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    Removing Kitchen Wall Tiles


    We need to remove wall tiles along THREE walls in a U-shaped Kitchen and also screed the walls to make it smooth either for re-tiling or putting glass or stone splashbacks. Is it a DIY job or does it require a professional Tiler to do the job correctly?

    Asked by Amrish on 11th Sep 2021
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    Pink French Builder

    "Yes you would need a professional to level the walls with plaster."

    Answered on 15th Sep 2021 - Member since Sep 2021 - report
    Antonio De Souza

    "Hello Mr,

    No way, you don't need a professional to do that. You just need a wide chisel and a hammer. If the walls were fitted with plasterboards, you have to be careful as the plasterboard is very weak and the chisel could make holes in it. Also, you need strong bags to throw away the old tiles. Good luck mate.

    God Bless you"

    Answered on 15th Sep 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Decorative solutions

    "Hi Amrish, depends on the surface beneath the tile, if it's on a solid wall I.e brick/blockwork damage to the wall should be minor, if on plasterboard or old lath/plaster walls repairing of the damage could be overwhelming for someone that's just into DIY, walls may need re-boarding or bonding to achieve a flat surface for new wall covering. If restricted by a budget attempt the tile removal yourself but to restore the surface, I'd say hire a professional plasterer to finish the surface."

    Answered on 15th Sep 2021 - Member since Jan 2016 - report

    "Hi, the removal of tiles can be done by yourself but be careful not to damage the wall behind. Prepare the walls by removing any lumps or bumps, fill in any cracks and holes making sure they are as smooth as possible before applying your tiles. DIY may take a long time but a good tiler will have it done in 2 days. Hope this helps. Cheers."

    Answered on 15th Sep 2021 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
    T6 floor and wall tiling

    "To remove the tiles is a DIY job, you will need a hammer and a chisel or bolster take your time and you might not need it plastering."

    Answered on 15th Sep 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    P+k tiling

    "If the walls are smooth after plastering and the splashback is cut correctly, no reason why you can't do it yourself."

    Answered on 15th Sep 2021 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
    Midland Property Repairs

    "It all depends on how good at DIY you are but if you are competent enough to do some plastering then I think you should have a go."

    Answered on 15th Sep 2021 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    Colin noakes

    "It all comes down to how much damage you do to walls chiseling them off, anyone with a good chisel and hammer can take old wall tiles off but if too much damage is done to your walls doing this you may well need a good plasterer to plasterer walls after. Best of luck mate 👍."

    Answered on 16th Sep 2021 - Member since Sep 2021 - report
    Smart Installations Kent

    "You would only need a tiler to install new tiles. Would work out cheaper to remove tiles yourself and then hire a plasterer to smooth the walls after."

    Answered on 10th Oct 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report
    MRJ Bathrooms

    "Hey Amrish

    Yes that is something you can do yourself
    However, and based on some of our clients who tried to do the same, it can be time consuming and frustrating.

    Removing the tiles can be easy, but you need to be careful to not damage the surface;
    The plaster requires a bit more precision but with patience and time you can do it;
    Tiling can be trick tile, depending on the size of the tile, the pattern chosen and the material purchased for the occasion
    Make sure you buy the right materials and tools

    On the other hand, a tiler will do it must faster, with a professional finish look and with the right materials and tools

    I hope that helps
    Best of luck"

    Answered on 18th Sep 2021 - Member since Sep 2021 - report

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