Most finishes in high-traffic areas require daily maintenance of cleaning, mopping and restoring with a high-speed buffing. Stripping of sealers and finishes can do much of the damage associated with top coating natural stone. Typically, finishes are hard to repair and must be stripped or re-coated. They tend to penetrate more deeply than a traditional topical coating.


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Should a mix occur, an adhesion challenge may take place and although it may look and feel correct, the end result will cause the coatings to separate. Impregnators will not show scratching or scuffing and do not require constant attention to maintain the quality of finish. Impregnators are typically low molecular weight polymers formulated to penetrate below the surface. The low viscosity allows complete wetting of the particles or fibers within the given substrate. This film changes the angle of contact between liquid and the solid surface that has been treated. The impregnator film also reduces surface tension, making it more difficult for most liquids to penetrate the solid surface.

The protection can come from silicones, silanes, siloxanes and various polymers and co-polymers. Typically, solvents will allow varied and deeper penetration into the substrate than water. For many dense surfaces, like porcelain tile and polished granite, water will not penetrate very deeply (if at all) and the protection is left at the surface with poorer durability over the long term. Water-based products are typically lower in toxicity and have little or no smell as compared to similar solvent-based products. In some instances, they can present difficult challenges when removal is necessary. Silicones are any group of semi-organic polymers containing chains of alternate silicon and oxygen atoms, characterized by wide-range thermal stability and used in adhesives, lubricants, protective coatings and synthetic rubber. Usually, these products consist of long-chained molecules that contain fluorine and carbon. These raw materials have been utilized in the fabric and textile industry for many years. It is difficult to achieve both, and most products on the market sacrifice in one area or the other. Do not be misled by the unit cost of the product you are considering.

To ensure that a product will perform as promised, request independent backup for all claims made by any company. If the results favor the specific needs of an application, then test the products yourself. In addition, many impregnators make the surface less slippery, harder, and allow 100% vapor transmission.

This is an important factor when considering that these areas typically utilize stone and tile. Grout sealers help prevent staining and protect against water damage. Sealants need to be a must have when installing new tile or stone, makes the yearly cleaning much easier and keeps floors looking newer. I wish all my clients would seal their floors, it would make my job that much easier. Digging into the ground to find the right materials for tiles is also a daunting process. If you do accidentally drop something heavy and chip the floor, you won’t see quite a contrasting color difference as you would with ceramic or porcelain tile. This makes it an unsuitable choice for floors subject to heavy abuse, like those within a garage or warehouse.

As the name implies, sealers actually seal the surface tight against chemicals, water and other contaminants.

Sealers typically are not vapor permeable and can be semi-permanent and hard to repair. The higher the solids, the more difficult to use, and the more expensive it is. Typically, finishes have a limited life span of a few weeks to one year before complete stripping and re-coating is required.

Most waxes are vapor permeable and can be easily applied and repaired when scratched or damaged. Typically, these products are acrylics and modified acrylics with lower solids and lower viscosity. Color enhancers can also be more durable, allow vapor transmission and many can be used outside in the elements. It is important to keep similar chemicals applied to the same surface. Re-application of an impregnator can range from six months to 20 years, depending on the manufacturer, substrate and surface location. To accomplish this feat, monomers are simply hydrolyzed in the presence of solvent or water. When the carrier of solvent or water evaporates, the impregnator reacts to leave a long-lasting, invisible barrier of protection from the elements.

With water-based impregnators, the water evaporates and leaves behind a film. The greater the angle of contact between the liquid and the solid, the more difficult it is to penetrate the solid. This change in surface tension also creates the “beading” action that customers are so fond of. For these three reasons, products that best protect stone and tile against water and oil stains contain complex and unique polymers and co-polymers. The only way to protect the substrate is to penetrate it with something that will carry the protection into it.

Nevertheless, it has to be carried into the substrate, and it will typically use one of two carriers: solvent or water.

The curing process, which is a result of evaporation, can be adjusted by using different solvents. The protection can only be in place when the water evaporates. Contrary to some beliefs, water-based products are no easier to use or apply than comparable solvent-based products. Silicones can actually last longer that the substrate they have been applied to.

Co-polymers and fluropolymers are relatively new to the tile and stone industry. By extracting fluorine and then combining it with carbon, one can achieve many desired properties when such a material is applied to a substrate. As a rule, silicone-type products repel water very well and are weaker at oil repellency, and fluropolymer-type products are weak at repelling water but good for repelling oil. It is very simple for manufacturers to supply their products to independent labs for testing. It is also important to note that while kitchens and restrooms represent approximately 10% of a facility, they are used by 100% of the occupants and visitors and cause more than 80% of the facility complaints. If you are looking for as cheap used car, however, buying a manual can mean getting more car for your money. The raw materials must be picked from safe sites and processed as soon as possible. Forged from natural minerals like quartz and calcite in extreme heat, slate is an extremely durable and solid surface that withstands everyday wear and tear.

