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  1. I suggest contacting janitorial companies. Rod & Beth
  2. sealer over acid stained concrete

    Unfortunately, this is a forum for pressure washing trades which has little exposure into concrete staining. We clean this surface all too well. I am guessing that no one who visits the forum has anything to help. It is out of the normal. I would suggest a concrete installation company or masons for patios that specialize in concrete patios and aesthetic effects to the installation. Rod & Beth
  3. Concrete Acid/Staining

    Being a pressure washing forum, this falls a little into the niche service and not many offer this as it is a rare service for these professionals. I would look into concrete installers and such for patios first and see if they would do work inside the home. Rod & Beth
  4. Belleair paver sealing

    Concrete pavers can be sealed DIY with V-Seal 101. You can buy it online and with a pump sprayer, apply it yourself. At approx 430sqft you'd need 2-3 gallons to do the job. The Product is 194.95/gal so therein lies the cost aspect you were shocked by. Others may be more expensive but low cost on labor to apply. Rod & Beth
  5. Concrete stain removal?

    Acid staining is a way to change the color of concrete to begin with. Not sure how to reverse the process excess to neutralize it with an alkaline cleaner or bleach. Rod & Beth
  6. sodium hypochlorite & surfactants

    We use citra-spray detergent from ACR Products. It is a great detergent with surfactants and emulsifiers to help clean. Rod & Beth
  7. We used to use HD-80 but found that the formula was weakened and no longer as strong as it used to be. Avoiding fuzzing is like trying to avoid UV degradation. It is going to be a thing. Best option is to offer the buffing option to your clients as an aesthetic option. The fuzzing doesn't affect the performance of the product applied over it, but will turn out less even and in some cases, splotchy. Rod & Beth
  8. With the fluctuation of new stain products on the market and their compositions being that of hybrid and acrylic blends, they pose a challenge to all wood restoration companies who have to either maintain them or remove them. What's even more perturbing is the fact many manufacturers don't have anything that can remove their own let alone anyone else's product once installed. We have customers who change their minds after an installation because the color isn't what they thought it would be and the representations on the can or in photos doesn't match the end result. So....Whats working for you? What's not? There are many versions of strippers out there that are in liquid form, powder form or gel. Indicate in the poll which you use or just post here what, when and why. For those who are newer or like I am putting out feelers to see if anything new has hit the market, I will post some links for reviews that you can look into as you like. Rod http://www.deckstainhelp.com/category/deck-product-reviews/deck-stain-stripper-reviews/
  9. Tile flooring

    I have ceramic tiles I have installed in my kitchen which have been doing just fine. There is a method and proper requisites in order to ensure the sub-floor is stable and doesn't move which requires joisting below no more than 16" O.C. If that is not applicable, one needs to lay an additional layer of plywood, seal it and then make sure the flooring is level. If not, use self-leveling concrete. Then install the tile. A tile distributor would have the knowledgeable people to help get the job right. Just take photos and document the existing project and structural aspects for their reference. Rod & Beth
  10. Hello Collin, Yes, we still use R.A.D. and 633ADD for stripping acrylics and other tough oils like Sikkens suite of products (now called Proluxe by PPG Paints) . Our source for 633ADD is ACR Products. Tell them Rod & Beth from See Dirt Run! sent you. R.A.D. (Restore A Deck) is available from (click the link). The main page this lands you on is the consumer page. You need to create an account to get to the contractor section. Click the Log In link at the top and set up your account. I get sent samples from so many other providers but we always seem to gravitate back to R.A.D. as a tailorable strength product that can clean at lower concentrations and more as you increase the strength of it and dwell time. It goes a long way and we use as little as an ounce per gallon up to 4-6 oz/gal for stripping various coatings. Hope this helps Rod & Beth
  11. Tile flooring

    I have ceramic tiles I have installed in my kitchen which have been doing just fine. There is a method and proper requisites in order to ensure the sub-floor is stable and doesn't move which requires joisting below no more than 16" O.C. If that is not applicable, one needs to lay an additional layer of plywood, seal it and then make sure the flooring is level. If not, use self-leveling concrete. Then install the tile. A tile distributor would have the knowledgeable people to help get the job right. Just take photos and document the existing project and structural aspects for their reference. Rod & Beth
  12. Pressure Washing Guys

