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Removing vinyl tile glue from concrete

I may have asked this question previously but I cannot find the answer.  I had asked about painting over tile glue and was told I cannot and and was told what product to use.  

I would like to paint my basement floor but there is old glue from vinyl tiles that I cannot remove.  I've tried the coarsest sandpaper and a heat gun and neither work.

Thank you.

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Posted 2017-10-25T15:07:47+0000  by VickiPortugal VickiPortugal
Hello VickiPortugal, and welcome to the Community!

A good glue remover is Klean-Strip Adhesive Remover. This is a strong, fast-acting adhesive remover that quickly softens even the toughest adhesives in 30 minutes or less. The thick, brush-able paste clings to surfaces. Klean-Strip Adhesive Remover removes most mastic, contact cement, floor covering adhesives and asphalt and latex adhesives from wood, concrete, metal and masonry.

Please read the containers label and follow all safety precautions.

Posted 2017-10-26T14:02:26+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI

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Greetings VickiPortugal,

Dried adhesive is a worthy opponent, very stubborn and fixed to stay forever!

I have done some research and have reached out to a Home Depot flooring specialist for help with the answer to your question.

First, the floor you are removing the residual glue from is concrete, correct?

Home Depot has a product specifically for flooring adhesive removal, Henry Easy Release; the solution is so powerful that it can poured onto existing carpet, it works through the fibers to the adhesive below. Your adhesive is already exposed; read the complete manufactures instructions, the Henry product will breakdown the adhesive for a bit of an easier fight!

Invest in a floor scrapper, this a long handled tool that will help to scrape up the adhesive to the concrete surface below the glue. This is not an easy process; the removal of the glue will take time and hard work.

I hope this helps, let us know if you have any other questions about paints and finishes for basement floors.


Posted 2017-10-26T14:28:35+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS
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