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Removing Tile Off Drywall

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October 24, 2006

Tips for removing tile off drywall

Remodeling can be messy and a bit tricky. This is especially true if you're trying to remove tile off drywall and still preserve the drywall. In fact, you may not be able to get the tiles off of the drywall without damaging the drywall beyond repair. The project of removing tile off drywall becomes even more of a problem if you're trying to re-use the tile.

Granted, the tile is more expensive than the drywall and it's understandable why you might want to reuse it. Depending upon the adhesive that was used, you may be able to take the tiles off, soak them and remove the glue to be able to reuse them. If the drywall is damaged beyond repair, the cost to replace it isn't too expensive.

Removing tile off drywall depends upon the type of adhesive used to fasten them on. Using a putty knife and a razor knife may work, especially if the tiles were installed with double sided tape. They may simply pry off. Begin by working the putty knife under the tile a little. Slowly pry the tile away.

Removing Tile Off Drywall

If that doesn't work try using your hair dryer to heat the tile and the glue holding it. Give the tile time to heat thoroughly. Dry ice is another method that may work. Hold the dry ice against the tile. This may cool the adhesive enough so it looses its adhesion. The tile will then pop right off.

Even if you are able to get the tiles off, they may leave portions of the glue on the drywall. These lumps of glue will bleed through any paint you attempt to use. You may need to try sanding before refinishing the area.

If none of these suggestions work, you may have to simply take the drywall down with the tile still attached. Either way the project is messy. Be sure to protect any areas surrounding the wall. You may also want to wear goggles, to prevent any small pieces from flying into your eye.

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