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Old 06-10-2009, 07:54 AM   #16
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It looks like they just glued the laminate to the wall, without any sort of substrate. A very odd application. Never seen that before.
If they used contact cement to adhere the laminate, you might be able to go over that with the mastic. It should not be water sensitive. Test a section to see.
Depending on how rough the wall surface is, would determine if you need to skim coat it. With a notched trowel the tile will float above the walls surface and not sit directly on it. I think you would need to paint it to seal the surface. You don't want the paper bubbling off the sheetrock. I'd use an alcohol based primer to minimze moisture on the paper.
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I'm going to try what you said. I'll test it first but I'm sure it's going to have to be leveled out a little. I will use an alcohol primer and then skim coat it with compound.

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Old 06-10-2009, 09:49 AM   #17
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Mjk, I feel for you man.

Wouln't it be a lot easier at this point to rip out the drywall between the cabinets? Put in new drywall or CBU as someone else suggested.
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Mjk, I feel for you man.

Wouldn'tit be a lot easier at this point to rip out the drywall between the cabinets? Put in new drywall or CBU as someone else suggested.

I know but I so damn slow at measuring/cutting drywall. I am at that stage in my basement project and I'm like a turtle.

I'm a part time painter and do a lot of patching so I'm better skim coating.

I just wish I wasn't under a time constraint. My wife really porked me on this one by ordering granite and giving me 3 nights after work to take out the countertops and have the backsplash removed and prepped

Woman, cant live with them, pass the bear nuts!!!
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I'm a part time painter and do a lot of patching so I'm better skim coating.

Woman, cant live with them, pass the bear nuts!!!
I gotcha Mjk. Skim away and post up some photos of your results. It will look great once you get there.

And perhaps you meant BEER nuts. Personally I don't want to get close to bear nuts, it'd be worse than the wife on a rampage.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:51 PM   #20
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I got the laminate off, primed in Gardz and taped some areas and skimcoated one coat. You guys are the best. You led me step by step. Just wait for the tiling questions b/c you boys are going to have your hands full with this first timer. Here are some pics
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:16 PM   #22
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So here is a picture before I started the project to the when they dropped the countertops. Thanks guys all your suggestions were EXTREMELY helpful. After taking all your suggestions the avenue I went was.

Cut the tops of the laminate backsplash with a multimaster tool
Pried the laminate off with a stiff putty knife
Primed the drywall with Zinnser Gardz lacquer used for wallcoverings
Skim coated with compound 2 coats/sanding in between coats
Primed again
Now ready for tile

Thanks to all here are the pics so as of now:
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That looks great. Any idea what you may be putting up for a backsplash?

We have the exact same coloured oak cabinets and are looking at a granite countertop with a similar colour as the one you had installed. Yours looks FANTASTIC. It gives me more confidence that our choice will look good too.
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I realize this is an older thread, but I hope you can help me--do you know if can I skim coat over the glue that's left from a laminate backsplash on a plaster wall, using the method here? So I'd prime using gardz, skimcoat, prime again? We definitely don't have drywall under the glue and there's glue from the 80s splash AND the 50s splash. Genius.

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Use modified thinset, you don't need any of that other stuff.
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I'm new to all of this--what's modified thinset?

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Thinset is a Portland cement-based tile adhesive product, it is a mortar of sorts. It comes two ways basically, modified and unmodified. Use the modified version and your worries are over.
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THANK YOU! I was pretty flabbergasted when I saw all that old adhesive stuck to the wall. You can see it here in my original thread.

Removing laminate backsplash--help!
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Oh, and before I forget--we'll be able to put up a tile backsplash after painting the modified thinset?
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Oh, and before I forget--we'll be able to put up a tile backsplash after painting the modified thinset?
Okay...now what have I missed?

Why would you want to paint the thinset???

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