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Introducing GymShoe™

With best-in-class durability and dry times, GymShoe™ is the next evolution of waterbased 2-component sport finishes that will keep floors in even the busiest gyms looking better longer.

  • Ultra-durable finish maintains higher gloss levels in high-traffic facilities
  • Dries in 2-3 hours and cures in 7 days to minimize downtime
  • 24-hour pot life, can be re-catalyzed for less wasted finish
  • Clear urethane will not yellow over time and resists heel marks
  • Exceptional flow and leveling make application easy

GymShoe helps you put your best floor forward. Learn more.

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Emulsion PRO™ Super Matte is back with best-in-class wear resistance!

You asked, we listened!

Emulsion PRO™ Super Matte is back with best-in-class wear resistance! Get the amber tones of an oil based urethane, but with all of the advantages of a waterbased product – now available in a new lower sheen.

Click here to learn more!

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Why Choose a Waterbased Finish for Your Wood Floor?

Wondering why you should choose a waterbased finish for your wood floor? Because it’s more durable, better for your health and for the environment, faster to implement and non-flammable. And because there’s nothing quite like a beautiful wood floor to take a room to the next level. Let’s take an in-depth look at the advantages of a waterbased finish.

  1. Durability: waterbased finishes offer the ultimate protection for your wood floor. Tested for abrasion resistance, some have proven to be five times more resistant than oil-based finishes.
  2. Less odor and better for the environment, thanks to its lower VOC content. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. Simply stated, VOCs are gases emanating from certain solids. Exposure to increased VOCs can cause health and environmental problems, so limiting them should be a top priority.
  3. Because most water-based finishes dry clear, the floor’s natural wood hues shine through without the yellowing that oil-based finishes can produce. Stand back and enjoy the beauty!
  4. Quicker drying times. Water is thinner than oil, so applications dry quickly. And, no, that doesn’t mean you need more coats. Faster curing times mean less downtime and can get your floor back in action just 24 hours later. (This is one of the reasons fewer VOCs are released.)
  5. Waterbased finishes are not combustible or flammable, and neither are their vapors. Because you don’t need to be worrying about a fire on top of everything else.

There are a lot of options in floor care, and it can get overwhelming quickly. That’s why Basic Coatings® makes it easy. We’re here to educate, evaluate and advise you on what’s best for your floors. To learn more about the advantages of waterbased finishes from Basic Coatings, click here.

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4 Easy Ways to Prevent Your Hardwood Floors from Fading

Hardwood floors are a pretty big and important investment. The wood type, color, sheen and design at installation are all key factors in the look of the final product. Over time, these floors may fade, become discolored or warp. What causes this? Sunlight – just like the sun can burn your body if you expose it for too long, the sun can affect your wood floors.

Protect your Floors from Fading and Sun Damage

1. Rearrange your furniture.

Every few months, consider changing up the layout of a room. Move a rug or reposition some furniture. It doesn’t take drastic changes – just enough so that different areas of the floor get different levels of sun exposure.

2. Create some shade.

Drapes or curtains help keep the sun out, but adding some plants to the landscaping in front of windows could be even more effective. Plants will help counteract the sun’s searing effects (not to mention, your yard will look fantastic!).

3. Refinish regularly.

Don’t wait until the damage is done. By refinishing wood floors regularly, you can prevent sun damage before it becomes permanent. Floors looking discolored, scratched or extremely worn? It may be time to call a contractor to refinish.

4. Connect with the experts.

Think your floors are over-exposed to sunlight, but not sure what you can do? Don’t fret. Call a contractor in your area to come out and take a look at your floor. They’re wood flooring expertise and knowledge of products will help you find a solution that works for you.

Quick tip: Basic Coatings’ StreetShoe® NXT is a waterbased wood floor finish that was specifically made with a UV Inhibitor to minimize sunlight-related color changes for high traffic wood floors. Click here to learn more.

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Overworked Finish? Here’s How to Fix It

Fast-drying finishes can sometimes be tricky. If you go over the finish with the applicator once the finish has started to dry or “kicked over”, it can create bubbles or make the finish streak. This appearance is caused by pulling the new finish over the partially cured finish. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent this issue.

Prevention:

Don’t Use Old Finish – Make sure you check the batch codes from the manufacturer of the finish before you lay it down. Expired finishes can be foamy or bubbly, which can affect the way the finish performs.

Lay it and Leave it – Focus on completing the floor a little at a time. Work in an area about 3 by 3 feet – something manageable and comfortable. Once the finish is dry, you can go back to do minor repairs as opposed to repairing a big area of overworked finish.

Don’t Wring Out Applicators – When your “wring out” your applicator during the application process, you are introducing air into the applicator and into the finish you are applying. This will cause foam or bubbles. Instead of wringing out your applicator to remove drips, try just tapping the excess off.

Control the Air Flow – When your coating the floor, make sure the HVAC system is off. This will prevent uneven finish, debris, streaks, etc. Once the floor is finished, wait about 30-45 minutes before turning the system back on.

