Self Leveling Compound

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by ttw4454, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. ttw4454

    ttw4454 New Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    I am about to finish off my basement. The floor is not level in general and also has some pits from where I pried up the bottom plates of some old walls. I had laminate/linoleum type tiles glued to the floor in some spots and those have been scraped off but a small amount of adhesive may be still on the floor. My long term plan is to keep most of this just concrete but stain it a decorative color.

    With that said, my question is three fold. 1) Is self leveling compound the correct choice (realize the cost would be high). The total area I'd like to "redo" would be approx 750-1000 sq ft. 2) Do I have to etch the concrete first of put a bonding agent on? 3) Will any residual flooring adhesive from the tiles affect the bonding of self leveler?

    I appreciate any help. I realize this will be a big project but I'm capable and willing to do the work.

  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Self-leveling-cement (slc) is not designed as a finished surface, so if you intend to leave it once cleaned up and leveled, you need something else. Don't know what your best choice is...
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