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Old 12-03-2008, 01:44 PM   #1
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getting rid of painted concrete


How can you remove paint from concrete? I just want to get back the "natural" look....

Here is how it looks:

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Old 12-03-2008, 02:11 PM   #2
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YIKES! I don't blame you. But you don't mean leaving bare concrete do you?

Check the tool rental stores for the right equipment to grind that paint off. It's hard work, messy too.

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Old 12-03-2008, 02:27 PM   #3
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I would like the concrete bare for a while till we scrounge up the money to put in some hardwoods (which might be a while)...

So there is no peel away paint remover stuff that might work? My only choice is to grind it away? Eek. Sounds like a headache...
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Grinding is a mess and you can expose the aggregate in the concrete fairly easily. You can also apply an overlay and clear sealer to get the natural gray concrete look back. All you would have to do is scuff the painted surface so it will accept the overlay, trowel or squeegee on the overlay and roll on a clear sealer. Also really consider using a liquid bonding agent on the floor before you apply the overlay. You can find out more info at www.DCsurfaces.com. Good luck!
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:14 AM   #5
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It's messy and dusty. Wear a mask (N95 or better, I prefer an N100) and seal off the stuff and areas you don't want to get dusted.

There will be some low areas or pits where the stuff won't come off and you will have to get a small hand grinder to get that out.

A shop vac is really nice for stuff like this.

Probably a lot cheaper and easier to get some used throw rugs on craigslist till you can afford to get some flooring.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:47 PM   #6
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we do this work every week using diamond grinders fitted w/dust shrouds hook'd up to wet/dry vacs - no dust mask nec,,, apron stores usually have these units to rent OR you could use the 8" blastrac they have,,, there're liquid/paste strippers that'll do the same but they're a nitemare far's we're concerned + they leave stains of their own,,, j'ever consider acid-staining the floor instead of wood ? ? ?

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Would a soda blaster work?

Don't use any flammable solvents:There's just some things you shouldn't do.....
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yeah, it would but this is only a floor, not the taj mahal,,, if sandblasting work'd better, we'd use it on floors

good tip on the solvent mtls,,, the trade had 2 kill'd last yr & another horribly burned - all pro's, too ! ! !

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