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How to prepare walls for tiling

How to prepare walls for tiling

When tiling onto stud wall or partition wall, it’s a good idea to prime the surface first.

There are several ways of doing this but each will depend on the current surface of your wall.

The first method is for priming fresh plasterboard. You can either use a store-bought primer or a diluted PVA mix.

The next option is tiling onto a painted wall.

If it’s just a couple of thin coats of emulsion, this will act as a primer and may just need a light sanding before you tile straight to it.

If it’s a fully painted or newly plastered wall, you will need to score the surface with a scraper to give the adhesive something to key* into. *What does this mean? Find out in our bathroom glossary

You will also need to make sure it’s flat by running a level or wooden baton across it.

Small holes can be filled but larger areas may require the wall to be re-plastered.

You can then use a sugar soap solution to remove dust and debris.

Why not read our full comprehensive guide to preparing your walls for tiling. And don't forget to check out the Victoria Plum bathroom advice section for more "how to" guides and DIY tips.

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