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FAST Concrete Repair with SPARTACOTE FAST FIX by Morgantown Concrete

Professional Concrete and Coatings Contractors run into all kinds of different concrete problems when they’re working in the field. These include pop-outs, pitting, scaling, and spalling. While concrete is a wonderful building material, it is not without its problems. Concrete cracking is so commonplace that expert contractors expect to find them in the field. They plan for them and are never surprised whenever they’re encountered.

While large cracks are not as common as hairline fractures, these can be particularly pernicious to a resinous floor coating if left untreated. As the substrate continues to move—and it does—it takes the floor coating along with it as it expands further. Any floor coating is only as good as its underlying concrete substrate. A weak or unsound concrete surface creates a weak or unsound floor coating, covering or topping.

To complement its polyaspartic and epoxy concrete coatings, SPARTACOTE also offers FAST FIX, a two part, very fast setting hybrid urethane repair material for concrete cracks, spalls, pop-outs, and hairline fractures. Combined with aggregate, FAST FIX can be used for patching spalls and repairing joints and large cracks in concrete. Available in low odor formulations, FAST FIX sets up within ten minutes after mixing, and the exothermic material expands to fill in the repair areas. After approximately 20 minutes, installers can grind off the excess material by mechanical profile, taking the concrete surface to an ICRI CSP 2. This makes for speedy concrete repairs necessary for installers under tight project schedules.

Watch our quick tutorial video on SPARTACOTE FAST FIX:

SPARTACOTE FAST FIX offers you:
• Feather edge repairs – no square cutting required
• Very fast prep and minimal downtime
• Meets USDA requirements
• Rapid application & Set Times
• Cold application to -35º F
• Excellent abrasion […]

By Jeff Bonkiewicz|June 6th, 2017|Blog, Concrete Coatings, News, Polyaspartic

Upcoming LATICRETE and STI polished concrete & coatings contractor training – March 16th

LATICRETE concrete experts and STI polished concrete experts have once again teamed up to offer a one day polished concrete and coatings training at the STI facility in Morris, IL. The last polished concrete contractor Tech Training Day was a tremendous success and we felt it was time to introduce all new polishing equipment, coatings products and polished concrete processes that we’ve developed.

When: Wednesday, March 16th, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: STI 1384 Bungalow Rd, Morris, IL 60450

Who Should Attend: Distributors, Concrete Coatings Installers, FGS PERMASHINE Polished Concrete Contractors, Architects and Specifiers

There is no cost for the seminar. Lunch is included.

STI polished concrete experts will demonstrate the new STI Prepmaster Remote control and ride-on machines as well as the new edge plates, which virtually eliminate the need for hand grinding and pinhole grouting. The latest polishable overlay system DURAFLOOR HP Bright White will be installed, grouted and polished.

LATICRETE concrete experts will demo the latest crack repair methods using SPARTACOTE® FAST FIX™ concrete repair material and DRYTEK™ Moisture Vapor Barrier, a moisture mitigating, 100% solids epoxy primer now shipping with pigmented colors. And finally, LATICRETE concrete experts will demo SPARTACOTE® Metallic coatings for commercial and residential markets.

Email Bill Butler at wlbutler@laticrete.com to sign up for the LATICRETE STI training today.

By Jeff Bonkiewicz|March 1st, 2016|Blog, Concrete Coatings, News, Polyaspartic

International concrete contractors and distributors trained on SPARTACOTE® concrete coatings & polished concrete at Natural Stone Solutions

MIAMI, FL – Alex de Quesada, President of Natural Stone Solutions (NSS), hosted a recent training on SPARTACOTE® concrete coating systems and polished concrete at his facility located in Miami, FL. Alejandro Luna, LATICRETE technical sales rep in the South Florida Atlantic region and Wayne Hoerning, LATICRETE regional sales manager of the Caribbean, both were co-hosts with Alex.

Alejandro led the group contractor training in SPARTACOTE® concrete coatings systems, demonstrating the Chip, Quartz, Guard (solid color), VIVID DYE concrete stain and Metallic systems. He did an excellent job thoroughly explaining each SPARTACOTE® system in both English and Spanish while he applied the coating, often doing all of the work himself. Furthermore, he ensured that each training participant’s questions were answered before moving onto the next segment.

When Alejandro wasn’t doing the SPARTACOTE® coatings training, he was helping Alex from NSS show their own line of polished concrete equipment, called Stonecrete. The team had poured and placed L&M DURAFLOOR HP, a polishable overlay, on Tuesday, which set it up for polishing on Wednesday. Alex led the international concrete contractor group through the diamond chain, beginning the polishing process with 40 grit metal bond diamonds all the way through the 3000 grit finish. After the 400 grit resin bond diamonds, they dyed the cementitious overlay with L&M VIVID DYE terra cotta and locked in the color with L&M LION HARD densifier.

Alejandro was enthusiastic about the International group training. He states, “It is great to see the buzz we are creating with SPD and how many decided to make the trip from Latin America and the Caribbean just before the holidays on such short notice. These trainings are usually planned several months in advance but we […]

By Jeff Bonkiewicz|December 17th, 2015|Blog, News, Polyaspartic