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Removing ceramic tile adhesive

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Carfin

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 7:11 am Reply with quote

I have had to remove some ceramic wall tiles off my bathroom wall to repair the wall. They all came off fairly easily and in tact with most of the adhesive glue remaining on the back of the tiles.
I now want to replace the existing tiles but cannot remove the tile adhesive. The adhesive is so hard it is impossible to chisel off (and possibly crack the tile)and I have even tried sanding the adhesive off but no good.
Can anyone please suggest what I can use or do the remove the old adhesive. icon_sad.gif
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breezer

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 6:56 pm Reply with quote

contact the adhesive maker
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DIYDuffer

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 9:40 am Reply with quote

Try a hot air gun. This softens the adhesive quite nicely, and you can then scrape it off with a paint scraper.
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david and julie

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 12:25 pm Reply with quote

A good soaking in a bucket of water often softens the adhesive, a wallpaper steam stripper is another way that may work.
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Valueformoney

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:16 pm Reply with quote

I placed the removed tile in a plastic storage box, placed a wallpaper steam stripper over the tile cement surface, left for a couple of minutes, and a scraper, to remove softened cement, cleaned off a treat.

Thanks David and Julie for the tip.
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