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What can I do about my concrete basement floor?

The previous owner painted it and it is flaking up everywhere. Also besides the paint it has craters, pits, or whatever you want to call them in the concrete. I don't want to finish the basement. I'm going to put a weight bench down there. I was thinking of using that Rustoleum stuff you paint on with the flakes but I have to get the concrete smooth first right. How can I do that? Also I have a gas water heater and furnace down there.

Asked By: 5ladderjob - 11/24/2008
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The craters and pits are from a bad concrete job, it is called spalling so the paint won't stick because the concrete itself isn't sticking. You can have the floor done with an epoxy floor that they trowel on, that is what I have in my basement and it looks great. You may also want to put down a carpet or a pergo floor... More
Answered By: Chuck P - 11/24/2008
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If you paint on top of flaking paint you just have more flaking paint. The painter did not prepare the concrete for paint. Now you must remove the paint then prepare the concrete properly. I suggest you ignore the pits, patching is a lot of work. Sandblasting is the best way to remove the old paint and prepare the... More
Answered By: paul - 11/24/2008
 
Home depot does rent a concrete sander but i'm not sure if it will be enough for your job. I suppose you could go down there abd talk to the rental guy and see what he says. Putting all that side your talking about a tremendous amount of work to put your weight bench on a smoooth cement floor. Just cover it with... More
Answered By: sutla - 11/24/2008
 
The other answer summed it up well,if its not something you want to spend loads of time and money on then dont worry too much about it... More
Answered By: noname - 11/24/2008
 
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