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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Paint Primers Used For?

Primers: Types / Uses - Primer is a paint product that allows finishing paint to adhere much better than if it were used alone. Priming is mandatory if the material is not water resistant and will be exposed to the elements. Priming gypsum board (drywall) is also standard practice with new construction because it seals the wall and aids in preventing mold. Primers can also be used for dirty surfaces that for some reason cannot be cleaned, or before painting light colors over existing dark colors.

What Does VOC Mean?

VOC / LEED Compliant Finishes - Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room-temperature conditions. Many VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment. VOCs are numerous, varied and ubiquitous. Most projects require the use of paint with low VOCs and almost all paint suppliers can manufacturer low VOC paints.

What Are The Different Finish / Paint Sheens?

Flat Finish / Paint

  • Commonly used on most walls
  • Lowest sheen
  • Smooth, matte finish
  • Non-reflective
  • Conceals wall imperfections
  • Best for painting uneven surfaces or drywall

Satin or Eggshell Finish / Paint

  • Low-luster
  • Slight sheen
  • Brings warmth and depth to a room
  • Easier to clean than compared to flat paint

Semi-Gloss Finish / Paint

  • Very durable
  • Easiest to clean
  • Does NOT conceal imperfections
  • Often used in kitchens and bathroomsl

Gloss Finish / Paint

  • Most durable of all paints
  • Highest sheen
  • Most commonly used for doors, door frames and baseboard

Who are our frequently used manufacturers?

  1. Commercial: Sherwin Williams Company, Dunn Edwards Paints, Glidden Professionals, PPG Industries, Kwal Paints
  2. Industrial: Carboline, Sherwin Williams Company
  3. Flooring: Tennant, Key Resin, General Polymers, WR Meadows, Westcoat

What Is Epoxy?

Epoxy is a resinous product that can protect the substrate from chemicals and moisture deterioration.

What Is Concrete Polishing?

Concrete Polishing is a process that is done using a series of diamonds and resin pads to reach a desired polish grit. There are several diamond and resin pad grits; 800, 1500, 3000, etc.

How Do I Maintain My New Concrete Coating Properly?

The rule of thumb is: if it will scratch, chip or damage concrete, chances are it may damage the coating surface also. So you must always take caution when setting heavy objects on the coating or dragging heavy items across the coated floor. Periodic washing is all that is typically required to maintain the coating surface. Always make sure to clean any oil or chemical spills immediately to avoid any disruption in the coating and to keep your floor looking new.

Can Concrete Cracks Be Repaired?

Yes. All cracks can be repaired using a high strength epoxy prior to applying any coating. New control joints are placed or existing ones are cut deeper to alleviate the tension and allow for any movement that may occur.

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