|Tips for success
Complete mixing instructions are on every container. Always follow label directions on the
- Surface preparation: This is vitally important to a beautiful, long lasting floor. Inadequate surface
preparation can lead to a complete failure of the flooring system. Don't build your house on a bad
All surfaces must be free of foreign materials. Use a good cleaner/degreaser to remove dirt, grease, and
All paint or previously used sealers must be removed by chemical or physical methods.
Next, the surface must be prepared to insure good adhesion.
Minimally, you should etch the floor with a mix of 4 parts water and one part acid.
If applying a 100% product we strongly recommend the surface be ground or bead blasted. If not, a primer coat is recommended.
- Pre-Mixing: Premix the individual contents of each container. Separation of ingredients and settling of
pigments can occur during shipment. Pre-mixing insures the proper ratios of ingredients are there to react
and produces consistant color on the floor. Pre_mix until to product is homogeneous (then mix a little more).
DO NOT PUT THE DRILL MIXER INTO PART A THEN INTO PART B.
Also once a mixer is used to mix combined products, it cannot be put back into an original container and
used to pre-mix!
- Mixing 2 part products: Mix the products exactly as instructed on the label. In two separate graduated
containers measure the amount of hardner and resin needed for the mix. Mix only the amount of product
you can apply in 1/2 the pot life of that product or 20 minutes, which ever is less! Pour the hardener (part B)
in a mixing bucket first then the resin (part A). Use a wooden paint stir stick to scrape the extra of each
product from the graduated containers into the mix bucket. Using a mechanical mixer stir the materials together as instructed in the
product data sheets. Move the mixer around as it spins running against the sides and up and down. Move
the mixer to contact the bottom especially where the sides and bottom meet. This is especially important
with thick products.
Avoid introducing air into the coating.
Do not cut the mix time short.
Be sure the product looks consistent with no swirls remaining.
For extra insurance (that there is no unmixed product) after mixing, transfer the mixed material into a second bucket and scrape the remaining
contents into the second pail. Mix that material for 30 more seconds.
Failure to properly mix can result in soft and/or sticky spots on the floor. There is no fix for that, only
complete removal and reapplication.
- Application: Measure off the floor and determine how much of the area the mix should cover.
Look here for basic 2-part coating application instructions with photos.
If you are going to apply flakes be sure not to get too much floor coated as to not be able to toss them far enough! Stop at
appropriate intervals during application to apply flakes. However, if you order spiked shoes you'll be able to walk out on the floor to apply chips. It makes it much easier to evenly apply.