Moisture issues present a major issue for coatings. While liquid vapor barriers are widely sold as the solution, it is important to understand when they will or will not work. Moisture barriers are not going to fix major issues caused by excessive hydrostatic pressure, poor slab install and other issues. They will deal with mild moisture issues. Please read this page thoroughly as it contains a ton of information. If you are having a moisture issue, have your slab tested professionally to make sure a liquid vapor barrier will resolve the issue.
TL409 is a two component 100% solids epoxy seal coat that can help control moisture vapor emission rates up to 20 lb/24hr/1000 ft2, prior to application of Vinyl sheets, Tiles, Cementitious overlays, Terrazzo, Wood veneers, Carpet or polymeric coating systems. The product meets the ASTM F3010 product requirements for vapor permeance at the recommended thickness. It is recommended for interior use over horizontal concrete — floors not walls. The product should be applied at a 17 Mil WFT/DFT (same for both) and yields a coverage of 94.4 Sq. Ft. per gallon. Extensive details follow the pricing information.
TL409 Vapor Barrier
TL409 Epoxy Vapor Barrier 1.5 Gallon - Covers 94.4 Sq. Ft / Gallon @ 17 Mils
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A moisture vapor barrier coating, is a coating designed to control the movement of moisture vapor through the coating. The vapor pressure of water is the pressure at which water vapor is in thermodynamic equilibrium with its condensed state. At higher pressure, water would condense. The water vapor pressure is the partial pressure of water vapor in any gas mixture in equilibrium with solid or liquid water.
Example – The Saturation Pressure of Water Vapor
The Saturation pressure of water vapor in moist air at dry bulb temperature 25oC can be calculated as:
pws = e( 77.3450 + 0.0057 (273 (K) + 25 (degC)) – 7235 / (273 (K) + 25 (degC)) ) / (273 (K) + 25 (degC))8.2
= 3130 (Pa) (3130 Pascals = 0.45396811993999997 PSI)
As can be seen from the example above. The actual pressure exerted from vapor is minimal and the only function of the vapor barrier is to control the flow of moisture vapor through the vapor barrier to minimize the amount of vapor migrating from one side of the vapor barrier to the other side of the vapor barrier. This in turn can help subsequent systems placed above the vapor barrier from the effects of excessive moisture vapor.
A moisture vapor barrier cannot solve water problems associated with osmosis or hydrostatic water or other conditions such as improper surface preparation, water vapor transmission which can deteriorate concrete resulting in concrete cohesive failure, or alkaline silica reaction, iconic compounds or soluble salts in the concrete. Unreacted alkaline silicate compounds within the concrete can result in osmotic action that will channel water soluble compounds to the surface where they can effectively break the bond. The major problem for coatings to overcome is not necessarily the water, but the rate of movement or migration of water within the slab. Water pressure can be referred to as hydrostatic, capillary or osmotic in nature. Capillary and osmotic forces are difficult to predict and can be higher than hydrostatic forces. To better understand osmosis and hydrostatic water conditions, below is some information pertaining to this subject.
Osmosis is the spontaneous net movement of solvent molecules (including water) through a partially permeable membrane into a region of higher solute (dissolved solid) concentration, in the direction that tends to equalize the solute concentrations on the two sides. It may also be used to describe a physical process in which any solvent moves across a semipermeable membrane (permeable to the solvent, but not the solute) separating two solutions of different concentrations.
Osmosis may be opposed by increasing the pressure in the region of high solute concentration with respect to that in the low solute concentration region. The force per unit area, or pressure, required to prevent the passage of water through a selectively permeable membrane and into a solution of greater concentration is equivalent to the osmotic pressure of the solution. Osmotic pressures can be far greater than the bond strength of coatings to the concrete.
Hydrostatic water pressure
“Hydrostatic Pressure” means water pressure, and it is a major cause of water problems. During wet weather, the soil outside your floor or wall becomes saturated with water. With no place to go, hydrostatic pressure continues to build. Sixty pounds per cubic foot puts tremendous pressure on your floor or wall. Water weighs a little more than 60lbs. per cubic foot and if the soil around your floor or wall is saturated with water, there could be tens of thousands of pounds in hydrostatic pressure on your floor or wall. With this much pressure, even the smallest crack or gap can admit plenty of water. Any discussion of hydrostatic pressure must start with some information on the water table. Simply put, the water table is the level of the water in the ground on which your structure sits. There are a number of factors that affect the water table, with the most common being proximity to large bodies of water. Even if you live miles from the lakeshore, Lake Michigan keeps the water table high in the Northeastern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Northwestern Indiana areas. The frequency and intensity of rains also play a large role in determining the water table. And, if your structure is built on the dense clay soil that is very common in the Chicago area, you are more prone to higher water levels due to clay’s lack of absorption. So we have this body of water in the ground…and now it’s raining every day for a week; as the rain seeps into the ground, the water table rises because the ground is unable to soak up all the water. This rising water table creates hydrostatic pressure against your structure.
