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    Default How do I reuse tiles?

    I have used Knauf Aquapanels as a waterproof backing for my tiles.

    The tiles I purchased (all in total) were expensive--almost 1,000.

    I have taken down the Aquapanels and some tiles I have saved, others are still stuck on the Aquapanels (the adhesive grout I used was Unibond Tile on Walls from B&Q).

    How can I reuse the tiles? How do I get the hardened grout adhesive off? Do I use a scraper, can I soak them? I would like to reuse them as they were expensive.

    Also when fitting new Knauf Aquapanels should I dot 'n dab them to the walls using a Dry Wall Adhesive or should I use wooden battons i.e. should I make a wooden frame against the wall then screw the Aquapanels to the battons?

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    Default Re: How do I reuse tiles?

    If honest this is a non starter m8.........sorry


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    Default Re: How do I reuse tiles?

    A plumber I know soaked the tiles in hot water for a while and just scraped it off but they were loose ones not on sheets of aqua panel
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    Default Re: How do I reuse tiles?

    Never heard anyone scraping tiles from aquapanel but i do know someone who s tiles were discontinued and the took a whole wall down,which was plasterboard and soaked the tiles to get most adhesive off and re used them.Dont think i would go to that bother ,im with wetdec on this one chief....

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    Default Re: How do I reuse tiles?

    You may find soaking them will help a little. But if the right adhesive has been used then it will be a tough job getting them fully 'clean'.

    Am I right in thinking you've taken down aquapanel, and you're wanting to reuse the tiles that were on them, in the same bathroom?

    So you're replacing the aquapanel? - why is that? Just wondering.

    If that is the case, fix the new panels as the old ones were providing they lasted?
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    Default Re: How do I reuse tiles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    You may find soaking them will help a little. But if the right adhesive has been used then it will be a tough job getting them fully 'clean'.

    Am I right in thinking you've taken down aquapanel, and you're wanting to reuse the tiles that were on them, in the same bathroom?

    So you're replacing the aquapanel? - why is that? Just wondering.

    If that is the case, fix the new panels as the old ones were providing they lasted?
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    The adhesive I used was Unibond Tile on Walls from B&Q, quite a popular tile adhesive? you probably know it? It's dried a solid white and is rock solid. I have soaked one tile in water for over 24 hrs but that proved a waste of time. Scraping the tiles with a scraper or anything I can use to scrap the tiles is proving a long job like over 10 minutes each tile. The tiles were expensive costing me almost 1,000. Hence I want to reuse them. Some are still stuck to the Knauf Aquapanel--think you guys are right, I'll just bin the lot.

    Thought perhaps there was some kind of liquid solution I could use to soak the tiles and reuse them but heyho.

    As for installing the Knauf Aquapanels here is the email from Knauf themselves.

    Dear Chris,

    Sorry for the last email, there was a small mistake it was meant to
    say:

    With regards to your recent email, for a DIY project we would recommend
    the tape and joint method using flexible cement based tile adhesive and
    Aquapanel jointing tape to be bedded and filled into the joints between
    boards.

    To fix the board to the wall we recommend fixing onto timber battens as
    you suggested, dry wall adhesive will not adhere.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further
    information.

    Kind Regards,
    Technical Support Officer - Knauf UK GmbH

    ANYWAY--thanks to you guys for your replies, appriciate the time you've taken to give advice. Thanks to you all. Take care friends.

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    Default Re: How do I reuse tiles?

    i would have tried soaking them in hot water then scrape off but it can be tough to remove.

    b&q unibond adhesive isnt advised best to use a proper tile retailer adhesive

    any b&q adhesives are like swear words on this forum

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