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Concrete Resurfacing: Pebblebond

About Life Deck Epoxy Pebblebond

  • Life Deck Pebblebond coating is a combination of natural river pebble mixed with a two component epoxy coating and then trowelled flat onto a concrete floor. It is typically professionally installed and works great on patios, walkways, pool patios, showroom floors, & driveways. If it is used on an above ground deck, a waterproofing system (such as our Life Deck AL System) must be installed first. It can withstand very high traffic areas such as restaraunts and commercial applications. Pebblebond has been featured in TV shows on DIY Network such as Bath Crashers (not available online),Yard Crashers, and House Crashers.

What is The Life Deck Pebblebond Epoxy System?

  • The Life Deck Pebble Bond Epoxy Coating System is a scientifically formulated, two component, 100% solid (no solvent) high strength adhesive epoxy resin designed for the ultimate bonding of pebbles to structural substrates.

Uses For the Life Deck Pebblebond Epoxy System:

  • The Pebble Bond Epoxy System is used primarily with aggregate pebbles to produce a decorative covering for patios, driveways, pool decks and walkways. By broadcasting dry silica sand over the installed pebbles, an anti-skid finish can be produced.
  • Life Deck Pebble Bond Epoxy can be used for filling cracks in existing concrete and bonding many types of materials to each other.

Advantages to Using Pebblebond Epoxy:

  1. Exceptional Tensile Strength
  2. Superior Anti-Chalking Inhibitors
  3. High Abrasion Resistance
  4. Extra Ultra Violet Inhibitors
  5. Durable High Gloss Finish
  6. Chemical Resistant

How Pebblebond is Packaged:

  • Life Deck Epoxy ER 210- 1-1/2 gallon & 15 gallon kits River Rock- 50 lb bags

Inspection of Life Deck Epoxy pebblebond:

  • Surface must be structurally sound, dry and free of oil, grease, curing agents, dirt, dust or other foreign matter. Coatings surface must be roughed up or porous.

Preparation for Life Deck Epoxy pebblebond Surface:

  1. Substrate should be clean and dry.
  2. Remove dust, laitance, grease, rug glue etc. Painted surfaces should be scored with grinding equipment.
  3. All loose paint must be removed.

Priming Requirements for pebblebond coating:

  • For best results, apply 25 Series as a primer coat. (See 25 Series specification sheet for application instructions.)

Coverage rate for pebble bond coating

  • 1 1/2 gallons of mixed epoxy combined with 200 lbs. of 1/4″x 5/16″ aggregate will cover approximately 50 sq.ft. Coverage will vary depending on condition of surface, size of aggregate and desired thickness.

Mixing life deck pebblebond coating

  1. Stir each component before proportioning. Measure out 2 parts resin to 1 part hardener (by volume).
  2. Pour the hardener into the resin. Mix with a mixing paddle attached to a slow speed (400-600 rpm) electric drill for 2 to 5 minutes, until blend is uniform in color. Mix only that quantity which can be used in 20 minutes.
  3. Combine the mixed Life Deck Pebble Bond Epoxy with clean kiln dry river pebbles and mix for approximately 3 to 4 minutes or until all aggregate is thoroughly coated. It is recommend to use 1-1/2 gallon of epoxy with 200 lbs. of 1/4” x 5/16” pebbles. Smaller pebbles require more epoxy.

Application Rate for pebble bond

  • Rake the epoxy/pebbles so that their depth is 3/8” – 1/2” deep or approximately 3 to 4 pebbles thick. Use a standard concrete trowel (14”x4”) to smooth the pebbles into a comfortable walking surface.
  • Continue troweling smooth and wiping trowel clean with solvent as needed. For anti-skid finishes, broadcast #30 silica sand over the pebbles.

Top Coat for pebble bond

  • An additional top coat may be applied the following day using the same epoxy. Mix and roll on with 3/4” nap roller at the rate of 300-400 sq.ft. per 1-1/2 gallon kit.

Limitations

  • Do not install in temperatures below 60o F or above 95oF. Do not dilute.
  • Use only clean, oven-dried aggregates.

Temperature/Weather

  • Do not install if the temperature is below 60oF. or above 95oF.

Drying Time

  • Allow 24 hours for light foot traffic and 72 hours for heavy or vehicular traffic.

Clean Up

  • Clean up uncured coating material with solvent. For cured material remove mechanically.

INSTRUCTIONS TO RESEAL Life Deck PEBBLE BOND

  1. Make sure pebbles are clean. Do not seal in dirt or stains.
  2. Do not seal the pebbles if they are damp or wet as this may cause the epoxy to turn white.
  3. If the outside temperature is over 80o. Reseal the pebbles in the morning or evening when the pebbles are out of direct sunlight. If the pebbles are hot, the epoxy will cure while your are working. Begin work immediately or the entire batch will solidify. If this happens, do not touch it as it will be very hot (170o). The epoxy and cure should be mixed until well blended, approximately 60 seconds.
  4. If the outside temperature is 65o or lower, longer mixing time is required. Mix approximately 2 minutes.
  5. Using a 1/2” nap paint roller, roll the epoxy onto the pebbles.
  6. The epoxy is mixed 2 parts resin to 1 part cure. A 1-1/2 gallon kit will cover approx. 300 sq. ft.
  7. Pour the resin into mixing container first, then add the cure.
  8. Do not mix more than 3/4 gallons at one time.
  9. Depending on the weather, the epoxy coating will cure in 12 to 36 hours. Cure time will be longer if pebbles are not in direct sunlight.
  10. The cure has shelf life of approximately 1 year. Using it past that time may cause improper curing.
  11. Acetone may be used to clean tools. Discard roller cover after use.
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