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Old 03-03-2010, 12:23 PM   #1
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How to remove floor tile in 1959 SOB's

We are redoing a 59 Mallard camp trailer and it has the original 1' square tile on the floor. It is glued down with some black tar like stuff. We have tried a heat gun but that didn't help any. Does anyone have any ideas on an easier way to remove this old floor tile. Thanks Brian
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:27 PM   #2
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They can be VERY tough to remove. I used floor scraper, putty knife and wood chisel on my 1963 Silver Streak. Some just popped right off intact, others chipped up in tiny pieces. Where a good mask as old flooring usually contained asbestos.
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I found out by accident that water softened the tile mastic on my '48 Boles Aero.
Water can cause other problems like plywood delamination quickly so be careful.
And yes, there is a good chance that old tiles can contain asbestos.
Good luck on the project.
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I have rented an electric tile scraper /removal tool at Home Depot that worked very well for getting old tile off plywood. To get the remaining adhesive off I then used a heat gun and chisel followed by paint remover for a final cleanup. Just is no easy way to deal with this job. Take the appropriate precautions to deal with the asbestos hazards.
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The COLDER the better! It becomes very tacky the warmer it gets... You need to chip it out! It is a lot of work!

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