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Bath Room Plastic Tiles

I have those plastic tiles in my bathroom that were popular in the 50's. I can easily take the plastic tiles off but what is the best way to take the glue off?

I have heard heat gun or cut the old plaster board out. Are there any other options?

dj1
Re: Bath Room Plastic Tiles

Heat should help.

Wear protection, you never know what's in that stuff.

mmwolf
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An oscillating tool with a sc****r blade that would make short work of that. I can't believe how much I have used mine.
However...dj1 is right: there's all manner of toxic nastiness in old floors and walls, namely lead and asbestos--and having it professionally removed is very costly. If you proceed on your own, you might want to wear a really good respirator--not a cheap face mask.

Another option: I used to have a neighbor with those tiles. She simply primed, then painted over them. It looked great!

nelsonpitter
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I think heat gun is better than cutting the old board. Try it.

Condoman
Re: Bath Room Plastic Tiles

We have those tiles on the walls and ceiling. My experience has been that mineral spirits will take off small amounts. Doing the entire bath just will not work. You might see if you can use sheet rock spackle to skim the voids and get a look good enough to paint. I think new sheet rock may be the only real way to make the walls usable.

Mastercarpentry
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I just finished re-doing a room with glued-on paneling, a lot more area, and I wish I had just demo'ed the thing and re-hung new sheetrock, or overlaid it with 3/8 sheetrock and refinished it. Heat will help but you're going to either be spending time skimming most of the walls or moving so slow to avoid damage that you wish you hadn't started.

My choice would be demo and new moisture-resistant sheetrock, faster and less trouble but messier.

Phil

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