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Old 11-01-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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I had a basement floor that looked like it was poured by a DIYer, as it was full of flaws. I spent some serious money buying tile self leveler in the hopes that I would get a good finished look. While it is better, it is far from perfect. I still have ridges. I couldn't even tile over this if I wanted to. We ended up just painting it and calling it an expensive experiment.

Where did I go wrong? We mixed it according to directions, poured the bags, and quickly, gently encouraged it to spread with a squeege. I didn't touch it after a minute or so. It had the texture of a milkshake. At 30 bucks a bag, and lots of bags, it was labor intensive and not cheap. It looked great until it dried and I saw all the flaws--little bumps where the two bags didn't go together, little ridges where the sqeege skipped or indentations that didn't level out. Is that stuff that tricky to use? I don't know how anyone would lay tile on it. Thanks

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i have only used it once. and i am not "sure" i did it "right". but the stuff is not all they say it is. if you don't have a lot of experience "helping" it level itself, it not going to be "flat".

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I've used a random orbital sander with course paper to buff it out better.
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i found mine was somewhat soft. a scraper was easily able to take down any bumps.
but isn't self level used so one doesn't have to do that. nothings perfect.
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think its fairly easy to use IF 1st one has 250b experience under their belt as a mixer squeegee work is also ' tricky ' as is the magic trowel part of the process,,, its not common, in my experience, to find many new guys on a good crew,,, the mtls we use aren't commonly avail to diy'ers, either.

IF you had bought the mtl from a specialty supplier, there would've been a larger selection of avail mtls,,, 2nd, you could have gotten in-depth advice,,, & 3rd, you would've had a telephone # to call which would'be been answered by someone who could've walk'd you thru the issue,,, this is all based on the assumption you got it @ an apron/vest store tho

ps - none of the self-level mtls really are they just ' say ' they are on the bag

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ps - none of the self-level mtls really are they just ' say ' they are on the bag
Bingo. They should call it "almost self leveling compound".
I used it only once myself. Actually, it sands very easily when it has set up, but not cured (maybe 3-6 hours). I was lucky, only a small area to level. The other thing I learned was to buy the cheap mixer with only a quarter inch rod doing the mixing. I bought the expensive one with the big propellers to mix the stuff --- drill started smoking (but survived).

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