tiles cemented to brick walls..

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tiles cemented to brick walls..

so the previous owners of our new house thought it was a great idea to cement this thing to the front of the house. it's a plaque of a religious figure, seems like it's painted onto ceramic tile. we're not religious, plus it's ugly. i want it gone. but since it's cemented on i don't know if there's a way to remove it without damaging the brick. one thought we had was that maybe we can paint it matte black or white and stick the house numbers on it. what product would be best to use for this?
 
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Old 11-03-13, 02:05 AM
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Hard to visualize what you're seeing without some pix. If it's just a ceramic tile ornament of some sort, adhering to brick with thinset, then it should be easily removed using a hammer and chisel, or even a brickset if you want to remove more material with each swing.
 
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Oh wow, I totally forgot that I had made this thread. Woops. We still haven't done anything with this, we figured it would be a spring/summer project. It's actually a nice shape so we're sort of thinking of painting over it and attaching the house numbers to it. Just not sure what type of paint would work best. I imagine we'll want to clean it and scuff it up with some sanding first, but otherwise will we need a primer or is there some type of outdoor paint that will work for this situation without a primer, like tremclad or something?

It's a thing of beauty isn't it? :P This is on the front of the house, right beside the front door. It's not a super thick tile so I'm pretty sure if we tried to pry it off it would just break and getting all the pieces off cleanly would be a nightmare. like I said, it's cemented directly onto the brick wall... I don't know what they were thinking. He's sort of a conversation piece though, it'll almost be a shame to cover him up lol.

 
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May need to try posting a fresh picture of the wall. The original was deleted from Photobucket.
 
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oh that's weird. let's try that again
 
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hate to drag back an old thread, but if anyone's curious how this turned out.. we scuffed it up, used an outdoor primer and spraypaint, handpainted the outline, and then used an epoxy to attach the house numbers. hubby didn't like that you'd be able to see white through the holes for the screws so he actually cut the heads off the screws and attached them with the epoxy as well. it survived the summer nicely, we'll see how it looks in the spring
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Absolutely a good recovery!
 
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thanks! we're pretty happy with it
 
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