SUGGESTED TOOLS & MATERIALS NEEDED
Pressure Washer using 2500-3000 PSI
Solvent resistant pump-up sprayer (optional)
Solvent resistant paint roller with ¾” to 1 ¼” nap depending on surface
Eye protection and gloves
EAGLE ETCH & CLEAN (when needed)
NOTE: ALWAYS TEST FIRST – We strongly suggest, before applying any EAGLE products, you should always check the suitability and desired finish on a small area before starting your application. When applying to a test area, you should use the same surface preparation process and apply using the same equipment you will be using to complete the full general application.
Since many sealer application issues can be avoided by properly preparing your concrete, always take the time needed to prepare your surface. Preparation is key.
Step 1: Clean any dirt, wax, grease, oil and other contaminants that may interfere with the sealer from adhering to the surface. This includes removing any prior coatings, UNLESS previous coating is the same or a similar solvent-based sealer (for instructions on removing old sealer or preparing a prior water-base sealer for additional maintenance coats, click here).
Clean oily concrete with EAGLE CLEANER DEGREASER & NEUTRALIZER. Use a medium to firm bristle brush for heavily oiled spots.
Step 2: Concrete must be porous enough to accept water. If concrete surface is smooth (similar to a garage floor), it will be necessary to etch the substrate using EAGLE ETCH & CLEAN. Dense concrete surfaces may require mechanical preparation to accept sealer.
Step 3: PRESSURE WASH. ALWAYS rinse surface well using a pressure washer with 2500-3000 psi. It is recommended to allow 24 hours for concrete surface to completely dry after pressure washing (may take longer to dry if humid environmental conditions exist or if the substrate is indoors). For pavers, sweep away any loose sand washed out through pressure washing.
SURFACE & AIR TEMPERATURES
For best results, apply when surface and air temperatures are above 50° F and below 95° F. Applying sealer on windy days may cause rapid surface drying preventing proper curing of sealer and should be avoided.
KEEP IN MIND
If applying in extremely hot conditions, you will have to account for faster dry time, and work accordingly, to avoid stringing (i.e. “cob webbing”) and physically inducing air into the film, due to overworking, as the viscosity (thickness) of the sealer rapidly increases.
For best results, always apply EAGLE PREMIUM COAT in two (2) thin coats to achieve net square foot coverage rate. Do not thin product.
For EXTERIOR application ONLY.
Perform a test to ensure sealer compatibility.
Brush may be used where roller won’t reach.
Do not pour directly from container onto concrete.
1 ¼” nap roller for exposed aggregate
1” nap roller for textured surfaces
¾” short nap roller for smooth surfaces.
Keep roller soaked and apply vertically, or horizontally, to entire area, maintaining a wet edge to avoid roller marks. Wait until the surface is tack-free (approx. 4 hours) before applying a second coat by cross-rolling perpendicular to the first coat ensuring complete coverage. Foot traffic should be avoided for 4-6 hours. Vehicle traffic should be avoided for 48 hours.
Do not apply if rain is imminent.
Cooler temperatures or increased humidity may slow the drying time.
NET COVERAGE RATE
In order to achieve the suggested net coverage rate, it is strongly recommended to apply in two (2) thin coats. To calculate your total area square footage (length X width = total square feet) to determine the amount of product you’ll need to properly meet the suggested net coverage rates. SEE BELOW.
Smooth Troweled (etch required): 300 ft² per gallon
Textured or Stamped: 200 ft² per gallon
Broom Swept: 200 ft² per gallon
Exposed Aggregate and Pavers: 100 ft² per gallon
EXAMPLE: If you are sealing a traditional driveway that has a broom swept finish and 1000 total square feet to cover, you will need 5 gallons of sealer. You will use 2 ½ gallons for your first coat and the remaining 2 ½ gallons for the second coat to achieve the suggested net coverage of 200 square feet per gallon.
Clean up tools with Xylene, Toluene or Lacquer Thinner.
Do not use Paint Thinner, Mineral Spirits or water.
Clean sealed surface with water only. Reseal surface as needed, but not more than every two years to prevent buildup of sealer.