All Weather Floors Polyurea Garage Floor Coating Instructions

All Weather Floors Polyurea Garage Floor Coating Instructions

All Weather Floors 2K Polyurea Installation Guidelines

General Tips & Information

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Read this before installing

You may receive more tint and anti-wear / anti-skid than you need. DO NOT just use all of it. One container of tint is good for one gallon of coating. If your project requires you to use material in less than 1-gallon increments, you will need to measure out the tint. For example, if you need 1.5 gallons of colored polyurea you will receive two full cans of tint. Use 5 Fluid Ounces of Tint / Quart when tinting less than a gallon. It is important that you mix ALL your colored material together in a larger bucket – just in case you are slightly off on your tint measurements.

Anti-Wear amount is given as a range on the instructions. It is important that you consider the safety of those using the garage, the environmental conditions and ease of clean, before deciding how much to use.

For random broadcast flake systems you will be given more than enough flake to do a heavy broadcast. We would not exceed 1#/100 Sq. Ft. Go lighter based on your taste and desired effect. Practice on a clean dry drop cloth.

Lastly, your system was designed for maximum performance. Look at this coating as ‘three dimensional.’ To achieve the proper thickness, it is important that you use a spread rate of 200 Sq. Ft. per gallon. You CAN cover your floor with less, but your system will be thinner and less effective. THIS ASSUMES YOU ORDERED A KIT. If you ordered Ala Carte, spread the material at the rate used for determining how much material you need. It should be between 180-250 Sq. Ft. Per Gallon.

Instructions

Follow all safety precautions listed on can. Work in well ventilated area. Where a NIOSH approved respirator, pants, long sleeves and gloves. Turn off any pilot lights and make sure no open flames are present during application.

Roller Suggestion:

Midwest Rake 9” 48203 3/8” roller or 18” 48209 3/8” Roller. Change rollers every coat and every 400-500 square feet. Available on our Polyurea page

General

As with all coating guidelines, these steps are not meant to substitute for common sense and actual field experience. It is not possible to discuss every situation. Please contact your distributor if you have additional questions.

Product Estimation:

We suggest estimating based on 225 and 250 square feet per gallon. Our kits are designed for a thicker system. We use 200 Sq. Ft. per gallon spread rate on all kits. Actual coverage, especially on subsequent coats, may be as high as 300 square feet / gallons. Just because you can spread it thinner does not mean you should. We highly suggest a spread rate of 200 Sq. Ft. for kits and up to 225 Sq. Ft. for individual purchase. You are safe at 250 Sq. Ft. per gallon, especially on second coats BUT Remember this product is three dimensional. The further you spread it, the thinner your floor.

We suggest a minimum of two coats, including the clear coat. All installations must have at least one coat of clear. Lighter colors such as white, and porous or damaged concrete may require an extra color coat.
We suggest two color coats and two clear coats for high use commercial, industrial and shop environments.
Random broadcast flake projects require between ¼ to 1 pound of flake per 100 square feet. For full broadcast floors divide the total square footage by 5 for DIY applicators or 6 for professional applicators. A minimum of 2 coats of clear is required over a full broadcast floor.
We suggest ½ to 1 pound of our anti-wear anti-skid per in the final coat. For simplicity, use half of a container (approx. .8 pounds) per gallon.

Storage

Shelf life defines the total amount of time a product can sit on the shelf. This includes time spent in transit, time at the plant and time at distribution. We highly suggest ordering this product and using within 60 days of receipt. Store in temperature controlled environment in a well-sealed container. Do not allow to freeze.
Moisture Testing
A moisture test is an important step with an coating. A plastic sheet test can be effective, for warranty purposes, a calcium chloride test with results under 3 is suggested.

Clean Your Surface

It is important that your concrete be free from oils, dirt, dust and other contaminants . We suggest All Weather Floors Industrial Cleaner. More stubborn oil stains may need to be removed using oil specific products.

Prep Your Surface

Acid Etch, Acid Stain (for clear), diamond grinding or shot blasting shall provide sufficient profile for proper adhesion. Desired surface profile is between CSP1 and CSP2. If acid etching make sure you neutralize acid and allow floor to dry. If mechanical means is necessary, clean all dust.

Perform any repairs. This product is not designed to repair concrete, fill cracks or fill joints. You can coat the surface of joints but not fill them.

Primer

A primer is always a good idea, but not required with this system. If a primer is desired, simply use an extra coat of our AWF 2K Polyurea. This is especially important with damaged or porous floors or in situations where the coating being applied is lighter in color than the original concrete. Please follow product application guidelines below.

Product Application

In order to accomplish a consistent color coat, it is important to mix all tinted material necessary per coat at one time, preferably in a single container. Typically this is accomplished by using a 5-gallon pail to combine all material (for a single coat). Mix product using a drill mixer set to low. Do not incorporate air into the mixture.
For maximum coverage — Using a paint tray, wet your roller. Roll product on in small manageable areas and apply flake immediately. Do not allow product to start to dry. Flake is only installed in the final color coat. Use a solvent resistant chip brush to apply product to any areas you cannot reach with a roller. DO NOT APPLY PRODUCT TO THICK OR YOU WILL HAVE SOLVENT BUBBLING THAT WILL SHOW. For best performance: A spread rate of 200 Sq. Ft. / Gallon produces a 5 Mil Dry Film thickness. Instead of the dip and roll method above, pour the appropriate amount of material on the floor in ribbons. Disperse it evenly based on the coverage rate. Spread it using a roller or preferably a 1/8″ notched squeegee. The lightly back-roll.

Allow 2-6 hours between coats of color or between color coat and clear coat. Again, please note, flake instructions should only be followed in your last coat of color.
Repeat if necessary.

Prior to installing clear it is important to lightly scrape and remove any lose or angular flake. In a DIY application, this can be accomplished using the floor attachment of a shop vac. It is often best to cover the edges of the floor attachment with duct tape. A scraper can also be used with caution. You are not trying to tear the flake out of the coating. Just get what is already loose. For FULL BROADCAST systems, as an optional extra step, running a floor buffer with fine sandpaper over the floor prior to coating with clear yields an incredibly smooth finished surface.

Clear Coat

Mix clear. If this is your final coat of clear, mix in the anti-skid. This coat will be installed using two rollers. The first roller will be used just like the color coat. Using a paint tray, wet your roller. Because the clear is harder to see, we suggest indirect lighting and working in sections. Once you apply the clear to a section, roll over the section with the other (dry) roller. Do not apply and pressure to the dry roller. DO NOT APPLY PRODUCT TO THICK OR YOU WILL HAVE SOLVENT BUBBLING THAT WILL SHOW. Please remember to add your anti-skid into your clear coat. Make sure you add the anti-skid slowly and mix continuously to avoid clumps or unequal distribution.

We suggest waiting 3 full days at 70 degrees before driving on your floor. Light traffic after 36 hours.

Important Tinting & Mixing Note

Tint always comes prepackaged for a 1 gallon container. If you have a quart that needs tinted us 5 Fluid Ounces of tint. 10 Oz for a half gallon. Etc. Always mix all tinted material together before applying to the floor. Our 100 Sq. Ft. add on kits are priced as inexpensively as possible. To do this you may need to split a gallon. For example if you need 1/2 gallon of clear and 1/2 gallon of color, we are sending a gallon. You would separate it and tint half.

THE PRODUCT MUST CURE FOR 72 HOURS. IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE IT IS COLD AT NIGHT, DO NOT COUNT NIGHTTIME HOURS TOWARDS THE 72 HOURS.

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