I have an asphalt tile floor most likely laid in the 50's. It's your
standard 9x9 tile, brownish in color, with flecks of this and that. I
also realize it may have asbestos in it.
I want to paint it it a light gray. The tile is hard and glossy, so I
started looking into primers that could work with that kind of surface.
I had some zinsser 1-2-3 around so I painted a small patch. The next
day I cut an X into the primer with a razor blade, stuck some scotch
tape down, and yanked it up. Little bits of the primer came up with
it. So, that didn't seem like it was adhering well enough.
Looking at paint manufacturers I saw that Sherwin Williams has what
they call a 'bonding primer' which is intended for hard, glossy, smooth
surfaces. I went to a sherwin williams store, and asked about it. The
guy there said it wouldn't work for what I want. He said it works well
on walls but that it wouldn't stand up to the use a floor would get.
Anyone have any ideas? I can't sand or etch because of the potential
asbestos content. I don't want to remove it for the same reasons (and
I'm not looking for a job that big right now). I really want to paint
this floor, though. Has anyone tried this and been successful?