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Cladding over tiles = bodge?

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by jertum, 16 Aug 2019.

  1. jertum

    jertum

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    Hi, hope you're all good.

    We've recently moved into an old house with a terrible bathroom, which we're hoping to get sorted ASAP. The entire room is covered in horrendous blue and pink tiles, with a bizarre Greek bathing scene embossed on every other tile.

    I started hacking off a few tiles in an inconspicuous place and found the wall behind them is in really bad condition - it looks to be old bonding plaster and about an inch of tile adhesive, which inevitably pulls the plaster off with it.

    Given that the tiles are on so solidly, would it be a bodge to cover them with bathroom cladding? I know there's mixed opinions about the stuff - and that the manufacturers say it's fine to install over tiles - but it'd be good to get a bit of advice from people who've attempted this before.

    I think we'd end up with the room almost back to brick otherwise, meaning a lot of expense and disruption, which we're not really in a position to withstand at the moment.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. bobasd

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    what do you mean by "sorted"? if you propose to strip the bathroom to a shell then take off all tiles and blown plaster - go back to brick if necessary, you can do that yourself.
    and then get a plasterer or tiler plasterer in to bring the wall or walls back out for tiling.

    i've no views on the "cladding" you mention but dont identify?

    I work in the building trade and bodges are typically more expensive in the run.
     
  3. jertum

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    Thanks @bobasd

    We basically need to replace everything apart from the toilet, which was replaced when we moved in (the old one was disgusting).

    Here's an example of the type of thing we were looking at: https://www.bathroommarquee.co.uk/product/carrara-white-marble-mosaic-bathroom-panels/

    Cheaper than tiles but probably not as hard-wearing, but they can apparently be used over tiles.

    I think you're right about this - no use spending half the money on a job that needs redoing much sooner.

    That's probably what we're going to have to do if we want the job done properly. Once we're back to bare brick (or backing plaster), I'm thinking of fixing Marmox Multiboard to the walls. Apparently tile adhesive can be used for this, with any non-level bits being brought out by using a trowel with deeper notches, although I'd be tempted to add a few screws for extra stability. One of the walls is stud, so that should be reasonably simple, so long as the stud work is still sound. The surface can then be tiled, cladded or plastered, depending on how likely it is to come into contact with water.

    I should probably mention that I'm a complete amateur, but I've recently had some experience of building a stud frame at a friend's house. Does all this sound doable for an amateur?
     
  4. bobasd

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    of course, most people asking for advice and suggestions on here are DIY'ers attempting their own projects.
    thing is with a bathroom, it will take a lot more time than estimated and quite a bit you'll find has to be re-done because of your learning curve.
    eg attempting to fix over two layers of tile that stuff you reference is not a good idea.
    no short cuts to hell - try doing the right way/best practice first.
     
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