Ready Mix Concrete Boost available for small batch mixes

Ready Mix Concrete Boost available for small batch mixes

Concrete BOOST! is a concrete booster that makes concrete cure stronger with waterproof properties like never before.  Offered by SUPER-KRETE® International, Inc. Concrete BOOST! is available in stores now.

SUPER-KRETE® International, Inc. President Tracey Lackovich says Concrete BOOST! is made to be mixed in with any Portland cement-based material for small batch uses such as counter tops.  This additive is a version of Super-Krete International, Inc. Pene-Krete® Additive that is popular for customers mixing higher volumes experiencing better results in waterproofing, strength and workability.  Read More…

Concrete Decor Show Fort Worth, TX 9/29 – 10/3/2014

Concrete Decor Show Fort Worth, TX  9/29 – 10/3/2014

The Concrete Decor Show is coming to Fort Worth Texas on September 29th through October 3rd, 2014.  This is a must attend hand-on show where you will learn the latest trends and techniques in decorative concrete applications.

This is not only a great opportunity for equipment, manufacturers, distributors and retailers to demonstate their products, but a for art artisans, concrete contractors, and business owners to network amoungst the industries brightest professionals.  This show attracts professionals from the construction trade from around the world. These folks are looking for the latest quality products for their decorative concrete businesses. This is a great opportunity for manufacturers and distributors to grow their business as well.

Charlotte Rescue MissionThe 2013 Concrete Decor Show was held in Charlotte NC in March.  There were several hands-on projects to renovate the Charlotte Rescue Mission.  The Mission provides intensive alcohol and drug recovery programs to soon-to-be-homeless and currently homeless people.  The supplies were donated and the renovations transformed the location into a work of art!

The Dallas Fort Worth is a great location in the heart of concrete nation for the 2014 Concrete Decor Show.

Click here for all the details and to register for the show!

Workshop Pricing PDF 2014

Garage Floor Preparation for Epoxy Coating

Proper garage floor preparation Professional Floor Grinderis crucial for a long lasting garage floor coating system. Before installing any coating to your garage floor, it must first be clean of dirt, oil, and previous sealers. First scrub the floor with a degreasing detergent and a power scrubber if available. Otherwise, a stiff broom and pressure washer will work well. Professional installers use floor grinders to profile the surface, but the do-it-yourself homeowner can accomplish satisfactory results washing the floor with a Muriatic Acid Bath. Use a solution of four parts water to one part muratic acid, followed by neutralizing the surface with a solution of one part ammonia to ten parts water. Work the acid solution into the surface with a stiff-bristled brush then do the same with the neutralizer and rinse with a high-powered washer. I’ve found that muriatic acid from a pool supply company is stronger than the pool acid found at Walmart, and big box stores. Read More…

How to Repair your Damaged Epoxy Floor Coating

Has your garage epoxy floor coating been damaged by a something heavy dragging across it, large heavy tool dropping, or a nasty chemical left sitting forgotten for months. There are many reason your garage floor coating could have been damaged and there are a few repair techniques I’d like to share with you on how you can fix it.  Here is a video where I show you some of the materials and equipment you will need, and also the techniques I use to repair a damaged garage epoxy floor coating.

Additional Garage Floor Coating Repair Tips:

I’ve had good success with thinning the base product with a compatible solvent so it becomes more self leveling.  Then I flood the repair spot (adding slowing) until flush with the surrounding coating. I use a 1 1/2″ brush to work the flow into the repair and edges.  If the base coat is too thick, you may have to do this in two pours. Once the epoxy has cured, a light sanding (240 grit) then top coat the entire section ….. the repair is virtually invisible.  You will have to check with the product manufacturer to see if there is a solvent you can safely cut the base with.  I used Xylol with my many of my products.

Good luck on your Garage Floor Repair and be sure to leave a comment below if you have some great tips to add.

6 Types of Garage Floor Coatings

Technology is quite amazing, as each day new products provide solutions to our problems. This is no exception when it comes to the development of Garage Floor Coatings. The evolution of garage floor coatings provides us with a range of choices to consider when selecting a coating. From paints, stains, epoxies, polyurethane, polyurea, and polyaspartics, it can be difficult to know what’s right for your application. This article addresses the pros and cons to the different materials available. But before selecting and appropriate garage floor coating, there are several things to consider:

  • How you use your garage
  • How long do you need the coating to last
  • The current condition of the concrete surface
  • Is there a moisture issue
  • How soon do you need to be back in service
  • Is the garage subject to UV rays
  • Is a top coat necessary Read More…

ZYCKE – New “Quartz-Look” Floor Additive for seamless flooring

When Chips Unlimited was recently tasked to coat Golden State Medical Supply’s 20,000 square foot floor in a single day, they new it would be the perfect chance to try out their new patent-pending decorative flooring additive. Their secret weapon called ZYCKE provides a quartz broadcast appearance in a monolithic resin-based seamless floor coating. What makes ZYCKE so amazing is how quickly this resulting floor coating can be applied. ZYCKE is it’s designed to be applied in a single coat – without sanding – over primer base! The resulting finish is a durable protective floor coating with a beautiful granite “quartz-look” finish. The ZYCKE additive, unlike quartz, remains suspended throughout the resin rather than settling on the bottom.

To pull off a project this size, Chips Unlimited turned to the experienced installers of Venture Specialty Products & Services of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Venture has an elite installation team with the experience of completing large jobs at remote job sites. Using a Blast Pro G16 centrifugal blaster and hand grinders, they first prepared the surface of the floor to a 40 -60 grit profile and filled the cracks with a 2-part 100% solids epoxy filler. Next they applied a primer base coat, followed by a single layer of colored AIFlooring resin with the ZYCKE additive mixed in. The application went down with ease, using V-notched rakes and a simple back-rolling to install the material. The resulting finish is 50-60 mils. (1.27mm-1.52mm) thick with the chip admixture settling evenly throughout the resin. No additional work was required.

The beauty of the ZYCKE additive is it settles just enough, without floating on top, to leave a smooth sheen wear surface. It’s almost like having a built-in clear coat system that can be sanded and clear-coated as needed in the future to restore the original luster. This seamless flooring system provides an attractive, durable surface that will last for many years. Read More…

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