Hi everyone. In our kitchen, we have a Formica backsplash which goes about
a 1-1 1/2 feet above our countertops, which are the identical Formica. My
wife and I want to tile a backsplash. The Formica is adhered to our
plasterboard walls. (Our house is 45 years old, so yes plaster). I thought
about removing the Formica, but unfortunately, our cabinets hand down over
the top of the Formica backsplash, and I would have to do some extra work to
get the Formica off. So here are my questions:
1. Can I adhere ceramic tile to the Formica using premixed adhesive tile
grout if I rough up the Formica using sandpaper first?
2. Or do I need to use thinset mortar first to adhere the tile to the
Formica (after it has been roughed with sandpaper) then grout?
3. Or is there an easy way to get the Formica off where I want to
backsplash? (Use a sharp razor knife, a heat gun to loosen up the Formica
adhesive, although I don't want to damage the Formica on the countertop, or
is there some sort of tool used to remove Formica)
Thanks for any help and suggestion.
Without going to the questions, let me suggest an answer. Do you want
to do all that work and spend all that money only to not do it the right way
because it is not convenient? Honest, in five years you will kick yourself
for what you are considering, even if it does not cause any problems,
because you are going to know it is there and it is not right.
yes. you could use a belt sander with a very aggressive grit to do this. use
the contact cement may let go with applied heat. you might try a heat gun,
and have a helper pry it off following you. it could also destroy the
drywall under it, and you might have to replace that. > Thanks for any help
it might be easier to just cut out the drywall, redrywall, and then tile on
that. use mastic there too.
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