Removing wall tiles from plywood.

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  • stuart45
    stuart45 Posts: 3,985 Forumite
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    That works on cement based products.
  • ThisIsWeird
    ThisIsWeird Posts: 4,832 Forumite
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    Just go with water first - afaIk it doesn't digest people.
    Use your 'overly-heavy-handed' tile as a test. Leave the damned thing soaking.
    Then filling knife, flush with tile back. Tap...tap...tap...
  • stuart45
    stuart45 Posts: 3,985 Forumite
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    Worth trying soaking in water first as TIW says, although they might have used water resistant adhesive in a bathroom.
  • if you rake out the grout joints either side of the pipe box, smash the top & bottom tiles off and then you will probably be able to remove the sides of the pipe box complete. then just leave them outside for a few weeks and the tiles should fall off themselves
  • tetrarch
    tetrarch Posts: 247 Forumite
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    edited 28 October 2023 at 5:58PM
    Sorry to appear so negative on previous comment.

    If you were to look at a tall enough wall-mounted cabinet, then you could avoid any tile cleaning entirely. Something like this would be suitable, as long as it's narrow enough

    https://www.diy.com/departments/ashford-matt-dusty-grey-double-wall-mounted-bathroom-cabinet-h-180cm-w-29-5cm/5059340682877_BQ.prd?storeId=&&&&&ds_rl=1272379&ds_rl=1272409&msclkid=5edd33c11540185af3d756fc2f8f0832&ds_rl=1272379&gclsrc=ds&gclsrc=ds

    To your specific, original question. The easy, but messy, way is to use a circular wire brush on a drill. I had most success and least breakages using a wood chisel at a very shallow angle with the tile face-down on a tea-towel on my workbench

    Best of luck

    Regards

    Tet

    PS If you're looking for cupboards then consider actually using kitchen cabinets as well as specialist bathroom stuff. you can get 150mm and 250mm width cabinets quite easily
  • Section62
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    ...then just leave them outside for a few weeks and the tiles should fall off themselves
    Bear in mind some of us are entering frost season and wall tiles are not necessarily frost-proof.
  • Section62 said:

    ...then just leave them outside for a few weeks and the tiles should fall off themselves
    Bear in mind some of us are entering frost season and wall tiles are not necessarily frost-proof.
    tiles will be fine, the tile adhesive will be most likely to fail, thats a plus point in this scenario isn't it!?
  • grumbler
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    Section62 said:

    ...then just leave them outside for a few weeks and the tiles should fall off themselves
    Bear in mind some of us are entering frost season and wall tiles are not necessarily frost-proof.
    tiles will be fine, the tile adhesive will be most likely to fail, thats a plus point in this scenario isn't it!?
    Well, tiles won't break, but the glazing can crack. Didn't you want to save as many as possible?

  • Section62
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    Section62 said:

    ...then just leave them outside for a few weeks and the tiles should fall off themselves
    Bear in mind some of us are entering frost season and wall tiles are not necessarily frost-proof.
    tiles will be fine, the tile adhesive will be most likely to fail, thats a plus point in this scenario isn't it!?
    Anything which is porous is potentially susceptible to frost damage.  Whether the tiles will be fine or not depends on their porosity and how much frost they get exposed to.  Bathroom wall tiles typically aren't made to be frost-proof.
  • ThisIsWeird
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    Don't leave them out if it freezes.
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