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Unread 01-31-2003, 03:57 PM   #1
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Tiling over a formica backsplash

Can it be done? Since not a lot of pressure is being applied, is this safe practice? I haven't seen the job yet, just heard about it.
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Unread 01-31-2003, 05:42 PM   #2
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I'm an amateur... that being said, I think you could. But, I would rough up the surface with a medium grit sandpaper prior to setting the tiles. Give the thinset something to grab to.

I would think if you wanted to do the job correctly (or whomever is doing the job), you would remove the formica backsplash. If you can get the formica off of whatever the substrate is (drywall?) without tearing the paper, you could get away with tiling directly to that, provided it doesn't get a lot of water splashed on it.

It would be better to tear it down to the wall studs, and either mud it or use a CBU. That's my 2 cents.
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Welcome, Alabama. Welcome , Jack.

Yep, you can do it, but why not just tear the stuff off the wall and tile over the sheetrock? There could be voids behind the formica that you're not aware of, and they could possibly cause you problems down the road.
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Thanks for the info

Lets see if I can talk her into it. I think she wants to dodge the cost of extra labor but I don't want to perform a job that will not hold up. Thanks again.
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