Preparing toilet walls for tiling

18 Nov 2005
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United Kingdom
I'm planning on tiling the walls of my toilet but have some questions regarding preparation of the walls before I start.

1) The walls seem to be covered with an artex-like substance which has been painted over. This substance seems very hard. I was wondering what it could be and the best way to remove it from the walls.

2. I have removed the Artex-like substance in a couple of small areas to find out what is underneath. It seems like normal plaster - has a pink colour - but this plaster is crumbly. Oddly the plaster also seems to be slightly damp - has anyone come across this before? My question is, once I have removed the artex-like covering, is this plasterwork likely to be sound enough to tile upon?

3. Is there likely to be a need to "prime" (?) the plaster work before I start applying the tiling adhesive? I understand that using PVA on the walls before tiling is a big no-no.
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Thanks gcol.

Am I correct in interpreting the 5:1 PVA ratio as: 5 parts water to 1 part PVA?
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