people have shared they are working with the challenges of wall strips. It is the most popular question we get here on our blog!

      Good luck with your future projects and thanks for sharing your advice.

  11. I found most of the mouldings in mine was vinyl wrapped. So I used a Vinyl primer, available at Home Depot, on everything first, then my paint stuck to it just like it would have on real wood. Also used the vinyl primer over all that wallpaper and it worked great to keep the paint adheared to well.

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting Debbie! This is good information. Our wall strips were vinyl wrapped too, just like the walls. I can't stand that stuff! Thanks for the ideas and sharing your experience!

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