Buff-On Wax FAQ’s 

Question: What is the difference between the solvent-based buff on wax and the water- based buff on wax? 

They both have the same finished quality to them and both offer basically the same scratch resistance. But when applying them, the water-based wax sets up or hardens  faster than the solvent based wax. Because the water based sets up faster you must work in smaller areas. By using the solvent based wax you can work a larger area before it does get hard.  Another difference is that when using the water based wax, if you leave a ridge or high edge, you will have to scrape the edge with a razor or scraper.  If you are using the solvent based wax if you leave an edge you can soften it up with some mineral spirits and blend it in with the next area that you are applying the wax to. 

Question:  I sealed my floor with the solvent based wax. Can I recoat or freshen up the shine with a coat of water based wax? 

Yes, you can buff on the Kemiko Stone Tone Buff-On Wax II (water based) over the solvent-based. However, you CANNOT put the solvent-based wax on top of the water-based wax.  They do not bond well with the solvent-based going over the water-based. 

Question: I put on the Kemiko Buff-On Wax and I got more coverage than what is on your technical data sheet.  Is it on too thin? 

No, most likely it is not on too thin.  Every slab is different and the porosity of the floor will dictate how much product you will need to cover your floor.  It is not unusual to get from 600 - 800 square feet per gallon.  

Question:  I neutralized the floor with vinegar and now my buff on wax is not curing or getting hard.  What is the cause of this? 

We recommend that the floor be neutralized with the Kemiko Neutra Clean because this product designed to neutralize the acid reaction and remove the residue left behind after acid staining. You may also use baking soda to neutralize the acid stain.  Use 2 heaping Tablespoons per gallon of water. Do not use vinegar because it is highly acidic and would not neutralize the reaction. By using vinegar to clean the floor, you did not change the ph of the floor and that residue is reacting with the Kemiko Stone Tone Buff-On wax.  If this has happened, you must remove the wax and clean and rinse your floor with a neutralizing agent. 

Question:   Where I rented my floor buffer, that dealer did not have the Bassine brush.  Can I use another brush? 

We recommend the Bassine brush which is a stiff, natural bristle brush because we know that our product will cure and set up with that brush.  If you use a different brush, like a stiff nylon brush the product will attach itself to the brush and gum up severely.  The Bassine brush will get the wax to cure and the Tampico brush, sometimes called a Union brush, will polish the floor and bring out additional shine.  

Question:  Is the Kemiko Stone Tone Buff-On wax a finished floor coat or do I need to apply the Kemiko Easy Shine wax on top of the buff on wax?

The Kemiko Stone Tone Buff-On wax is to be used by itself or over a sealer.  The Kemiko Easy Shine wax will NOT bond well to the buff-on wax.  The Kemiko Easy Shine wax is to be used over the Kemiko Stone Tone Sealer II, Kemiko epoxy and polyurethane sealers. 

Question:  I sealed my floor with the Kemiko Stone Tone Buff On Wax and the floor has two different shines to it. What caused the two different shines? 

This could have been caused by the wax being on thicker in some areas than in others.  The floor could have some smooth areas and some rough areas and this will cause two different sheens.  Another reason there are two different shines could be that the floor may have been polished longer in some areas than in others.  If your floor has shiny areas and duller areas, check the texture of the floor and the amount of wax that was applied. If it appears rough, the wax most likely is not filling in the gaps in the concrete and therefore is appearing duller in shine. 

Question:  I used the Kemiko Stone Tone Buff-On wax and when water is spilled on the floor it leaves a white spot that eventually goes away. What is the cause of this?  

 This could be caused by the wax being put down too thick and not getting polished long enough and it is not cured fully.  Not polishing the floor long enough can leave the floor a little soft and this too will cause the floor to whiten when water is put on it.  Liquids that are spilled onto the floor should be wiped up when they are noticed and not allowed to penetrate the wax surface.


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