Thompson Sealer on Stamped Concrete

I am writing this article not to bash Thompsons sealer but it has its place and it is not to reseal stamped concrete. Getting more and more emails about problems associated with homeowners using it over there pure acrylic resin based sealers with plain pure acrylic or stironated acrylic. Will not work.

As a matter of fact once on will not come off with any stripper like Zep degreaser, Are you kidding. Home Depot and Lowe’s to name a couple of big chains sell it continually to customers. Trust me once used game over . You might get lucky once and I get homeowners want to save a buck since it’s hard to find people to reseal properly even those who in some cases install stamped concrete.

We have developed over 33 years of installing and repairing stamped concrete a method of resealing that is foolproof.

I don’t respond to inquiries here since I can not follow all the questions asked through word press and although I have used it for years have no clue how to use it fully since it’s above my pay grade. I digress. I can be contacted at Ted@split-rok.com where I can help if needed. This can be a costly mistake if you do not heed this warning.

Also beware not to use water based sealers over resin based sealers. Resealing it might sound odd but it’s not as easy as it might seem. Use the right product and you get the best results.

Ted@split-rok.com

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Split-rok oil stain remover

 Contact      Ted@split-rok.com for site to buy now.

I have been in the concrete business for over 40 years and if there is one call I never want to receive its a customer calling to ask what they can do about an oil stain on their new driveway. For years we have tried many cleaners and processes hoping they would at minimum reduce the stain.
I am happy to say that finally due to an accident that someone had on a new slab we poured that through researching the internet and the Decorative Concrete Forum I finally have on that works 100% not only on oil but on other concrete stains as well. The attached pictures tell the story. One set of giant stain from someone throwing dirty water on fresh concrete and 18 year old oil stain in my garage.

We are now factory reps for this product. If you have an interest in purchasing this product I can be reached at 732-915-6391

Ted Mechnick

contact ted@split-rok.com for more info

After. Not rinsed yet. I think it’s amazing with no effort at all.

 

 

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Reseal stamped concrete

I am getting more calls to strip and reseal stamped concrete this year than ever.
Unfortunately many are do to do it yourselfers who think they can go to Home Depot by any sealer and just roll it on.
Please believe me I almost wish this were possible but once done incorrectly in a short time a vistor shows up to your home. His name is The truth. Resealing needs to assessed and addressed by a professional.
To keep this real simple I am going to leave all ways to contact me for FREE professional advice.
Ted@split-rok.com
732-915-6391
732-899-5641
Facebook under Split-rok construction

Don’t be foolish and think I’m writing this for nothing better to do.
This is a serious problem that can be addressed if done properly.
Clear sealer turns white if new incompatible sealer is applied to it.
It’s not a joke. Thousands that you spent to have your stamped concrete installed and one misstep and your removing it.
Sincerely
Ted Mechnick

Stamped Concrete Restoration

I know I’ve covered allot of this material in other blogs on this site but I need to make clear how severe mistakes can become in trying to restore a stamped concrete project that has sealer on it.

Sealers are generally resin based pure resin based or styronated acrylic. They are not compatible with one and other and therefore if you try to go over either with the other you risk what’s called and blushing condition or whitening condition.

We have had the solution to these problems for a few years now and to the best of my knowledge we are the only company here in New Jersey that is effectively restoring stamped concrete jobs green friendly and effectively..

We have tried about all the chemical strippers out there and have found the only solution to be Low pressure water and glass blasting to be the only way to insure a proper solution.

Homeowners continually try to go to home depot etc. and ask for concrete sealer to go back over their stamped concrete and once applied they have created a condition that is only solved by our process.

Sealing and resealing stamped concrete although years ago was a simple process has now been made complex by our EPA demanding the sealer suppliers to change the chemical make up of sealers so they no longer commingle together.

The state of New Jersey has even made the composition more stringent. The result being that companies like mine Split-Rok Construction have to take enormous precautions to assure a good result. Biggest precaution being having to remove sealer on jobs we did not install prior to resealing. This adds dramatically to the cost. Once stripped there is still more to do like recoloring prior to resealing.

