What do professionals do, to achieve better concrete?
Concrete Curing – keep the concrete hydrated for as long as possible
Prevent Surface Cracking – reduce rapid moisture loss
Protect finished concrete from other trades and reduce end of job defects
Concrete Sealer Pro Seal 896, for Quality Builders / Developers
Concrete Sealer with cure assist – Pro Seal 896 is spray applied to wet surfaces without rollers, always on a wet surface. This method keeps the surface temperature down and helps the concrete sealer penetrate deep into the surface. Don’t wait 28 days to seal your concrete, seal and cure assist in one application with Pro Seal 896.
Water Based versus Solvent Based Sealers Read more…
Concrete Sealer Price – How to price your sealing jobs for maximum profit per action.
Photo: Oxide coloured hard trowel finish, 1000m2 Product use = 1 only Pro polish 770 (19L) & 1 only Pro Seal 896 (19L), hard trowel surface a bit tighter so product went much further than the usual 1l per 5m2. Some jobs are more porous than others and will result in different coverage rates.
Concrete sealer pricing consideration – How to work out the costs associated with sealing different types of concrete.
Sealing Plain Concrete
Sealing plain concrete is pretty easy. Product cost for Pro Seal 896 works out at about $1-65 per m2 if mixed at 4 parts water; 1 part concentrate.
The average going charge rate to seal plain concrete is $6 per m2 for jobs up to 100m2. For jobs that are bigger you have room to drop your price by a dollar or so, it’s simple math.
Sealing Exposed Aggregate
Concrete finishers can do exposed aggregate different ways.
Same Day lay and spray process is usually for plain concrete with coloured stones. This requires a second wash down to clean the surface before applying a 3:1 Pro Seal 896 mix. This cost factor for the product is about $2 per m2. This is great for a natural finish without enhancing the surface. It also results in much stronger concrete as Pro Seal 896 with improve the curing process giving a much stronger result, as well as not requiring an acid wash.
Coloured concrete with coloured aggregate usually requires an acid wash then an application of Pro Polish 770 to stabilize and enhance the coloured oxide in the cement mix. Some contractors can acid wash the same day in places like the Northern Territory, with fast curing times due to weather. Some finishers spray retarders on the surface and wash off the following day, then an acid wash is completed, rinse neutralized and then sealed with Pro Polish 770, and final cost sealed with a final coat of Pro Seal 896 is just under $3 per m2 product use for two coats. Allow returning to the job a second time.
Sealing Oxide Coloured Concrete
When sealing oxide coloured concrete allow for the same pricing as above coloured concrete exposed aggregate No.2.
Allow $3 per m2 for the product. Allow returning 2 times to the job for best results only for oxide in the mix. Charge out rates from $6-8 per m2 depending on job size.
You will need to wait 24 hours after the pour to allow surfactants/additives to bleed out. Usually the next day after the pour, you should begin to start the wash down, broom scrub and rinse, before applying Pro Polish 770 first coat. The following day (24 hours later) apply a second coat of Pro Seal 896.
Some contractors like to do saw cuts before and some like to do saw cuts after sealing. be sure to thoroughly clean the surface after saw cuts, do not let slurry dry out on the sealer in the curing process which takes 3-5 days.
This information should be used as a guideline, It is recommended to be trained properly by Water Based Sealers to fully understand the unique application process for our exclusive products.
Product prices above are based on 19L Buckets trade pricing.
Consider weather-related factors and other factors such as shade, areas exposed to direct sunlight, wind, rain, temperature fluctuations, shelter and other factors that can either accelerate, delay or affect the suitable time in which the surface is safe to walk on.
When in doubt it is usually safe to walk on and apply water on the surface 12 – 16 hours after the pour is complete in most cases as a general rule.
Extremely Hot Dry and /or unstable conditions
Weather-Shielding (Primer Sealing the surface) as soon as the concrete is hard enough to walk on will assist the concretes ability to block out and better endure environmental instability
Blow and/or lightly broom or gently rinse surface debris off the surface
Wet the surface lightly with very gentle water pressure
Sealing Coloured Concrete with Oxide in the Mix – 24 hours after pour
Due to the possibility of unknown additives that can be present in oxides or colour concrete premixes, we take the following approach to sealing new coloured concrete.
DAY 1 – (minimum 24 hours after pour)
Lightly broom and rinse the surface of the new concrete with water thoroughly. Do not use high-pressure systems this early in the curing process on a fresh slab. Whilst the concrete surface is wet, apply Pro Polish 770 (mixed with 4 parts water:1 part concentrate) at a rate of 1 Litre per 5m2. Wait for 15 minutes and see if there is any puddling. Be sure to broom out the first coat evenly, pulling puddles to dry areas. Let dry for 24 hours before applying the second coat of Pro Seal 896.
Effective Concrete Sealing for Large Car Parks, Driveways and Pathways
Introducing the Commercial Spray Unit (CSU).
by Water Based Sealers Pty. Ltd.
Concrete Sealer WBS Pro Seal 896 is engineered for large area concrete sealing. Sealing concrete quickly and efficiently is what we do best. Once you are trained by WBS to use our CSU sealing system you won’t look back.
Throughout 10 years of Pro Seal 896 research and development, we found we were consistently being slowed down by our application equipment. The only way we could fully optimise application and unlock the true cost advantages of this outstanding concrete sealer was to design and built our own equipment. The WBS CSU is built for strength and speed. Once a slab is prepared and ready to go you can seal 500m2 per hour without breaking a sweat. Better yet, it’s completely stand alone so you don’t need to drag around an air hose or a power cord.
The CSU is made in Australia for tough, on-site conditions.
Purchase your CSU with a Bucket of Pro Seal 896 for just $2265 +GST.
You will receive free Certified Applicator Training (normally $800 per person).
Free Certified Applicator Training Normally $800 per person
19 Litre Pro Seal 896 & CSU will seal 500m2 in 1 hour after preparation.
Average concrete sealing rates are $6 – $10 per meter ($3000 + Per Bucket)