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Old 06-27-2014, 07:57 AM   #1
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We have 1,000 sq ft of fairly thick carpet glue to remove from concrete in order to stain. We looked at using chemical adhesive removers but they are about $25 for a container that says it will remove glue from 100 sq ft. That would put us at $250 spent on one coat of chemicals. Does anyone have experience with this? Do we really need that much? Is this our best bet at removal or should we consider going ahead and renting a machine to grind the glue away. Thanks!

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Old 06-27-2014, 08:17 AM   #2
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Lets see if the other regular posts agree with me on this one.
Time for a plan B on what to do with that floor.
Once the glue on the surface is gone the pores are going to remain clogged and filled with old glue making the staining idea impossible.
Scraping is the most common way to remove the old glue.

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Old 06-27-2014, 04:16 PM   #3
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Your going to need something like this if you even want a chance at a decent stain job:

https://www.google.com/search?q=edco...280&bih=709ing


You're still going to have to do some work around the edges with a handheld grinder/etc... What you're trying to do is likely far more involved than you can imagine at this point......
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Lets see if the other regular posts agree with me on this one.
Time for a plan B on what to do with that floor.
Once the glue on the surface is gone the pores are going to remain clogged and filled with old glue making the staining idea impossible.
Scraping is the most common way to remove the old glue.


I agree with joe, time for plan B on this one.
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:20 PM   #5
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plan a - beaneedoo is a good product however it does leave its own stains,,, using 1 of those grinders leaves swirls that'll show thru the stain. your best bet is to diamond grind w/1 of these - http://www.lavinagrinder.com/lavina-20-s/ - we regularly stain conc ( acid & dyes ),,, many floors are not good candidates & yours may OR may not be.

plan b - we outsource grinding as much as possible 'cause its a very narrow specialty that requires good equipment, experienced operators, AND a wide variety of diamond pucks to match the conc's hardness, etc,,, costs about $ 1.25sf for 400grit finish,,, then we further prep w/tsp & lo-rpm buffer & blk pad, stain, neutralize, wash, rinse, dry, & seal - either w/css, epoxy, polyaspartics.

it IS possible for a diy'er to do this work,,, it is NOT probable the job'll turn out passable from reading magazines, watching u-tube, & listening to 1's wife's friends who said their mailman's neighbor does it part-time & works cheap,,, once you f this up ( easy to do for a newbie ), you're back to carpet ( green or orange shag is nice ), engineered wood, tile, linoleum.

OR plan c - grind it all off - install a polymer-modified overlay ( new canvas to coin a phrase ), then stain

we just redid a garage stained by someone else,,, garbage original materials,,, you know the story - cust pd up front in $$$, contractor left town fortunately for the cust, he never showed up in court when the suit was heard so the cust got a deficiency judgement for over $ 10 K,,, so what, you say ? the defendant's home is not far from the cust - & he can't sell + transfer a good title til the judgement's paid off w/interest

good luck - as jo sez, ' involved ' is a VERY strong keyword

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Stain requires a perfectly clean, stain free, cured, surface.
Any and I mean any stain or anything stopping it from soaking in is going to end up with a messy, blotchy finish.
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The most cost effective way for you to remove the glue is to take a floor grinder to it. You can rent one at Home Depot for about $125 (Diam Brush Pad). If you are concerned about dusting you can wet the floor a bit first.
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We have 1,000 sq ft of fairly thick carpet glue to remove from concrete in order to stain. We looked at using chemical adhesive removers but they are about $25 for a container that says it will remove glue from 100 sq ft. That would put us at $250 spent on one coat of chemicals. Does anyone have experience with this? Do we really need that much? Is this our best bet at removal or should we consider going ahead and renting a machine to grind the glue away. Thanks!
Are you wanting to "acid stain" the floor?
Probably isn't going to work in this case, also doesn't sound affordable if you are already complaining about the cost of a chemical product. I can also tell you ten gallons won't be enough to do 1000 square feet.

Grinding the glue away DIY also isn't going to go well for many reasons.

Yup, a "PLAN B" is in order here.
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omg, NO, NOT EDCO equip,,, its for gc's & others who don't know much about grinding conc w/goal of decent floor finishes,,, find someone who'll use a planetary machine ( lavina - no $ interest ) - 110v, 20amp circuit - wide variety of diamond pucks & grits for rent.

chic forgot to mention if you DON'T use wtr, you'll soon own that pad

1 reason we don't like chemical removers is they often leave stains of their own,,, joe's right - everything shows thru but that may not be objectionable,,, we've done cracked spalled floors that, when finally completed, turned out great from an aesthetic viewpoint,,, old manufacturing plants like antiqued conc floors

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