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Glue Wainscoting to Bathroom Tile?

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11-03-15, 12:04 PM   #1  
Glue Wainscoting to Bathroom Tile?

I have a lot of projects going and one of them is to update my 1970s bathrooms. All of the walls in both rooms are tiled from the floor, up 4.5 feet. It is in good condition, but it's 70s blue. Rather than remove the ceramic tiles and risk damaging the walls, I was thinking about gluing wainscoting and trim onto the tile. I'm assuming nailing through the ceramic tile would be next to impossible. Thoughts, suggestions, options welcome.

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11-03-15, 01:32 PM   #2  
Walls are easy to repair, I'd remove the tile.

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11-03-15, 02:00 PM   #3  
I agree 100% with stickshift.
What's the tile mounted to?
If it's just drywall I'd use a multi tool and cut the drywall and remove both at the same time and just replace the drywall.
Take the time and do it right and it will stay stuck to the wall, no loose seams because you can not attach to the studs, panel cap molding will not stick out from the wall because of the tiles.
To do wainscoting right the ends of the panels have to fall on a stud.
You need to start close to the middle of the wall so the ends have equal spacing.
The two ends need to be scribed for a tight fit so no inside corner molding is needed.

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11-03-15, 02:45 PM   #4  
Key word is '70's blue. That most likely means that the walls are put up using drywall instead of cement. You can take a peek inside an electrical outlet to see. If it is drywall, what joe says would be best. Unless, your tile continues to wrap and is contiguous with the tile in the shower or bath. Then you have no way of ending the old and beginning the new.

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