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  1. adam1966

    adam1966 Active Member

    Location:
    london
    Hi everyone. Apologies in advance if this post is a little long winded.

    Couple of years ago, a friend of a friend offered to tile my bathroom. It was a total disaster from start to finish. The tiling was a mess (worse than any I've seen on here) and to top it off, there were threats of violence when I complained. Anyway...got someone else to do the new shower enclosure and one wall (which I really like) but he became ill and couldn't finish the job. I then sought advice from a forum and some guy offered to finish and make right the floor and 2 walls. I was unwell at the time, so went to stay with family while the work was being done. He said it was best to tile over the bad tiles, which surprised me, but I'm not a tiler, so agreed. He was going to purchase the polished tiles I showed him (said he would get a discount). When I returned home, the tiles were dull matt. not polished like the shower enclosure and opposite wall. I also noticed that the finishing was not very good (see pics) I should have kicked up a fuss, but after the first "tiler" I just wanted a quite life without the hassle. I was pleased to finally have a working, clean bathroom.

    So after that back story, I'm now (a few years later) looking at my tiles and hating them. I don't know much about tiles, but they are stone, and I don't think they were treated. So they now look dirty, and I can't get the marks off. The grouting is also dirty, and I've tried different cleaners, but nothing works.

    So finally (lol) my question is: Do I start again? which would mean finding another tiler and digging up 2 layers of tiles from the floor and 2 walls (neighbours will love that lol) or is it possible to paint/stain them? If so, how would I go about that ie: what primer etc... I have health issues, so would still need to find someone to do the work.

    I'm quite happy to have the bad tiles redone, but a little worried about how long it would take to strip the tiles so as not to disturb my neighbours. Yes, I'm a wuss, and hate confrontation. Just want a quiet life, and a nice bathroom :)

    Any advice would be much appreciated :)

    Pics are of dirty marks/grouting, and some pics to give an idea of the layout/ tiles in general.

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  2. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    Welcome Adam, Terrible finish for someone who expects to be paid by you for tiling. IMO all off both layers and start again this time do your homework when sourcing a tiler ask for recommendations, speak to his other customers, if he is decent he won’t mind doing this. Get a quote and time limit from him and take it from there.
     
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  3. adam1966

    adam1966 Active Member

    Location:
    london
    Hi Callatiler, thanks for the reply. Yes deep down I know they need to be replaced. Just dreading the possible hassle. Thanks again :)
     
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  4. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
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  5. Simon Dale

    Simon Dale Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Maidstone
    Sometimes we tilers run out of work for one reason or another. When I see things like this I cant fathom why !!! As for neighbours Im sure if they do work their not going to worry Lol
     
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  6. Simon Dale

    Simon Dale Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Maidstone
    Just realised what IMO is. Lol PMPL
     
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  7. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    Have a look on the thread find a tiler and get a quote and if you agree to the work just pop around to your neighbour and mention your having some work done and it will take x amount of time so might be some noise etc.
    I would recommend a full strip out and start again.
     
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  8. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Start again
     
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  9. adam1966

    adam1966 Active Member

    Location:
    london
    Thanks for the replies. Yes I'm thinking I should start again. 3rd time lucky maybe? :)
     
  10. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    It's not about luck be carefull who you choose. If somebody you know says they had a good tiler go and see it don' take their word for it as some people are quality blind ( these people are normally referred to as general builders )
     
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  11. pdc

    pdc Professional Tiler

    Put the job on here and see if someone from this forum can help.
     
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