Thinset removal from wall?

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Topic by Becky posted 08-14-2014 01:02 PM 12213 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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81 posts in 3142 days

08-14-2014 01:02 PM

Hi all! Trying to get my kitchen painted and have a dilemma. There was a faux brick backsplash that I took down as part of an overhead microwave install. I found the bricks had been mortared to some really thin tiles which were thinly mortared to the drywall. I’d like to keep the drywall enact and just paint it but I know it has to be smooth. I’ve scraped the loose stuff off and am pondering which direction to go. Scraper? Hand sanding block? Random orbital sander?? It’s not that large of an area but I know this is going to be time consuming no matter how I choose to go at it.

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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Dan Lyke

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08-19-2014 06:55 PM

Having dealt with paneling attached to drywall with construction adhesive… It’s way easier and faster to knock off the drywall and put up new drywall than to try to smooth anything.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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08-20-2014 03:08 PM

Thanks Dan :) decided to go over it with some joint compound and it appears to be going alright. The kitchen at some point will be taken down to the studs – just not any time soon unfortunately.

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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06-30-2015 01:00 PM

I had this problem and found that removing the drywall and replacing was faster and simpler.

It also gave me the opportunity to see what is behind the walls. I found that the sheet rock was put up with nails and the original cabinets were nailed to the sheet rock and NOT the studs, replacing this was a good idea. The studs were identified, the sheet rock is screwed in place and the cabinets are anchored to the studs. Also corrected a couple of electrical issues.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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