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Old 03-28-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Ceramic tile floor in basement

Ok, so I have a customer whose basement I am fully remodeling. We are just about ready to put in the floor. She has decided on ceramic, against my advice. The floor currently has grey paint on it, but it has worn in some places. The question- Will I be able to,use thinnest right over this paint or do,I need to first remove the paint? I have never put ceramic tile in a basement due to the cold. Also do I need to add anything to fortify the thinset? There is no evidence of any water in the basement so I am not concerned about that. Any other concerns?

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Old 03-29-2013, 06:41 AM   #2
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You should remove or at least scarify the old paint----I suggest you rent a floor buffer with carborundum stones--this will clean that off very quickly---

Use a good quality powdered modified thinset----

The temperature in a basement will not affect a properly set floor---tile can be set outdoors and inside commercial refrigerators----


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Perhaps Bruce is thinking more of the floor being cold to walk on, barefoot in the winter time, compared to softer floorings?
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Yeah, if you're worried about the basement being too cold to have tile, just heat it up a bit while you are doing the work, or wait and do it in the summer.
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