mid rise condo new flooring

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    Jul 23, 2014 2:30 PM GMT
    getting a mid rise condo ready for rent, nice looking modern flooring for about $1.00/ft-sq

    -stripped the old flooring down to the bare concrete. Rolled the carpet and under laymen up, must wear a respirator. Cut the rolled carpet into byte size chunks with a sawzall. Note; the carpet under lament pad is glued to the cement with mastic, need to scrape this. The carpet tack board concrete nails come off easy with a 60 lb caliche bar.

    -ground off about 1/16" of the concrete top surface to remove old paint & mastic. Left about 10% of the paint here and there. Rented a Home Depot concrete floor grinder and a diamond grit mastic removal wheel for $150.00/day. Mopped and vacuumed the floor about six times to remove all the dust. Must wear a respirator.

    -applied a acid reactive concrete dye with a plastic bug sprayer and a old corn broom. the out gas and odor was not too bad. After the dye cured removed the excess with water and baking soda. Mopped the floor about four times. Picked a dark Reagen brown color dye; it had a distressed leather color. Alone by itself the final dye color was lighter than expected. Lighter brighter colors; some blue and or greens are rumored to be, over time, unstable with moisture that is wicked up into the cement floor.

    -applied two coats of very high gloss solvent based epoxy clear coat. the out gas and odor was not too bad. This darkens the lighter than expected dye considerably. The 10% left over old paint looks very nice indeed. Used a roller to apply the clear coat and 700 ft-sq was done in an hour with 2 gallons. The epoxy dried slower than expected (24hours) its like 100F outside today so the surface was very warm. It was the 50% solids type epoxy. There is a professional 90% solids product, dries faster, might use this in the winter when things are cooler.

    The dye & clear coat was a Chem-Coat product:
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    Jul 23, 2014 2:34 PM GMT
    I like the floor but would love to see some closeups of the detail. Any closer pics?
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    Jul 23, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    just put down the 2nd coat of epoxy yesterday. Ill take some pics today. the iPhone camera has difficulty taking these types of interior pics.

    the final results are lower cost and better quality than expectedicon_eek.gif

    the biggest effort was the cleanup of the dust and acid dye.

    given the condo was aprox 700ft-sq:
    -the acid reactive dye was $60.00/gal (took 2 gallons)
    -the solvent epoxy was $100/two gallons mix and it took a total of two mix sets.
    two part epoxy; so the mix was activator & top-coat each one gallon, for a total two gallons of liquid per mix.
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    Jul 23, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    Looks very nice.

    If you're not sure, check your HOA rules and make sure you can have a bare/hard floor in that area. I had a coworker who bought a condo and the previous owner had put in tile in the entry area and the HOA found out and was after him to replace it with carpet, at his cost. He went to court and won; the HOA should have checked that the condo was up to snuff before it changed hands. They require carpet in order to reduce walking noise to the people living below.
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    Jul 23, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    good advice having a look at the HOA. We had the lawyer look over things before hand. Not that I needed to but I introduced myself to the adjacent condo owners and asked their permission.

    Snapping off the concrete carpet tack nails (there was millions of them) or grinding 1/16" off a 700ft-sq concrete surface generated a lot of building noise. Make sure your doing it in the allowed HOA time period for construction.

    the manufacture has a few pics posted on their web site. My results were BETTER than those pictures. Dont get me wrong; I am grateful things turned out better than expected. Never done this before so could have gone the other way bad.