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Old 02-03-2009, 06:31 AM   #1
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How In The Heck Do We Remove Old Adhesive?


Okay, we have a problem. We have removed some old 8x8 asphalt (?) tiles, and what was left appears to be a heavy tar-like glue. This is in a hardware store, in one of the main aisles, which we are able to block off, and direct customer traffic another way. We are open 7 days a week. We are planning to use a 2-part epoxy finish on it. We do not want to use chemical stripper on it, because of the fumes/mess. Scraping doesn't get it. We tried a coarse wire wheel on a grinder. No dice. Again, we have a problem. Any ideas from you pros, other than calling one of you pros?
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:50 AM   #2
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try a heat gun

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I live near you, I'll do it...

As stated a heat gun should soften it up enough to chisel it off.
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Careful, Could contain asbestos.
When were the tiles installed?
After the tiles were removes was the tar shiny? If so you may be ok but should still take proper precautions.
I am not trying to scare you but considering that it is in a store you might want to think about removing it after store hours.
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Probably 20 years ago. The adhesive is still kind of shiny, and still somewhat tacky. We had hoped there might be a way to slurry/paint over it, something that would allow the epoxy to adhere to it. We also thought about dusting it with rockite, eliminating the tack, while provided a base for the paint to adhere. We stopped the wire brushing, and there never was any dust emitiing from the work we were doing.
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your never going to get it off.

hire a pro concrete resurfacer
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Had A SIMULAR PROB IN PAST. THERE IS A PRODUCT, TO REMOVE, EMULSION ADHESIVE, OR cUT BACK ADHESIVE. Sorry about the Caps, Woops..Anyway. Works great, need to locate a Flooring supplier/ Dist. and ask for it. For a quick cover, and works grerat, Pick up some ardex, floor Patch, mix to a creamy consistancy, and spread, put a Floor dryer, or Fan on and should cover, and be dry in aprox 1/2 hr, to 20 min. You can then instaill new Floor over Ardex, or smooth with a sanding screen, and Paint. Good luck


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Okay, we have a problem. We have removed some old 8x8 asphalt (?) tiles, and what was left appears to be a heavy tar-like glue. This is in a hardware store, in one of the main aisles, which we are able to block off, and direct customer traffic another way. We are open 7 days a week. We are planning to use a 2-part epoxy finish on it. We do not want to use chemical stripper on it, because of the fumes/mess. Scraping doesn't get it. We tried a coarse wire wheel on a grinder. No dice. Again, we have a problem. Any ideas from you pros, other than calling one of you pros?
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Not only is the adhesive probably full of asbestos, the tiles you took up probably were, too. Just be careful, the last person I knew that got caught got fined $10,000. Throwing them in the dumpster is illegal in most states, too.
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your never going to get it off.

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What he said!!
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how thick is the tar? also how many s/f overall
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It's not tar. It's called cutback. Don't scrape it. You will release asbestos in the air. That's a very big fine and dangerous to your lungs.
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Encapsulate.
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Ardex Feather finish!!!! Encapsulate it!

Rusty is right, your dealing with asbestos, both tile(VAT, the A stands for Asbestos) and black asbestos cutback adhesive. Pray no one has seen what your doing, and knows something and wants to make your life rough.

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