Please save yourself the greater expense by calling before you reseal so you don’t have to become a casualty. We stand ready to assess your stamped concrete and this can sometimes be done by sending a few pictures.

I am a phone call away and want to be helpful. For more elaborate assessments or solutions we charge a fee but generally this is not the case.

I hope that I have left all who read this with the thought of how important it is to follow the simple guidelines in properly resealing your stamped concrete. The mistake you make by selecting the wrong person to reseal or haphazardly just put on any old sealer could cost more than money. I could cost you what once was a good looking stamped concrete job into another stamped concrete job that needs to be removed and replaced.

Split-Rok Construction Company http://www.split-rok.com stands ready to assist any way we can. Never hurts to ask before proceeding. Office 732-899-5641

Concrete consultant

Ted Mechnick owner of Split-Rok Construction is now available to consult on any concrete or Decorative concrete issues you might be having. Generally most consultations can easily be handled on the phone. There will be a charge for these consultations but it will be affordable.
I have had over 40 years experience in the concrete business and 30 of those years in the Decorative Concrete Business.
Whether its a Design issue or something that is in need of repair I can generally give you the correct approach to solve your problem.
I have learned many interesting solutions over the years to what might seem to be an impossible problem.

Many have consulted me over time and have started this blog with the goal of helping those either homeowners or contractors that need solutions to their concrete issues.I have helped many since the inception of this site and truly enjoy helping. This business has been rewarding to me over my career. This is my small way of giving back.

If you’re a homeowner and think the problem you have is a hopeless problem call me first. I might have a simple solution. Sometimes the Contractor you have hired although good at stamping might not be totally knowledgeable about all aspects of this profession due to not having run into certain issues that can occur with Stamped or Decorative Concrete. I have run into about anything imaginable with this process over the years. Some problems that occur are but not limited to sealers blushing or turning white, sealers peeling, color problems, crack repairs and many design issues. I am here to help. Don’t get frustrated or angry. It might not be worth it. Email me first. Pictures are a big help. I have a nationwide information base. To date I have not been stumped if given the correct information.

I have recently helped a gentleman in England repair cracks with a video I made to show him how to correct his cracking issue. I will go to whatever  length I necessary to get you a solution to your problem.

Take advantage of my years of experience in the concrete business. Protect your reputation if you are a contractor, as I have over the years. It’s your greatest asset.

Ted Mechnick

Certified ACI( American Concrete Institute)  Concrete Finisher and Member of ASCC ( American Society of Concrete Contractors)

Ted@split-rok.com
732-915-6391

Resealing Stamped or Colored Concrete

I know that many articles have been written regarding this topic but I feel it necessary to write this to promote what I feel needs to be more clearly addressed regarding the proper preparation and application of sealers.
Some of this may sound redundant but I can assure you that this post is being written to make more clear what is an extremely costly risk you are taking with a cavalier approach to resealing your concrete.
Years ago we at Split-Rok Construction could and did instruct our clients who were handy around the house on how to apply new sealer. Very easy to do and effective whether done by us or them provided they followed simple rules of application. Today that is not the case due to Government intervention into the sealer industry trying to prevent Volatile Organic Compounds from going into the atmosphere. Their mandate was to replace one type of solvent with another in HOPE that this would produce the desired result. Yes I am a fan of protecting the Earth at a reasonable cost but this was not well researched and therefore has done more to hurt my industry than would have hurt the environment if better thought out. The result of this poorly planned and unnecessary restriction has caused problems that have resulted in making beautifully installed stamped concrete turn white and hazy after application as a result of changing solvents.
The main mistake being made is assuming that we can, Apply new sealer over old thinking that Sealer is Sealer. This is longer the case since VOC sealers do not commingle well with Non-VOC sealers.
Unfortunately and fortunately there is a solution but it can be costly to perform but absolutely necessary to assure a good result. Removal of ALL old sealer by use of Water Sandblasting and thorough rinsing prior to new sealer being applied in thin coats. Thin coats seem to insure a good application result.
Very important to have ALL sealer removed and area be clean and dry and only apply sparingly. If applied to thick you risk to thick a coat and the same problem you had at the start comes back.
Sounds more tricky than it is but its very doable. Preparation is the key.

