How to Remove Old Paint From Concrete Floors

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Before you can repaint concrete floors you'll need to remove the old paint that was previously there. Remove old paint from concrete floors with help from an experienced building manager in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Dustan Balkcom. I'm the Building Manager here at The Living Light Community Center. Today, we're going to be talking about how to remove old paint from concrete floors. Now, this is something that can be really really difficult or not nearly as difficult. So, if you have a buffer or something of floor cleaning device like that, it's going to be really handy or if you can borrow it from somebody; otherwise, you want to get yourself a sander, something that's going to allow you to be able to actually remove the paint from the floor. Okay. Great. So, a couple of things that are going to make your life really simple when we're doing this, when we're actually removing the paint is to have a nice floor treating unit. So, we got a buffer here; it's a low speed buffer. If you've got any, any kind of a buffing pad is going to be important. And then, all we have here is this actually a sanding disk and you just attach the sanding disk to the buffing pad and then put that underneath your buffer and that will actually work together to use, basically like a big sander on your floor. And that's going to make it really simple to actually remove the old paint. Now, why are you removing the old paint? Well, you might just want to have a nice concrete floor. You might want to be getting it ready to paint it again. Or, you might even be getting it ready to stain. All three reasons, good reasons to get the old paint off and get the floor prepped to actually apply something else. So, let's check it out; we're going to this, this buffer here and get this floors ready. Okay. Now, let's just say you're doing a small area, it's at home, you don't want to rent a big floor treating unit like this; you can always use a random orbital sander with some sandpaper attached to it or if you've got a belt sander or you might even have a palm sander. Any sort of sanding unit is going to work really great to remove paint from the old floor. But, we've got this big unit, we want to clean up a big area; so, what we're going to do is we got our, our white buffing pad on the back of it. This is not glued down or anything, the friction will actually just hold to it. This is our sanding pad, we're just going to take this underneath our buffer; make sure you get it centered on there real nice and then set the buffer in place and then, we're going to sand the floor. So, a couple of things to keep in mind; remember, anytime you're sanding anything, you're going to be wearing dust mask to keep you from inhaling any of the old paint vapors or inner paint dust or anything or other dust that might be around the area. It's also really important to make sure that you sand the area thoroughly. That's going to really get that old paint off there. And you want to get down to a good service that you can, allow the new paint or whatever it is that you might be using on the concrete floor to be able to adhere it to. So, again, Dustan here with The Living Light Community Center, have a great day.

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