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Browse our Kemiko Stone Tone Buff-On Wax FAQs for answers to common questions:
What is the difference between solvent base and water base versions of Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax?
The solvent base Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax has a higher VOC content compared to the water base version of Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax. The water base version of Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax is a LEED compliant product, while the solvent base version of Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax is not LEED compliant. Both versions offer the same finish when applied and similar coverage rates.
Solvent-based Kemiko Buff-On Wax takes a little longer to set up and you are able to work a larger area, usually about 8 feet square. Solvent-based waxes are a little more forgiving in that you are able to blend the edges more easily, while water-based wax edges need to be scraped. Water-based wax gets harder and sets up faster, so it needs to be worked in a smaller area, about 5 feet square.
Can I apply a water base Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax on top of solvent base Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax?
Yes, you can apply water base Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax over a floor previously coated with solvent based Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax. However, you CANNOT apply solvent base Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax on top of a floor previously coated with water base Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax. The solvent base version does not bond well when applied over the water base version.
I got more coverage than what is stated on your technical bulletin. Did I apply Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax too thin?
No, most likely you did not apply Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax too thin. Every concrete floor is different, and the porosity of your floor determines coverage. It is not unusual to get 600 – 800 square feet of coverage per gallon of Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax.
I neutralized the floor with vinegar. Why isn’t my application of Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax hardening?
We recommend that the floor be neutralized with Neutra Clean™ Neutralizer and Degreaser, because it is specially designed to neutralize the acid reaction and remove residue left behind after applying Kemiko Stone Tone™ Concrete Acid Stain.
Do not use vinegar to neutralize Kemiko Stone Tone™ Concrete Acid Stain. Vinegar is highly acidic, and is, therefore, unable to neutralize an acid reaction. If you used vinegar to try to neutralize your floor, the Kemiko Stone Tone™ Concrete Acid Stain residue will react with the Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax. This reaction prevents the Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax from curing. To correct this, clean thoroughly with Kemiko Neutra Clean™ Neutralizer and Degreaser to remove the uncured Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax and remove any Kemiko Stone Tone™ Concrete Acid Stain residue from the floor.
Can I use something other than a bassine brush to apply Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax?
Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax reliably cures and sets up when applied with a bassine brush. If you use an alternative, such as a stiff nylon brush, Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax will attach to the bristles and gum up severely. Proper application of Stone Tone Buff-On Wax requires two brushes. The bassine brush gets the wax to cure correctly, and the tampico brush (sometimes called a union brush) polishes the floor and brings out additional shine.
Is Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax a finished floor coat, or do I need to apply Kemiko Easy Shine Mop On Wax on top?
Yes, Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax is a finished floor coat. It is intended for use to protect unsealed concrete and does require a wax on top. Kemiko Easy Shine™ Mop-On Wax will NOT bond well to Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax and should not be applied over it.
Why does my floor have a two-tone shine after sealing with Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax?
There are a few possible causes for an inconsistent shine. The Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax application may be thicker in some areas than others, or your floor may have inconsistencies in texture, which causes smoother areas to look shinier. It also may be that some areas of the floor were polished for longer. If additional polishing doesn’t even the shine, look for floor texture issues and inconsistent Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax application.
Why do water spills leave a temporary white spot on my Stone Tone™ Buff-On Waxed floor?
If liquids leave a white mark on your wax finish, it’s because the liquid is penetrating the Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax. The Stone Tone™ Buff-On Wax coat may have been put down too thick, might not have been polished long enough, or is not fully cured. Wipe up any liquid spills as soon as they are noticed so spills don’t have time to penetrate.