Thursday, June 19, 2014


Clean Your Rollers for Better Rapid Armor Installation

Everyone loves the glassy shine Rapid Armor can provide for the Euro Bond, Reflective Floor, Durafleck or even the troweled Hallmark finishes.  To insure you minimize the imperfections found in this glassy appearance, make sure to do the following to clean your yellow rollers:

1)      Take masking tape and wrap it around your hand with the sticky side facing out.  Pad the roller to remove any debris or loose fibers.

2)      Use your blower to remove any debris from the roller as well.

In addition, when applying the Rapid Armor, take a moment before rolling out the sealer to go outside and blow off any dust or other debris that may be on your clothes.  This will keep your movement while applying the sealer from dislodging debris from your clothes and falling into the sealer.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Product Coverage using the Hallmark System

Product Coverage When Applying the Hallmark System
When using products for a skim coat individually:
 
1 – 50 lb. Bag of 105 Polymerized Dry component will cover 250 s/f
1 – 5 gallon container of 110 Polymerized Wet component will cover 875 s/f
1 – Quart bottle of 190 Color Integration Component will cover 1000 s/f
 

When using products for the main spray coat individually:

 
1 – 50 lb. Bag of 105 Polymerized Dry component will cover 250 s/f
1 – 5 gallon container of 110 Polymerized Wet component will cover 1000 s/f
1 – Quart bottle of 190 Color Integration Component will cover 1000 s/f
 

When using the products for highlighting (each highlight color will have equal coverage) individually:

 
1 – 50 lb. Bag of 105 Polymerized Dry component will cover 5000 s/f
1 – 5 gallon container of 110 Polymerized Wet component will cover 20,000 s/f
1 – Quart bottle of 190 Color Integration Component will cover 15000 s/f per color.
 

When Sealing the project:

 
1 – 5 gallon container of Series 150 or 155 Texture Enhancer will cover 400 -500 square feet using TWO coats depending on the amount of texture.
 

Quick Coverage Ratio using the products together:

 
4 – 50 lb. Bags of Polymerized Dry Component
1 – 5 gallon container of 110 Polymerized Wet Component
1 – Quart Bottle of 190 Color Integration Component (this will be a combination of all colors used)
1 – 5 gallon container of 150 or 155 Texture Enhancer
 
Will cover 500 square feet on average concrete of COMPLETED HALLMARK APPLICATION.
 
These are CTi’s recommended coverage for the Hallmark products.  Factors such as
Condition of the original concrete
  • Temperature of the original concrete
  • How thin the skim coat is applied
  • Percentage coverage for the main spray coat
  • Percentage coverage for the highlight colors
     
    Will all play a role in how the product’s coverage performs.  CTi recommends being conservative with your estimated coverage to insure better profitability within the job as well as better product planning.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Replacing Deco Strips in Concrete

Many concrete areas have white, plastic strips placed into the joints and cuts of the concrete.  These strips provide a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to an open joint.  In situations where the strips are placed over an existing coating (i.e. river rock), removal of the strips is required due to the strip being higher than the rest of the deck once the existing coating has been removed.

When confronted with these types of strips already in place, removal of these strips is required.  This is done by cutting a “V” groove or channel under the zip strip using the 4 ½” grinder and the 4” diamond blade, and pulling the strip free from the concrete.  Once this is done, a channel will be present in the deck.  This channel is cleaned out by acid etching and power washing it along with the rest of the deck during the preparation stage.  Once this is done, a new zip strip is placed in the area by laying the strip in the channel and tapping the strip into place using a rubber mallet.  Make sure the strip is even with the rest of  the concrete slab.

Once the strip is in place, a mixture of the 105 grout and 111 modifier is used to set the strip in place.  This is done by pouring the mixture into the channel around the strip and troweling smooth.  Once this is dry, you can skim the deck and install the CTI System as usual.

If zip strips or deco strips are present and are even with the slab already, you do not need to replace the strip.  Simply cover the strip with pattern tape during the installation of the CTI System and proceed as usual.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sealer, Binder and Primer information


Designer Series 140 pigmented Sealer: Single component sealer, Be sure to mix thoroughly prior to application. Apply with a 3/8” or 1/2” phenolic core roller. Apply 2 coats.  Coverage is approximately 100 s/f per gallon at 2 coats.

Series 150 Texture Enhancer: Single component sealer., Apply with a 3/8” or 1/2” phenolic core roller. Apply 2 even coats. Coverage is approximately 100 s/f per gallon at 2 coats. Can be used on patios, pool decks, walkways, driveways etc.

Series 155 Sealer: Single component sealer, no mixing required.  Apply with a 3/8” or 1/2” phenolic core roller. Apply 2 even coats Coverage is approximately 100 s/f per gallon at 2 coats. Can be used on patios, pool decks, walkways, driveways etc.

Pro Seal 200: Two component urethane.  Pour part B into part A and mix in a steady, non-vigorous manner for 2 minutes with a jiffy mixer.  Once mixed for 2 minutes, pour into a clean container and mix for 1 additional minute.  Apply with a 3/8” or 1/2” phenolic core roller.   Apply 2 coats in most situations.  Coverage is 80 – 150 s/f per gallon at 2 coats depending on how smooth or porous the surface is. Be sure to review the product spec sheets for re-coat window times and for proper ventilation.

