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Old 03-27-2019, 05:07 PM   #1
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Removing and replacing kitchen backsplash


I installed glass/ceramic mix backsplash a couple years ago in our kitchen. Now the bride wants to changed because of kitchen color change. I used mastic to install it. Any tips on getting the old off without having to replace the drywall?

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Re: Removing and replacing kitchen backsplash


Mike....

I really don't know...just some thoughts....

Might be trial and error...

You might get lucky if that drywall was painted, especially with maybe a gloss.

Maybe a heat gun and a ridgid 4" blade worked very carefully tile by tile.

I'm gonna watch this thread ... if that issue ever occurs to me.

If you don't chew it up to bad, maybe a coat of Gardz will give you enough to go over it without replacing.

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Once you get the first tile off, then it's easier to get tiles off by tapping a wide chisel between the tile and wall. The key is to get the chisel moving completely parallel with the tile and wall, never angled or prying against the wall. A multitool with scraper blade can also work well.


Then hopefully the tile will come off without much argument, especially since most tile jobs suck and aren't adhered well. (I've been on floor tile demo jobs where you can go around kicking off half the tile.) To be fair, wall tile never has the same forces applied to it that floor tile does, so it doesn't need to installed all that securely to work.


If/when there is some damage to the wall (pretty much unavoidable in some circumstances, such as starting the first tile or in awkard corners, then you can simply use Gardz if you wish for small problems, or fill in big chunks with drywall setting compound (smaller and less shrinkage and faster setting than standard drying compound.) However if the damage is small spots and the tile is big enough, frankly no one will ever know. If installing small mosaic, then that is a different story and you're going to want nice, flat wall to work with.
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This what I plan to remove.
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When I have done that I decided that the drywall will be gone but I tried to save a couple inches above and around the cupboards.
I have put a hole in the walls between studs and go inside with a knife and cut lines in the back of the drywall so it will break some distance away from the cupboards.

It is a crap job all around.
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Mike, that looks like the type of backsplash that's matted together. Once you get a couple of tiles loose you may be able to just pull each section off by its mat.
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Mike, that looks like the type of backsplash that's matted together. Once you get a couple of tiles loose you may be able to just pull each section off by its mat.
It does have the mat, but it's no match for that mastic. Just rips to pieces.
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Ah, alas!
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Just a quick update. I spent about 4 hours and got about 2 running feet of tile off. BUT, I was doing so much damage to the drywall I gave up. I popped a single row of tile off around the perimeter and took an oscillating tool and cut around the whole area and then pulled drywall and tile off in 3 or 4 pieces. I put hardi backer back in place of it.
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Got the new backsplash up. Still have to grout and caulk.
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