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Old 02-05-2008, 12:43 AM   #1
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I had my house floors acid stained by a "professional" and have had nothing but bad results. The color was great, but once the sealer went on it bubbled in spots. He sanded it and reapplied the sealer with an even worse result.

Some was just crappy application, but even more bubbles. He claims that the concrete has moisture in it. I don't think that it is possible to get moisture on the first coat of sealer that would affect the second coat.

I thought that I read about a some sealers that let the moisture transfer out so you don't have any of these problems. My guy says that no sealer will work.

I work with this guy, so this is a very difficult position I'm in. I'm gonna have to cut him loose on this.

I haven't even mentioned the "wife" situation this has caused!!!:boo

Any help or advise from someone with knowledge or experience is greatly appreciated.
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If he was a pro, he would have checked the moisure level and told there was an issue. May have to start over!!
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:45 AM   #3
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I dont have knowledge of your specific problem, but I have installed flooring and there is one simple test that should be done to test for moisture problems before an installation. Take a sheet of heavy clear plastic 2-3 feet square and duct tape it to the bare concrete. I would do this in each of the areas that the installation would take place and anywhere else I thought there may be an issue. If you have a moisture problem the plastic will show sweat after a day or two which is also what happens when you put down some other type of barrier such as vinyl, wood, sealer, that does not breathe.

I would imagine that this test may also confirm if you have issues with your new floor, but I would be carful about the tape snatching the finish off if you are having problems.

Good luck, sorry to hear of your troubles!!

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Old 02-05-2008, 12:41 PM   #4
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What type of sealer is he using? Did he first clean with water and allow to dry completely? Did he use a silicone base penetrating sealer to retard moisture seepage? Also how is he applying the sealer,..brush,roller, spray?
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Old 02-05-2008, 05:53 PM   #5
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What kind of floor is it you got ?
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