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Help! How do I remove those 80s mirror 12 by 12 tiles off my bedroom wall? Answered

I have one wall completely done with those tiles. (house was bought that way) Can they be removed without too much damage to the drywall behind them?  How?  And  also, without too much damage to myself!??  It would be great if there were any good ideas for reusing the mirror tiles. There are quite a few of them. Crafts,or anything!? Please Help Me!! Thanks!


. They are most likely held on by foam squares with sticky stuff on both sides. A real PITA to remove. I've had reasonable luck with a long putty scraper/knife between the wall and mirror. Sharpen the end of the scraper so it will cut through the foam. Good luck - you're gonna need it.

I haven't started mine yet, but I was advised to cover them with tape first to prevent glass from flying everywhere. I tried to use Contact paper, but it didn't stick, so I'll have to use extra wide masking tape.

Speaking as someone that is only now waking from the nightmare that is these damn mirror tiles, even if the plan is to remove the drywall, the safest option is still to remove the tiles first. You're talking a LOT of glass that is being pulled toward you in removal and has a tendency to shatter quite easily. It sucks, a lot, but it's necessary. I ended up using a combination of putty knives and a taping knife to ensure even pressure when cutting/prying off the wall. The filet knife is a good idea but more than likely you're still gonna end up gouging the drywall and will have to replace it. Best of luck and wear long sleeves; that glass gets everywhere when it breaks.

1. Get a strong string or cord about 3 ft long. Place string behind 12"mirror and use a sawing motion back and forth. The string will cut through the foam backing strips holding the mirror to the wall. Works like a dream and it's quick.
2. Scrape the remaining backing foam off the wall the best you can with a putty knife.
3. Use a good, strong scratchpad with plenty of soap or You can use WD-40 or any goo-gone product to help with the process of getting the remaining sticky tape from the wall.

Thanks that helps ....ugly 70's tiles ugg !

Thanks to everyone! Not finished yet, but so far, the tiles have been applied with those sticky squares. A lot of work, but taking it slow, seems like all the damage is going to be torn paper. What a mess!

If (and only if) the tiles were put up with foam double-sided tape, then Burf's solution is the right one. In our living room, the mirrors had been put up with tile cement, and you aren't going to find any knife in the world to cut through that stuff.

The chances of getting all of those tiles (there will be about 100 of them on a single bedroom wall) off without drywall damage is slim to none.

At the very least, you should be expecting to do some superficial recoverage of torn paper using drywall tape. At worst, you'll have multiple chunks taken out, which you will need to cut out and replace with patches.

Yep. Fortunately, all he needs do is tap on a couple of the mirrors with a knuckle to determine if there is a void behind the glass. If they are glued directly to the wall with construction adhesive, I'd just start ripping down the drywall and hang new rock. Cheaper and faster in the long run.


7 years ago

If the underlying sheetrock ends up badly damaged, it may be cheaper and easier to pull off all of the loose bits by hand and then re-rock over the whole wall with another layer of 1/4" rock, rather than trying to patch it.


7 years ago

I have found that if you can slip a thin, flexible knife blade (I used a cheap fillet knife) and slice through the adhesive foam pads works as well as anything. I then used acetone to remove the portion of the pads stuck to the wall. Its a pain in the butt to do, but you don't have to repair or replace the underlying drywall that way

Its hard to say without knowing what the darned things were glued on with. I'd be inclined to remove one very aggressively and see what they used.

If you're lucky, it was a hotglue like substance, then you can use a hotair gun to heat the tile and remove it. I once removed some antique glass tile fastened on tar blobs that way.

Failing that, trashing the drywall might be cheaper to repair....


My first inclination would be to sacrifice one tile, punching through it (with tools, not a fist) and the drywall, then using the hole to pull off the drywall with the rest of the tiles intact.

That, or cover them with something, either completely, or partially (say, with stencils, painting with frosting chemicals, or stuff like this.)

You've got to reckon replacing drywall is a heck of a lot cheaper than the effort involved in removing the tiles - intact !