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Slate Sealer / Re: Slate Sealer Discusion
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:38:54 PM »
Hi John,
best place to start is our Slate sealer section here:
as we supply quite a few different products.
First step is to determine if wishing for a Film Forming or Penetrating sealer. You can read about the differences here:
Please note: A product like our Protect & Enhance (film forming) is a popular choice and may help slow down further deterioration though will not help with existing delamination/deterioration.
Any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Driveway Sealer / Re: Driveway Sealer Discusion
« on: October 02, 2017, 05:09:47 PM »
Hi Rob,
Am i right in doing the  following
1. Pressure clean 3000psi
2. Two coats penetrative sealer premium
It is important to illustrate that a penetrating sealer like Penetrating Sealer Premium is oil repellent which is typically not the first preference for a garage floor. Applicators typically opt for an oil resistant coating like an epoxy found here:
So a penetrating sealer is repellent whereas an epoxy is resistant. This is a very important distinction if main preference is for oil protection.
1. Do i have to acid wash or will pressure clean do it
2. Can i paint it afterwards or is it not necessary with the sealer. Better still does sealer come in colours
As far as pressure cleaning or acid etching our products preparation is consistent with most other products and best to see our Preparation Guide here:
The epoxies come in colours though a penetrating sealer being sub-surface is close to invisible commonly called "natural look". You would not need to mix products. Best settle on 1 product only.

Concrete Sealer / Re: Urethane sealer on top of penetrating sealer?
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:33:15 AM »
A film forming coating like the Urethane can be applied over a penetrating sealer providing penetrating sealer has not been highly built. In addition, if a solvent based film forming coating is applied over a water based penetrating sealer, the solvent is best applied by "floating on" or lightly applied not to agitate existing water based sealer. This of course will also depend on how much of existing sealer is present. If concerned existing sealer is excessive you could do a light solvent bath with xylene to remove as much of existing sealer residue as possible.

Driveway Sealer / Re: Driveway Sealer Discusion
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:39:26 PM »
Hi, Im looking to seal a fast food drivethru. Im not quite sure what to use to seal the concrete in such a high traffic area. Im thinking an epoxy.
Yes you are correct in that an epoxy (2 pack) is the first choice in a commercial high traffic application. As most 2 packs are not UV stable this narrows down product selection to a 2 Pack Urethane which is 100% UV stable and non-yellowing.
So if area is exposed to UV light please see:
2 Pack Urethane
In addition (to be determined by applicator) it is always preferable for external coatings to lay a single coat moisture barrier like below first:
Water Based Epoxy
Just wondering if it is much more difficult to apply a clear one as opposed to a coloured one?
Slightly as clear coatings will typically show slab related issues like rising moisture etc.

Travertine Sealer / Re: Travertine pool surrounds
« on: July 27, 2017, 03:06:54 PM »
Hi Matt,
Pool Surrounds Sealer is typically the first choice when targeting areas directly exposed to splashes from the pool like coping. Being a penetrating, non-slip and more importantly breathable sealer it fulfills most requirements for such an environment as will never peel.
Now the hard part..creme coloured or light pavers in general are very difficult to darken as any enhancement from a sealer is limited by what the surface is capable of giving. In saying this pool Surrounds Sealer is a solvent so you may experience some darkening as a by-product of the solvent though will not be anywhere near the same level of enhancement say a grey paver would achieve.

Concrete Sealer / Re: Concrete Sealer Discusion
« on: April 10, 2017, 02:25:53 PM »
Hi Rob,
I will be chasing a water based penetrating sealer.
will the penetrating sealer provide a darker matt / satin finish once applied and dried?
No, a water based penetrating sealer will cure almost invisible. Our solvent based penetrating sealers may darken the surface though is totally dependent on the chemical reaction that takes place. A product like our Sealer Enhancer:
while still dependent on a chemical reaction (ie: how much your surface has to give) will ensure a greater level of success.
Is there a time period between the pour of the driveway and sealant application?
Industry standard is 28 days.
Am I best to apply the first coat i the morning before the sun hits parts of it or afternoon after the sun has moved on; or will it make little difference at all?
Penetrating sealers must be applied wet on wet. Directions tab on main website for relevant product should elaborate further on this.

Garage Floor Coatings / Re: Non slip texture paint
« on: March 27, 2017, 03:00:01 PM »
Hi Greg apologies for the delay,
just enquiring if your non slip texture concrete paint will go over concrete already coated with berger jet dry aqua tread
Unfortunately we have not tested our product over your existing brands coating though in general terms most coatings are re-coatable subject to correct preparation determined by applicator.
In addition, if a single pack solvent were previously used then best to stick with a solvent once more.
If a single pack water based were previously used then best to stick with a water based product once more.
All 2 packs require some form of abrasion before re-application.
Please also note our non-slip paint is highly textured so not normally used for garage floors. Most applicators opt for our Concrete Paint Sealer with the addition of our Extra Grip Additive. This way an applicator can determine how much or how little grip is required on site. Once again though we have not tested our product over your existing brands coating.
Sorry we cannot be more helpful.

Concrete Sealer / Re: Concrete Sealer Discusion
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:54:28 AM »
if it's no longer tacky, can I stand on it to apply the second coat, without adversely effecting it?
Or is sunlight not an issue at all, with the application process?
Film Forming Concrete Sealer WB is both an internal an external sealer... during the curing process this in not an issue. Temperature is more a concern when it comes to applying any sealer so substrate temperature must be below 28 degrees and above 10 degrees.

