Have you seen driveways and brick ways in your neighborhood that have a shiny “wet” look to them? They look good. There are several products, that do that but the one that I like is called Quikcrete Wet Look High Gloss Sealer. Let me tell you a little story...one very rainy spring we had a flood at Lake McQueeney, like so many times before. We had satillo tile in the house which is a red clay tile. After the flood water was washed away, the tile looked really dull. I thought if I applied a sealer it might look better. At our store we had several types of sealers. There were latex ones, and ones with a gloss, and some that were mat finish. We also had a Xylene based sealer and it boasted that it had a real high gloss. I chose that one and I was so glad that I did. Not only did I get a real high gloss, but it brought out the beautiful colors of the tile. And since it was a high gloss, I got a real tough finish. (remember the higher the gloss- the tougher the finish). A gallon will cover about 200-400 sq ft. Like I said it also looks great on pea gravel patios, brick walk ways and sidewalks. Quikcrete will resist gasoline and oil and is waterproof. So it's perfect for garage floors. Now not all garage floors have a vapor barrier, and you can not seal over a concrete surface that is not sealed. If you dont know if the concrete is sealed, tape down a small area of the floor with plastic and in 2 days test the back side of the plastic and see if it's wet. If it is, then it is not a good idea to put on a sealer. But if you do need to seal the concrete...Drylock Extreme will stop moisture from coming up and getting on the surface. That's called Hydro Static Pressure. Drylock is the only product that I know of that will stop that.
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Question: I have replaced my Masonite siding with hardiplank several years ago. The mildew is really bad on a couple of side of the house. What do you recommend that I use to clean it. I may want to paint after wards.
Answer: Use the 30 Outdoor Cleaner, or Jomax and a pump up sprayer. The 30 Second Cleaner is a concentrate that you mix with water, and the Jomax, you mix with bleach and water. Both you just spray on and then rinse off. If the mildew is real stubborn, you might need a broom to give it a scrub. The Jomax is really good if you are going to paint. Then just so you know, Zep makes a mildew resistant spray called Clear Shell. It will keep mildew away for up to 18 months. It would help you with the areas of the house that constantly collect mildew.
Question: We live in a home built in 1952. We have finished wood trim on our baseboards and around our windows which matches our original hardwood oak floor. We want to paint the trim in the living room but we want to skip the stripping step. Do you have any advice on a product we can just paint over which will not have the old stain leaching through the white trim paint?
Answer: Priming the molding will keep you from having to sand or strip. Just clean the molding with soap and water, and when dry apply Grip and Seal. Use 2 coats. Let dry between coats. It will keep any color from leaching through the new paint. Grip and Seal is a latex, and has virtually no smell. I have a friend that just did this all over her house and it saved her so much time, and no dust from sanding!
Question: I read you article about using Soy Gel to remove layers of paint from a iron bed. Would Soy Gel work on removing rust from a very old cast steel sewing stand? Where do I find Soy Gel?
Answer: We carry Soy Gel and you can go to our website and order. However, Rust Cure is the product that you need to use. Just spray on the Rust Cure and in a hour wipe off the oily residue. In a few days the rust will have turned a gun metal gray and it's ready for paint. Or you don't have to paint at all. If there is paint on the bed, use the Soy Gel first and remove all the paint, then use the Rust Cure. Good Luck!
Use ½ of a shoe organizer on the back of your bathroom cabinet. Use the Command Hooks to attach it to the back of the cabinet door. Keep cotton balls, Qtips, brushes, anything that clutters your counter top, hidden underneath.