Efficient, Effective and Consistent: An Overview of Graco Pumps for Self-Leveling Placement

Graco Self-Leveling JobWhat if you could cut mixing and application time in half when installing self-leveling material? A Graco Self-Leveling Pump makes it much faster and easier to apply self-leveling overlayments and underlayments.

It can be an exercise in frustration to hand mix bag after bag of self-leveling cementitious topping, then slowly apply it bucket by bucket on a job site. Instead of placing overlays and underlayments this way, Graco offers pumps for self-levelers that ensure smooth, even mixing and easy application in a process that’s much more efficient.

Tackle Jobs Large and Small

Graco Self-leveling Pumps can handle even the largest jobs, which previously meant hauling pallets full of bags across job sites repeatedly, then prepping, pouring and leveling along the way. Instead, site workers can now establish a location for a mix station, engage the self-leveling pump action and deliver fully mixed compound across the area needed.

Workers can easily load four bags a minute into a pump, where it can be mixed with aggregate and liquid to proper consistency automatically. Application is simple, as the material is pumped out to where it is needed.

Consistent Application

There’s nothing worse than coming back to check on a job and seeing a lumpy, inconsistent mix that will have to be redone with huge expense in manpower and materials. That said, consistency is never a worry with this pump.

Every application with a Graco Self-Leveling Pump is smooth and even. Pump vertically or horizontally over long distances and know the application will be consistent every time. You’ll never worry about the results of a job, because it will always look great.

Compact and Movable

The entire pump setup is compact and easy to operate, right from the first time it’s used. It requires very little square footage. You can fit the pump, a mixer and a small generator in the back of a pickup truck.

Graco MP40 Mixing PumpSave Time and Money on Every Job

You’ll see big cost savings from purchasing this efficient pump. Take it to the job site and set it up anywhere in short order. Mix the right amount of compound every time, so you never have to deal with the cost or hassle of wasted materials.

The pump makes it much easier to hit completion deadlines and keep projects on track. Even under intense time pressure, your crew can drive it to the site and tackle a large job within a short time frame. Quality will never suffer in the process, because you can rely on it to produce an even finish.

This means you can blast through jobs and save time for your crew. Over time, you’ll see a major cost savings for your operation. Contractors who use these Graco self-leveling pumps are able to cut work time in half or even more, due to the fast set-up and application it offers. We offer a comprehensive selection of single component pumps designed for mortar, cementitious and heavily-filled materials, transfer pumps for moving A and B materials to reactor proportioners, and hydraulic and hydraulic piston pumps for factory and outdoor use.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

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Cleaning & Sealing Concrete Driveways and Sidewalks

Ameripolish Strip & Clean Before and After

photos courtesy of Ameripolish

Summer is an ideal time to rejuvenate existing concrete sidewalks, driveways and patios that have been neglected and have had their appearance diminished by the accumulation of grime, mildew and oil stains. With a thorough cleaning and the application of the proper sealer, exposed exterior concrete can be made like new and can be an attractive part of the landscape for years to come.

Step 1. Cleaning

The first step in rejuvenating exterior concrete areas is to remove any existing sealers and the surface grime that has accumulated. Ameripolish Strip and Clean or Prosoco Cure and Seal Remover are great options for this product. Once any sealer remnants have been removed, a deep chemical clean to restore the clean aesthetic can be achieved with a treatment of Ameripolish EZ Etch or Prosoco SafEtch. These products are superior to traditional acid washes in that they require no neutralization and clean-up is as simple as flushing the treated area with water. If oil stains are present, they can be mitigated with the use of products such as Ameripolish Oil Ingester and/or Prosoco Oil and Grease Stain Remover at this point.

Step 2. Sealing

Once the concrete surface is clean and rejuvenated, an exterior grade sealer should be applied to protect the area from becoming degraded again. The sealer used should be UV stable, have resistance to mildew growth and salt damage, and protect against oil infiltration. Ameripolish X-Link and Prosoco GuardEXT are products that fit the bill nicely.

Cleaning and sealing exterior concrete such as driveways, sidewalks and patios is a quick, simple and cost-effective way to enhance curb appeal and the early summer is an ideal time to do it.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

Adding Color to Existing Exterior Concrete

ColorJuice 3D Exterior Concrete

photos courtesy of Ameripolish

Adding color to existing exterior concrete is a great option to aesthetically enhance landscaping. However, to maximize the longevity and appearance, the correct coloring products, application techniques and protective sealers must be used.