Rapid Armor: Two component high build epoxy. Pour part B into part A and mix at a medium speed for 2  minutes with a jiffy mixer (do not whip air into the product).  Once mixed for 2 minutes, pour the mixture into a clean container and mix for an additional minute.  Apply 1 even coat depending on the desired finish.  Use a 3/8” large cell foam roller, coverage is 80-100 s/f per gallon. Be sure to review the product spec sheet. The product is exothermic and has a short pot life. It also produces  heat in mass..

Aquathane 6000: Two component urethane. Pour part B into part A and mix in a steady, non-vigorous manner for 2 minutes with a jiffy mixer Once mixed for 2 minutes, pour into a clean container and set aside for at least 10 minutes to allow the product to go through its induction stage. Mix for an additional 1 minute. Apply with a 3/8” or 1/2”  phenolic core roller. Apply 2 coats in most situations.  Coverage is 80 – 100 s/f per gallon at 2 coats depending on how smooth the original surface is. Be sure to review the product spec sheets for re-coat window times and for proper ventilation.

Super Seal 210: Two component high build epoxy. Pour part B into part A and mix in a steady, non-vigorous manner for 2 minutes with a jiffy mixer Once mixed for 2 minutes, pour into a clean container and mix for an additional 1 minute.  Apply 1 coats in most situations with a notched squeegee and then back- roll with a large cell foam roller for smoothness.  Product will self level to a degree so do not worry about rolling out completely smooth. Coverage is 80 – 100 s/f per gallon at 10-30 mils depending on the surface. It is recommended that Enviroprime be applied first before application of the Superseal 210. Be sure to review the product spec sheet. The product is exothermic and has a short pot life. It also produces  heat in mass..

Durafleck 5000 Binder: (This is the first binder coat used when applying the Durafleck 5000 system.  It is NOT to be used as a sealer) Two component epoxy binder. Pour part B into part A and mix in a steady, non-vigorous manner for 2 minutes with a jiffy mixer Once mixed for two minutes, pour into a clean container, put aside for at least 10 minutes and allow the product to go through its induction stage, then mix for   1 additional minute. .  Apply with a 3/8” or 1/2”phenolic core roller. Coverage should be at no less than 10 to 15 mils to insure the flakes adhere to the binder.  Coverage is 100 s/f per gallon ideally and 125 s/f. per gallon maximum.

EnviroPrime : Two component epoxy primer. Pour part B into part A and mix at a medium speed for 2 minutes with a jiffy mixer (do not whip air into the product).  Once mixed for 2 minutes, pour the mixture into a clean container and mix for an additional minute.  Apply 1 even coat depending on the desired finish.  Use a 3/8” large cell foam roller, coverage is 150-300 s/f per gallon depending on floor texture, porosity, and thickness of application. Can also be applied using a pool trowel. Be sure to review the product spec sheet. The product is exothermic and has a short pot life. It also produces heat in mass..

The above instructions are general, and do not take in to account specific situations and other variables such as temperatures and environmental circumstances. Specific product coverage’s can vary depending on a number of different variables. Please contact the tech department if you require additional mixing or application assistance.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Preparing a slab with Radiant heat for the CTi System


Radiant heat flooring is a situation you may encounter if you live in a colder climate.  Radiant heating is the process of embedding tubing in a concrete surface (i.e. interior floors for room heating and exterior slabs to melt snow and ice) and then having hot water or electric heating transmit through this tubing to warm the concrete slab.
 
The challenge posed by radiant heat flooring is that of not harming the tubing during the preparation stages.  Since the floor has tubing running approximately 2” down throughout the floor, you cannot cut the floor for tension relief.
 
Preparation of a radiant heat floor must be mechanical.  Use of acid on a radiant heat slab may cause damage to the tubing.  Crack repair procedures can be utilized by forming a small “V” channel in the slab along the crack line and injecting the Fast Crack 1431.  Once the mechanical preparation and crack repair is done, the installation of the CTI System can proceed as normal.
 
Once the CTI System has been installed, it is recommended that the radiant heat unit not be used for a minimum of 30 days.  This allows the CTI System to cure and so the rapid heating of the concrete caused by the radiant heating doesn’t damage the surface.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Saving Time...AND Your Greatest Asset

CTi has Speed trowel 2brought on a new product that is designed to save your Dealership on its two most important assets; time and your physical well being.  Presenting The Speed Trowel, this new piece of equipment is designed for use on applying the skim coat in the Hallmark System.  Instead of being on your knees, you're applying the skim coat standing up and saving your back. In addition, the time you'll spend installing the skim coat will be cut in half.  The 22" Speed Trowel is designed to be used with the CTi 112 Spraymark Modifier.  With the nano-technology of the 112, it is no longer necessary to hand trowel the skim coat in order to obtain its adhesion.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Coverage of the Rapid Armor When Using the Reflective Flooring Additive

Coverage for Rapid Armor when Using the Reflective Flooring Additive
CTI of Wisconsin3When using the Reflective Flooring Additive, the Rapid Armor is normally applied with a thicker millage in order to attain the desired effect.  Due to this, you will need to plan for coverage of roughly 60 to 65 square feet per gallon.  Coverage of the Rapid Armor, when not using the Reflective Flooring Additive is still 80 to 100 square feet per gallon.