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Old 05-26-2006, 11:14 AM   #1
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What is this in the bottom of the shower?


In the bottom of a shower of a house I'm looking to buy, there is a layer of gray stuff that is starting to break up. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it needs to be fixed because it appears to be clogging the drain. It also looks horrible.

Do you guys have any idea what this stuff is?

Why was it applied in the first place?

Can it be removed without damaging the existing tile?
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Old 05-26-2006, 03:21 PM   #2
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What is this in the bottom of the shower?


It looks like someone painted the tiles with a concrete floor paint and now it's flaking off!

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Old 05-26-2006, 03:26 PM   #3
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Is this something you've seen done before?
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Never seen this done before. Is this same house that had the bathtub stolen?
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Yep, same house and same master bathroom. The house has tons of damage to it. The guy took all the interior and exterior light fixtures, doors, all the drawers in the kitchen and bathroom vanity, all appliances, has holes in the walls, carpet is destoryed, exterior fence is gone, etc...

The guy took everything he could think of.
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What is the grey material like? I'm thinking it could be a non-slip/rubber type stuff. Don't have much in the way of help for you other than to suggest a resilient scraper of some kind so you don't scratch the tile. Check out the doodads at the paint store (or your kitchen drawer when the wife is looking the other way). (Maybe you are the wife---oops)
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Personally, I would find some of that non-skid, rubber-type stuff and just paint over it (after scraping all the loose stuff off). It probably would take you forever to get all of that off.
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I think that you said that this is a foreclosure house and the price that you buy it for should be below market value. If I was planning on living in this house for a number of years then I would probably just replace the shower tiles with new ones. It will add value when you do eventually sell the house and you will get the enjoyment out of the new shower.
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Buying a foreclosure right - IF it has no significant structural problems - should allow you to remodel it to increase the value.
Remodeling bathrooms and kitchens is almost a sure payback, while other remodeling returns may not be quite as good.
Check on the home values in the immediate neighborhood just to be sure that you don't "over-build" there.
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What is this in the bottom of the shower?


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Personally, I would find some of that non-skid, rubber-type stuff and just paint over it (after scraping all the loose stuff off). It probably would take you forever to get all of that off.
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Pressure washer might knock all that stuff off if its just paint.
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Looks like someone tried to paint ceramic tile without using the right kind of paint and primer. If that's the case, the question first of all is why? What does it look like underneath? Are there good clean tiles under there? People do some stupid things, its possible that someone just painted over perfectly good tile improperly and you may just have to remove the new paint. You may have to remove the new layer and go back and properly paint the underneath, or you may have to remove the tile and replace. First step though should be some thorough investigation.

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