Since exterior concrete is subject to UV radiation and open to the elements, a coloring product specifically designed to hold up to these factors in ways that interior-use dyes are not capable of is recommended. Prosoco ColorHard and Ameripolish ColorJuice 3D are two products that are UV stable and engineered for exposure to the elements. They both will provide years of beautiful color in exterior applications.

Proper preparation of the concrete to be colored is crucial for the successful application of both ColorHard and ColorJuice 3D. Prior to applying either of these products, any sealers that are present must be removed and the concrete substrate must be cleaned and free of debris. In addition, the use of a mild etching agent is recommended to dissolve latents and salts that may be blocking the access channels into the interior of the concrete. For ColorHard, a deep clean with SafEtch is ideal for this purpose; while for ColorJuice 3D, EZ Etch would be the best choice.

Once the color has been applied according to the manufacturer’s recommended process, It is very important to protect the concrete and its beautiful new hue with the proper sealer. For ColorJuice, one of the X-Link sealers should be applied and for ColorHard, GuardEXT is the product of choice.

With either the Ameripolish ColorJuice 3D system, or the Prosoco ColorHard system, existing exterior concrete can be aesthetically enhanced and protected for the long-term.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment

The Importance of Personal Protective EquipmentIn a dozen plus years in the construction industry, I have witnessed first-hand the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) many times. Minor incidents that could have resulted in catastrophic injury, but for the proper PPE being utilized, and serious injuries that could have been prevented or ameliorated had the proper PPE been used. While protective garments and equipment can be cumbersome and at times uncomfortable, and while jobsite PPE requirements can at times seem onerous or ridiculous, proper use of safety equipment can prevent life-altering, or even life-ending, injuries.

It needs to be pointed out that the two most important aspects to keeping oneself safe and whole are situational awareness and adherence to proper safe operating procedures. No amount of safety equipment can protect one if they are grossly inattentive or if they sacrifice safety for the sake of expediency. ‘Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.’

Statistics from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics highlight the importance of PPE, showing that:

  1. Hard hats were worn by only 16% of those workers who sustained head injuries, although two-fifths were required to wear them for certain tasks at specific locations
  2. Only 1% of approximately 770 workers suffering face injuries were wearing face protection
  3. Only 23% of the workers with foot injuries wore safety shoes or boots
  4. About 40% of the workers with eye injuries wore eye protective equipment

A majority of these workers were injured while performing their normal jobs at regular worksites.

For further information and sources, see the links below. Stay safe out there!

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

RSP Hand Polishing Pads – Making Quick Work of Edges

Runyon Surface Prep’s Hand Polishing Drift Drys and Whip Wets go where larger grinding/polishing equipment cannot go and supply the quality finish level that clients demand.

Edges and Corners – No Match for RSP Hand Polishing Pads

Edge polishing work is always labor consuming and troublesome, but the RSP hand pads, Drifts for dry work, and Whips for wet work, make honing and polishing edges as efficient and economical as possible. Both styles are available in 5” and 7”, so they will fit all popular models of hand grinders and both are available in grits from 50 to 3,000, so you can achieve the desired level of refinement with ease.

Wet, Dry or Both?

With the OSHA silica regulations in full effect, more contractors are electing to work wet, especially in the early grinding and honing stages where the most material is removed from the floor. Wet grinding and honing is also typically more aggressive than dry work at the same grit level. However, dry polishing typically yields higher aesthetic values at the same grit level as compared to wet work, and airborne silica levels can be kept in check with the appropriately sized and maintained dust extraction system. While both methods have their pros and cons, either way one goes, Runyon has their customers covered with the Drift Dry and Whip Wet pads.

Floor Edges Looking a Little Rough?

Do the edges of your latest flooring project have you edgy? Are you not getting the fullest potential out of your hand-held grinder/polisher? It might be the pads you are using. See how our quality RSP Drift Drys and RSP Whip Wets can give you the look you need. Runyon Surface Prep has the knowledgeable staff to help you tackle a challenging project. Stop by for a consultation or have us consult on the job site. We are happy to assist.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

RSP Rocky Diamond Impregnated Pads – Bringing Out the Shine

Runyon Surface Prep’s Rocky Diamond Impregnated Pads (DIPs) come in a variety of grits for all of your high speed burnishing needs.