Accordingly, although a moisture vapor barrier coating will control the rate of moisture vapor, and effectively help protect subsequent applied systems above the barrier, it cannot overcome excessive forces created by water movement and pressure or other concrete deficiencies as described above.
SOLIDS BY WEIGHT:
100% (+/- 1%)
SOLIDS BY VOLUME:
100% (+/- 1%)
VOLATILE ORGANIC CONTENT:
RECOMMENDED FILM THICKNESS:
COVERAGE PER GALLON:
94.4 square feet per gallon @ 17 mils
3 gallon kit (volume approximate)
15 gallon kits (volume approximate)
9.25 pounds (1 gallon) part A to 4.15 pounds (0.50 gallons) part B (volumes approx.)
1 year in unopened containers
350 psi @ elcometer (concrete failure, no delamination)
Mixed= 500-1000 cps (typical)
Part A “not regulated”
Part B “CORROSIVE LIQUID N.O.S., 8, UN1760, PGIII”
Shore D= 75-80
pot life (150 gram mass)…………..…………..….. 28-38 minutes @ 70°F
tack free (dry to touch…….)………………………… 6 – 10 hours @ 70 °F
recoat or topcoat…..…………….……..…………………….12-16 hours @ 70°F
full cure (heavy traffic)… …………………..…..……….. 3-7 days @ 70°F
60-90 degrees F with relative humidity below 90%.
Various topcoat products and systems can be used.
*Color stability may be affected by environmental conditions such as high humidity, chemical exposure or certain types of lighting.
*Product color may vary from batch to batch.
*This product is not UV color stable.
*Substrate temperatures must be 5°F above dew point.
*For best results, apply with a high quality roller.
*All new concrete must be cured for at least 10 days prior to application with a minimum compressive strength of 3,500 psi and a minimum tensile strength of 200 psi.
* Testing must be performed to confirm a moisture vapor emission rate below 20 lb/24hr/1000 ft2 per ASTM F1869 or between 75% and 95% for ASTM F2170.
*Surface must be durable, clean, free of laitance with a surface profile minimum of CSP3 as per the International Concrete Repair Institute.
*Do not expose this product to water until fully cured.
*Product is not suitable for preventing hydrostatic or osmotic water conditions.
*Manufacturer is not responsible for entrapped moisture and/or water underneath applied coatings with a low rate of water vapor transmission which can deteriorate concrete resulting in a cohesive failure within the concrete surface.
Product will not prevent failures from insufficient surface preparation, improper applications, alkaline silica reaction (ASR), iconic compounds or soluble salts in the concrete..
*Manufacturer is not responsible for failures caused by cracks and pin holes or damage caused by use. Cracks and joints are not covered by any warranty.
*Product is not warranted for any products not recommended by or manufactured by the vapor barrier manufacturer.
*Any un-reacted alkaline silicate compounds within the concrete can result in osmotic action/water vapor transmission that will channel these water soluble compounds to the surface where they can effectively break the bond of the applied system as well as preventing penetration of the coating into the substrate.
*Any claim of warrant breach, must be provided to the manufacturer in writing within thirty days of the discovery of a breach of warranty.
In the event of any breach of warranty, customers sole and exclusive remedy shall be replacement or repair of materials actually damaged (i.e., affected areas only)
No warrant shall cover any application that does not follow the surface preparation, mixing, application and covering recommendations and procedures.
*slabs must be at least 4” thick with a functioning vapor barrier.
*Manufacturer does not warrant penetration and bond where cores are not tested unless and until project owner submits cores and lab establishes that no impediment to bond or penetration is or was present.
*Physical properties are typical values and not specifications.
*See page 3 for limitations of our liability and warranty.
MIXING AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (TL409)
1) PRODUCT STORAGE: Store product at 650F to 850F for at least 48 hours prior to use.
