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what type of paint can be used to paint and seal asbestos floor tile?
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Posted 2015-04-17T01:05:31+0000  by suzh suzh
Asbestos only becomes a health issue when it's broken into small pieces that can become airborne.  Beside ripping up tiles, sanding or drilling are other common ways that the particles can become airborne.  Just sitting there, the asbestos in tiles is essentially harmless.

You can paint it with any paint suitable for floors.  As with all painting, proper preparation is the key to a high quality, long lasting paint job.  You'll want to make sure that the tile is clean and free of any kind of wax or sealers.
Posted 2015-04-17T02:01:08+0000  by Adam444
 If your concern is merely assuring that the asbestos is sealed in, why not simply keep it waxed with an acrylic floor wax?
Posted 2015-04-17T19:57:11+0000  by ordjen
Hello suzh,

Asbestos in your home or office represents a significant health risk.

Your best option is to consult an asbestos removal engineer to inspect and most likely remove that material.

While The Home Depot does sell asbestos test kits, we do not sell anything suitable for safely coating asbestos floors.

Try using your local building inspector as a resource to identify someone who has the training to assist you properly.

Then consult a local asbestos removal engineer or firm for better recommendations and/or removal.
Posted 2015-04-17T20:02:02+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

Asbestos containing floor tiles do not present a significant health risk as long as the tiles are not disturbed or damaged. 

When left intact and undisturbed, asbestos containing materials do not pose a health risk to people working or living in buildings. Asbestos containing material is not generally considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibers into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested.  - Princeton University

Flooring that contains asbestos, when intact and in good condition, is generally considered nonfriable and is not hazardous. - Minnesota Department of Health

Even if asbestos is in your home, this is usually NOT a serious problem. The mere presence of asbestos in a home or a building is not hazardous. - Consumer Product Safety Commission

In fact, asbestos containing material is not generally considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibers into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested. - Oregon State University

Upon reflection I'm  not sure that painting the floor is the best approach.  The goal should be to protect the floor from damage.  It is the damage which may cause the release of asbestos fibers.  Covering the floor with carpeting or a floating type floor like laminate would be a better choice.  Care should be exercised not to damage the existing tile during installation. 

Now if the floor is damaged or starting to deteriorate, we have a much different situation and one that should be addressed by a trained and licensed asbestos abatement professional.

Posted 2015-04-20T01:56:56+0000  by Adam444
I couldn't agree Adam with and the sources he sites more: asbestos  only presents a danger when it is freed up into the air. So long as it  is left undisturbed or kept encapsulated, there is no problem. Same can be said of lead. Left intact or kept encapsulated, there is no problem. Problems generally arise when people undertake remodeling and disturb those materials.

Further, it is not as if a person would get one wiff of asbestos and come down with asbestosis. Historically, people who were continually exposed to it over a long period came down with the disease, workers such as shipyard pipe insulation workers and those that repaired old fashioned asbestos containing brake linings.
Posted 2015-04-20T04:43:08+0000  by ordjen
Asbestos removal or containment ... both acts require expertise to prevent potential contamination.

Layman, handyman, or even an experienced DIYer are over their depth when dealing with known contaminants like asbestos.

The risk is simply not worth taking if you are inexperienced.

Even if I chose to DIY, I would have the repair inspected and the step-by-step process charted by an asbestos removal engineer first.

Health and safety are too precious to risk when measured against the few pennies you'll save!

Posted 2015-04-23T15:42:18+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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