07-19-2013 08:43 AM
I have a thin black residue on my basement cement floor. Can you tell me if it is possible to just put Riust Oleum Epoxy Shield over it or do I need to get the cutbtack up first. And if I can't what would be the best way of removing the adhesive on the floor?
07-20-2013 12:33 PM
Thanks for joining us here on the community; welcome!
You will need to take the cutback up first, period. That is, if you want to guarantee yourself that the RustOleum Epoxy Shield (or any paint for that matter)will go over effectively. It's like building a foundation on sand; you will need to make sure theres a good base for whatever is going on top.
If this cutback/basement floor is over 25 years old, you may have asbestos in it. You can get it tested by either an abatement company or a DIY test kit shown and linked below.
Once you find out if there is or isn't asbestos in the adhesive, then you can start the removal process. I say this, because if you start removing the cutback yourself, any particles can go airborne and the asbestos fibers can get into your lungs.
For your health, have the cutback checked out first. Once you do that, you can either use a buffing machine from our tool rental department to remove the adhesive or use a semi-paste adhesive remover sold in our paint department.
Let me know if you have any further questions,
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