FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ’s by category below. For any other questions, email info@concretecoloursystems.com.au.

Trade

What is more effective: a roller, sprayer or solvent resistant broom, to apply sealer?

They all have different advantages. If you need assistance, get in contact with us.

Why do sealers go white?

Generally, it is due to moisture entrapment or delamination.

How do I fix a sealer that has gone white?

It depends on whether the issue is due to moisture entrapment or delamination and the surrounding environment. If you need assistance, get in contact with one of our friendly staff.

How dry or cured does a surface have to be before a sealer can be applied?

It depends on the sealer. A same-day sealer can be applied the same day. Most others require the concrete to be cured 14-28 days depending on climatic conditions.

Why does a sealer bubble?

Generally, from the solvent carrier being trapped under the resin as it dries.

How do you fix roller marks from applying sealer?

It takes 28 days for concrete to cure to full strength and the colour to completely establish.

Why do you need to apply a thin coat of sealer first?

To allow effective penetration into the surface.

When is the best time to seal newly poured concrete?

As soon as possible to protect it once properly cured.

Specifier

What is slip resistance?

Slip resistance refers to the texture of a surface and how easy it is for a person to slip when the surface is damp or wet. Typically, a surface that’s highly textured has a high slip resistance, compared to a smooth concrete surface where a person has less grip and can then easily slip.

How can I improve slip resistance?

Depending on the surface, adding slip resistant additives will add texture and improve grip.

What is luminance contrast?

Luminance contrast is the association between the luminance of a brighter area and that of an adjacent darker area. Luminance contrast is often needed on stair treads and entryways.

What sealers can I specify if slipperiness/slip resistance is a concern?

There are many sealer options to assist with slip issues and we recommend getting in contact with us so we can help you find the perfect sealer for your needs. Click here to get in contact.

Is a water-based sealer more durable than a solvent-based sealer?

No, both types have powerful protection qualities.

Can you use solvent-based sealers indoors?

It is not advisable.

What low VOC sealers does CCS offer?

We have many low VOC sealers across the range depending on application requirements. You can explore our range of environmentally friendly, low VOC sealers here.

What is the difference between a penetrating sealer and surface coating?

A penetrating sealer sits in the pores of the concrete whereas a topical sealer leaves a coating on the surface.

What kind of stains do sealers protect against?

A very wide range depending on the sealer chosen. Find specific stain qualities on each sealer’s product page.

Does a sealer protect against oil stains?

Yes, depending on the sealer chosen.

Full Depth Coloured Concrete

What is full depth coloured concrete?

Plain grey concrete is tinted with our CCS pigments to add colour throughout the concrete for long-lasting, vibrant colour.

What’s the difference between grey concrete and coloured concrete?

The only difference is coloured concrete has pigment to colour it.

How do I choose a colour for my driveway?

We recommend viewing our gallery and looking at our CCS Full Depth Coloured Concrete colour card.

Can I choose colours online?

We strongly advise against choosing a colour from your computer, phone or tablet as screen colours vary and aren’t indicative of real-life colour.

How long does it take concrete to cure and dry to the final colour?

It takes 28 days for concrete to cure to full strength and the colour to completely establish.

Can I add texture to concrete and does texture affect the colour of concrete?

Yes, texture can be added to freshly laid concrete. There can be more shadows and light reflected but the colour remains the same. View our textures here.

How do I take care of concrete?

Keep it clean and make sure to reseal the concrete every two years. This will prevent any stains and keep the surface looking fresh and attractive all year round.

Why do you seal concrete?

It is essential to seal concrete to protect the surface and prevent any stains from tyre marks, oil and water-based stains. This will help keep the surface looking fresh and attractive all year round.

What sealer or coating should I use on concrete?

This depends on the end-use of the concrete. Get in contact with us here and we will help you choose the right sealer.

When can I walk, drive or park on new concrete?

Usually between 5-7 days after the concrete has been placed.

Stylepave Resurfacing

What is Stylepave Overlay resurfacing?

CCS Stylepave Overlay is a polymer modified high strength, cement-based, coloured mortar that is spray applied over existing concrete by a skilled applicator.

What is a concrete overlay system?

