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Old 06-28-2015, 05:14 PM   #1
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Drywall Repair Prior to tiling


We live in a 100+ year old home, and trying to put tile us as a "border" in the bathroom. Peeling off layers and layers of wallpaper to get to a smooth surface took several layers down to the brown layer of drywall. I tried painting over it to get a smooth, even surface after sanding down a bit; however, when putting the tile up, it just ripped the other layers off. I am totally new at this; however, I was in hope someone could provide some guidance since the primer didn't work.

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Old 06-28-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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Are you trying to do a border around the whole bathroom or just the tub area?

What are you using to try to attach the tile?
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Thanks so much for getting back with me!

I am attempting to use the sticky mat, which has worked very well in prior projects. The first attempt, they came off the wall as I put them sticky tape up over a textured wallpaper; hence the removal to attempt a flat surface. So after taking off many layers, it ended up getting down to the brown part of the drywall. I put a coat of primer on over, hoping to seal in the remaining drywall. The problem was, the additional layers came off as well when I did a test patch, so I didn't put any tiles up to test. I figured if the paint will peel off with existing brown layers, putting the tiles up, just might result in them all falling off.

Yes, this is just a border around the perimeter of the bathroom (only a half bath, so not a huge room.

Thanks again so much! Older homes are fun to "re-do" when the job is finished; but definitely a learning experience for us novice in the world who watch a lot of DIY and think it is so easy!
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If it is truly a 100 year old house I doubt that there is any drywall unless it has been replaced recently. Old houses were plaster/lath. Are you sure you got down thru all of the layers? I remodeled an old house once and took almost a 1/4" of old wallpaper to finally get down to the original plaster surface. Well worth it to as I could not believe how nice the wall surfaces were
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Oil based primer then gloss paint. If you have a paper faced drywall, you should hit painted surface or drywall. I have come across wallpaper backing paper that was painted. It had to be removed.
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Thank you all so much!

This room (or at least wall) was added later apparently, so yes, it is drywall and down to almost the wall itself (shouldn't be many more layers) as I have taken off probably a 1/4" of drywall.

I will try those options and hopefully that will do the trick!

Thanks again!
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It sounds like maybe you did too good a job, in removing the wall paper it loosened the paper on the drywall. Maybe remove all the loose paper and skim coat.
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A picture would help get you better and more specific answers, do you have one you can post?
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