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runchman
02-27-2008, 12:46 AM
I'm going to be doing my laundromat floor, and I want to continue the tile up the wall with a single baseboard tile maybe 6" high or so.

The question is, my walls have an existing wainscoting paneling (cheap hardboard stuff) that I want to replace with nicer looking cheap hardboard stuff.

1. I figure my options are to rip the panelling off, fix up drywall as required, then tile, or

2. Tile directly over the wainscoting, then wainscot over the old with new.

Is option 2 even do-able? How would I need to prep the wainscot?

I suspect the answer is 'rip it off', just want to make sure....

- John

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scuttlebuttrp
02-27-2008, 04:59 AM
I wouldn't tile directly to the existing wainscoat. But I would cut it up so just a small amount remained behind the tile, say an 1/8" or less. Then caulk the top of the base.
Or do demo, lay tile, slide a little of the new wainscoat behind the tile, then caulk, then grout.