I've done a search on the general HGTV site and here to try and find some discussion. And a general web search. Haven't found what I'm looking for. Will be checking local home improvement stores, and would also like any info you have.
Removing panel board in bathroom, very little glue/adhesive/thinset (?) came off with the board. Would like to get down to the plaster or backerboard (?). Is there a product that will help loosen the adhesive? Or a good procedure?
I've done some scraping just to see what I get. In areas, the plaster was very thin, so came off with the pulling of the board - some down to the backerboard. Other areas, down to the plaster and others very thick adhesive remains.
My ideal goal is to be able to paint where the 'tile' board was.
Does you house have real plaster or is it drywall? If you have drywall, I'd just tear it out and replace it. Far easier and less time consuming than trying to clean thin-set off of drywall.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
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What you do to get the rest of it off depends on what you have, both the adhesive and the base. I don't know of any solvent for thinset, and most construction adhesives.
Tools I would consider using are a 4" wide razor scraper and an angle grinder. Whatever you use, you are bound to need to fill the craters.
If it is plaster, one of the setting compounds would work well, These are drywall compounds that are sold to a specified setting time, like 45 or 90 minutes. They are dry mix compounds that set up like plaster, and for that reason they work well for patching plaster. You want to apply them and smooth them as you go since they don't sand well. They also don't shrink much if at all as they set up. However, while they set up in the specified time, you will need to let them cure or dry at least overnight before attempting to paint them.
If the base is drywall, then drywall compound would be my product of choice. This may shrink as it dries and a second coat may be required. Standard compound can be sanded easily when it is dry, usually overnight.
You might find something of value in the drywall patching topic on my website at www.bobf.info.
Thank you. It is plaster.. they did real nice work on that when doing the house back in the 50's.
Appreciate your information.
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