Just thought I would come in here and let off some steam...
Why, oh why, does tile adhesive have to be several orders of magnitude
stronger than the walls the tiles are fixed to ? I have just removed several
layers of tiles from a kitchen and in the process much of the plaster has
come off, right back to the bricks. This was sound hard plaster that was
originally well bonded to the wall but even a bolster chisel refused to
separate the tiles from it. In several areas where the walls were
plasterboard the plaster skim plus much of the board has ended up in the
skip, still attached to the tiles. Really, how strong does this stuff to be
to simply hold tiles onto a wall ? Sigh...
Or is it a cunning plot to keep plasterers in business ?
Ahh...feel a bit better now..
I have thought the same thing for years Jo. The adhesive makers probably go
for overkill as they don't want tiles to fall off the wall, that would be
bad for sales. The vast array of adhesives available is mind numbing, all
claiming to do something different. I have fair success at removing tiles by
using a thin stiff scraper and hammer, keeping the scraper flat with the
If the tiles fell off the wall over time, then you would still be in here
'throwing a strop' as to why didn't the adhesive manufacturers make their
product a bit stronger! LOL
I must admit, all I have ever used to remove wall tiles is something like a
paint scraper, screwdriver or an old wood chisel. Just by 'pushing' these
under the tile and levering usually 'pops' the tile (or bits of broken tile)
off - even when swimming pool quality adhesive has been used - and then just
scraping the old adhesive off the wall oh, and plenty of patience!
Never have I had to resort to a hammer and bolster to do this job - these
can cause more trouble than they are worth!
Now plastic floor tiles are another matter! I've resorted to spades,
shovels, heat, the 'normal' tools and lots of good old Anglo Saxon phrases
over the years on some of these.
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