Stripping and Recoating Floors with Aquathane CS & Aquathane HP
STRIPPING: When stripping a concrete floor in a warehouse, industrial manufacturing area, recreation center, etc. it is a help to know what type of seal or finish you are to remove. Cure & seals, polyurethanes, epoxies, and water based seals may be removed by using a modern type paint and varnish remover with the aid of a conventional floor machine equipped with a wire brush, nylo-grit pad, or stiff bassine bristle brush. The paint and varnish remover is spread liberally on the floor and allowed to work for 15-25 min. Stripper should not dry on the floor but should be kept wet either with a fine water spray or additional stripper. After waiting the alloted time, scrub floor with floor machine as afore mentioned. Pick up residue with wet/dry vacuum, rinse and re-vacuum. If wet/dry vacuum is not available, sawdust or sweeping compound may be sprinkled on wet area and then shoveled into drums. Two or more rinses should be used when shoveling operation is over.
If the above type seals have been waxed or coated with an acrylic floor finish or have an abundance of oil and dirt on the surface, floor should be degreased or cleaned with Rubber Burn Remover/Concrete Cleaner prior to seal removal. This allows paint and varnish remover to use its stripping strength on the seal rather than expending itself cutting through dirt, greases, and waxes.
REFINISHING FLOOR: Concrete flooring, which has been properly stripped, is now ready for application of Aquathane CS concrete cure and selaer or Aquathane HP hard surface sealer finish. Click to visit our Concrete Floor Care section. The etching of a floor is an option based on the condition of the concrete. Extremely smooth cement may be etched with an acid solution to produce good adhesion of sealer to substrate. If etching is performed, several rinses should be applied prior to sealing.
Aquathane CS or Aquathane HP may now be applied using either lambs wool pad applicators, commercial pump-up sprayers, airless spray equipment, mop or finish applicator. Roughness of substrate should determine type of application equipment needed. Apply at the rate of approximately 800-1000 sq./gal. Allowing 45 minutes dry time between coats. Two or three coats should suffice depending on traffic in the recoat area. Total curing time prior to foot traffic is 8 hours. This product is colorless and will not yellow even in ultra-violet light. Good chemical resistance and ease of application make this the ideal product to seal and finish concrete, concrete aggregate, quarry tile, and flagstone.
FLOOR CARE: Finished floor may be cleaned at intervals with all purpose cleaner, synthetic neutral cleaner or cleaner degreaser type detergents, either manually or with auto-scrubber. Be sure to see our selection of concrete floor maintenance cleaners.
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