Grinding and Polishing |
Metallics | Sealers |
an industrial look, or for the look of polished terrazzo or granite,
diamonds are concrete's best friend. The latest decorative concrete
niche is diamond grinding and polishing. Using virtually dust-free
diamond grinders, we can provide a variety of finishes on heavily
flawed, stained and contaminated concrete. Our trained equipment
operators can lightly grind and polish your existing concrete to a
mirror finish. Add in a densifier and your concrete will require
only minor maintenance. Or, we can forego the polishing and continue
grinding. Depending on the concrete and the level of grinding, we
can expose fine aggregates for a granite finish or large aggregate
for a terrazzo finish. Staining these ground surfaces and following
with proper sealers can provide you the look and durability of
terrazzo or granite for a fraction of the cost! Add in decorative
scoring to enhance it further and you have a work of art.
found in commercial environments, Color Cap offers metallic epoxy
systems and reflector agents in our finishes. These create unique
flooring options and were first completed with Illusions, a now
defunct product line from Polymerica that we have recreated with
other products for its continued offering. It is a marbleized epoxy
flooring system, sometimes even with color shifting capabilities.
This product received its showcasing on a casino floor in Macau, the
former Portuguese colony across the bay from Hong Kong, and once
again part of China. Color Cap selected this flooring for sample
installation along with several premium acid stain samples and
custom overlays. Despite the quality of our own competing, cheaper
finishes, the client chose to tear out 60,000 square feet of Chinese
marble to install Illusions as it is among the most impressive
flooring on the market. It is now being marketed as Reflector and
can be used in epoxies and our other finish and coloring options.
In any decorative
concrete project, the choice of sealers is an essential decision
affecting the longevity, durability and the ease with which your
project can be resealed.
Color Cap offers acrylics, epoxies, urethanes and polyureas,
each designed to best perform for a specific purpose.
For exterior applications, we recommend the use of a solvent
based acrylic laced with methyl methacrylate (MMA). It is a
hybridized acrylic at its base but is far superior to other
acrylics, including pure acrylics, siliconized acrylics, styrenated
acrylics and acrylic-urethane blends. It is non-yellowing, color
enhancing and, due to its solvent base, easily renewable. It
requires only a clean dry surface before reapplying. New coats
restore gloss and sheen but also will matte slightly over time.
Suitable for high traffic surfaces, including driveways and walks,
we incorporate them with skid resistant additives to provide the
most durable, weather resistant and easily cleanable surface coat
For interior applications we use the same sealer
and follow it with two to four thin coats of a specially formulated
floor finish for residential or light commercial applications.
Some drawbacks exist. The fumes of the solvent are rather
strong and will require ventilation and require areas to be clear of
personnel or residents for 12-24 hours until the air cross
For areas where solvents cannot be used, we offer a
water based version of our sealer. It does not enhance color though
it imparts shine, and is fully compatible with our floor finishes.
Additionally, where possible and when budgeted, we can install
upgraded sealers such as a breathable Aliphatic Urethane (AUS) or
the impermeable finishes of high build epoxies, extremely durable
and abrasion resistant polyaspartic polyureas or a system of
multiple compatible topcoats.
budget-minded consumers who want a quick and economic way to get rid
of gray and dress up their concrete, our line of designer acrylic
sealers provides rich uniform colors when used singly or can provide
an airbrushed effect with or without pattern if desired. Though any
imperfections in surface texture will remain, the consistency of
color and/or pattern tells everyone that no detail was left
When choosing a sealer, we recommend only certain sealers for
certain requirements. Some sealers may not work for your
circumstances, but be sure to ask if you're interested in upgrading
for longer life and durability.
decorative finish options;
when a deeper, mirror finish is desired, we install standard
and light stabilized epoxies. Able to achieve higher builds, epoxies
can create a smooth finish over textured surfaces, allowing for easy
cleaning while maintaining the rich textures of the underlying
Epoxies also exhibit extreme chemical resistances not capable
with acrylics, making them perfect for harsh environments, which is
why they are chosen for use in industrial applications, and also
found heavily in the residential garage market.
They can be used as
solid color coats, enhancement for diamond ground surfaces, or can
be combined with decorative flake systems or quartz aggregates.
Further, they are a great carrier for our metallic options using
Urethanes are near the top of the line in sealers,
particularly because of the increased abrasion resistance, hardness,
and chemical resistances. They are generally applied very thin, and
are often used as topcoats over epoxy primer coats. Two part
versions are generally non-breathable and susceptible to excessive
moisture transmission rates, like any two part sealer. The single
component breathable versions sacrifice only a little in durability
for minimizing the effects of excessive moisture transmission.
Urethanes are very problematic to install when weather and humidity
conditions are not optimal.
Polyureas is the premier finish coat available. With extreme
hardness, excellent abrasion resistance and chemically resistant
beyond most other sealers, they are an excellent choice, especially
with fast cure times. Able to be applied in build thicknesses, they
are generally ready for heavy traffic with 12-24 hours. They are, of
course, the highest priced top coat available.
The new Polyaspartic
Polyureas are still expensive, but comes in 70% solids versions which
allows for a longer work time, greater capacity for decorative uses,
and is still extremely fast curing and the most durable of our