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Unread 11-19-2012, 12:37 AM   #1
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paper-faced glass mosaics

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These glass mosaics i have, to do a kitchen backsplash, have paper on the face and very well stuck on.

What's the best way to get the paper off after thinset dries? Water is not going to work that great.

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Unread 11-19-2012, 07:24 AM   #2
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Water should be all you need. If the thinset has cured, try adding some liquid dish soap to the water. Just a dab.

Got a pic of this paper faced tile? name of manufacturer?
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Water and elbow grease are the only things I have ever used. They can be a bear sometimes, but one trick I have found is to wet the paper very thoroughly. Let the water sit for about 10 minutes and then come back and scrub with a sponge.

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yes lots of water and a spray bottle. i spray the paper let it sit for a few then come back and scrub the water in with a wet sponge. let it sit for a few more then try peeling the paper. a lot of times the paper will tear and you will need to scrub the little bits off with a sponge. then some paper bits get caught in the grout lines and i take a vacuum to it and get it out that way.
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thanks

I thought it was going to be a PITA. Thanks for the help.
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You could do a test with a small section of tile. I always remove the paper before the mortar sets. You can adjust any tiles that need it. Even the most difficult to remove paper can be removed to a point that you can adjust the tile. It's a little more delicate process. Just try to avoid drenching the open joints.
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I just had this thought and got curious.....Anyone ever try a little DIF (wallpaper remover) in the water of their spray bottle to soak the face paper?
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If you have it, use it. Plain old dishwashing liquid will do, though.
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I've never had to use anything but plain water. Some is stickier than others, but so long as you hold your mouth right it'll come off.
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Warmer water will be a little faster.

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thanks

Thanks for the advice, there was no problem getting the paper off but many of the tiles were misaligned and had to be reset, and a fair amount of thinset had to be scraped away in the joints before grouting.

In my opinion, these particular glass tiles look terrible so i didnt take a picture. Clients seemed happy it was completed though.
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If thosetiles were made by "next to the sea" I'd be the first to agree they aren't the best finished looking glasstiles I have seen.

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