Concrete overlay system is ideal to refresh and renew existing concrete. A cement-based mortar is sprayed onto existing concrete and can be applied in a range of patterns and textures. Explore our concrete overlay system here.

How long does a concrete overlay last?

If the maintenance guide is followed, it can last up to 15 years.

Are there different textures available?

Yes, you can explore our range of textures here.

How do I take care of a concrete overlay system?

Keep it clean and make sure to reseal the surface every two years. You can view our maintenance guide here.

Polished Concrete

What is polished concrete?

Polished concrete is a specialised multistep treatment process where the top surface of concrete is mechanically ground, treated and polished, transforming both new and existing concrete into a captivating, sleek and contemporary floor.

Can you polish new concrete?

Yes. When choosing a polished concrete floor, we recommend you think about what aggregates go in the mix and if it will be coloured with pigment. You can view our concrete colour card here.

Can you polish existing concrete?

Yes, depending on the condition.

How many different levels of shine can be achieved with polished concrete?

Various levels of finish can be created depending on individual needs and requirements.

Can I choose what aggregates go into new polished concrete?

Yes, you can choose from a range of different size, shapes and coloured aggregates.

Do I need to seal polished concrete?

No, when it is being polished, our CCS Luxstone System seals and protects the surface so you can enjoy a low maintenance, durable floor.

Is polished concrete slippery?

The slipperiness of the surface depends on the level of polish. A surface with a high gloss finish has been highly polished and has a smooth texture that when wet, becomes slippery.

Can I use polished concrete outside?

Polished concrete is ideal for use indoors but can be used outside. We recommend adding a traction aid as the surface can become slippery when wet.

How long until I can walk, drive or park on newly polished concrete?

Up to 72 hours after completion depending on certain factors.

Stamped Concrete

How many different textures are available in stamped concrete?

You can choose from a range of textures and patterns here.

Is stamped concrete only for freshly laid concrete?

Yes, only freshly laid concrete can be stamped.

Do you need to seal stamped concrete?

Yes, talk to one of our friendly team members and we will hp you choose the right sealer for your project needs.

How do you care for stamped concrete?

Always keep it clean and wipe up any spills other than water.

Epoxy Floors

What colours are available in metallic epoxies?

The colours are limitless as our metallic pigments can be mixed.

Is it a multi-tone or single colour finish?

The finish is multi-tone. View our epoxy floor gallery here.

Is an epoxy floor slippery?

This depends on what finish you choose. For a Galaxy Flake Floor, the floor is slightly textured but it must be sealed, which can add to its slipperiness.

Is an epoxy floor suitable for outdoors?

Epoxy floors are ideal for indoor use only.

How strong is an epoxy floor?

Epoxy floors are extremely durable and are ideal for use in garages, play rooms and laundries.

Do I need to seal an epoxy floor?

No, an Epoxy is a sealer so there is no need to seal again.

How do I care for an epoxy floor?

Sweeping and a damp mop is all that is required.

General

What is the difference between stainproof and stain-resistant?

A stain-resistant sealer or coating will help protect your surface from stains if the stain or spill is removed quickly. If left on the surface for an extended time (8+ hours), it will begin to stain.

A stainproof sealer or coating will stop a sealer from soaking into the surface preventing any stains.

What is the difference between waterproof and water repellent?

A water-repelling sealer or coating will protect your surface from water but if left wet for an extended period, the water will eventually breach the water repellence of the product.

I spilled something on my unsealed concrete, how long before it will stain my concrete?

As your concrete has no protection and depending on the spill type, it will usually stain immediately.

I spilled something on my sealed concrete, how long before it will stain my concrete?

Depending on the spill type and sealer and how long the spill is in contact with the surface, it can take up to 8 hours until it begins to stain.

What sealer can I use that is not too slippery?

We recommend a penetrative sealer where a non-slip finish is required. You can also add traction aid when the sealer is being applied for extra grip. You can explore our range of penetrative sealers here.

Will the concrete sealer smell?

Water-Based sealers have low to no odour. For our solvent-based sealers, they have an odour which can smell.

How much does it cost to seal my driveway?

This depends on the type of sealer used and the condition of your driveway. Please get in contact with us here so we can provide you with an accurate quote.

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