I have received conflicting advice about remodeling my pink and green very 50s bathroom. I am thinking of removing the wall tiles and then using 3/8 cultured granite panels around the bathtub. Standard size; walls and ceiling quoted about $1500 for materials. However, a tile guy says I should replace the old tile with new tile, that I'd save a lot of $$. Another guys says that the wall tile is set in 4" mud and will be very difficult to get out. Any way to know who is right?
If the tile is over drywall, everything should be removed down to the studs. Then build back up using hardibacker or cement backer board. If it is a mud base(you can usually spot a mud base job easily, the tile sticks out about 1/2" instead of the usual 1/4"), you could chip off the old tile, but LOTS of work. And be careful not to crack the base. Removing a mud base is also difficult and messy.