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Removing Mastic

Posted by Chris on November 14th, 2000 08:07 AM
In reply to Plastic Wall Tile by Veronica Obrochta on November 13th, 2000 07:55 PM [Go to top of thread]

Well, if you have drywall, follow what Jim says. If you truly have plaster underneath, I can help. We helped to renovate a home for an elderly lady earlier this year and we ran into this problem in the kitchen. After trying chisels and putty knives, we came upon an easier solution. We used an iron and a clothes steamer to loosen the mastic and then scraped it off the plaster with a plastic putty knife. You can also try a metal one, just be careful not to gouge the wall. Hopefully your plaster is sized, because it makes all the difference in the world. I would then follow up with a slightly damp 3M style green scrubby to remove any residue. Let it dry thoroughly before finishing it off.

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