How do you remove old vinyl backsplash in the kitchen?

by Tan24895216
I meant to say "adhesive remover"...sorry. But all of you still understood me:) thanks!!!
  11 answers
  • Carole Triplett Brooks Carole Triplett Brooks on Jun 21, 2017

    do you know if it is adhered directly to the drywall?

  • Ruthan Grider Ruthan Grider on Jun 21, 2017

    No there is no adhesive to remove it. Just take your time and scrap it off with a flat scraper.

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Jun 21, 2017

    You need a scraper. Professionals use the ones that hold 2 inch long replaceable razor blades, but a metal paint scraper will work .

  • William William on Jun 21, 2017

    Heat it with a blow dryer to soften the adhesive and slowly scrape off with a wide putty knife. Open windows there may be some odor. Try not to burn the vinyl.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 21, 2017

    Try and see if using a steamer will loosen the adhesive underneath.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Jun 21, 2017

    Beginning at the outside edge heat the tile with a blow dryer and when the glue softens up some insert the edge of a putty knife under the tile and lift until you can grab it and pull it away from the wall. Continue heating and pulling until it is all removed. Then, if there is alot of the mastic (glue) still sticking to the wall, soak several cloths in water and lay them over the mastic. Let the water soak into the mastic until it becomes soft. Then, scrape off the remaining adhesive with a putty knife. Good Luck and thanks for using Hometalk to find an answer :)

    • Tan24895216 Tan24895216 on Jun 21, 2017

      Thanks so much! Great advice! I asked at Home Depot and Lowe's and no one could give me an answer:(

  • Julie M. Julie M. on Jun 21, 2017

    I have used a heat gun with good results. Make sure you use hand protection.

  • Tan24895216 Tan24895216 on Jun 21, 2017

    good idea! Thanks!

  • Carole Triplett Brooks Carole Triplett Brooks on Jun 21, 2017

    You can try using a blow dryer to loosen the adhesive. It really depends on what was used for adhesive as to whether it will damage the drywall underneath it.

    If you are going to apply another backsplash of a different material, like tile, you could go right over it with proper preparation.

    If you want to remove it and just paint it then you may have to repair the drywall once you remove this piece.

    If you will tell tell me what you want the final project to be then I can better get you the proper information.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 06, 2023

    Hello, hope this helps you out,

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 06, 2023

    A heat gun or a blow dryer will heat and softened backsplash and you should be able to pry it off gently.