Trouble with tiled board, is that it usually rips the paper off
Cost of skimming to an acceptable standard is more than replacing the skin.
Except as you point out, if it hasn't any structure behind.
For what purpose? If they are well stuck and you want to re-tile, then
abrade them with coarse glass paper and tile over.
To remove, you may have luck with a SDS tile chisel. At best the wall
will probably need a reskim, at worst new plasterboard!
Currently my bathroom is tiled ~halfway up the walls on all four walls.
This is not high enough to prevent water getting onto untiled parts of
the wall when taking a shower, I would therefore like to remove the
tiles and tile all the way up to the ceiling around the bath. The
current tiles are also a bit too dark for my liking.
Thanks, a good suggestion if all the area I wanted to tile was already
tiled but with the way it is currently this would result in a small step
1/2 way up the wall.
In which case you have no ideal solution... add cheap tiles to use as a
leveller on the un-tiled bits and then tile over, or strip and tile.
If you are tiling floor to ceiling, then reboarding, and tiling directly
onto the PB after a coat of PVA would probably be the simplest. Less
mess taking existing tiles off as well since you could do it in large
sections. For the shower area it might be worth reboading with aqua
panel rather than PB anyway - saves it all going soggy if there is a leak.
That's the same setup as my bathroom. A lump hammer and cold chisel
worked fine for me. It took a few lumps out of the plasterboard, but
there was still plenty left to stick the new tiles to.
I got the upper half of the wall skimmed (with bonding plaster) to level
with the face of the lower tiles - then tile over the resulting flat
As previously mentioned, worth roughening the surface of the tiles on the
lower half of the wall.
Use decent adhesive for tiles-on-tiles - I used BAL White Star.
I recently did my bathroom... Removed all tiles with a pain scraper. The
tiles came off easy, but, left the adhesive on the wall. The adhesive was
essentially flat, a few parts fell off, so i just skimmed in them holes to
bring to the level of the old tile adhesive.
Alternately, I could have spent a number of hours getting the adhesive off
the plaster.... I sort of had to just make sure the little raised parts
where the grout was a little higher was removed but that just took 10 mins.
I tiled over the old adhesive then with no problems.
I guess with the OP only having half tiled, not so easy, so, maybe remove
the adhesive too. Removing the plasterboard with the tiles all seems a
little overkill to me..!!
Removing the plasterboard with the tiles
If the tile adhesive is straight onto plasterboard, rather than skimmed
plasterboard, it very often comes away with the tile, that is to say, the
tile, adhesive and PB are often bonded so tightly that big chunks of it end
up coming off, if this is the case, it would probably be easier to just rip
it all off and re-board
yes. By all means try and get them off, but be prepared to end up with a
BUT its actually so trivial to relay new board, which doesn't even need
skimming, for tiles, that its no big deal if it does come off.
I am so used now to removing and replacing, and even reskimming,
sections of wall that need supports behind them or cables run through
them that its no longer an issue for me. slap the board on, scrim edges,
plaster on, and orbital sand it down to natch the old. Paint and go.
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