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5 Do’s for DIY Repairs

Posted on May 15, 2014 0 Comments
Are you ready to start your Nature Stone DIY repair or topcoating project? That’s great! If you have all of your tools out and you are ready to start, there are a few tips from our professional installation and repair teams that can make your repair or topcoating process just that much easier. Read on for six things to keep in mind when doing your own DIY repairs to your stone and epoxy flooring:

1. Do take the time to read the instructions carefully. Included in each and every repair kit are specific directions that can help you to make sure that your repair goes according to plan. Before you start mixing epoxy or adding stone, take the time to really study the process. This industry leading process is the reason that our Nature Stone floors last forever and look beautiful. By studying the directions, your floors will look great!

2. Do let your repairs or topcoat dry thoroughly before putting furniture back or walking on it. Whether you are completing a repair on small cracks in your floor or adding a new topcoat, letting your floor cure properly is the key to a lasting repair. For cracks and topcoat, allow them to dry for at least 24 hours before you put furniture, rugs or other items on top. If your topcoat or repair happens to be in a garage in an area where cars are stored, then allow seven days before any vehicle is pulled on top of the floor to prevent marking and damage to the repair. You can still walk on the floor after 24 hours, however.

3. Do carefully clean the floor before you attempt any repair or topcoating process. One of the keys to a professional grade DIY repair or topcoat result is in the preparation. Make sure that you take the time to thoroughly clean the floor before you start any other part of the flooring project. Sweep debris away from the area and follow up with a thorough vacuuming to ensure that all dust and dirt has been removed. This is especially critical for garages and outdoor topcoating processes. Finish by either mopping the floor or hosing it off, allowing it to dry fully before continuing with your repair or DIY project.

4. Do mix epoxy at the last second. Our epoxy doesn’t have a long flexibility period, meaning that it starts to dry quite quickly. That said, you shouldn’t mix the epoxy for a repair until you are absolutely ready to get it done. The directions offer specific guidelines for getting the epoxy and stone mixed in just the right proportions.

5. Do use a thin layer of topcoat. While many people might assume that a heavier layer of topcoat is better, with Nature Stone’s use of hydrostatic ports, that is not the case. A thin layer of topcoat will allow your floor to continue to breath, keeping it dry and mold free.

With these tips from our professional staff, you can be sure that you will get great results on your DIY project. Call Nature Stone today to order materials or to learn more about our DIY products!

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