So we've been trying to uncover the bottom layer of original hex tile in our bathroom to see if it could be saved. (Among 100 other things)
Everything was completely hidden under layers of vinyl tile and tar. But we could see hex tile under the bottom drawer of the built-in! (Always remember to click on photos to take a closer look...)
So, A developed a system of:
1) Using the Silent Paint Remover to get up the big tile.
2) Using the Silent Paint Remover to loosen most of the tar so it could be scraped away with a razor edge scraper (from Home Desperation...er...Depot).
3) Using a liquid tar remover to loosen and liquify the remaining thin layer of tar so that it could be mopped up.
On a 3 am wide awake boredom spree, I added:
4) Washing the tiles thoroughly with clear water and then scrubbing gently with "Soft Scrub with Bleach".
And it was FABULOUS! We have hex tile! Beautiful, beautiful hex tile! This is so exciting, I.....
We should have guessed.
For approximately 2.5 - 3" around the perimeter of the bathtub? No hex tile. Cement. Or something like it.
Honestly. Did they ever leave anything completely ALONE???!!!
I'm going to bed and eating Oreos. I'm not sure how to solve this one.