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Basement Floor Sealers

Basement Floor Sealers: What Beginners Should Know

Basement floor sealers are quite advantageous. In addition to keeping your basement dry, these paints give the area style and pizazz. This is especially the case with colored sealants, which completely transform standard concrete. Without them, you are stuck with a boring, gray floor. You may also have to deal with stains, whether from mold or efflorescence, a salty substance that surfaces after cement becomes wet. Colored sealants cover up these problems. However, whether you go with clear or colored sealants one fact remains true: you must know how to apply the paint if you want the best results.

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Now when it comes to application, some sealers are better than others. Consider the acrylic variety, which tend to be the easiest to apply. Since they are a mixture of water and solvents, they spread on easier, while drying quickly. They also do not spread as many chemicals as sealants that are 100% solvent-based. Their toxic nature requires cautious application; you must use masks, fans and other forms of ventilation to ensure safety.

Urethane-based sealers are also toxic, but they are a great choice for decorating. With their composition, you can create unique designs while painting. They also give the floor a glossy finish, similar to how an area looks after it has been professionally waxed.

Finally, there are epoxies and denisifers, sealants that are quite common in the world of basement flooring. They are often purchased before any of the others because they offer the best protection. But if you go with an epoxy sealant, be prepared for a harder application. Two steps are required when applying epoxies, and both of them can be challenging for beginners. With that said, if you must use epoxy sealants, stick to the ones that are water-based. For densifiers, there are no special concerns beyond the chemical smell.

As far as selection, look over the descriptions above and see which sealant best fits your situation. And know that regardless of which one you choose, all of them are available in different colors. Whether or not you decide to go that route depends on your design goals. Non-colored sealants can still make floors look fabulous, but if you want a model home look, stick with the colored variety.

In any case, after you have selected your sealant, you need to apply it to your basement floor. Now the specifics will vary depending on the sealant you have chosen. So, you will still need to read the instructions on your sealant’s label. However, even with that in mind, there are some essential things you must do with EVERY sealant. They are as follows:

1. Clear your floor of debris. Standard sweeping and mopping will do the trick, though if you have mold use bleach or other cleaner to get it up. Also any grease and oil spots will need to be removed with a degreaser.

2. Make sure there are no holes in your floor. You can patch them with concrete solution. Do not do anything more until the solution dries.

3. For some sealants, like epoxy, you will need to etch the concrete surface in order to get the best bonding. If the instruction recommending etching then definitely do it. You application will last a lot longer.

4. Apply the sealant using a rolling brush. Let it dry. Depending on the sealant you are using, you may have to apply another coat. If it is a clear sealant you may need to apply the second coat in order to get the best coverage. Also, when you are rolling out the product be sure there is a lot of light available. It is often hard to see where you have already painted with a clear coat or if you have any streaks.

Congratulations! You now understand the basics behind selecting and applying basement floor sealers. And while each sealant has their own concerns, the overall process does not differ too much from traditional painting. What is different are the results. After your sealant dries, your basement floor will not only look beautiful, but it will also have a powerful barrier that will protect it from moisture.

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