Concrete Preparation and Application Procedures

BallistiX Squire & BallistiX NCO Products

BallistiX Squire and BallistiX NCO products are for use on all concrete substrates (raw or finished/polished/grind & sealed, porous or non-porous/power troweled), pavers, natural stone, concrete terrazzo, tile and grout flooring such as slate tiles, travertine tiles, limestone tiles, and sandstone tiles, and epoxy surfaces including epoxy metallic and epoxy terrazzo. BallistiX Squire and BallistiX NCO products are not to be used on vinyl surfaces. Please refer to our BallistiX Ranger product line for vinyl surfaces.

Products Needed

  • BallistiX NCO (no color enhancement, satin finish) OR BallistiX Squire (gloss finish)
  • Commercial cleaner/degreaser
  • IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) 99%

Safety Equipment

  • First aid kit – eyewash bottle
  • Goggles
  • ½ face carbon filter head respirator
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Red “DANGER / DO NOT ENTER” tape
  • Safety barriers
  • Walk off paper, rugs
  • Painters visqueen
  • Painters tape

Essential Equipment

  • Extraction Unit with spinner, edger, pressure gun
  • Pressure Washer if extraction unit not available
  • Moisture detector
  • Digital thermometer
  • 175 RPM machine
  • 80 grit concrete nylon-grit brush attachment
  • Drying towels
  • Air mover
  • Extension pole
  • Applications Applicator
  • 18” Flat mop w/microfiber pad
  • Microfiber sponge towels
  • Hand pump sprayer

Interior Concrete Procedures

  1. Protect surrounding areas
  2. Determine Condition of Concrete
  3. Clean Area to be Treated
  4. Densify Area of Concern (Chemically w/ BallistiX Primer for Grind and Seal) or other densifiers, preferably low in silico-content
  5. Diamond Polish to 800 Level
  6. Apply one coat of primer (if porous)
  7. Apply the BallistiX Product for desired finish (within 10 minutes of primer is primer is required)
  8. Maintenance Free & Easy Remediation

Industrial and Commercial Concrete Procedures

  1. Lightly hone area with a concrete prep wheel – Optional
  2. Clean area with a Commercial Cleaner/Degreaser to remove all contaminants
  3. Apply BallistiX as directed removing any puddles that may form. Excess amounts lengthen dry time and must be removed before application of BallistiX product
  4. Final Polishing of concrete should be brought ideally to a 400-gloss factor minimum, thus providing a great surface for the application of BallistiX.
  5. Higher Grit, Dense Surface and Hard Concrete allow for minimal product usage.
  6. Spray flooring with a pump-up sprayer and a conical tip
  7. Spread coating with 18” flat mop
  8. Avoid Guard that is high in Silicone. If guard is present, apply thin and activate fully

Bare Concrete / Pavers / Natural Stone Procedures

As “Enhanced” and Impregnating Sealer

1. Surface Preparation

  • Clean surface thoroughly with a commercial cleaner/degreaser
  • Remove pre-existing coatings (refer to stripping section)

2. Properly Condition Surface

  • Protect area from traffic (red tape)
  • Refer to concrete prep

3. Application of BallistiX

  • Spray substrate using a hand pump system keeping tip at least 24” or 2’ off grade
  • Remove puddles of product by tamping with a towel
  • Be conscious of wind and surrounding areas (vehicles, glass, boats)

4. Maintenance & Restoration

  • Apply light commercial cleaner/degreaser solution to area and pressure wash or hot water extract

Vertical Concrete Substrate Procedures

Bare or Painted

1. Surface Preparation

2. Properly Condition Surface

  • Use scotch-brite pad and scuff if painted

3. Prime the Substrate

  • Lightly apply BallistiX NCO before applying BallistiX Squire

4, Application of BallistiX

  • Use BallistiX Squire procedures

5. Maintenance & Restoration

  • Spray with light solution of soap or commercial cleaner/degreaser
  • Pressure wash clean keeping nozzle at least 2’ from substrate and using 1200 psi or less

Grind & Seal Concrete Procedures

Use BallistiX Grenade – Primer Pack additive.

