Removing tile adhesive from concrete floor

Old 03-11-05, 02:03 PM
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Removing tile adhesive from concrete floor

Friend of mine bought a house that had floor tiles, (ashphault or vinyl) on the basement floor. They were coming loose, so he removed them all. That left a residue of the adhesive. It's black, looks like tar. He wants to get down to the concrete and then paint the floor. he's tried gasoline and different solvents, but the adhesive just seems to smear around. The concrete is in good shape. Questions are, how to remove the adhesive, and what to paint the floor with. Thanks for any advice.
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No info on how to remove the mastic but I would caution that it could have asbestos in it. For that matter the old vinyl tiles could have been asbestos as well and probably should have been disposed of properly. The only way to know for sure is to have them lab tested. Just be aware. Not sure gasoline is the way to go unless you are running some serious ventilation and air purification.

We are having a professional abatement company remove our tiles. We are leaving the mastic in place because the solvents they use are pretty harsh and with kids in the house we want to avoid the fumes. anyway, the point is you might want to call a professional to take a look and do some testing.

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