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How to Use Walttools Colored Quartz on Flooring

quarts_floor_walttoolsGeneral Overview for Using Walttools Colored Quartz on Flooring

Using decorative quartz with epoxy or similar resin will create a very durable, highly-attractive surface in many locations. It is a multi-step process, and it can vary a bit from installer to installer, but the end results are worth it. WT Quartz flooring is a seamless decorative resin flooring system consisting of clear or colored, 100% solids epoxy resin (or similar resin) into which you broadcast a graded, colored quartz. The final floor can be left with mild, moderate, or no texture depending on the needed profile.

Part 1 – Surface Preparation
This is the most critical step as with most decorative concrete projects. All substrates must be properly prepared. They must be clean and free from any contaminates that may inhibit the adhesion of the resins. Concrete must be cured for a minimum of 30 days and be free of any internal moisture. Slab should be profiled to a minimum CSP-2 to CSP-3 via shot blasting or grinding. All cracks and defects should be repaired and profiled to match the main surface. Have the room between 60 and 75 degrees if possible.

Part 2 – Application of Primer Coat (optional) ESSENTIAL PRIMER
If prepared floor is extremely porous or shows much surface defect, you should consider applying a pure primer coat before your initial broadcast coat. This will ensure maximum adhesion to the prepared substrate. Priming will also help to seal air in the concrete to prevent outgassing in the finished surface. Mix separately both A and B parts of the resins material to ensure to separation has occurred. Make sure material has been brought to room temperature as well. For application, mix 2 parts A with 1 part B by volume with a low speed mixer for three minutes. Mix only an amount of material that can be spread in 30 minutes. Once mixed, immediately begin pouring the material onto the floor in long, usable ribbons. Do not let mixed material sit in the mixing container longer than 5 minutes or it may begin to gel and need to be thrown out. Spread the material with a notched squeegee (1/8 inch at most) until all is even and then backroll with a proper roller to remove any squeegee lines. For a primer coat, you want coverage of approximately 200-300 sq ft per gallon. Let sit for 6 to 24 hrs before proceeding to the next step. Walk on floor only using spiked sandals.

unspecified-1.jpgPart 3 – Application of Broadcast Coat ESSENTIAL PRIMER or EPOXY HP
For primed or prepared surface, mix 2 parts A with 1 part B by volume with a low speed mixer for three minutes. If using an optional base color, blend in part A for at least one minute prior to combining A and B. Mix only an amount of material that can be spread in 30 minutes. Once mixed, immediately begin pouring the material onto the floor in long usable ribbons. Do not let mixed material sit in the mixing container longer than 5 minutes or it may begin to gel and need to be thrown out. Using a notched squeegee spread the material evenly until proper thickness. Then backroll with proper roller until all is even. All with material to sit for 10 minutes. Broadcast the quartz to refusal (cover everything) at a rate of 0.5 lb per sq ft. The floor should look dry when complete. Let floor it for 12-14 hrs. Vacuum all loose quartz away.

Part 4 (Optional) - Application of Second Broadcast Coat EPOXY HP
If wanting an extra heavy duty floor, you may simply repeat part 3 and apply another coat of Epoxy HP and then another full broadcast of quartz. This will give a floor of 1/8 to 3/16 thick when complete. If your floor looks even and you do not want the double layer, jump to part 5.

Part 5 – Topcoat AU 85, PolyKoat 85 or Acrithane.

Using a high-quality topcoat will lock the quartz into place reduce porosity and provide a smooth, easy-to-clean finish. Remove any loose quartz from the surface. Mix up the proper amount of chosen topcoat resin system and pour onto surface. If looking to retain the heavy traction the quartz will provide, spread the material with a flat squeegee to get a thinner coating. Move material around until thoroughly spread. Using a 3/8 map roller, backroll the material until even and free from any marks. For a thicker topcoat that will reduce the quartz profile, spread the material with a notched squeegee, then backroll.

Floor can be walked on in 24 hrs. Avoid any heavy furniture for 3-7 days.

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