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SpartaFlex Installation Overview

Installation Overview
When you purchase a SpartaFlex floor coating from Perkins Custom Coating you doing business with a 3rd generation family owned and employee owned company that has been doing business in Southern California since 1969.  Your floors will be installed by technicians who are factory trained and certified by the manufacturers of SpartaFlex coatings.  These English speaking and courteous employee-owners have completed hundreds of installations of SpartaFlex floors in San Diego, Imperial, Orange and Riverside counties over the past year.  They use only the most advanced dustless diamond grinding and shot blasting equipment available on the market today.

Initial Assessment
The installation process actually begins during the initial site visit to your property.  Our expert sales people will assess the conditions of your floor and determine whether there are any concrete moisture, cracking, oil or other contaminants present in the floor that will require special treatment.  In order for us to provide you with the longest warranty in the industry, we will only install your coating once the floor any cracks are repaired, any latent moisture issues are resolved and and contaminants removed.

Crack Repair
Some homes in southern California built during or before the 1970s have some minor concrete slab cracks.  Ten years ago, this was a much more serious issue than it is today.  Perkins Custom Coatings uses some of the concrete industry’s most advanced crack repair technology to repair any cracks in the concrete before we begin the installation of the floor coating.  These crack repair products do not have any strong odors or harmful VOCs (so they are environmentally friendly), they can be used on either larger or smaller cracks and are designed to be fast curing and provide a ultra-long repair beneath your new floor coating.  While they will not prevent the formation of new cracks, they are generally very successful in preventing existing cracks from expanding beneath your floor coating.

Crack Repair
Crack Repair

Moisture Issues
Homes built in southern California prior to the early 1990s were not required by code to have a plastic membrane installed beneath the concrete slab.  As a result, over time ground moisture “wicks” up through these older slab to the surface causing them to exhibit moisture defects including efflorescense (which typically exhibits itself as a white, chalky mineral type substance found on the concrete slab) or mildew.  If this moisture issues is not treated before a floor coating is installed, the moisture will eventually cause the premature failure of the floor in as soon as 1-2 years after installation.

Perkins Custom Coatings uses a product called “AquaLok II” which is manufactured by a company called Versaflex in Kansas that is specifically designed to work as a moisture and vapor barrier beneath polyaspartic floor coatings.  AquaLok II has no odors or harmful VOCs (so it is environmentally friendly), is non-toxic, is easy to apply and cures quickly so it can be recoated quickly and best of all, it actually increases the compressive strength of your concrete slab anywhere from 10-30% within 28 days.  The use of AquaLock II will dramatically reduce the likelihood that moisture will damage your new floor coating.

Oil & Grease Contamination
Perhaps the most common situation we run across during an floor coating installation assessment is the presence of oil and grease.  Fortunately, there are some very strong and powerful degreasers and emulsifiers that can soak into a oily or greasy floor and lift the oil and grease to the surface within a few hours.  These products are 100% non-toxic, do not have any strong odors harmful VOCs and work quickly.

Concrete Preparation
All finished concrete slabs have a top layer of “cream” close to the surface of the slab.  The cream is what allows the concrete to become smooth and gives it that “finished” look.  However, for a floor coating to “bite” to a concrete slab, the cream must be opened up ever so slightly to expose the higher profile aggregate beneath the cream.  This is accomplished by either lightly grinding the slab with an advanced dustless concrete grinding system or using a dustless shotblaster.  Both of these processes basically “open the pores” of the concrete to allow the coating to bite to the floor (shotblasters are typically used where there is presence of latent moisture whereas grinding is typically used where moisture is not a problem).  Don’t worry about dust.  Our dustless surface preparation will typically capture about 95% of any dust generated by this process and we will thoroughly vacuum and clean any surfaces that are not masked off.

While it sounds extreme, both processes actually remove less than 1/32nd of an inch of concrete which is barely noticeable, and once the final coating is installed, the original height of the concrete slab is completely restored.


Prime Coat
If moisture is an issue, Perkins Custom Coatings will apply a prime coat of AquaLok II to the prepared concrete slab as a prime coat (we can then apply SpartaFlex directly on top of the AquaLok for a superior coating).   If not, we will apply a tinted prime coat of the SpartaFlex product that is specially designed to soak into the prepared concrete slab and allow subsequent coats to bind to the prime coat.  Where a thinner and less expensive coating is designed, we can apply a thicker version of this prime coat that will allow any colored chips to be directly broadcast into the first coat.

Prime Coat
Prime Coat

Stem Wall & Cove Base
Among the many things that help make SpartaFlex unique is its ability to be installed on horizontal as well as vertical surfaces.  In addition, through the use of a fast curing and easy to apply product that has the same zero-odor, zero-VOC qualities that SpartaFlex has, we can mold a “coved” base finish in the corners where the wall meets the floor, creating a neat and easy to maintain edge that is visually attractive and functional at the same time.

Stem Wall & Cove Base
Stem Wall & Cove Base

Second Coat
After the first coat of SpartaFlex is applied (thanks to fasting curing properties of SpartaFlex, we can typically apply any subsequent coats of SpartaFlex within 20-30 minutes after application), we will apply a thicker 2nd coat of SpartaFlex and broadcast the colored chips directly into this 2nd coat.  These chips are specially designed to be UV stable and come in a wide variety of colors to allow you to match your floor color to the décor of your home. 

Second Coat
Second Coat

Final Top Coat
After the application of the 2nd coat, broadcasting of the colored chips and scraping of the excess chips, the final finish coat of SpartaFlex is applied.  This final coat is applied immediately after the 2nd coat is dry to the touch (about 20 minutes).  All SpartaFlex coats are rolled on to permit thorough application and even distribution of the material.  While this final coat of  SpartaFlex is curing, we will be cleaning and re-packing our equipment.  Within about 30 minutes of the application of this last coat, we can begin returning any light personal belongings or appliances to this area.  The next morning, you can drive your car on the floor.  While dry to the touch within a few minutes, SpartaFlex will continue to cure over the next 28 days until it is completely cured.  However, you will not notice this curing since SpartaFlex exhibits excellent resistance against hot tire pickup within 24 hours!

Final Coat
Final Coat
Final Coat
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