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We've got about 80sqm of polished cement floors which we'd love to wax, or finish in some way or another, any affordable recommendations? 

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Concrete will be damp or wet during the monsoon in most cases so leaving it open to dry is actually a good idea if you don't like mold.

Some washable rugs is all you need.

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You could scrub, wax and wax and buff it. The same machine can be used to to scrub and buff by just changing the wheels. The machines run about 20k as i remember. 

 

You could give it a coat of clear or colored epoxy. Clear would be about 80 Baht a square meter, double that for color as you would need at least two coats. How much direct sun does it get? 

 

Be advised, if you do coat it with epoxy, it will be slick when it is wet, also water will puddle on it much longer that if it is bare concrete. 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, mogandave said:

Be advised, if you do coat it with epoxy, it will be slick when it is wet

That is why you add granules (a little like sand) immediately after it’s down so that doesn’t happen.

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2 hours ago, Andy from Kent said:

 

 

How about a large mural of your choice protected by a couple of coats of polyurethane?

 

 

It's a rental property 🙄

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1 hour ago, Don Chance said:

Concrete will be damp or wet during the monsoon in most cases so leaving it open to dry is actually a good idea if you don't like mold.

Some washable rugs is all you need.

 

I hadn't thought of that. It is actually fine like it is, it's a little dry under our feet but we wear house shoes most of the time so it doesn't bother us at all.

It's just that every time we go to Ikea Wifey tells me she wants the floor like Ikea floor, which is lovely to walk on, and cuts down on dust.

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34 minutes ago, mogandave said:

You could scrub, wax and wax and buff it. The same machine can be used to to scrub and buff by just changing the wheels. The machines run about 20k as i remember. 

 

You could give it a coat of clear or colored epoxy. Clear would be about 80 Baht a square meter, double that for color as you would need at least two coats. How much direct sun does it get? 

 

Be advised, if you do coat it with epoxy, it will be slick when it is wet, also water will puddle on it much longer that if it is bare concrete. 

 

 

Slick when wet is fine as it never gets wet, but B80/sqm is too expensive 😔

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25 minutes ago, sometimewoodworker said:

That is why you add granules (a little like sand) immediately after it’s down so that doesn’t happen.

Wouldn't that just create dust from constant contact with the sand? Which is what we're trying to eradicate.

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28 minutes ago, sometimewoodworker said:

That is why you add granules (a little like sand) immediately after it’s down so that doesn’t happen.

 

But then it is a PITA to keep clean, and it still stays wet for quite a while. 

 

If it’s indoors it’s fine.

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1 hour ago, MaiDong said:

Wouldn't that just create dust from constant contact with the sand? Which is what we're trying to eradicate.

It is not sand. That was an example of the size of the granules though they may be a little larger. And no they do not produce dust but do produce a non slip surface even if wet.

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1 hour ago, mogandave said:

 

But then it is a PITA to keep clean, and it still stays wet for quite a while. 

 

If it’s indoors it’s fine.

That is not the experience of those who have the surface, there is little to no difference in drying time between with and without the granules and little difference in ability to keep it clean.

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12 hours ago, sometimewoodworker said:

That is not the experience of those who have the surface, there is little to no difference in drying time between with and without the granules and little difference in ability to keep it clean.

 

Well it has been my experience having had it on factory floors, stairs, decking and amusement ride platforms. It is much more difficult to keep clean. and there are other negatives as well. That said, it generally does provide a good non-skid surface. 

 

My “drying” comment was in regard to coated and non-coated concrete.

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, sometimewoodworker said:

It is not sand. That was an example of the size of the granules though they may be a little larger. And no they do not produce dust but do produce a non slip surface even if wet.

 

It can be sand, ground peach-pits or walnuts shells, rubber pellets or any number of other things.

 

I is generally added to the coating prior to application, not thrown on after. 

 

But you are right, it typically does not cause dust.

 

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