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Old 07-11-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Removing Plastic Backsplash Tile


I am in the process of removing plastic tile from the existing backsplash. While removing some of the tiles, the grout is staying on the wall, and when I scrape the grout off, some of the sheetrock paper is coming with it. What is the proper way to do this without tearing the paper....if any way? Also, if I do tear it, what can I do to fix it? Can I mud over it and scrape away the excess and smooth it out with a sander? Or will I have to put new sheetrock in those areas? I'd rather mud that go and replace a bunch of sheetrock.

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Old 07-12-2010, 12:01 PM   #2
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Are you going to put new tiles on this?

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Are you going to put new tiles on this?
Yes, but not plastic.
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Ok, I think as long as the damage to the drywall isn't too bad, you can just mud over it and sand. Then you can install your tiles overtop of that.

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Ok, I think as long as the damage to the drywall isn't too bad, you can just mud over it and sand. Then you can install your tiles overtop of that.

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This is what my brother said. He has done some work like this and knows more about it than I do. I don't have a problem with leaving it, but in the time being, I won't be putting up new tile very quick, and at this point with me, its just aesthetics that don't look good until I finish it.
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We are in that in between stage ourselves. Old tiles removed in December along with chunks of drywall. Drywall contractor put a couple coats of mud (a cementacious mud mix) and sanded and it looks fine. It will likely will be another couple of months before we begin putting tile up.

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