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09:16AM | 07/05/05
Member Since: 07/04/05
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I had a leaky basement this spring, so I decided to remove all my carpet. Under the carpet was Tile Flooring, that was glued down. After I removed all tile, I would like to Paint the basement floor, with either a basement sealer or a Paint of some type, or maybe both. I was just wondering if I will have to remove the glue first or can I paint/seal right over top? And if I do have to remove glue, what would I use? Any input from anyone will be helpful. Thank you in advance.


11:14PM | 07/05/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
The cost of properly prepping & painting your floor may be prohibitive.

Removing the old adhesive can be done using paint removal methods, however it is going to be a ton of work.

The fumes from heating or paint remover will be problematical & should be a consideration.

After removing 100% of the existing crud, etching of the concrete will then be advised to promote adhesion of the new paint. Acid is the normal product used to etch concrete.

You may also find that the concrete is cracked, & painting will not solve that part of the equation.

Then, after you go to all that work, the paint will not hold up well if moisture is an ongoing problem.

Carpeting may be your only viable solution.

Installing a sump pump, regrading the terrain, & dealing with downspouts may be required before a decision is made re the floor covering.

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