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Some Quick FAQs 

New clients walk in every day and ask us questions -- they've heard that we are the go-to place for achitects, contractors, and homeowners to get the answers they need about all things surface coatings.

Please call or contact us if you have questions about the specific characteristics of various coatings and want recommendations for which one will perform best under your unique project conditions. We’ll be happy to work with you!

When do I stain vs micro-top?

Smooth concrete surfaces in good condition are ideal for receiving stains for uniform or mottled surface looks achieved solely through color. Micro-toppings (thin overlays of concrete) can be used to restore color patched or damaged concrete surfaces. They can also be used when more decorative, complex patterning is desired that sits flush with the floor.

What is an epoxy?

Epoxies are a class of structural adhesives that are valuable for their wide range of adherence to different surface materials, their impressive strength, and how well they resist creep under continued load stress.

What's the difference between epoxy and polyurethane?

Epoxy flooring tends to be harder and more brittle than polyurethane flooring which is very flexible and elastic; polyurethane flooring is therefore appropriate for areas where heavy foot traffic or wear and tear would cause epoxy flooring to crack or more quickly look worn. Epoxy flooring is easier to install, however, and is more appropriate for areas where there is a lot of moisture. 

Can I stain over a sealed surface?

It is indeed possible to apply a stain over a painted or sealed floor, but surface preparation is key. Come by the store: describe your project and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process and guide you to the right product for your needs.

What is the difference between water based stain and acid stain?

Water-based stains are non-reactive: pigment and polymers suspended in water or acetone are deposited on the concrete and bond to it as the solvent evaporates. Acid-based stains (reactive or chem stains) generate their color as a small amount of hydrochloric acid and metallic salts react with the calcium hydroxide of the concrete -- colors tend to run to earth tones.

Do I need primer when plastering over paint on an existing wall?

While not mandatory, we highly recommend using a primer before plastering over paint: your results will be significantly superior. Call or stop by the store: we’ll be happy to walk you through the proper process and guide you to the right materials.