The Next Generation in Interior Floor Coatings
WearMax:
ECO Friendly, LEED Approved,  
waterborne floor coatings by KraGil Inc.

Topline Application Process  

 Important Notice

Before you apply WearMax coatings

 

Please read all instructions start to finish before you start so you understand the process!

Mistakes may cost you more than what you charged for the job!

 

Do not take short cuts!

 

Recommendations 

We recommend that you replace air filters on furnaces with the finest filters you can find to stop foreign particles and hair from floating around and getting in the coatings.

These recommendations hold true for anybodies products.

Also if there is sunlight on the area, you may want to cover the windows and doors with black plastic on the outside or inside.

Use footies on your shoes when walking on the floor.

Turn off heated floors five days in advance to bring them down to room temperatures.

To stop air circulation that will increase drying time, Cover air vents or turn off AC, fans or heat until you have finished the application and the coating has skinned over after 20 -45 minutes or so. That way you can tack off for the next coat if you see foreign particles.

Every condition you work in will be different. So keep a log book of the conditions and what you had to do to achieve good results. This gives you something to go back to for ideas on what may need to be done the next time.

Remember we are the professionals and we need to do professional work.

 

 

Applying the Product

 Check the moisture content of the wood in five or six places across the area and write those measurements down so you can test the same areas before you apply the next coat. Each coat has to have the previous coat dried to within 1% of its original starting point before you start the next coat.

Also test the moisture level of the air before during and after the process. Remember high humidity will slow the process because this is a water based product.

Step One: First Coat (Primer) or (Sealer)

Remember you need two coats of primer for a newly installed floor. This should take care of any side bonding issues that would ordinarily cause panelization of the boards and larger gaps instead of small ones between each board from shrinkage.

Start by rolling the jug of Universal Primer or Universal Sealer back and forth to agitate the liquid inside to get it to mix and disperse evenly again. Our products need to be mixed before each pour to maintain a good result. Using a strainer for paint, strain the contents into another container to mix with a stick or mixer of some sort. (We strain all coatings to make sure there are no coagulation or lump contaminants when pouring.

 

Do not use a mixer that is painted! 

The paint particles may fall of the mixer and suspend in the primer this could leave them on the floor when you apply the primer. (The reason you need to mix this product is the same as all of our products). We blend our products together at high speeds and sheering power. Our products do not want to blend under normal circumstances and they begin to separate while sitting. So, before you pour the products on the floor you need to mix them with a stick before each pour. Use a separate pouring container to pour the primer on the floor. Something with a handle and a lip on it for pouring would be best. A two quart container will for smaller jobs and a one gallon container for larger jobs. Keep a stir stick in the container to stir before each pour. Yes, we understand it is more work but the benefits are far superior to other products on the market today. Use the proper tools for the job. A fibrous t-bar sleeve with a 1/4" nap 18" width is the applicator. Start this application by pouring a 4-6" swath of Universal Primer or Universal Sealer across the floor. Get your t-bar sleeve impregnated with the primer or sealer so you don't leave dry spots. Snow plow the primer on back and forth across the floor, leave a wet edge when you stop T-barring, When you straighten out the swirls on the ends ring out a little of the coating from the T-Bar on the floor close to your stopping point. This will stop dripping off your T-Bar sleeve when you swipe the ends. Make sure you do not leave dry spots. You may want to use a 4 or 6" roller or a pad to cut in around walls and doorways for the edging. Make another pour right away and continue the process. (Note) do not stop applying until you are done or have taped of a stopping point if the area is too big. Try not to make pours more than thirty feet wide at one time. This product can dry very fast at times, depending on how warm it is, how dry it is, how much sun is beating down on it and how much air movement there is. If you have to go over the thirty feet in width use more than two people, stagger your starts and have all of your products mixed well before you start.  Wait until this coat is dried to within 1% of the moisture level the floor originally started. Checking the humidity of the air and keeping a log book. Track the time it takes to dry each time and this will give you a better idea of how much time it will take for you to finish the next job. Keep the log book with you so you can determine how long each job should take.

 

If you are using Universal primer you need another coat perform the previous process again without sanding in-between coats.

 

Step Two: TopLine First Top Coat Layer

 

Change T-Bar sleeves so you do not contaminate the TopLine coat with primer or sealer.

Remember each different formula needs its own T-Bar sleeve to stop cross contamination of the products.

If you do use the same sleeve it cross contaminates and makes some other product and chances are it will fail in the adhesion process.

 

After making sure the primer or sealer is within one percent of the original moisture level, abrade the primer or sealer with a maroon pad to a smooth surface.

Vacuum and tack of the surface with a damp terrycloth towel on the head of the T-Bar to remove any contaminates.

Before you pour the products on the floor, you need to mix it. Slowly roll the bottle back and forth to agitate the fluids to start them mixing again. Do this for a couple of minutes to insure a good mix.

Remember to pour in your catalyst before you start agitating the bottle so you don’t have to do this twice. Also if you are using any of our retardant or defoamers you need  to add those at the same time. Do not shake the bottle, you will cause it to foam up and when you pour, the bubbles may not have time to dissipate.

Pour the Towline into your picture and mix with a stick before each pour. Keep a stir stick in the container to stir before each pour. Again, yes, we understand it is more work but the benefits are far superior to other products on the market today. Use the proper tools for the job. A fibrous T-bar sleeve  with a 1/4" nap 18" width is the applicator. Start this application by pouring a 4-6" swath of Universal Primer or Universal Sealer across the floor. Get your  sleeve impregnated with TopLine so you don't leave dry spots. Snow plow the primer on back and forth across the floor, leave a wet edge when you stop T-barring, When you straighten out the swirls on the ends ring out a little of the coating from the T-Bar on the floor close to your stopping point. This will stop dripping off your T-Bar sleeve when you swipe the ends. Make sure you do not leave dry spots. You may want to use a 6" or 10” pad to cut in around walls and doorways for the edging. Make another pour right away and continue the process.

(Note) do not stop applying until you are done or have taped of a stopping point if the area is too big. Try not to make pours more than thirty feet wide at one time. This product can dry very fast at times, depending on how warm it is, how dry it is, how much sun is beating down on it and how much air movement there is. If you have to go over the thirty feet in width use more than two people, stagger your starts and have all of your products mixed well before you start. Wait until this coat is dried to within 1% of the moisture level the floor originally started.

Checking the humidity of the air and keeping a log book of the conditions will help you in what to do on the next job. Keep the log book with you so you can calculate how long each job should take next time.

Cover your T-Bar sleeve with plastic so it does not dry out in between coats.

 

Step Three: Third Coat

 

Repeat the same process as step two. If the surface has no contaminants, and you feel confident with the results of the second coat you can skip the abrading portion of that step.  

 

Clean-up

  You can cover your T-Bar sleeves with plastic after you wash them out. Cover your T-Bar sleeve with plastic so it does not dry out in between jobs.   

If the sleeve is shedding fiber do not continue to use it. Change it out for a new sleeve.

You need only to use water for cleaning up your sleeves and tools.

NOTE: Do not use soap in the clean up process or you will contaminate you next batch of coatings. Soaps, waxes, oils or anything else will cause our products to fail if they contaminate before it is cured.