Thanks All, for your comments.
I did rent a drum sander, as suggested in the postings, what a mess! The
paint was not lead based. Anyway, it is done now and I will never paint
cement again! We contacted the cement company, Roberts, and asked for
their thoughts on installing the 260 sq ft of 12" porcelain tiles. They
suggested removing the paint, of course, and using Thinset Flex 2 or 3. I
bought Flex 3 and will start soon.
What kind of paint? I have 100s of trim tiles and tile mop boards stuck to
1. clean a small area of the floor
2. mix up a cup or so of thinset
3. spread the thinset 1/8 or so thick on cleaned area
4. wait a week
5. try to remove thinset
There is no doubt it *can* be removed, the question is, how *difficult* is
it to remove? Hard?...tile away. Pops off or easy?...back to the drawing
On Dec 28 2009, 7:42 pm, blemery_at_rogers_dot firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Emery)
Sandblasting may not be such a bad way to go. All the work will be in
the prep taping and covering everything that needs protecting which
will be everything. Probably not much worse than preping to spray
paint a ceiling. When I sandblasted my garage floor I installed 1
foot wide pieces of hardboard around the perimeter to protect the
walls and baseboards. You may want to borrow or rent a couple of big
shop vacs . Having these running in the room when you are blasting
will pick up a lot of the dust before it settles back on the floor.
Separating the room into sections with plastic curtains would also
help control the mess.
From a chemical stripper I have seen people use lye to strip floor
paint. Ive never done it.
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