Re: Removing tile without damaging original tile beneath
Yes, but the OP wants to save the original tile under all the mess, in this instance this method isn't going to work. You are right about a lot of labor though.
Originally Posted by dj1
Mastics from the 80's and 90's were solvent soluble. Try pouring a small amount of paint thinner in a small area and working it with a wooden paint stick. The wooden stick will give you something you can scr-ape at the hard stuff with without damaging the tiles underneath. You will likely need to let the paint thinner sit, as well as agitating and working it around. Don't be in too big a hurry to wipe it off, the thicker the mastic, the longer it will take to soften and get it off. Your only other alternative, really, is total demolition and replacement of the floor or covering it up with something new.
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