SWMBO picked out some peel and stick tiles. The sales geek sold us a gallon
of floor prep and confidently told us we shouldn't have any problem sticking
it to new concrete. There's a little overspray along the baseline from the
airless, but the rest of the floor is/will be pretty clean. I'm going to
use 4" wide razor scrapers, a broom, and a mop. I'll go around and get all
the overspray knocked loose that I can.
I'm hoping for the best, but these tiles look a little cheesy. How has your
experience been? Should I rent a roller? Application temps are low right
now. Should I wait until it warms up? I have a double head propane heater,
so could get the three small rooms it's going into very warm, save for the
concrete, and that would take days to warm up completely.
What say ye?
We had reasonably good luck with our concrete floor and peel & stick.
We prepped with some sort of a latex primer which we rolled on. I
think we did ours in the winter and we only had problems with a few
pieces on the edges that wouldn't stick.
I think it is critical that the floor be clean and dry though.
Steve, make sure the floor is clean as possible and
then clean it again. Use a paint roller to lay some
liquid latex. It's cheap insurance. Then, what I do
that has paid off very well is to flooring glue. Even
though it is self stick, the flooring glue makes for an
easier job and better results. Use a 1/16" notched trowel
to lay the glue and then install the tile. This will help keep
the tile from shrinking in the future and leaving those gaps.
Also, it helps when laying the tile. If you accidentally put the
tile in the wrong place or off a 1/4" it will just slide into place.
Make sure you have a wet rag with you.
For peel and stick, you need a clean floor. Finish off with masking
tape. By that, I mean you get a 3 inch wide roll and stick it to the
floor where the tile will go and then lift it off. If it sticks,
then the floor is clean enough for the tile. If it doesn't then keep
reapplying fresh masking tape until it does.
But much better is the expensive adhesive paste.
On Fri, 28 Dec 2007 20:25:15 -0800, "SteveB"
They are safely back at the Borg. When I heard of how they didn't stick in
cold weather, that did it. It's not over about fifty during the day here
and in the teens at night. We decided to get the glue down carpet at the
Borg. Got it in the office and storage room, and it's good. Only slightly
more, too. We live in the middle of sand dunes. I think there would be
noticeable wear patterns in traffic routes very quickly.
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