Concrete Sealer / Re: Concrete Sealer Discusion
« on: March 16, 2017, 01:29:05 PM »
Hi CK,
like most coatings are dependent on many variables like dry film thickness, air circulation, temperature etc but should read re-coatable in approximately 20-60 mins. Best to always assess if tack free before applying any additional coats.
Film Forming Concrete Sealer WB is 100% UV stable and non-yellowing.

General Discussion / Re: Sealing Epoxy Garage Floor (Water Based)
« on: March 05, 2017, 09:51:32 AM »
Hi Terry,
There's no mention about hot tyre pickup on your website
It is important to note that when applicators refer to hot tyre pickup there are usually 2 points being referred to here. The first is tyre marks themselves. The higher the rubber content in the actual tyre (usually more expensive tyres), the greater the chance of marking. Unfortunately there is no coating that can prevent this totally.
The second main point when discussing hot tyre pickup is adhesion failure (delamination). Adhesion failure occurs when an improperly prepared surface prevents a topical coating to achieve an adequately key. If surface is prepared correctly, whether this be a grind, acid etch, sand etc, most coatings are hot tyre resistant especially within the epoxy range. CSW Coatings epoxies are applied on anywhere from mechanics workshops to aircraft hangers to residential garage floors.
Obviously over time the clear coat will scratch & wear, what will I have to do to bring it back up to standard?
Products are re-coatable so simply prepare surface (may be a simple as a sand on sound surfaces) and re-coat.
Is there anyone out there that has tried using carbon fibre vinyl sheeting on concrete flooring with 2 pac clear top coat
This would not be specific to CSW products as many substrates are coatable subject to correct preparation. Although not a recommendation for carbon fibre vinyl sheeting...vinyl, timber and steel can be coated but once again subject to correct prep work.
Hopefully someone else can weigh in here specific to carbon fibre vinyl sheeting.

General Discussion / Re: Driveway Sealer
« on: March 02, 2017, 07:03:46 PM »
Hi Alan,
- Is you product fine for frost or will it be slippery? I have found with other products even a non slip additive becomes quite slippery when there is frost.
There are a few different types of Extra Grip on the market so cannot speak for products like powdered grip. The CSW grip is fine tumbled glass particles so essentially you could apply as much or as little to compensate for environmental conditions. You could even take a step further and while under normal conditions grip is applied to first coat you could try applying to top coat if requiring the extra profile. This will also vary to a degree on how porous your substrate is.
- Can you please advise the closest colour you have to Colorbond Woodland Grey? Looking at the colour palette I would assume Graphite Grey or Lead Grey. Otherwise can the clear be tinted with conventional paint tinters?
Historically applicators have typically gone with Graphite Grey though should point out there is some green in Woodland not present in a true grey like Graphite Grey. Conventional tints would not be compatible.
- Would you still recommend an acid wash for concrete that is 2 years old or is a high pressure clean enough?
This is to be determined by applicator as acid etching is a safeguard to ensure adequate adhesion.
- Once the second coat has been applied, how long until it can be driven on?
approx 3-4 days dependent on application and conditions.
- On a side note I am looking at sealing some pavers but not yet sure what I will be purchasing. At this stage I am undecided on whether I go for a travertine, limestone or marble paver (leaning towards marble). Is there a sealer that will do all of these or is best to pick the product right for the substrate?
Yes, due to marbles density best to stick with the solvent based penetrating sealer.

General Discussion / Re: Safety Data Sheets for your productes
« on: February 27, 2017, 01:33:27 PM »
Hi Cheryl,
can you please use the contact form on our Aussie site:
and we will email one ASAP!

General Discussion / Re: 100% Solids
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:22:38 AM »
Hi , is the 100% solids the best product for concrete bench-tops in a bar/cafe?
You could use 100% Solids Epoxy though bear in mind most epoxies are not UV stable. If benchtop is exposed to UV then most applicators opt for our Benchtop Kit (2 Pack Urethane) found here:

Driveway Sealer / Re: Airless spray application of driveway paint.
« on: February 02, 2017, 04:00:31 PM »
Hi Dave, happy for any expert to weigh in here as I am by no means an expert when applying via an airless sprayer.
What I do know is many of our pro applicators utilize airless sprayers especially for the larger jobs but due to the products viscosity will only have success with some of the larger diameter spray tip holes. If need be, the product can be thinned down to a maximum of 15% with xylene only.

Concrete Sealer / Re: Wet Look Concrete Sealer
« on: December 13, 2016, 02:43:34 PM »
Hi Tim,
We would like to seal the surface & coat it with a color that will cover the cracking. Will your epoxy coatings do this & for how long
It is important to note that coatings are designed to go on quite thin and as such are not designed to fill cracks.  There might be some success with hairline cracks but other than this we supply a crack filler for such purposes. Also since mentioning application is for a verandah, its also important to mention that the bulk of epoxies are not UV stable except for a 2 Pack Urethane if the budget allows.
For residential pigmented applications most applicators simply opt for our Concrete Paint Sealer
being a high solids solvent based solution most find this more than sufficient.
To re-coat in the future we simply specify surface to be dust, dirt, contaminant free and one can simply go straight over existing coating.

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