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Old 01-12-2012, 02:05 PM   #1
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I have asbestos floor tile in two bedrooms. It is cracked and chipped, in some places revealing the mastic underneath. At this time I cannot afford to pay a contractor to pay for complete removal. I have posted on several message boards to ask how to safely encapsulate it without putting a new floor on it. I want to remodel later, so I just want to be safe in the meantime.

Basically, the suggestions are to cover the floors with a leveler, as if in preparation for a new floor, or to use a heavy floor paint. I'm leaning toward the floor paint, since I've read using levelers such as Unipro are difficult for an inexperienced first-timer.

Any reactions to the plan? What is the best (toughest) floor paint? Some of the brands I've used on my porches have peeled very quickly. Is there something else that would be fairly easy to roll over the floor?

I know to use a HEPA respirator and to try to avoid damaging the tiles further.

Thanks in advance.

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They make very tough paint for garage floors, but who knows how it would adhere to your floor.

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Basically, the suggestions are to cover the floors with a leveler, as if in preparation for a new floor, or to use a heavy floor paint.

I'm leaning toward the floor paint...
The paint won't hold up.
Do the leveling which you'll soon realize you need anyway.
(even if you have to hire some help)

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Will the leveling hold up to cleaning and wear and tear from walking, say for two years? That's about when I plan to do the renovation. Thanks for the response!
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What will be the final floor covering? Is this a wood or concrete subfloor?
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There is a 1960s wood subfloor under the tile/mastic (the bedrooms are in a 2nd floor addition). I hadn't finalized a decision on new floor type, other than I will try to mirror the look of the original wood floors in other parts of the house that date to the 1920s. The original floors are fir or oak; each plank is about two inches wide.

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Will the leveling hold up to cleaning and wear and tear from walking, say for two years? That's about when I plan to do the renovation. Thanks for the response!
I'm addressing the issue of encapsulating the asbestos in a kids bedroom and preparing a new substrate for flooring. You'll still need to put *something* down in there if you expect people to live in the room.

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