    Perception is key here. You may only see the one crew responding for service to a location. Meanwhile, there are numerous other crews at other locations depending upon the company and the demand they have. Some are one man shows. Others 1-2 crews. Others can be up to a couple of dozen. It all depends on how much demand there is and the ability of the owner to build a service team to meet that demand. Rod
  13. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/03/stalkers-turn-to-cell-pho_n_171555.html Many of us have gotten UNWANTED and UNSOLICITED text that never end, text after text of hateful, unprofessional conduct and vile, viciously aimed content. This phone STALKING is being taken seriously. http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/telephone-harassment-statutes People violating these laws may receive fines, prison sentences or both. If someone harasses you, make sure to KEEP the messages. Your smart phone has setting to automatically delete messages after a certain number are reached. Turn the setting OFF. For your specific case, consult a lawyer. Of course you can also just block the caller..... Beth
  14. Determining weight capacity is a good thing. Next. Determine what will have weight and what amounts. Water is 8lb/gal so you won't have a very large tank when considering the pressure washer weight, the hose reels, hoses and anything else you install upon the trailer. The water tank is the largest variable as you may have guessed. Also to consider is a baffle system inside the tank to help with water sloughing inside. This can be dangerous with a barrel tank. Square tanks tend to be safer in this regard. Let me know if you have any questions. Rod
  15. Typically a day is good enough dry time if you have warm temps and sun exposure to help it dry out. If not, give it 2 days so that the sealer can penetrate appropriately. Armstrong Clark is still a viable option. We use TWP 1500 series. Rod
  16. PT Pine Deck Finish 80% Stripped - Now What?

    If you are using the same stain, stripping won't be required unless there are any remnants in the stain that are not desirable Ie; mold, algae, etc. Rod
  17. Ipe Deck Wash

    Yes. It is ready for a cleaning and maintenance coat. Rod
  18. Ipe Deck Wash

    That is to be expected on Ipe. No product is going to fare well after a year on this wood. Rod
  19. Does the appearance resemble that of the photos in this threads first post? If so, the way to remove it is by buffing. If not the same, then pics would be helpful in identifying the issue and proposing a solution. Rod
  20. Looking for Suggestions

    We used to recommend Extenda-wand. Typically, there is only the one kind now available. Here is my google search results: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=24+ft+Telescoping+Pressure+Washer+Wand&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwierIK6hdjwAhWPGFkFHZ60B0UQ1QIwFHoECB0QAQ&biw=1152&bih=521&dpr=1.67
  21. Curbside trash can cleaning

    London based company. I am sure there are sprayer units one can have customized for this. The biggest and most expensive is the sheet metal wash container and reclamation. Any Local metal welder can build it for you to the specs you have in your vehicle. Rod & Beth
  22. We all get calls from time to time that are out of our service area. Help your fellow contractors here on TGS by sharing those leads here. Networking works! Beth :sunshine: :dancing:
  23. The chapter I am working on need residential photos. These could be working shots, of any kind of residential service. Photos should be high resolution only. Please message me if you want to submit yours. I will need your contact info with the photo. I need these quickly! This is a great opportunity to publicize your company! Beth
  24. Stained Ipe

    Rust is typically removed with Phosphoric acid. You mentioned a metal shim so that should be a good course of action. More dwell time as well. This stain looks to have been absorbed over time so it will have penetrated the pores of Ipe which is unlike soft woods which have elongated fibers instead. The sanders may come in handy after again. Now, as to the photo, this looks to be a caustic stain. Given it in a public use area, who knows. I would try f18 alone. Prepare you may have to do entire lengths of boards to keep the appearance more uniform. Brushing may also be helpful. Neutralize after. Rod & Beth
  25. I have always heard people who own them call them Lanai's. Pool cages sounds very.....industry speak. I could be wrong though. Rod & Beth
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