This meant that we could definitely not paint the stain on top of the floor in its current state. It also meant that we had to remove the stain we just applied :( A trip to Home Depot resulted in us purchasing paint stripper, some wire brushes, a mop, and gloves. According to the instructions, all you have to do is apply the stripper, wait a few hours, and wipe off. That is a big load of crap! In no way does it easily wipe up. It is a big gooey nasty mess! We scrubbed the floor with wire brushes for about 4 hours until all of the stain was removed and we were both cursing the "not so small" test area. By the time we finished, it was late and all the restaurants were closed, so we had a nice can of beans for dinner. Just wonderful….
Since the stain was not going to stick to the floor with the remnants of wax in the grout, we assumed that paint would also not stick. Guess what that means for us? Oh just joyous wonderful days of being on our hands and knees scrubbing the floor with wire brushes until all the wax is gone. Pure marital bliss….
The paint stripper is not cheap either. This floor job has just become my least favorite house remodel project. We have about half of the floor stripped at this point. After stripping the wax, we will apply another acid wash to clean the tile, then prime the tile, and then finally be able to paint the floor.