A synthetic resin seal has physical limitations

A resin seal is a relatively inexpensive way to protect a floor. If traffic loads such as vehicular traffic affect the seal, however, minimum strengths must be maintained with proper mixing. Note also the diffusion-closed effect of the synthetic resin.

Material thickness is crucial

A synthetic resin seal is a kind of application-thin synthetic resin coating. While coatings have minimum thicknesses of about five millimeters, seals are possible from as little as two millimeters. While this material thickness on terraces usually sufficient, it is unsuitable for garages, carports and driveways.

Contrary to the announcement of some manufacturers, durability values ​​or special chemical structures are irrelevant in this context. It is simply not mechanically possible that a synthetic resin seal with a thickness less than five millimeters resists the shearing and compressive forces of car tires.

Diffusion not available

When using synthetic resin seal, a kind of plastic skin is placed over the corresponding substrate. Therefore, care must be taken before the execution that no residual moisture is in the ground. The type of sealant is also unsuitable for surfaces where moisture re-emergence is expected.

Typical exclusion criteria for a synthetic resin seal are:

  • Clay masonry
  • New buildings with residual concrete moisture
  • Outside walls and basement floors

Sealing of wood

When sealing wood, synthetic resin can not only have a protective effect but also a sustaining and stabilizing effect. A repair of damaged wood components with synthetic resin can be completed by the seal. The pores of the wood are closed and the absorbency is completely prevented.

In mixtures with oil, a synthetic resin seal can also accentuate and underline the textures and grains of wood. The sealed surfaces are smooth and easy to clean. On wooden floors, synthetic resin seals with slip-resistant additives are used.

Processing Basics

Like synthetic resins in general, the resin sealant also needs oxygen to get into setting mode. The chemical reaction is similar to oxygen evacuation of the solvents, resulting in the molecular bonding of the seal. Therefore, apart from health-related aspects, resin seals must be exhausted extensively and with air exchange for at least twelve hours.

Tips & Tricks

On floors subject to light conditions, you can use a synthetic resin seal instead of a coating to create an easy-care, joint-free surface. When buying, you must pay attention in this case to the appropriate viscosity of the product so that your joints leveled "full run".

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