Frequently Asked Questions
Do high solids floor finishes perform better than standard solids finishes?
This frequently discussed subject often is misunderstood. Many people believe that the higher the solids, the better the performance of the floor finish. This is just not true. The only property that changes when floor solids are elevated is laydown gloss.
Think of it this way – Four coats of 18% finish: 18% x 4 = 76. Three coats of 25% finish: 25% x 3 = 75. Higher solids products allow for fewer coats. The timesaving advantage of fewer coats can quickly disappear if high solids products are not used properly.
When too many coats or too thick of coats of high solids finishes are applied without adequate dry time, water and some of the fugitive plasticizers can be trapped between coats and cause excessive scuffing, dirt penetration and premature wear. This is especially true during hot, humid weather. Many high solids products require more skill to apply. A streaky floor that needs to be re-stripped saves no time.
To obtain other floor finish properties such as ultra high speed burnishability, non-buff features, exceptional wear and reduced labor, one simply has to use finishes technically designed to meet those needs.
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