MICRO TOPPINGS AND SKIM COATS
ULTRA-THIN TOPPINGS IDEAL FOR ADDING COLOR AND TEXTURE TO NEW OR EXISTING CONCRETE
Cement-based micro-toppings and skim coats can be used both indoors and out to provide a clean canvas for decorative treatments, such as stains, dyes and stenciled patterns. Some systems come pre-tinted in a wide range of colors, while others can be custom tinted. Interesting color variations can be achieved by applying layers of different hues.
Popular applications for micro-toppings include adding color, texture and slip resistance to pool decks and patios and giving existing concrete floors a decorative makeover.
Thin Section / Micro Toppings
These are thinner versions of their cousins the stamp-able overlay. They utilize "beefed up" polymers that allow the material to go down very thin and yet maintain strength, durability and abrasion resistance. They range in thickness from 1/32 inch up to 1/8 inch thick. They are easily applied with trowels, squeegees, brushes, and or rollers, all depending on the final look that is desired. Most micro-topping systems offer a base coat, which contains sand, and is used in the first two applications. Some systems offer a finish coat, which contains no sand, and is used only when an ultra-smooth top or final surface is specified. Because these materials are so thin and dry very quickly, texture is limited to how the products are applied. Some typical finishes for Micro-topping floor coverings include, but are not limited to smooth trowel, rough trowel, stippled, and orange peel. Like stamp-able overlays, these systems cure in 24 hours, and are usually ready for foot traffic within 36 hours of application. Another common micro-topping finish involves coming back 24 hours after application and applying concrete stains or dyes to create a stained concrete appearance. This is a very popular finish for residential and small commercial spaces. It is important to seal micro-topping finishes, as they are micro porous and will tend to collect dirt that is difficult to remove once embedded into the material. Check with the manufacturer of the micro-topping system you are using as to what sealers (water or solvent or both) are best suited for that particular application.