Forums | Home Repair | Home Improvement | Painting | Interior Decorating | Remodeling | Landscaping


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-28-2011, 01:20 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 2
Share |
Default

Preparing old concrete for paint


Hi all
We've just moved into a new house and I desperately need to do something to the kitchen, starting with the flooring. It has two layers of linoleum tiled on top of each other, with what we think is concrete underneath. We would like to remove the linoleum and then paint the concrete floor.

I realise we'll need to remove the glue from the tiles off of the concrete - but from there what will we need to do? How would I prepare the concrete for floor paint? Do I need to sand? Treat?

Please help with this query, so when the time comes in a week, we are prepared with the right tools/processes to get the job done!

Thanks
Danielle
Sibsmi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 09:00 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 513
Default

Preparing old concrete for paint


Depending on vintage either the tiles or the adhesive or both may contain asbestos. You must take care not to get those fibers airborne.
As far as prepping for paint, a lot will depend on what shape the slab is in. If the adhesive tests negative for asbestos, and the slab is not cracked to kingdom come, you can rent a machine to grind it smooth.
Evstarr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 05:44 PM   #3
Member
 
Msradell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Louisville Kentucky
Posts: 849
Default

Preparing old concrete for paint


If the concrete cleans up quite well you're probably better off staining it instead of painting it. The stain will soak in and not chip off like paint will. After the stain has completely dried you can then wax the floor to provide it easy to clean surface.
Msradell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 11:42 PM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 2
Default

Preparing old concrete for paint


Thank you very much for your responses. I think I was misleading when I said new house. New for us, but old house! So thanks Evstarr for that warning on asbestos. Not sure how we would test for that - but I'll ask around at our hardware stores. I find as a new/non DIYer that the hardware stores in South Africa (well, the ones I frequent) arent really that helpful around expertise on how to do things.

Msradell, how long does the staining process normally take?

Tks
Sibsmi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2011, 12:01 PM   #5
Member
 
Msradell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Louisville Kentucky
Posts: 849
Default

Preparing old concrete for paint


Quote:
Originally Posted by Sibsmi View Post
Msradell, how long does the staining process normally take?
It goes pretty quickly, probably faster than painting in most cases. Then it will need to dry for a week or so before you wax it. You can walk on it during that time, you just need to clean it (dry mop) before waxing.
Msradell is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Msradell For This Useful Post:
Sibsmi (11-29-2011)
Old 01-01-2012, 05:39 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: central Iowa
Posts: 143
Default

Preparing old concrete for paint


I'm wanting to do something with my concrete basement floor and was deciding between paint or stain. For staining do you get the acid type? Seems that kind needs to be washed with a neutralizer not sure how messy that would get indoors or is there something else you just apply, topcoat then you're done?
annie68164 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2012, 08:54 PM   #7
Tileguy
 
JazMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Troy, Michigan
Posts: 3,843
Default

Preparing old concrete for paint


Painting a floor is never a good idea, in my opinion. Even if you'll never want to bond anything to it, it'll wear or peel. If you or someone else ever decides to install flooring, it'll have to be removed. Lots of work.

Jaz
__________________
Tile 4 You LLC Troy, MI

DITRA Installs - KERDI Watertight-Mold-Free Showers. I have NEVER made a mistake, I thought I did ONCE, but, I was WRONG! PRODUCT * METHOD * INSTALLATION FAILURE consultation
JazMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2012, 09:15 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 24,525
Default

Preparing old concrete for paint


And trying to stain any concrete floor needs complety clean and I mean completly clean as in no glue resadue, no chemicals used to remove the glue clean. It's almost never done on anything but bare concrete.
It will also have to be acid etched, if there's any cracks there no way to just fill them and not have them show.
Do a search on the net on concrete staining.
BY staining or painting you will be turning that floor with that high a traffic flow into a high maintaince item.
joecaption is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Preparing an interior concrete floor for painting Melsdetails Flooring 1 08-23-2011 06:08 PM
Laminate Flooring on Two Different Concrete Heights mrken Flooring 4 12-14-2010 01:56 PM
New Concrete Walkway along side of house braverichard Building & Construction 0 11-03-2010 11:12 AM
How To Install Rigid Foam Insulation on Concrete earthad1 Building & Construction 9 10-26-2010 09:49 AM
Filling sunken living room w/ concrete Q's phil. Building & Construction 5 07-10-2009 12:03 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.