Sealer FAQ's 

Question:  Which type of sealer should I use for an interior floor project? 

Choosing a sealer depends on want type of finish you are expecting and what you are protecting the floor from. Most interior residential floors could be coated with either the Kemiko Stone Tone Sealer II or the Kemiko Stone Tone Buff-On Wax. The Kemiko Buff-On Wax is made in both a solvent-based and water-based formula. The buff on wax will give you a satin/luster look. It will not have a high shine or high gloss to it. The wax is applied with a low speed floor buffer and requires two recommended brushes; a Bassine brush and a Tampico brush. If one is looking for a higher gloss finish, we would recommend the Kemiko Stone Tone Sealer II. This is a water-based acrylic sealer. It is a single component and is easy to apply compared to two part epoxies or two part polyurethanes. When using the Kemiko Stone Tone Sealer II, it is recommended to apply the Kemiko Easy Shine wax as a sacrificial coat to protect your sealer. If sealing a commercial floor, one should consider an epoxy coating or a polyurethane coating to protect your floor.  These both have excellent scratch resistance and chemical resistance.  If the floor does not have direct sunlight hitting the floor, one could use an epoxy to cover the floor. Epoxies tend to not have resistance to ultraviolet light and could yellow or amber over time with the direct sunlight. If ultraviolet light is an issue, we would recommend the SS2700 water extended aliphatic polyurethane.  It has excellent resistance to UV light. When applying the Epoxies and Polyurethanes consider having these coatings applied by a professional applicator with experience with two component systems. 

Question:  What is the coverage rate of the Kemiko Stone Tone Sealer?

The Kemiko Stone Tone Sealer will cover between 300 – 400 square feet per gallon/one coat. This amount varies by how thick of a coat is applied and the texture of the floor being coated. A rough surface will take more material to fill in the pores where a floor with a smooth surface will use less material to fill the pores. 

Question:  What is the difference between Kemiko Buff-on Wax (solvent-based) and Kemiko Buff-On Wax II (Water-based)? 

One obvious difference is that one is extended with solvent and the other is extended with water. The solvent-based wax has a higher VOC content compared to the water-based wax. The Kemiko Buff On Wax II (w/b) is a LEED compliant product and the Kemiko Buff On Wax (Solvent base) is NOT LEED compliant. They both have the same finish when complete. Both have similar coverage rates, however they apply or set up different than each other. The Kemiko Buff-On Wax (s/b) takes a little longer to set up so you are able to work a larger area at a time (usually approx. 8’ X 8’).  It is a little more forgiving in that you are able to blend the edges of the start and stop areas easier. The water based wax edges need to be scraped with a scraper and the solvent based wax edges can be blended by using a little bit of mineral spirits to soften them. The water- based wax gets harder or sets up faster and needs to be worked in a smaller area (usually in a 5’ X 5’ area). 

Question:  What is the best way to apply the Kemiko Stone Tone Sealer II? 

Spray application is the best method to apply the Stone Tone Sealer II. This will give you the best finished results. To spray, the equipment needed would be  commercial, conventional air spray or airless spray equipment utilizing spray and gun tip size between .013” - .015”. Adjust the pressure for proper atomization. Avoid using a pump up type sprayer to apply water based sealers because of the special spray tips needed to get a consistent, atomized spray pattern. Pump up sprayers do not have the consistent pressure required to apply a uniform film. As pressure decreases, so does the volume of sealer decrease and this will cause an uneven film thickness and when the product dries these variances will be visible.

 

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