Skim Coating Floors

Cement-centered microtoppings and over coats may be used both indoors and outside designs and to provide a clean canvas for cosmetic treatments, like stains. Some systems come pretinted in an array of colors, though others can be custom-tinted by mixing in the desirable quantity of liquid coloring agent. Using layers of different colours can achieves interesting colour variations. Some skim coats, such as Aftek deco flakes, may provide additional decorative finishes.

Before attempting to set up the skim coating dirt or any loose areas must be removed from the floor. This may involve utilizing a some other tool or a wire brush to free any stuff from the ground.

A spray tank is used to damp the floor, the that area of the flooring is sprayed with the skim coating

Some skim coat components are installed in two layers. The first coating is applied using a squeegee; this only coats the flooring and is allowed to dry. Use paintbrushes to use a level of the skim coat in edges where the squeegee can’t reach. Drying times will vary determined by the maker of the skim coat.

The second coat of skim coat is applied according to the manufacturers instructions. This skim layer is often mixed heavier compared to the first layer. The floor is again wet with a sprayer prior to the skim coating application.

The second coating is levelled with trowels instead of squeegees. The ideal degree of the skim coating is 1/8 inch. The skim coat is a viscous layer that will self-level filling gaps, cracks and sloping cloors to form a perfectly level sub-surface or top-coat.

Regions of the flooring is wet and the 2nd application of the skim coat is applied to the areas that are wet.