Skim Over Mortar?

Old 02-24-04, 09:54 PM
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Skim Over Mortar?

I promised a friend I'd eliminatethe 1930's era tile from the "dry" areas of her bathroom walls. We don't want to strip down to the studs because there is a perfectly-fine shower and other details to preserve...we're just talking about removing some hideous backsplashes.

Can I simply chisel away the unwanted tile and skim over the mortar? And if so, is my usual Durabond a good choice?

And last...are there certain thinsets or mastics that WON'T hold a skim coat? I assume it's mortar underneath because of the age, but can't be certain until we start.

I'd really appreciate any advice....I'd hate to have a major screw-up here.

Old 02-25-04, 03:48 PM
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If the tile is in good shape, other than being out of style, (no cracking) and it's on a mudbed, I'd say you're golden man, tile on & be happy!

You can bounce it off Floorman, Daniel & the mods up in the Tile forum, but IMO as long as everything is as you say, run with it.

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