2) SURFACE PREPARATION: Do not apply over Gypsum compounds or light weight concrete. The concrete must meet acceptable industry standards as defined in ACI committee 201 report “Guide to Durable Concrete” Perform Vapor testing per ASTM F1869 to verify that the vapor pressure is below 20 lb/24hr/1000 ft2 or above 75% and below 95% per ASTN F2170. The ASTM F1869 may only be used where HVAC is on 24×7 at least on week before and during tests. For moisture testing, at least one test shall be performed for each 1000 square foot of floor surface to be treated. All dirt, foreign contaminants, sealing compounds, oil, solvent, paint, wax, grease, residual adhesives, curing compounds, silicate penetrating compounds, salts, efforescence, mold, mildew, laitance or any other foreign materials that can affect the adhesion must be removed before surface preparation to assure a trouble free bond to the substrate. Surface depressions or surface irregularities shall be filled smooth and surface cracks, grooves or other non-moving control joints shall be filled before application of the membrane and after the surface preparation has been performed. Cracks and voids should be cleaned out using a wire brush and vacuumed. Narrow cracks may need to be widened to a ¼ inch depth and width with an angle grinder and the sides should be primed with the vapor barrier coating before filling by troweling a mix of the mixed vapor barrier liquids and a thickening agent, (making a paste like consistency) into the cracks. Cracks that are very narrow, can be flooded with the vapor barrier coating when the material is applied. The most suitable surface preparation would be a shot blast to provide a suitable profile to a minimum CSP #3 per ICRI Guidelines. The concrete substrate shall be smooth to prevent irregularities in application thicknesses. Allow concrete substrate to dry for 16-24 hours after surface preparation. We recommend that a mockup installation for the moisture mitigation system of a minimum 100 ft2 using the same methods and equipment that will be used for the entire installation be applied and tested for tensile bond strength to the concrete following test method D7234. The results must equal or exceed 200 psi with failure in the concrete before proceeding. For applications over 5,000 square feet, core samples and additional testing can be evaluated, such as X-ray diffraction mineralogical analysis, infared spectroscopy analysis, ion chromatography analysis and petrograhpic analysis. These additional tests can give an indication as to the condition of the concrete and degree of contamination (if any), before installation. After surface preparation and while applying the membrane, coat the vertical edges of the clean and sound expansion joint and allow to dry prior to installing the expansion joint material. All dynamic, moving joints and cracks must be honored through the entire flooring system applied and filled with an elastomeric material that is suited for the general conditions of use. The joint must be installed so that the joint runs through the entire flooring system to be applied. Use of a backer rod material is employed in joints such that adequate depth in the joint is maintained for the applied joint filling. Inadequate surface preparation can result in leaving contaminants resulting in pin holes, bubbles, fish eyes or other deficiencies that can cause disbonding or coating failure.
3) PRODUCT MIXING: This product has a mix ratio of 9.25# part A to 4.15# part B. Standard packages are in pre-measured kits and should be mixed as supplied in the kit. We highly recommend that the kits not be broken down unless suitable weighing equipment is available. Mix each individual component before using. After the two parts are combined, mix well with slow speed mixing equipment such as a jiffy mixer until the material is thoroughly mixed and streak free. Avoid whipping air into the liquids. After mixing, transfer the mixed material to another pail (the transfer pail) and again remix before applying to the concrete substrate. Improper mixing may result in product failure.
4) PRODUCT APPLICATION: The mixed material can be applied by brush or roller. However, the material can also be applied by a suitable serrated squeegee and then back rolled as long as the appropriate thickness recommendations are maintained. When applying by serrated squeegee, back roll the material at a right angle to the direction of the squeegee application. Maintain temperatures and relative humidity within the recommended ranges during the application and curing process. Do not use any heating equipment that would produce carbon dioxide. When rolling out the product, it is best to roll out the product in one direction and then back roll the material in the opposite direction to make sure it is worked into the concrete well. If concrete conditions or over aggressive mixing causes air entrapment, then an air release roller tool should be used prior to the coating tacking off to remove the air entrapped in the coating. When the mixed material is applied to the concrete surface, pin holes or voids may develop when air is displaced (outgassing). If voids or pin holes occur, re-application to remove them must be undertaken Grind these areas and clean off residue; make sure the surface is dry and re-coat. In severe cases, when recoating will not correct the pin hole problem, then the pin holes or voids must be filled by troweling a mix of the mixed
MIXING AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (TL409)
vapor barrier liquids and a thickening agent, (making a paste like consistency) into the pin holes or voids. The moisture vapor barrier must be applied to form a continuous monolithic void free application. Thinner applications than recommended may result in insufficient moisture vapor protection.
5) COATING OR COVERING THE MOISTURE VAPOR BARRIER: For proper adhesion, use a product or primer suitable for application over a non-porous surface when applying to the moisture vapor product. The application of the minimum 100 ft2 mock up using the same methods and equipment that will be used for the entire installation should be thoroughly inspected to determine that product compatibility and adhesion of the entire system is sufficient for the intended use of the area. Concerning the Moisture vapor barrier coating, do not apply any coatings, overlays, or other surfacing before the material is properly set up. This is typically about 12-16 hours at 700F. Keep in mind that cooler temperatures or a colder substrate might need additional curing time. Usually, the degree of cure is sufficient when you can firmly press down on the coating with your thumb and leave no marking. The maximum recoat window for the moisture vapor coating is 48 hours.
6) CLEANUP: Use xylol
7) FLOOR CLEANING: Caution! Some cleaners may affect the color of the floor system installed. Test each cleaner in a small area, utilizing your cleaning technique. If no ill effects are noted, you can continue to clean with the product and process tested.
8) RESTRICTIONS: Restrict the use of the floor to light traffic and non-harsh chemicals until the coating is fully cured (see technical data under full cure). It is best to let the floor remain dry for the full cure cycle. Dependent on actual complete system application, surface may be slippery, especially when wet or contaminated; keep surface clean and dry.
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LIMITATIONS ON OUR LIABILITY
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