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Owners of newly installed concrete are often told by their contractors to seal the concrete. In freeze-thaw climates, the expansion of frozen liquids can destroy the surface of unsealed concrete.

Most chemically reactive sealers are nearly invisible because they penetrate into the concrete. Water-based acrylic resin sealers provide moderate color enhancement and a satin appearance. High-performance sealers such as 100%-solids epoxies, polyaspartic urethanes and polyureas require professional installation using special tools and application techniques. Most acrylic-resin sealers and certain reactive penetrating sealers (siliconates and silicates) should be applied as soon as new concrete can withstand the weight of the installer. To repel water and deicing salts, use an acrylic-resin sealer or reactive penetrating sealers. For resistance to these substances, use a high-performance epoxy or urethane system.

You can get similar performance by using an epoxy or urethane system, which generally lasts 5 to 10 years depending on traffic exposure.

Instead, you’re typically bombarded with a confusing array of performance claims and scientific terms.

Exterior concrete in any region subject to freeze-thaw cycles should be sealed (see these regional climate maps). Oil, salt, fertilizer, and other household chemicals can discolor and damage unsealed concrete.

Other reactive penetrating sealers (silanes and siloxanes) and most high-performance coatings, such as epoxies and urethanes, should only be applied after the concrete is fully cured (generally 28 days).

If you also want to repel oil stains, use a siliconate (a type of reactive penetrating chemical sealer). Because they penetrate the concrete, reactive chemical sealers will last the longest and generally only wear away if the substrate surface itself wears away, which may be 10 years or longer. Acrylic-resin sealers offer the shortest performance life – generally 1 to 3 years. Concrete is locally made and can last for many decades with proper care. As for the sealer itself, water-based products are generally considered the most environmentally friendly. Contact your concrete sealer supplier to learn more about the regulations in your state.

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It could give anyone who is looking for a sealant that really works visual proof of which one is best. This will provide protection against any household cleaners and ultimate stain protection. There are a great variety of stones on the market and some don’t even need to be sealed in the first place (and will be both acid and stain resistant). Consumers and end users shouldn’t have to be as concerned of products they are comparing by name.

They were having problems with the finish, ease of application and probably in reality it just plain wasn’t acid proof lol. One does not exist to my knowledge, at least one that us an impregnator.

This still does not mean allowing a acidic based product to stay in contact with your stone surface overnight. As professionals or manufacturers reps, we have to be careful of what we post to protect us from any legal liability issues. At one time they came out with a sealer that was ‘acid proof’ but the name escapes me.


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The first company that makes an acid proof sealer is gonna make a mint. I know a guy (plenty of others and companies/ r&d) that has been working on it for quite a while now.

FAQs by kseal.com

The water boils in the cylinder and is expelled with the exhaust gases. One cause of misting windscreens is when there is a leak in the heater matrix. If there is a coolant leak in the matrix, then this contaminates the air entering the cabin. You may also detect the smell of coolant/antifreeze and, in extreme cases, you will notice damp patches in the foot wells.

This indicates that you have water (coolant) leaking into the oil due to a head gasket problem. My cooling system is pressurising and coolant is being blown out of the expansion tank.

Cooling systems now contain additives which not only prevent the water in the system from freezing but also help the cooling process in hot weather. You have a hot liquid flowing around a closed loop with the intention of transferring heat from the system to the surrounding environment through radiation.

This can be externally or internally (across the head to the cylinders). What you are seeing is not smoke but steam condensing as it exits the exhaust and hits cold air (just like when a kettle boils). You may also notice reduced engine performance, starting problems and fouled spark plugs. The heater matrix transfers heat from the coolant into warm air to heat up the cabin. The moisture then condenses on the windscreen cause the misting. The water and oil combine and emulsify (a bit like mayonnaise) which results in the deposits around the filler cap.

Even though there is pressure coming into the cooling system, there is almost always a small movement of coolant back across the crack as the pistons move up and down within the cylinder.

Coolant and antifreeze are just different names for the same additive. Plus, the additives help prevent corrosion and also lubricate the cooling system. Evans so long as the dosage of does not exceed 5% water within the cooling system. A water based heating system is very similar to an automotive cooling system.
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If there is a leak in the system this compromises the efficiency for the system and can lead to long term damage. It will even repair leaks in hard plastic radiator casings.

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Even with common household cleaners, you don’t want them to get in your eye or have prolonged skin exposure. It’s important to let the stone absorb as much sealant as possible (without letting it dry on top) rather than trying to spread the sealer around to cover as much as possible. Most granite and marble will only require one coat, however, performing the water test after the first coat has cured for 24 hours will help determine if the stone is effectively sealed or if a second coat is necessary. However, these chemical compounds contain much larger molecules that do not penetrate as deeply or bond as well and break down over time.

