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Old 12-30-2017, 11:08 AM   #1
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Recovering floor vinyl stuck to wall for backsplash


The previous owners thought it would be a good idea to use a some scrap vinyl from the floor to create a backsplash and to cover the window sill and the area below it. I'd like to made this disappear, but it's not coming off without taking some drywall with it. I'm not up for replacing the drywall. I'm wondering if thinset tile would work over the top?

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A oscillator tool with a scraper attachment will take it off without destroying the base.
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OK, thanks. If I can't find a way to cover it that works, I'll look into that. I'm not a dedicated DIYer, so I don't have the tool and would need to buy it.
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Add some heat from a hair dryer will help.
Many glues are heat sensitive.
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OK, thanks. If I can't find a way to cover it that works, I'll look into that. I'm not a dedicated DIYer, so I don't have the tool and would need to buy it.

Once you have the tool for awhile you will wonder why hadn't bought one sooner. So many tasks made easier that involve cutting, scraping and sanding.
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What's the plan once it's removed?
No matter what tool you use there's going to be damage to the sheet rock.
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Hi, joecaption. It seems that my question wasn't as clear as it could have been. I don't want to remove it at all. What I meant to ask was whether or not thinset would stick to the vinyl so I could lay tile over the top. Alternately, I was interested in other (easy) effective ways to cover it.

I'm not much of a DIY person; I don't want to start a major project but a few minor projects are okay with me.
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You can also try a clothes iron, an old one if available. Experiment to find a heat setting that will soften the glue without melting the vinyl. Heat it up, and quickly peel.
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What I meant to ask was whether or not thinset would stick to the vinyl so I could lay tile over the top. Alternately, I was interested in other (easy) effective ways to cover it.

I'm not much of a DIY person; I don't want to start a major project but a few minor projects are okay with me.

Thin set is not going to stick very well to vinyl. The best choice is to get the vinyl off. Hire some help if needed.
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OK, thanks. Not in the cards, so I'll just leave it.
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