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Because the coatings take around 24 hours to cure completely, our installation goal is always to finish the job in one day. With the execution of our standard operating procedures, we ensure a quality installation with minimal down time for the customer.
1. PREPARE CONCRETE
2. APPLY BASE & FLAKE
3. SCRAPE FLAKES
4. APPLY TOP COAT
5. ALLOW TO CURE
1. PREPARING CONCRETE
The preparation of the concrete is the most important part of the process. If the product can't make a solid bond with a stable base, it will compromise the durability. The concrete must be cleared of customer's belongings before any concrete preparation can begin. The first step is grinding of the surface to remove any previous paint, coatings or texture. This step is vital because it brings the concrete to a porous state to ensure sufficient bonding by the polyaspartic base coat. The grinding also opens up and exposes any underlying cracks. Cracks and divots are repaired using our polyurea repair product, which cures in about 15 minutes when mixed with sand. Once the concrete fix is hardened, we regrind and vacuum all potential contaminants.
2. POLYASPARTIC BASECOAT & FLAKE APPLICATION
Once the concrete is ready for coating, we prepare all of our supplies, tools and buckets of flake for rapid installation. The pigmented (tan or grey typically) polyaspartic base coat is applied over a wide area in small batches, to ensure maximum coverage without losing or wasting any of the product. At this point, we broadcast our flake to the point of rejection - when the base coat cannot receive any more flake. Another batch is mixed and applied until the full floor is covered. Broadcasting of the flakes will continue until no more of the base coat is exposed. The flakes will make their bond in one hour.
3. SCRAPING FLAKES
After the flakes have set for at least an hour and the base coat has made its bond, we run a scraper from every direction along every inch of the floor to remove loose flakes and to flatten out jagged flakes. In doing this, we give the floor a semi-textured feel that is not harsh to walk on with bare feet. After this, we clean up the flakes and vacuum every inch of the floor to ensure that no loose flakes or potential contaminants are present for top coat application.
4. POLYASPARTIC TOP COAT APPLICATION
At this point, we will mix up a batch of the polyaspartic top coat and apply to all of the edges, vertical surfaces, or anywhere else that is difficult to reach with a paint roller. When all edges are complete, we apply the polyaspartic to the surface in large batches and spread the liquid with a paint roller. Once a large portion of the floor is covered, we use our paint roller to backroll every inch of the floor to make sure that there are no streaks, puddles, dry spots, etc. We triple check the application from multiple angles using light reflection. Ensuring the coverage is uniform is of utmost importance.
5. ALLOW TO CURE
When we finish applying the top coat, the install has been finished and the curing process - the longest part of this process - begins. It is very important to not step onto the floor for a minimum of 8 hours to allow the top coat to bond completely to the base and flakes on a molecular level. After 24 full hours, the floor will be totally cured.
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