03:38PM | 06/18/01
Member Since: 06/17/01
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Help - I'm a first time do-it-yourselfer... I want to pull up the carpet and ceramic tile in my Living/Dining Rooms and Kitchen to expose the concrete below. I will probably paint or stain the concrete to a dark color but I need to know how to prep the surface after I pull up tile flooring??? I assume it will be rough and have reside from morter and grout. How do I get rid of this and get a clean,mooth, even surface for painting or finishing?


08:21PM | 07/20/01
Member Since: 07/19/01
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Use a diamond grinder with a dust shroud and an eight inch carpet scraper. How mmany square feet is this job? It will take some time to remove residue or grout, so scrape it first for loose stuff then grind till concrete turns white.
Prep is already done with grinder, so vac and put down two component epoxy(resin, hardner) for best, longest lasting floor.

A better system for a more decorative floor, since it is in your home would be a colored quartz floor. It is a tri-blend of colored sand (you pick the colors) and epoxy broadcast on the floor. VERY COOL LOOKING!!!

Please e-mail me for more info. and specifics on application and removal.
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

[This message has been edited by Leruxe (edited July 21, 2001).]


03:08PM | 09/23/01
Member Since: 09/22/01
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I don't know how big the area is but grinding can be very messy. You might try locating a company in your area who does blast tracking. Then use a self leveling mix like Ardex (they have a number of products so check with the rep about which would be best) which you can add integral color to for a colored finished look.


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