Tips for Successful Applications

Installing decorative coatings over existing concrete can enhance its appearance and durability. Here are some tips to help you achieve a successful installation:

  1. Surface Preparation:
    • Clean the existing concrete thoroughly by sweeping, pressure washing, and removing any dirt, grease, or oil.
    • Repair any cracks or damage in the concrete using an appropriate patching compound.
  2. Etching or Grinding:
    • To ensure good adhesion, etch the surface of the concrete with an acid-based solution or mechanically grind it to open up the pores.
    • This step is essential for coatings like epoxy to bond effectively with the concrete.
  3. Moisture Testing:
    • Perform a moisture test on the concrete surface to ensure that it is dry enough for the chosen coating. Excessive moisture can lead to adhesion issues.
  4. Choose the Right Coating:
    • Select a decorative coating that suits your needs and the specific conditions of the concrete surface. Common options include epoxy, polyaspartics, acrylic, or decorative overlays.
  5. Proper Mixing:
    • Follow Concrete Technology’s tech advisors’ instructions for mixing the coating materials. Consistent and accurate mixing is crucial for the performance of the coating.
  6. Application Tools:
    • Use the appropriate tools for applying the coating, such as brushes, rollers, or sprayers. The choice depends on the type of coating and the desired finish.
  7. Ventilation:
    • Ensure proper ventilation during the application process, especially when working with coatings that emit fumes. This is important for both your health and the curing process of the coating.
  8. Multiple Layers:
    • If the coating requires multiple layers, allow each layer to dry or cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions before applying the next one.
  9. Sealing:
    • Consider applying a clear sealer over the decorative coating to enhance its durability and resistance to stains, abrasion, and UV damage.
  10. Curing Time:
    • Allow sufficient time for the coating to cure before subjecting it to foot traffic or heavy use. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for curing times.
  11. Regular Maintenance:
    • Perform regular maintenance to keep the decorative coating in good condition. This may include cleaning, resealing, or touching up damaged areas as needed.

Always refer to the specific instructions provided by Concrete Technology Inc., as different products may have unique requirements.