Removing Adhesive From Plaster Wall - Drywall & Plaster - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Drywall & Plaster

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-03-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 12
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Removing adhesive from plaster wall


I have an older home (1925), and I'm attempting to do some remodeling in the kitchen. I had an old formica counter top and backsplash from the late 50's early 60's. It's all be removed now but I want to put up a tile but the old adhesive from the formica is difficult to scrape off. I don't know what they used back then but its yellow/brown rubbery stuff that is peeling off in some spots but stuck hard in others. I don't want to do too much damage to the plaster though it is easily repaired with plaster. Is there something that would soften this stuff without soaking into the plaster wall and cause structural problems putting up heavy glass/stone tile?

Advertisement

foiler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 27,782
Rewards Points: 680
Default

Removing adhesive from plaster wall


I use my ossilating saw laying flat on the wall.
It does not all need to come off just the high spots.

Advertisement

joecaption is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 01:53 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 12
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Removing adhesive from plaster wall


I don't understand. You used a saw?? It's just a thin coat of adhesive that held a 5.5" piece of laminate against the wall as a back splash. Are you saying I don't need to take that old glue off to put up tile? I can just put the tile adhesive right over it and it will hold?
foiler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 06:52 PM   #4
Too Short? Cut it Again!
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,634
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Removing adhesive from plaster wall


I think Joe is talking about an oscillating multi-tool and in this instance he is using it more like a power scraper. Mine is a Fein and one of the best tools I have ever owned. Pricey but Rockwell, Craftsman, Dremel (I think) and even Harbor Freight make similar units. Check this site for reviews. Some have been happy with the brands they got but I forget which topped the list of also rans.



You do want to get most all the adhesive off or you may have adhesion problems. Most certainly you need a level surface with no ridges to lay tile flat. Without knowing what is on there it is hard to recommend a solvent to get the final residue off. Laminates were usually applied with contact cement on both surfaces but you said this is the backsplash on plaster?

Last edited by user1007; 09-03-2012 at 06:52 PM. Reason: Added Photo
user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to user1007 For This Useful Post:
foiler (09-05-2012)
Old 09-04-2012, 04:15 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 12
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Removing adhesive from plaster wall


Ok, I understand the 'multi-tool thing. Don't have one but know what they are. I ended up doing the old fashion way, paint scrapers. Got it off, at least 99% but I'm left with a scratched up wall. Having a bit of trouble getting a straight answer from so called experts that do this for a living. I've asked 4 different tilers and got 7 answers none of which are diffinative. 2 said not to do anything to the wall in the way of replastering because all of the scraps and gouges are less than 1/4" and the mastic/thinset will level everything out. That anything I put on the wall to smooth it will not stick well enough and the tile might come off. The other 2 said use a spackling compound to fill any diviots, scrapes or dents. The other issue is what type of 'glue' to use to put up the glass tiles on the back splash. Seems each tiler has their own particular stuff they like to use and I havent heard of any of it. Guess its commercial branded stuff not anyplace I can go to get it. One said don't use the premix white mastic for glass tiles. Ok, but the 3 others said it was OK as long as you used it 'properly' but it wasn't their choice. All of the pro tilers used some kind of modified thin set that was good to use indoors or outdoors. I've seen that stuff but not the brands they mentioned. Then I talked with a guy at a tile store and he said the mastic he sells is all any of his customers used and they had no problems putting up glass tile. He even said that the mastic was more waterproof than the thinset and was made to use in 'wet areas'. So, I'm a bit confused right now.
foiler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to face a cinder block retaining wall with stone? CarrollY Concrete, Stone & Masonry 5 09-04-2012 01:26 PM
door hinge into a plaster wall? dbpass Remodeling 1 05-04-2011 12:49 AM
Tiling an outside wall over lathe and plaster and window mkjeld Building & Construction 8 10-28-2010 07:48 AM
removing/replacing base molding on brittle plaster wall alt Remodeling 3 09-08-2009 10:28 PM
PLaster Wall repair saggdevil Painting 5 06-03-2009 05:15 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts