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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by robbie_p, 12th Nov, 2015.

  1. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    This weekend I will be removing the my slate flooring (about 40sqm) and having it grinded down.

    I am getting this done before I have my new kitchen installed (in the next few weeks) to avoid damaging / messing up new kitchen.

    As I’m only going to have cash in the new year to have my house re-tilled, I was wondering if it would be worthwhile painting my concrete flooring until I’m ready to tile?

    I might not be in a position to tile for 3-6 months, so want the floor to be slightly presentable.

    If it doesnt cost much to paint the floor (preferably a colour closest to my choice of tile colour) and its not much effort, might be worthwhile?

    What your thoughts?

    Cheers,
    Robbie
     
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  2. pinkboy

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    I would not paint it, unless you commit to removing the paint beforehand.

    Id throw a few rugs down or get some carpet offcuts and retro fit until you tile.

    BTW, 'cement' is an ingredient of 'concrete'.

    pinkboy
     
  3. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

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    on a similar note... the concrete floor will probably look better than the slate currently on the my floors!
     
  4. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

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    ah ok.. so the paint would need to be removed before tiling over it?
     
  5. Jess Peletier

    Jess Peletier Mortgage Broker - Australia Wide Business Member

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    I wouldn't bother - go for the industrial look for a couple of months. You'll be right on trend ;)
     
  6. robbie_p

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    Thanks for your thoughts... I'll pass the message onto my wife :)
     
  7. Propertunity

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    You cannot tile over a painted concrete floor without removing all the paint first. Don't do it.
     
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    robbie_p Well-Known Member

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    Noted, glad i checked with you guys first ;)
     
  9. bob shovel

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    Grind it and seal it, job done! Polished concrete looks great
     
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    Can you tile over sealed concrete? Fairly straight forward process to seal the concrete?
     
  11. Propertunity

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    No. Don't do it. You have to scratch it up first so the tile glue can get some adhesion.
     
  12. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    No. Don't tile at all
     
  13. WestOz

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    Dust can be a pain with unsealed concrete, mats won't give total cover etc

    I'd go with something cheap like this (don't glue it), when you eventually tile use it in the garage, shed, store room etc
    Vinyl Sheet Flooring
     
  14. Brian84

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    If you decide to colour your concrete don't paint it, use a coloured sealer as it last longer than paint and can handle the foot wear better.
     
  15. Beelzebub

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    I'd grind and seal and go for the polished concrete look. If you go looking through display homes you will notice that a few of them have polished concrete floors.

    Also, I built my house and sealed the floor until I was ready to put down solid timber floors. Worked fine and kept the dust down
     
  16. WestOz

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    I love the look, would love to have it, but always considered it noisy in many ways, same for fully tiled homes.
    It's also unforgiving if you accidently drop a plate, glass etc.

    How much a m² is it?
     
  17. Beelzebub

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    Ni idea, I didn't do a proper job. I just put down some sealant to tide me over until I had my timber floors laid
     
  18. wylie

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    Why not leave the slate there until you are ready to tile?
     
  19. Stu

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    Bondcrete diluted will keep the dust down until you decide to tile.
     
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    Would a concrete floor work in the bathroom?