Life Deck Color Wash is a polymer modified cementitous overlay system colored with an acrylic stain and clear coated with a highly durable sealer. It is designed to cover old, rough, stained or poorly finished concrete with the simulated appearance of Flagstone, Tile, Slate, Brick, Pavers, or Tile.
The main function of this product is to cover concrete that is aesthetically unattractive. Uses include drive-ways, walkways, patios, garage floors, courtyards, entry ways, showrooms and pool decks. Remember, Color Wash 20 can be installed interior or exterior in both commercial and residential environments.
Life Deck Color Wash Inspection and Considerations:
Pressure wash concrete with 3000 psi. Mechanical abrasion with a bead blaster or grinder is the preferred method of surface preparation. Surface should feel like 36 grit sandpaper after abrading. Re-pressure wash the surface to remove all debris.
In a clean, dry container, mix four gallons of water with one gallon of Life Deck LD 81 Acrylic Modifier (for a total of 5 gallons) and apply it at a rate of 200-300 square feet per gallon by roller or spray.
Life Deck 25 Series Epoxy Primer with a silica sand broadcast may be used as well (See Life Deck 25 Series specification).
Immediately after primer is dry, mix the slurry coat by combining 1 bag of Life Deck LD 5 light gray, or LD-2 white, cement with 1 gallon of Life Deck LD 81 Acrylic Modifier and up to ¼ gallon of water. Mix thoroughly with a low rpm drill motor.
Trowel the slurry mix over the surface to achieve a smooth uniform finish at the rate of 150-200 square feet per batch. Honor all expansion and control joints. Using a brush wet with water, feather all outside edges, seams and expansion joints. Apply the slurry coat continuously, keeping a “wet edge” and blending each new mix into the prior mix. Stop only at existing joints in the concrete. After surface is dry, scrape or grind off any ridges or trowel marks. Reapply slurry as needed to smooth all surfaces.
After the Slurry Coat is thoroughly dry, Use Life Deck Grout Tape to lay out tile or brick patterns or Life Deck Stone Strips for flagstone or other stone patterns. One pound of Stone Strips will produce approximately 100 square feet of stone pattern.
Combine 1 bag of Life Deck LD-5 light gray, or LD-2 white ,cement with 1 gallon of Life Deck LD 81 Acrylic Modifier and up to ¼ gallon of water to achieve the desired consistency. Universal liquid colorant may be added to the mix if desired. Mix thoroughly with a low rpm drill motor. Pour the mix onto the surface and trowel into place creating desired texture.
Skip trowel effect is most popular. Trowel consistently and constantly only stopping at existing joints in the concrete. You may reach out and re-trowel or “burn” the surface to create a shinier, smoother surface to simulate stone. A small paintbrush may be used to pre-brush and feather edges. Be sure to honor and feather to all expansion joints and control.
After the Texture Coat has hardened enough to walk on, scrape and/or lightly sand the surface using a buffing pad to even out the look and feel of the texture. A floor buffer with a red buffing pad is helpful for large areas. Be careful to sand or buff consistently and not to damage the texture. Sweep off the excess cement, dust and debris.
Life Deck 20 Series Acrylic Stain can be applied to the Texture Coat using a low pressure garden sprayer and brushed into the surface using a stiff brush or broom. 20 Series Stain is concentrated and may be reduced with water to achieve the desired color depth. For a highly decorative look, multiple colors can be applied “wet-on-wet” or “wet-on dry”. Reapply to darken or accent individual “stones” or “tiles.”
After the stain has thoroughly dried, the Grout Tape or Stone Strips can be carefully removed to expose the grout lines.
Life Paint manufactures a variety of solvent and waterborne Life Deck Clear Sealers. Consult with your Life Deck dealer for the appropriate one to apply. Two coats of a Life Deck Clear Sealer should be applied at the rate of 300 square feet per gallon, per coat.
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