I have started a blog related to stain testing I am doing with the New Improved ICT sealer formulations.

Here is a link to the blog.

http://askblueconcrete.com/profiles/blogs/welcome-to-the-new-and-im...

My intent is to keep this an open blog.  I am open to input if anyone is interested in seeing something tested.  I will add anything as I can, if there is time.

I will post all related results on CCF.

I am very happy with what I am seeing with the improved formulations.  

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got to be a member to view it?

yes, I am not trying to steer people to join Blue, it is just difficult to post the same thing over and over again with different forum.  The main updates I will post over there and continue to provide links as each new stain session begins.

My idea is to use this as a tool to help everyone with expectations.  Although I have improved the sealers and that is great, the open testing information I am trying to provide is not about pounding my chest and proclaiming ICT is the best thing since sliced bread.  Although there is no product in the market than compete with ICT performance based on the type of product it is, in the end we still have to use the products that makes us feel comfortable.

I will show the good and the bad, I don't expect nothing to happen.  I know there will be stains occurring.  The first test I performed was based on 24 hours post sealing.  The basic cure time is 7-10 days, certainly not 24 hours.  But, as we all know we will get ourselves into that pickle and need to get a product out quickly, it is nice to have confidence in what it can handle.  We need to know what to expect.

If you go to the blog, and if you know me, I am very open and honest.  I will not hide the fact that marks will occur, I will take pictures of it.  

So far I am pleasantly surprised, at 24 hour post seal not one stain agent broke down the sealer.  I fully expected vinegar, mustard, or lemon juice to break down the sealer if they were kept wet for 24 hours.  But, they didn't the sealer is completely intact, no sanding type of repairs are needed.  Only superficial ones.

I have started a 6 day post seal stain test.  It will be interesting to see how the test goes, compared to 24 hour post application, yet still under the normal cure time for the sealers.

http://askblueconcrete.com/profiles/blogs/new-improved-6-day-stain-...

Did you take those bleach marks out from the acids?  I'm curious your typical protocol for doing such.  I did some testing and got bleach marks from mustard under cotton balls.  I'm trying to figure out the easiest, best, most invisible way to repair. 

I would most like to see the same samples tested after 6 months and one year. I have had perfect results immediately after sealing, but the very same samples fail after a few months. 

I have had similar experiences with some of my samples. I get really good results in the first couple of days/weeks but if I leave a sample for a few months some times it gets worse. I cant explain it because both ICT and the concrete should be densifying with time. 

Working pieces do seem to get better with use.  I like to think that ICT  needs to be abused to help build up its resistance!

I still tell my clients to keep it dry and clean for the first few weeks though.


 
Sam Burson said:

I would most like to see the same samples tested after 6 months and one year. I have had perfect results immediately after sealing, but the very same samples fail after a few months. 

im going to have to try this sealer, i am seeing too many good things from too many different people not to try it out...... My move to UV sealing maybe be postponed!

Nathan, if you are trying to get into this industry I encourage you to your home work.  Sealer, or a sealer, is only 1 small piece of the puzzle of success.  Starting with a good product, concrete mix design, cure procedures, processing, and finally a sealer.  Getting these into place assures a good product.  Just as important is focusing on marketing your success.

ICT is a very good choice.  It is a sealing technology developed and implemented by some of the best artisans out there.  

Here is a short video of me using a 400,000 BTU torch on tops sealed with ICT as a way of speed setting the sealers.  Heat is not an issue with ICT.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C832VzZsxuQ

If you have any questions about these technologies feel free to ask.  I will do my best to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  

Do you heat like this for every coat.  Could you heat like this after every coat

Nathan, so you're not taking my UV light? I'll add that you can find the ICT application guide and video here: http://www.blueconcrete.com/ict-reactive-sealer-1/

Is there any way that blog be moved to a non restricted area on the site?  I'm interested in how to repair the bleach marks that occur with exposure to acids. 

Philip i am going to put any UV accessories on hold until after i have the chance to run some test with ICT. I am beginning to question whether UV sealing is truly the future of concrete countertop sealing, this ICT sealer sounds promising.

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