Question by iris_rainbow1: What’s the best way to get glue off concrete floor from indoor/outdoor carpet then paint it to look like tile?
We have taken out the carpet to find yellowish orange glue. It makes the surface of the concrete rough. The floor seeps when the air conditioner is off. We live on the central west coast of Florida. I have 2 large dogs, and 2 teenage boys. It’s impossible to keep carpet clean, so I have choosen to paint the concrete to look like tile to match the rest of the house. We are having difficulty getting the glue up. We are beginners at home improvement and our budget is limited. We are using a adhesive remover but it doesn’t seem to be working, the floor is still orange. Is this stained from the glue? How do we get the surface of the floor smooth?
Answer by jackbutler5555
Even if your concrete floor is smooth, you may have difficulty removing the glue. Now that you’ve removed the carpeting, the glue will get a chance to be dryer than it has been. However, you do live in a humid part of the country. You might buy a dehumidifier. You’d need one anyway to be comfortable below grade in coastal Florida. The dryer it is the easier it is to remove. I have some more tips in the link.
If your concrete is rough surfaced, you may not be able to get it prepared for paint, in which case you might find some indoor-outdoor carpeting on sale.
As far as making it appear as tile through painting is concerned, iI think the only way to do that is to (1) place string in a grid pattern where the artificial grouting will be. (2) Paint thin lines to simulate the grouting. You don’t have to be too precise because you’ll be painting over it. Make your “grout” a light color, so that when you do No. 5, you don’t have to worry about it showing through. (3) Let it dry. (4) Place tape on top of the grouting in the thickness you want it to be. (5) Using a roller carefully, paint the floor and over the tape. You might need two or more coats. (6) Remove the tape.
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