This means that it does not react with, mix with, or contaminate food at all.

All other stone sealers utilize what we call “last generation” technology. Once cured (after the liquid part of the sealer has evaporated) the sealer becomes chemically inert.

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Solvent concrete or stone sealers present a deeper darkening effect with higher gloss. Organic and inorganic impurities in the original limestone material gives marble its familiar patterns and veins. Sealing a surface overcomes its disadvantages and retain its appearance.

Surfaces can easily be damaged by household acids, cleaning agents or food spills. Marble which is used for construction and is often cut into slabs and polished. It is also important to periodically check the surface and reseal if needed. However, to protect the surface well, sealing marble is still the best option. To check whether a surface requires sealing or to check whether it is time to re-seal is very easy.

If the water gets absorbed into the stone, it is time to seal or reseal the surface. Deluxe range will also aid in stain protection in the event of an unfortunate spill! Like all natural stones it is porous and absorbs water and liquids resulting in marks or stains. Gives you more time to clean up spills and prevents them from staining the stone. Liquids with low surface tension penetrate better into its surface. Water based protection on the other hand is more environmental friendly and food safe. It bonds nicely with the surface resulting in good protection from liquids and corrosive spills. It employs a relatively safe solvent which is free from chlorinated hydrocarbons. It does not alter the look of the surface, is environmental friendly, food safe and odour free. Utilizing a protective coating prevents stains, scratches and other kinds of damage from everyday use.

We offer both types from which you can choose the one that best suits your requirements for sealing marble. Allow us the opportunity to first help as we understand how frustrating it is should an application not turn out as expected.

Different paint finishes wear differently…in general terms the higher the gloss, the harder the finish. As a result, traditional names and levels for gloss levels differ from manufacturer to manufacturer and are often nothing more than clever marketing. You probably aren’t the least bit interested in protecting against wine stains and the like. In this particular scenario you really are after complete protection. As there is always a trigger mechanism for coating failures our below guide will aid in eliminating such scenarios. If surface suffers from rising damp apply a moisture barrier first.

Sandblasting, sanding and grinding are the recommended techniques for preparation. Failure to adequately abrade the epoxy coating can result in failure of the topcoat.

Repair any damaged areas with a cement/sand mixture, or suitable epoxy filler. To test porosity apply a few drops of water to surface for a period of 2 minutes. If surface darkens slightly or there is evidence of absorption this suggests surface is porous. Values and numbers indicated are general guidelines and recommendations and may not be applicable for some specific installations and conditions. Saturate the head of a stiff bristled broom and start scrubbing the surface. If using a water based sealer simply wait approx 20 – 40 mins before applying the sealer. Non-hazardous, non-flammable, very low odour – all round more environmentally friendly. Both used in concrete coatings; they can act both as decoration and protection. Their decorative functions can make the concrete glossier as well as to enhance colour, thus improving aesthetic quality. After application of the sealer to the concrete, the water evaporates and the particles comprising the polymer begin gathering together.

In a sealer that’s solvent-based, however, the particles of the polymers are not dispersed. As the solvent evaporates, the chains comprising the polymer are brought closer, and in time, they interlock firmly. These are the most important attributes of any sealer; a sealer must function in protecting the surface. Both water and solvent based sealers also protect concrete from stains such as car stains, spills from food or drink, and chemicals – it is possible to remove these stains before they become permanent. This is because scattered polymer particles reflect visible light in a different way than the way water reflects visible light. Sealers that are solvent-based on the other hand, are good in wetting out and penetrating surfaces of concrete, so the finish is glossy and the colour of the concrete underneath is intensified. Saved time by busy contractors could spell the distinction between arriving on the job early and arriving home late. Image 2 illustrates the natural look non-slip protection of a penetrating sealer! They prevent contaminants such as dirt, oil, grease and chemicals from penetrating the surface, protecting it from damage as well as making it easier to clean and maintain. Protects your surface from wear and tear and exposure to the elements.

These are the most cost effective film-forming sealers and also the easiest to apply.

These particles can be detrimental to your hard surfaces structure as time moves on. For most homeowners, replacement can be a financial burden. A penetrating or impregnating sealer can prevent chemical damage and permanent staining by holding spills close to ones surface. Look for a product that is safe to use, easy to apply, while still maintaining all the protective qualities one would expect from a sealer.

When limestone is subjected to high pressure and heat for long periods of time under the earth the material crystallises and becomes marble.

