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Remodeling my kitchen after a dishwasher leak caused a partial loss. When it comes to tile or backsplash I'll admit I'm out of my lane.

I'm almost done with demo and preparing the space for the new cabinets to be installed. Much of the drywall's face paper was removed with the old tile.

I assume I need to seal that exposed face paper prior to applying a backsplash. Is that sufficient or is there something else? In the spots where there's still paint/texture on the wall can backsplash be applied directly over that?

I've been told by a fellow DIYer that he applied thinset directly to an existing painted wall and applied backsplash over it. But wanted to double check that advice.

I'd be using whatever backsplash the wife chooses. Likely the sheets with a mesh back vs individual tiles.

Thanks in advance boys
 

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If it's a wet area where you need a backsplash, you would be better off replacing the drywall with cement board or equivalent. If it's a dry area where you just need backsplash tile for aesthetics, I think you're fine applying the adhesive right to what you have.
 

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If it's a wet area where you need a backsplash, you would be better off replacing the drywall with cement board or equivalent. If it's a dry area where you just need backsplash tile for aesthetics, I think you're fine applying the adhesive right to what you have.
Thanks Huesmann. I should have specified, it's a dry area. Behind the range. Thanks for the input. I'll seal it with a primer and go right over the top. Much appreciated.

The sooner I get this kitchen done the better. Springs starting and snow is melting. My motivation to be indoors is going to dive off a cliff in the next 6 weeks..
 
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