  1. Creating a “false bottom” you will apply your NCO or Squire concurrently (within 10 minutes) of applying primer.
  2. Primer will go down as a spray-only, application.
  3. A simple water test will determine if Primer is required.
  4. Spritz water on surface – If water dissipates in less than 15 seconds, primer is required.
  5. Shoe covers are required to apply finish coat. Average cost with primer is around 0.55 cents a square foot
  6. Less is more – if you don’t have to grind – don’t.

BallistiX Squire & BallistiX NCO Mixing Instructions

Application Method

  • Fill garden sprayer with catalyzed product
  • Use conical spray tip – SPRAY ABOVE BY 2’ or GREATER
  • Porous Substrate:
    • Apply evenly dispersed product over entire surface area paying close attention to joints (using cross hatch or circular pattern)
    • Spread sprayed product using microfiber flat mot. DO NOT ROTATE MOP HEAD in a FIGURE 8” as it may create swirls
    • Be careful to “feather finish” on last stroke of pull
  • Tight Substrate:
    • Follow with deck pad using “touch and go” method, wall to wall and do not lift or apply pressure.

 

Apply with the sprayer - not a mop!

  • Apply evenly with your sprayer, work in synergy with the mop.
  • Do not drag product onto dry ground – simply break the surface tension! Think: Mechanical Vs. Chemical?

Maintenance Procedures

1.Daily remove debris from surface

2.Daily vacuum, sweep and/or dust mop

3.Daily mop floors with hot water mixed with cleaning solution as directed

4.Rinse with hot water and allow to dry

WARRANTY PROTECTION

  • NEVER use harsh chemicals or equipment
  • NEVER apply other coatings to surface
  • ALWAYS follow the above procedures

When surface is in need of a high shine:

  • Clean floor with cleaner such as Ameripolish Cleaning Solution using hot water, and buff floor with WHITE pad (highly recommended for better performance)
  • Do NOT maintain floor with a Black or Red Pad – extremely unnecessary!

Small Area Remediation of Newly Coated Surfaces

(up to 7 days after application)

  • Identify complete area of concern
  • See joint lines as guide for area(s) to be repaired
  • Apply Yellow Frog Tape or Masking Tape along designated repair area using the joint lines as natural breaks. (Do NOT use Blue Painter’s Tape)
  • Carefully wipe area to be repaired with IPA/Denatured Alcohol & towel being very careful not to touch or drip on surrounding coated areas
  • Allow alcohol to sit for a few minutes until it evaporates totally
  • Use 6-inch Glass & Tile Scrapper on Concrete Substrate OR non-abrasive pad such as Norton Abrasives (epoxy) to remove the old coating
  • Vacuum up the coating which should be a fine powder
  • Complete a final wipe down of area with IPA/Denatured Alcohol & towel to remove all contaminants
  • Using black foam brush & microfiber pad (depending on size of repair), re-apply the product evenly and carefully remove tape no more than 30 minutes after installation
  • Create obvious barriers to the area(s) repaired in order to prevent any further damage

Large Remediation Procedures

  • Identify complete area of concern
  • Use joint lines as your parameters of the area(s) to be repaired
  • Apply blue painters tape along designated repair area using the grout lines as natural breaks.
  • Carefully wipe area to be repaired with an IPA and towel being very careful not to touch or drip on surrounding coated area
  • Dry sand with 60 grit sandpaper any remaining coating for complete removal (2-3 years after application: wet sand with medium sand dollar pad on a 175rpm floor machine)
  • Complete a final wipe of area with an IPA towel to remove all debris and dust (unless on tile & grout - remember to insure pH is neutral at 6-8 range)
  • Using an appropriate size deck pad style tool, re-apply the product evenly and carefully remove painter's tape
  • Create obvious barriers to the area(s) repaired so as to prevent any further damage

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