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Sealing the floor

Preparing the concrete

Preparing the concrete

One of the critical aspects of a marine animal hospital is providing an easily cleaned, sanitary environment.  To that end, as we proceed with finishing the sea turtle ward, it was necessary to seal the concrete floor.  Although concrete seems to be a durable, easily washed surface, without a protectant it will quickly chip and crack and become discolored under the pressure of constant cleaning and disinfecting.  “Specialty Coating Solutions (SCS)” to the rescue!

Rollers were used to apply the product.

Rollers were used to apply the product.

To form a durable, lasting coating takes a number of steps.
Step 1:  prepare the concrete by roughening the surface to create a texture that will soak up the sealant.
Step 2:  apply a primer coat.  For NMLC, SCS used a resin primer with styrene mixed in to form a durable bond with the concrete.
Step 3:  apply an intermediate coat.  The intermediate coat included resin mixed with calcium carbonate to both coat the surface and fill in cracks and small holes in the concrete.
Step 4:  apply top coat.  The top coat protects the two earlier coats.  In some cases, tint may be added for color and/or grit may be added to reduce slipperiness.

The primer coat

The primer coat

The final result.

The final result.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Chad. Thanks for your interest! The following is information we received from the installer, Harry Heise at Specialty Coatings Solutions. For more information, please contact them directly:
    Harry@scs-us.com
    http://www.scs-us.com

    “The protective coating system is a modified polymorphic resin from PPC. This coating has outstanding physical properties as well as a wide range of chemical resistance including salt (sea) water. This coating system is extremely abrasion resistant, with excellent properties, which makes it one of the premier rehabilitation and coating systems for concrete flooring applications. This particular system will not be affected in cold weather applications.”

  2. The sealer that was used looks like a real high solids sealer. I would like to know what you used…we get requests to animal shelters, vet clinics and the like…this product might be a good one for us.

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