How can I remove a backsplash attached with liquid nails?

by Wildwoodapp
I remodeld my kiitchen last year and put in a backsplash in a shiney gold color (with texture). I put this on with liquid nails and now I am sick of it and wondered how hard it will be to remove so I can replace it.
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 10, 2017

    Would you consider painting the backsplash instead of all the work involved in a removal?

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 10, 2017

    You won't know until you try. It will depend on the surface you applied it to. If you remember where you put the glue, I might heat it with a hair dryer and start to 'pry and pop' it off. Likely it was on a wall board suface and you will likely pull some of it off, But is you are replacing it with another surface, you can joint compound patch quickly and resurface.

    • Wildwoodapp Wildwoodapp on Mar 10, 2017

      Sounds good. I am going to replace with a different backsplash that is textured so that would work well. I know how to patch holes in walls, so I can do that too. Thanks.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 10, 2017

    Backsplashes do get 'old and tired' quickly. Good luck!

  • Bev Bev on Mar 16, 2017

    They have very thin tiles or ceiling tiles which you may conside putting right over the old back splash. Tearing out the old back splash may require new drywall. Be careful

  • Andrew Bounader Andrew Bounader on Mar 21, 2017


    As liquid nails is a contact adhesive and really grabs, you will probably damage the surface of the liner board, do you know if you stuck them to villaboard (Cement sheet) or Plasterboard (Drywall)? - Heat probably won't do much because the tile will act as an insulator and heating the backing board only makes it brittle. Use a sharp chisel and go 'easy' limiting the damage to the wall behind - if it's villaboard the glue won't damage the surface too much and you may be able to shear the glue, only leaving lumps of adhesive to remove by sanding and scraping, if it's plasterboard the liner paper will probably let go and leave chunks missing, just be careful not to fracture the core of the board as it will weaken the sheet. It may be faster and easier to cut away the whole backsplash and install a new strip of lining board and just put a new splashback over that once it's been wetsealed.

  • Wildwoodapp Wildwoodapp on Mar 21, 2017

    My house is a modular home, which poses its own set of problems. I am not sure what the walls are made of, just that I don't like it. I will try some of your suggestions. Thank you.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 06, 2023

    Hello, hope this helps you out.

    Slide a 3-inch or wider metal putty knife behind the backsplash to loosen the glue as much as possible, tapping it lightly with a hammer while sliding all the way to the bottom. Finally, remove the backsplash completely by using a pry bar for leverage if needed.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 06, 2023

    Remove Liquid Nails from a hard surface or other material by applying direct heat to the adhesive to soften it. Softened Liquid Nails releases its grip on the surface, making it easier to remove.