RSP Rocky Diamond Impregnated Pads - Bringing Out the ShineRSP’s Rocky Diamond Impregnated Pads (DIPs) are made of natural hogs-hair coated with diamond abrasive and are available in 400/800/1500/3000/6000 grit. Rocky DIPs are a versatile tool that can be used as the last step in an initial polish installation, for periodic maintenance & light rejuvenation / restoration and in densify and burnish specifications.

Final Touch for Install

High Speed Burnishing with a high grit DIP (3,000 grit+), is often used as the final step in the polishing process, after the stain protection product has been applied. Not only can this provide an aesthetic “pop” in terms of gloss and clarity, but some stain protectors require this process in order to reach the required temperature in order to fully cure.

Maintenance and Light Restoration Applications

High grit (3,000+) Rocky DIPs can be run periodically under a high speed burnisher to remediate areas where traffic has degraded the refinement level of a floor; re-refining the surface and thus restoring the aesthetic values. If the refinement level of the floor has degraded too far, it is possible to effect improvement by starting with a lower grit pad and working toward the higher grits in successive steps.

Densify and Burnish

In some instances, a floor owner may not want to incur the cost of a true full polishing system, but does want the benefits of a reactive densifier and some improvement in light reflectivity. In these circumstances, high speed burnishing with the Rocky DIPs, after the densifier has been applied according to manufacturer’s instructions, can bring out the maximum shine potential for the floor.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

Protecting Polished Concrete Floors with Sealers

Protecting Polished Concrete Floors with SealersStain protectors, guards and sealers are vital for ongoing polished concrete floor maintenance.

The final step in the concrete polishing process involves the application of a stain
protector. Stain protection is vital to the long term aesthetics of polished concrete, providing protection from discoloring penetrating stains and chemical etches. There are three main categories of stain protectors for polished concrete; penetrating, semi-penetrating guards and topical sealers. Each has its own features and benefits and its own required upkeep schedule.

3 Types of Polished Concrete Sealers

  1. Penetrating sealers: Made from a variety of silicones (silane, siloxane, silicate and siliconate) that penetrate deep into the surface. By sealing the access channels into the interior of the concrete, they shield against infiltration of liquids. Because they allow the concrete to breathe, these products are a good option for outdoor surfaces. Ideal for industrial facilities that want to avoid frequent applications, they provide invisible protection to the flooring. Since these sealers are not a topical layer, they do not alter the surface appearance by creating additional gloss or sheen and they also are not subject to being abraded away by foot traffic. However, they can breakdown over time and will need reapplication periodically. Use a sprayer and microfiber to apply this type of sealer.
  2. Semi-penetrating sealers: Often known as guard products, these have a topical aspect that will increase a floor’s surface sheen while also providing stain resistance and repelling water. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor concrete, these sealers (applied with a sprayer and microfiber) wear faster than polyurethanes and epoxies and need to be re-applied depending on the amount of foot traffic.
  3. Topical sealers: Give the concrete a high glossy shine while forming a protective film on the surface, like polyurethane and epoxy. They are economical and easy to apply by spray or roller. These sealants repel water and provide a durable chemical and abrasive resistant surface. Ideal for retail spaces where the vibrant color and high sheen of the flooring is an essential part of the design. They need to be re-applied periodically due to traffic wear and some may yellow due to UV exposure. Regular maintenance to prevent stains and scuffs is required to keep the surface looking its best.

Regular Maintenance

The type of sealer you select determines the frequency and extent of routine maintenance. For industrial floors, penetrating stain protectors offer better protection and liquid repellency than topical sealers. Because they are not a coating like topical products, stains and spills need to be removed promptly to prevent damage. Diamond impregnated pads can be used to mechanically clean and maintain floors. They come in a variety of grits for a variety of needs.

Use Diamond Pads to:

  • enhance the natural gloss and shine
  • deep scrub or strip a floor before recoating
  • repair damage from stains and etching
  • apply a light honing
  • prepare a floor for sealer application

Burnishing

If you over-apply a sealer and need to remove a leftover haze or film, you can burnish with a high grit polishing pad to enhance gloss after reapplying the sealer or guard. Use a diamond impregnated pad in conjunction with a burnisher to eliminate the excess.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.