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Question DetailsAsked on 5/3/2014

can you put ceramic tile over existing tile as on a backsplash in kitchen

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Technically yes, and you will find contractors who will do it - I sure would not.

Tile is be definition glossy and a non-bonding curface - even though there are epoxy bonding agents out there, I would not count on them for a good long-term bond. Also, tile over tile gives you a very thick backsplash, and because the existing tiles are not a flat surface, you run a risk of tilted tiles on the new layer, making for a non-planar surface. you will also have to either move your electrical boxes forward or install a custom box extension to accomodate the extra thickness - the cost of an electrician to do this will probably be more than the cost of tearing the old tile off, by itself.

Usually backsplash tile is not hard to remove without much damage to the wall behind it, then put the new tile on - you are probably talking not more than $100 difference, so just do it right and take off the old tile first.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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