Tiling over wallpaper: would you do it ?


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Hi there:

The wife has changed her mind and now wants me to tile over the wallpaper in the downstairs loo for a splashback to the sink.

My question is: should I remove the wallpaper before I tile or is it OK to put the adhesive over the wallpaper ?

Your help and advice is greatly appreciated.

Alex
 
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I'm no expert Alex but I'd say best to remove the wallpaper first. I can see it getting damn and pulling away from the wall!
 
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Hahah, I like the comment 'My wife has changed her mind'.

I would removed the wall paper, I have tiled before and have always removed wall paper first. It could come loose. You need to bond to the plaster itself.
 
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Remove the wallpaper, if (sorry, WHEN) your tiles fall off, you'll be annoyed with yourself for taking the shortcut
 
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Hi there:

The wife has changed her mind and now wants me to tile over the wallpaper in the downstairs loo for a splashback to the sink.

My question is: should I remove the wallpaper before I tile or is it OK to put the adhesive over the wallpaper ?

Your help and advice is greatly appreciated.

Alex
Wallpaper usually comes off easily--diluted fabric softener is a good trick for removing it. Also you should check the condition of the wall as drywall or even plaster in a bath could need repair or replacement. No reason to tile over wallpaper--problems could arise from poor contact and adhesion.
 

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