Gently grind off thinset with an oscillating tool equipped with a carbide rasp.
Scrape off mastic with a putty knife.
If the drywall sustained any damage during the tile removal process, repair it with a skim coat of drywall joint compound before applying paint or wallpaper.
How do you remove backsplash tile without damaging walls?
How to Remove Tile Backsplash Without Damaging Drywall
- Clean the grout out from between the tiles, using a rotary tool and a grout removal accessory.
- Insert a stiff putty knife in the gap between a pair of tiles, wedge it under one of the tiles and pry, exerting light to moderate pressure.
How much does it cost to put a backsplash in your kitchen?
The average cost for kitchen backsplash is roughly $400 to $600 per 16 square foot, excluding labor. You could pay about $300 to $400 per 16 square foot for cheaper ceramic variations, or between $650 and $1,000 per 16 square foot for high-quality types.
How difficult is it to remove tile backsplash?
Wiggle the knife in behind the tile, pulling upward very slowly and gently as you do so. The goal is to get the tile up in one piece with as much mortar as possible to create the least mess. Use a hammer sparingly and gently to tap the putty knife behind any tiles that are stuck fast.
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