New build, tape stains messing with my stained concrete plans...

Ott2December 12, 2013

Hi,
Hoping someone might have some much needed advice to offer�
We are finishing up a new build that has two areas planned for stained concrete flooring.
At some point in the build, a worker taped plastic to concrete floors to protect the surface. The tape was a really strong kind of tape normally used on roofing. The tape and plastic have been removed to prep for staining the concrete. There are stains everywhere where there had been tape. The concrete floor guys tried sanding the stains, and also tried a couple of products to remove the stains, but so far, the stains persist. The concrete floor guys will be out again in a couple of days, hopefully with some new ideas for removing the stains. GC is wanting to change to what he calls "plan B" to tile these areas. I'm not ready to give up my vision of stained concrete floors, but also can't have tape marks/stains randomly featured throughout these areas.

So�
- Any ideas on removing these tape stains so that i can get back to the original concrete color everywhere?
- If I can't remove the stains, is there something I can do to sort of "tape stain" the rest of the concrete so that I can get the base color to match the tape stain, and then do the decorative stain on top of that? Even if it makes the end result darker? (Does that make sense?)
- Can I have a thin layer of concrete laid over the existing tape-stained concrete to get a clean concrete to work with?

I can't believe that one little roll of tape can kill the stained concrete plan that has been in place for two years!

Any great GW ideas here? TIA!

Ott2

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Roseainsworth

Well you know the concrete is a strong absorber when it's wet now it take the color of that tape you have used there. And you also mentioned that you have used for many things to remove it but it didn't work. And I think very less people have this kind of experience so maybe they cannot help you, one thing which can be possible that did you try to stand water on the floor and let it stay for sometime maybe that will lose those stains and you can clean it.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 3:28AM
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tinmer

New build here and we are starting stain tomorrow. Met with our stain guy today, and he made it very clear that tape shouldn't be put on the actual concrete floor at all for any reason. He said it would ruin it. I have a friend who has stained floors and the tape marks were very noticeable, they had tapped her floor as well instead of doubled paper then taping the paper down. I am afraid that you will see the tape marks with any color of stain. Hope you find something to fix it. I am sorry that they ruined your floor plan of stained concrete. It is beautiful.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 10:05PM
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tinmer

New build here and we are starting stain tomorrow. Met with our stain guy today, and he made it very clear that tape shouldn't be put on the actual concrete floor at all for any reason. He said it would ruin it. I have a friend who has stained floors and the tape marks were very noticeable, they had tapped her floor as well instead of doubled paper then taping the paper down. I am afraid that you will see the tape marks with any color of stain. Hope you find something to fix it. I am sorry that they ruined your floor plan of stained concrete. It is beautiful.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 10:06PM
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