Resealing or repainting my basement floor? Questions...

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Resealing or repainting my basement floor? Questions...

Need some advice...going crazy...

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Recently, my basement flooded due to hydrostatic pressure and it ruined my vinyl flooring planks*. So, I threw all that out. I also noticed that some of the paint (or is it a sealant?) on the floor was starting to flake (greyish area shown in pic below) due to water that was sitting under the vinyl planks for a few days. My idea was to remove all the paint/sealant from the floor using a chemical stripper (Behr Masonry and Concrete paint stripper) but this process is not working out too well.

I want to use half of the basement for an exercise area and the other half for a home theater area.

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1.) Can I just paint/seal over the current flooring condition and then lay large rubber tiles for the exercise area and then use loose carpeting for the home theater area?


* I bought the house with a semi-finished basement that had vinyl hardwood-style floor planks. Threw them all out after the water damage and installed tile drain with a sump pump (who knows if it works!).

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While painting a concrete floor is always an option, the number one reason for painted floors to peel is moisture migrating up thru the slab.
 
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There is no reason to paint anything. If the floor is pealing, scrape what's loose & install the rubberized flooring. You can use tiles or you can use a roll. Take your pick.
 
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Pulpo, what's a good scrapper tool to use in this case?
 
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I have a tool that has a 4" razor blade. However, my tool only has a short handle. That type of scraper can be found with longer handles so you can stand instead of squatting. That's what I recommend.
 
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