WATCO rescues the power-float floor

Latest News Wed, Mar 23, 2016 9:13 AM

WATCO rescues the power-float floor

New and unique Powerfloat Sealer saves time, offers low maintenance and leaves polished concrete floors looking exceptional.

It’s one of the most difficult questions in floor care: How do you preserve the beauty and durability of a power-float polished, concrete floor while also protecting it from dust, stains and general wear and tear?

World leading industrial strength flooring products company Watco has the answer. The company’s UK based and highly acclaimed in-house technical and manufacturing teams have developed a unique solution: Powerfloat Sealer - the only product specially designed to be painted directly onto power-float concrete floors without requiring prior shot-blasting.

Power-float floors are the smooth and hard surface created by using a power-float machine, with its series of rotating blades, for smoothing and polishing a partially set concrete floor.

The end result can be exceptionally attractive but needs protecting from stains, dust and wear, however the hardness of the surface will usually result in any coating failing to penetrate and eventually peeling off.

Consequently, most paint manufacturers insist that customers shot-blast their floor requiring additional preparation time and resulting in a textured surface often marked by ‘tramlines’.

Following many customer requests, the Watco team decided to create a new product that could be applied directly to a power-float floor without grinding, etching or shot-blasting. The only requirement being to ensure the surface is clean and dry - saving at least a day’s preparation and all the costs associated with bringing in specialist preparation contractors. 

The result is Powerfloat Sealer a new and unique formulation two-part epoxy resin product specially formulated to include a degree of flexibility ‘built-in’. The innovation extends to special additives that allow Powerfloat to bond with the smooth concrete surface, allowing the sealer to be applied directly to the floor by roller while the inherent flexibility ensures the coating will not lift, chip or crack.

One coat is normally all that’s required to produce a tough, washable surface that preserves and enhances the naturally attractive look of polished concrete. And by remaining smooth, the floor becomes easy to clean and virtually maintenance free.

Commenting on the new Powerfloat Sealer, Watco Product Director Steve Chanter said: "Powerfloat Sealer is Watco’s response to the many, many requests from customers who felt that shot blasting or texturing spoiled their floors. I’m delighted that we have been able to create a unique solution that enhances polished concrete and leads to a finish that is durable, easier to apply and simply stunning to look at."

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