REMOVING AND REPLACING CERAMIC WALL TILE

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Old 04-22-01, 02:27 PM
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REMODELING MY KITCHEN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. I PRESENTLY HAVE
CERAMIC TILE BACKSPLASH IN A MOSAIC DESIGN. I WANT TO REMOVE THIS AND REPLACE IT WITH A MORE MODERN TILE. PERHAPS 6x6 OR 6x8 TILES.
MY QUESTION IS I STARTED TO REMOVE THE PRESENT TILE BUT HOW DO I GET THE OLD GLUE AND RESIDUE OFF THE DRYWALL AND START THE PROCESS OF RETILING? WILL I HAVE TO RIP OUT ALL THE DRYWALL AND BEGIN FROM SCRATCH? PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS AN EASIER WAY. SO FAR THE TILE IS COMING OFF WITH LITTLE DAMAGE TO THE EXISTING DRYWALL BUT A LOT OF THE THINSET IS LEFT ON THE WALL. HELP - WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP?
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Old 04-22-01, 06:08 PM
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Hi Cher,

You should be able to smooth the old thin set out a little and go right over it with the new tiles. Use a razor scraper or a sharp putty knife to just cut the ridges down a little. Wipe up all the dust with a damp sponge and go for it. Keep your thin set just a little on the stiff side, and don't put too much up at one time.

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