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Old 03-12-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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porcelain tile over black emulsion


original vct was installed in the 1980's on at grade concrete so i assume it is emulsion
so my questions are as follows
1 do i need to remove the emulsion
2 if so what is best to use to remove using practical diy tools "i know a carbide tooth scraper on a buffer with vacuum would be best but not available"
3 would covering the emulsion with a crack membrane paint work like link instead
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051
4 what type of thin set to use

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:56 PM   #2
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Do not use any solvents--it will be a bond breaker---

Scrape off what you can using a razor scraper and you can tile right over it--

Use an unmodified thinset mixed with liquid latex--Kerabond and Keralastic by Mepei is a good example.

If leveling is required use a self leveling compound rated for cutback--I use Jifset and Linewebers liquid.

Some modified thinsets are rated for cutback also---check the manufacturers technical details to know for sure. (do not seek advice from a big box store---call the manufacturer)---Mike---

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Old 03-12-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
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ok how about a floor grinder like this one in link
http://www.toolfetch.com/surface-grinders-158780.shtml
i found out a rental place has one
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:40 PM   #4
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Don't mess with it---bury it---you don't need to use a power tool at all--simply scrape off what you can--call that good and tile over it.

It's an approved method that works---you don't want to get that cut back stirred up with a grinder.
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