Prior to starting your project you will want to make sure the surface is clean, dry, and free of contaminants. Clean up any grease, spills or other contaminants and rinse the area well.
Because SkimStone must be applied to bare concrete, you will need to verify that the surface is free of any coatings or sealers. Test the porosity of the concrete by pouring approximately one tablespoon of water onto the floor. If the concrete changes color immediately and absorbs the water, it is porous enough to accept SkimStone.
Give the surface a final once over by sweeping or vacuuming to remove any remaining dust or debris. Tape off the edges of the floor or trim and get started.
NOTE: When using SkimStone Bonding Primer over a sealed or non-porous surface, refer to the Bonding Primer Data sheet for Bonding Primer application instructions.
After you have decided which colors you will use on your project simply:
Wearing a dust mask, gloves, and safety glasses is recommended when working with SkimStone.
The first coat is mixed the thickest, but is still applied very thin. The SkimStone mixture should fill any existing pores in the concrete surface without leaving behind any significant amount of build on the surface. In fact, after the first coat is applied, the concrete should show through in places. Applying SkimStone in three thin coats allows the product to be translucent in places and leaves behind a beautiful textured appearance.
In large areas, it can be difficult to keep a wet edge. By keeping a random edge as you work across the room you will be able to incorporate your dry edges and lap lines into the overall "look" of the finished floor.
SkimStone Protective Sealer will provide a tough spill-resistant finish and accentuates the rich colors of SkimStone. Apply four to five coats of Protective Sealer on interior floors. The color develops with the first two coats. Additional coats add gloss and protection. No more than two coats of sealer are recommended for exterior application. For commercial floors, SkimStone Select Finish is recommended as a final topcoat over 3 coats of SkimStone Protective Sealer.
Allow 24 hours before permitting light foot traffic. Furniture can be moved in after 3 days. Rugs can be added once the maximum hardness of the Protective Sealer has been achieved in 7 - 10 days.
For complete application instructions download the SkimStone Instruction Booklet.