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Old 01-13-2010, 06:27 PM   #1
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Hello,

I've appreciated the help that I've received before in these forums and so I'm back again.

There is a coating on our concrete kitchen floor (see pictures). It's black, thin (like paint), tarrish, but not sticky to the touch. I believe it has been on this concrete for a very, very long time (~30 years, I'd wager).

1) Is it absolutely necessary to remove this in order to obtain good bonds using thinset mortar?
2) It is gumming up my sandpaper very quickly - is there a better way to remove it?
3) If blasting is the only way to remove it, will this make a mess of our new cabinets?
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:00 PM   #2
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Hi Carlo, (?)

That black stuff is an asphalt based adhesive used for the original VAT or asphalt tiles the builder installed when the house was built. It's commonly known as cut-back.

You can tile over it with a modified thin set mortar that claims to be compatible with it. You should first scrape, cut, as much off as possible. http://www.core-industrial.com/manag...28Small%29.jpg Scrape until you can almost see concrete.

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Old 01-14-2010, 08:40 AM   #3
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Thank you JazMan, I'll get right on that.
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