removing old ceramic tile adhesive

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Old 05-12-00, 08:52 AM
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I am removing some of the tile around my bathtub because the drywall behind it has been water damaged. I plan to install the same tile after the wallboard has been replaced. How do I remove the old adhesive from the backs of the tiles so I can reuse the tile????
 
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Old 05-12-00, 08:03 PM
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It really depends on what the adhesive is.
Try a Hot polyurethane and epoxy stripper. This may heat it up enough its a mastic. If not chisel away slowly and carfully. I have even Use a file to shape and remove.


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Old 05-20-00, 01:17 PM
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I asked this question two years ago on this forum and received no replies!! Since then I found that this worked on the adhesive I was dealing with. Soak a batch of tiles in water for 2 days. Then place in freezer until froken. I could chisel the adhesive off quite easily then.

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I am removing some of the tile around my bathtub because the drywall behind it has been water damaged. I plan to install the same tile after the wallboard has been replaced. How do I remove the old adhesive from the backs of the tiles so I can reuse the tile???? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

 
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I had this problem one time. Couldn't find replacement tile and had to clean the old ones. Soak overnight in a mixture of about 2/3 water and 1/3 muratic acid. Pour the acid in the water to prevent reactions and splashes of acid. This worked great for me.
 
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Take great care with muratic (also known as muriatic or hydrocloric) acid. Search wwww for how to dispose. Nasty stuff to be using at home.
 
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