Like all materials this dense stone has its advantages and disadvantages. Due to being a very popular natural stone it is widely used for flooring, window sills and cooking surfaces in houses. The best and safest way to protect surfaces at home is to use a marble sealer. Due to the nature of its formation the stone has patterns or veins. Due to these issues, sealing marble especially with a solvent based product is the best way to maintain your surface.

Just like limestone, is easily etched by acids and can also get scratched if not used with care. Allows the stone to breathe but prevents liquids from impregnating the stone. Though marble is porous, it is dense and has a high surface energy. This is where solvents do a better job than water because their surface tension is much lower. The better penetration of solvent based products result in a more durable and thorough seal than what is achieved by water based. We offer both types of sealers allowing you to choose the one that is best suited to your preferences and applications. It preserves the natural look of the surface and allows it to breathe. Marble is a dense natural stone which is easily stained, scratched and etched. The solvent based range provide a deeper penetration and will do a superior job than water based. For example, you shouldn’t write reviews referencing your own business or employer, your friends’ or relatives’ business.

Let’s keep the site useful for consumers and not overrun with commercial noise. The reason being that products supplied are: 1) applied in environments by which a supplier has no control of and 2) applied by an applicator which a supplier equally has no control of. Different paint finishes also reflect light differently, inturn altering our perception of color. A more appropriate means of measurement is levels, not names!

A floor coatings finish should be used as a guide only as the ultimate finish will be determined by many variables including surface porosity/application technique/elements etc. They are formulated to protect and enhance substrates from the effects of oil, grease, dirt and moisture borne contaminants. Penetrating sealers are the perfect choice for those requiring a non-slip stain repellent sealer without altering the natural appearance of substrate. Application method, cleaning methods, substrate type, exposure to elements and traffic will affect wear. Each time an additional protective quality is added to the manufacturing end, it has a knock on effect to the price a consumer will ultimately pay! So in this particular example, why pay for the added stain protection?

Regularly, you invite guests over that unfortunately spill anything from coffee to wine. Before applying any protective coating it is absolutely essential that the surface be prepared thoroughly. To test porosity apply a few drops of water to surface for a period of 2 minutes. If surface darkens slightly or there is evidence of absorption this suggests surface is porous. Values and numbers indicated are general guidelines and recommendations and may not be applicable for some specific installations and conditions. Never apply on very damp floor surfaces or onto surfaces known to suffer from rising damp. If the entire floor is unsound it may need to be abraded/grinded or sandblasted. The surface can be abraded with a belt sander, pole sander or angle grinder using coarse sandpaper or grinding discs.

Once a sufficient grind has been achieved pressure wash the entire surface to remove any sanding residue, leave the surface to thoroughly dry. Ensure that the repaired surface/s are appropriately abraded before applying the paint.

Use a blower on surface removing loose dirt, dust and debris. Using pressure cleaner on low rpm apply solution liberally across surface. Optionally saturate the head of a stiff bristled broom and start scrubbing the surface. To determine a sealers efficiency further, one must concentrate on the active constituents the carrier transports. For dense substrates like semi vitrified porcelain, granite & marble, water will not penetrate whereas a solvent will. Evaporates at a faster rate than water based products therefore not advised to apply on hot days. Due to odours generated, can be problematic to apply indoors.

After the concrete is cured, usually 21-28 days, these sealers are applied. Their protective functions are to shield the concrete from damage as well as provide greater resistance to chemicals and stains. In a sealer that’s water-based, the particles comprising the polymer are scattered in water.

After more evaporation, the particles deform and then bind together…the result being a coating that’s continuous and clear. Instead, the polymer forms a clear and continuous solution with the solvent. Both solvent-based and water-based topical sealers stick to the surface of the concrete where they are applied; that is why upon application, eventually the surface of the concrete will look glossy. High-quality topical acrylic sealers can protect anywhere between 2-5 years outdoors. Depending on where they will be used, these sealers are often rolled-on or sprayed on concrete. The one drawback is generally the intense “wet look” of a cheap inferior solvent sealer can disappear quite quickly! Water-based sealers do not burn, have no intoxicating smells typical of solvents and can be cleaned up easily and quickly after application. Both types of sealers, however, do not differ much in their protective properties, and both can protect concrete surfaces extremely well. Also bear in mind that washing up is also much easier when compared to a solvent! Image 1 illustrates the altering of appearance by using a film forming sealer.

They bring out the beauty of your surface by enhancing and darkening its colour with a semi-gloss or gloss finish. Fast-drying, especially water based with some being touch dry in as little as 20 mins. These are slightly thicker than regular acrylic sealers and offer good protection against chemicals and abrasive substances, as well as protection against scuffs and stains. Epoxies consist of two components that must be mixed together before being painted on. Like our skin, concrete and natural stone also have pores where dust particles and foreign spillage can seep through. Penetrating sealers can make concrete floors to granite countertops more resistant to organic materials while still allowing surface to breath.

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