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We installed ceramic tiles for our kitchen backsplash and after 1yr, I am unhappy with it. How would I repair the drywall after removing the tiles? I do not want to re-tile over the backsplash (I want a clean white wall again).

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I'm sure that there will be a lot of surface damage to the backer. Was it sheetrock of cement board? Regardless, remove as much of the old thinset and grout as possible, even it it gouges into the backer a bit. You can refinish the backer with a first coat of setting type drywall compound, or regular general purpose drywall compound. Try to use the widest knife possible to apply the compound to minimize the trails. Knife or sand down any real high spots after the first coat dries. If you want a smooth finish surface, mix some GP compound with a little bit of water and a small amount of Ivory dish soap, mix well. Again, apply with a wide knife, let dry and sand. Touch up any flaw areas with this same mixture and finish sand. Be sure to prime the new mud finish with a PVA drywall sealer/primer, then paint as you wish. Good Luck

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Depending on your setup, it could work to hang 1/4 in drywall over the top of whatever the tile was mounted to.

Otherwise, use a heat gun on low and a scraper to remove as much of the tile adhesive as possible. Then apply a skim coat over the wall.

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