Add Water – If you are working in high temperatures or low humidity it can be beneficial to add water to your finish to extend the “open” time.  You can add up 12 ounces of water per gallon.

How to Fix it:

Looking for a way to fix overworked finish? The best way to repair these issues is to abrade and recoat.  You can also check out our video on small board repair by clicking here.

Still have questions? Call us at 800-441-1934 to talk with our experts.

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Easy Just Got Easier!

New and Improved!

Application of EasyStreet™ just got easier! Basic Coating’s new High Build formula for EasyStreet semi-gloss, satin and super matte gives superior application performance while still remaining a one component finish.

EasyStreet High Build Features and Benefits:

  • Superior application with new High Build formulation
  • One component, clear film clarity
  • Outstanding durability
  • Superior flow, leveling and low foam formula
  • Low non-offensive odor

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Wood Floor Trends You Should Know About

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Your home is an extension of yourself and your personal style. From the ceiling to the floors and everything in between, you make it whatever you want.

The trends we see in homes have changed with each decade; mint green cabinets from the 50’s, popcorn ceilings in the 60’s and brightly colored shag carpets from the 70’s. However, while these trends come and go, there is on trend that has remained constant—hardwood floors.

With more options available now more than ever, it can be difficult to decide on one particular look. Here are the wood floor trends you should know about for 2017:

Don’t be afraid of the dark. The classic, yet edgy appearance of dark hardwood is growing popularity. Its dramatic look pairs well with lighter contrasting furniture and décor. While the darker color may be harder to keep clean, it hides imperfections better.

Bigger is better. Wide plank floors add more depth to a room, giving it a fresh and modern look. This style offers diversity from your typical narrow strip flooring.

Don’t hide these grays. Who says hardwood floors have to be brown? Gray hardwood is anything but boring and gives any room a new and improved appearance. The neutral color pairs easily with almost any design, giving you free rein to be creative in your home.

Shy away from shine. The natural look of wood is beautifully understated. Putting a glossy finish sometimes takes away the simplicity of the wood floor. Adding a matte finish will keep your floor protected while preserving the classic natural look of wood.

What’s old is new. Textured wood floors add an antique element to your home. Wire brush your floors for a more aged or distressed look. To obtain an earthy, more rustic feel, try hand-scraped for a one of a kind style.

Whatever trend you decide to incorporate into your home, make sure you choose the right contractor and products to bring your wood floors to life. To locate a contractor in your area or learn more about what products to use on your wood floors, please visit basiccoatings.com today!

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Keep Your Gym Floor in the Game

UT_Featured Blog ImageIs your gym floor leading the league in shine and appearance? In today’s sports world, the flooring is just as important as the game being played on it. However, ensuring that the look of your floor remains at the top of its game can be difficult.

With so many fierce competitors and key players in the sports floor industry, it’s hard to know where to start to find a solution that works for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for an assist on keeping your gym floor looking new.

1. Time is of the essence. When looking to recoat your sports floor, the last thing you’ll want to do is run down the clock. Every second counts, so make sure you pace yourself for success and high-quality work.

2. Identify the key players. Take the time to find the MVP’s in the industry. The experts will be able to coach you through the process and train you to achieve ultimate results.

3. Have a game plan. Get out the white board and markers. Determine the process, prep time and desired end results for your gym floor so you can stay in the game and avoid purchase cialis sitting the bench.

4. Teamwork makes the dream work. Look for products that work together like a team. An all-star finish might look great, but won’t be as effective if it doesn’t have the proper system in place before it.

5. Cut costs, not playing time. A delay in game is anything but ideal, but don’t rush into a buzzer-shot decision. Evaluate costs to ensure you stay within your budget while still achieving professional results for game time.

Once your gym floor looks top-notch, it’s important to take care of it. Stay unmatched by the competition by following these general maintenance tips:

  • Do not use cleaners on newly finished floors for at least 30 days
  • Always clean up any liquid spills immediately
  • Use entrance matting at all doorways and keep vacuumed
  • Avoid scratching the floor when moving equipment
  • Only clean athletic shoes should be allowed on the floor
  • Maintain indoor relative humidity between 35 and 50 percent

Looking for a revolutionary way to prepare sports floors for recoating? You can rely on the TyKote® Dust-Free Refinishing System from Basic Coatings®. For more information, please visit www.basiccoatings.com or call us at 800-441-1934.

New Regulatory Updates

The Impact of VOC Regulations on Wood Floor Finish

Being in the hardwood floor covering industry you know that understanding VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) regulations is a routine part of doing business. It was recently announced that three states in the Northeast U.S. (New York, Connecticut and Delaware) are working towards lowering VOC limits to 275 grams/liter for certain wood coatings. If you are a distributor of these products or a contractor using these products you need to be aware of these regulatory changes or you can face the possibility of fines. Continue reading