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Victor Wagner 06-04-2010 08:30 AM

how to smooth a basement floor?
I have an older basement floor that is rough. How do I put a smooth surface over the older rough floor?

vsheetz 06-04-2010 08:54 AM

Rough as in has a broom finish?
Rough as in has chunks missing and is broken?
Rough as in the surface is scaling?
Pretty level or not?

Pictures would help.

Wildie 06-04-2010 05:28 PM

I have a similar problem and found that you can buy floor leveler. It comes in a dry powder form (like cement) and is mixed with water.
I'm hoping to level off my floor with this product. :yes:

stadry 06-05-2010 06:16 AM

we use polymer-modified cement w/fine aggregate NOT avail at any apron store,,, look to a pro const supply house instead,,, floor levelers do not usually have the abrasion resistance OR compressive strength necessary for resurfacing on their own,,, proper PREP is the key - that + reading AND understanding the directions :thumbsup:

BruceW 06-05-2010 12:09 PM

If applicable you can rent a machine with grinding stones attached, ( like a floor polisher ) It will grind off high spots, and can give the cement a cut stone appearance if it is done long enough. It can be a dusty job, so wet down the surface first.

stadry 06-08-2010 01:45 PM

some rental yards will have edco grinders - 6 diamond inserts held on w/oak wedges :yes: not aware of anyone renting pro stuff to h/o-diy'ers,,, impo, edco's a decent machine but we own other brands,,, btw, nothing's dusty IF you have the right vac hooked up properly :laughing:

forresth 06-08-2010 05:51 PM

if its just a rough texture, I'd paint.

stadry 06-08-2010 08:11 PM

thought everyone knew, by now, there's no paint that'll adhere to conc 'cept temporarily,,, then its a pita to remove & resurface :furious:

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