removing plastic tile before painting


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Old 03-17-00, 10:48 AM
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Our house has two walls in the kitchen that are covered with plastic tile, probably original to the house (1953). The tile is falling off and seems to be attached with glue. Does anyone know how to remove the tile and glue without destroying the wall? We would like to paint those walls. Any suggestions would be much appreciated since we haven't been able to find the answer to this question anywhere.
 
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Old 03-17-00, 11:10 AM
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I have run into your problem many times and there are not really any easy answers.The adhesive that was used to glue the plastic tiles is a very tough product.The route most often taken in my business is 1) for small areas you might try a heat gun(being very careful!!!)to soften so as to scrape some or all of the glue off.(2)remove as much as possible and prime with an oil based primer,skim with drywall compound to desired smoothness.(3)replace drywall.
 
 

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