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Old 16-07-2018, 02:53 PM   #11
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Thank you all, had not considered the chipboard + carpet option. Plenty of food for thought now.
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Old 16-07-2018, 07:09 PM   #12
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PVA is recommended for sealing concrete floors and a very good job it does.
You can get different grades of PVA. Waterproof PVA costs more than standard woodworking glue. Washable PVA, which is sold by craft outlets washes out of clothes. Builders PVA for sealing concrete floors is a different formulation.

Washable PVA is good for ballasting because it allows you to lift the track if you make a mistake. However you have to soak the track for quite a long time to dissolve the PVA, but it can be done. Washable PVA is good for building card kits because it washes off your fingers easily.
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I painted my old garage floor with red-oxide paint, but in time patches lifted as in those days you didn’t have to install a damp proof membrane in garages.

If I was doing it again then I would use a proper sealer first, then paint. I would also probably use duckboards to keep my feet off the cold floor. I have seen old pallets similarly used in a workshop.

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Old 20-07-2018, 09:37 AM   #14
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To Be honest if I were building a layout in an out side concrete floored building I would put down a sub frames of 2" X 2" or3" X 2" and board it over then cover with carpet. Much more comfortable in the winter. That takes care of all the dust problems as well. More like home when it is snowing outside. John
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Just one point to remember. If you seal it then paint it with garage floor paint the paint does not key as well to the concrete and can rub off with time. It will lift for instance if you park a car on it, especially with wet tyres.

If you want painted then a first coat of thinned down paint followed by a top coat is the best way. If you just want to seal it then go for the PVA. I would seal it then add the frame and boarding as has been suggested with a carpet on top. More comfortable and much warmer. Don't go for a thick pile carpet though, use a hard wearing fine pile commercial one to minimise dust.
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Thank you everybody, I can feel another trip to the timber yard.
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Old 20-07-2018, 01:14 PM   #17
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I forgot to say if you frame and board it you dont need to do all the painting milarky, also it will help to level it out as well if it is not to level. As some screeds are not that good if they are a DIY jobs.
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