Should anyone reading this need more clarity about this process I can be reached by going to our site http://www.split-rok.com and drop me an email.

Thank you for your interest.
Ted Mechnick
Split-Rok Construction Company

HOW TO APPLY REMOVE AND APPLY SEALERS ON STAMPED CONCRETE

I have written about removing sealers but have not as yet written about the proper application of the New VOC Approved Sealers.

 

As anyone in this business knows already we are having serious issues with blushing of clear sealers on Stamped Concrete for many reasons. The main reasons are over-sealing and applying incompatible sealers over each other.

 

If you have been following this blog I have tried to keep all those interested in our progress in dealing with this issue. You know that we have been diligent in trying to find the answer to this problem.

 

I am happy to say that we finally have found a solution and on both fronts. Applying sealer when warranted in the past was a no brainer. You identified that a resealing was needed and either had a professional provide the service or chose to do it yourself.  In either case it meant no more than opening a can of sealer and either rolling on a new coat or spraying on a coat.

 

It didn’t seem to matter how many times you resealed provide you followed the instructions but along came the new EPA Regulations commonly known as VOC Regulations. This was the attempt to prevent Volatile Organic Compounds from polluting the atmosphere. The EPA as I understand it reached out to the Sealer Community to ask whether changing the formulation of the sealers being used at the time would create any issues. No one seemed to think that it would and therefore they initiated the change thinking that it would not be an issue. Unfortunately it is an issue based on what we in the industry are experiencing related to blushing or whitening of sealer.

 

One of the problems is that the Old Sealers and New VOC Approved sealers are not compatible and therefore when applying the new sealer over the old that re-emulsifies the old sealer and when it commingles with the new sealer whitening and or blushing occurs due to the chemical compositions being incompatible and moisture being blocked from evaporating.

 

These problems seen to have started about 2005 and has become worse particularly during resealing. It seems that new jobs using thin coats of VOC Approved sealers work fine on new work but on older work is where the problems continually occur.

 

We have been working on a solution to this and can report that our removal of the older sealer and application of a New VOC Approved Sealer has produced great results. The trick is getting off the old sealer. If you hire the right sandblasting professional who blasts using water with the proper medium that you can be successful and if done correctly will solve your sealing problem for good. It is imperative that the person be used since it must be done safely and efficiently.

 

I have been working at finding a solution for this for about 2 years now and trust me although there are many strippers on the market to do the same thing there are many downsides to using them, the main one being not properly rinsing prior to resealing that will only reduce your chances of a successful solution but waste precious time and expense doing it. I presently have a 55 gallon drum that cost me $2,000 sitting in my warehouse that I have to pay to dispose of.

 

The removal old sealers effectively can only be done quickly and efficiently by a professional. These people not only use ENVIORNMENTALLY SAFE products to remove sealers but can get it done both quickly and inexpensively. In general they can remove about 2000 square feet a day at a cost from about .65-$1.00 per square foot. Allot cheaper and faster than I have been able to do it for and be comfortable that all the sealer has been removed so that the approved sealer can be applied and reapplied in the future without any issue.

 

If you have a newer project that you are experiencing these whitening problems it might be as simple as re- emulsifying your sealer using Xylene to allow moisture to escape that might be trapped under the sealer. If the problem is caused by using to many coats of sealer then at that point you might have to remove what has been improperly applied and start with new sealer.

 

Remember that thin multiple coats works best and do not opt for trying for a shiny look since to many coats are needed to achieve this look and might destroy the breathability of the sealer and therefore lock in moisture coming from below and  create blushing.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

Stamped Concrete installer please try to put plastic down prior to pouring, this dramatically reduces the chance of having these problems whether a job is new or resealed since it acts as a barrier from moisture getting to the surface from below.

 

If anyone reading this blog has any questions whether you are a Homeowner or Contractor I stand ready to help and can be reached by email at Ted@split-rok.com.

 

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