After forking out loads of cash to have the installation that matches your particular decor needs, you want to protect it. While the material is durable especially when it comes to withstanding physical forces and issues like wear and tear, elements in its environment can contribute to its deterioration- such as moisture. From the everyday spills that can soak into the structure, issues like rising damp that are caused by the ground moisture getting through the porous stone and bringing along the ground salts, that leave behind deposits and cause spalling and fretting, to outdoor surfaces where wind-driven rain, the freeze-and-thaw effects, and even chloride ion intrusion from the de-icing salts are an issue, you don’t want your structure being ruined. The costs of repair and making replacements will leave a hole in your wallet, and not to mention the frustration that comes with the process. Protect your installation by turning to units like the Faber AC 300. Here is a look at what you can expect from this particular product:
Benefits Of The Faber AC 300
- Water repellent
With materials like cotto and terracotta, their high absorbency causes lots of problems when it comes to moisture. From the installation stage after the washing where the drying time takes ages, to problems such as efflorescence and the salty residue that emerges on the surface, cases of dark marks developing due to the rising damp, to peeling of the treatments used on the installation- these can be frustrating. The Faber AC 300 comes in to tackle the problem, being developed for use specifically on these highly absorbent materials. The water repellent attributes that it brings on board protect the installation from damage, and speeding up the drying time comes as a welcome bonus, that enables you to carry on with the subsequent treatments that are to follow much sooner.
- Prevent staining during grouting
The protective barrier that is created by the Faber AC 300 prevents the grout that is used when laying tiles from causing stains to develop other treated material. That way, you get to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the final result. What’s more, Faber AC 300h has been formulated to enhance the performance of the subsequent treatments that will be applied, thereby giving you more value for your money. It’s a versatile formulation, and can also be used on materials such as marble agglomerates, cementine, concrete and other kinds of porous stone. Note that the Faber AC 300 needs to be diluted before application. It’s diluted with clean water with a 1:2 ratio when you’re using it on materials like glazed or industrial cotto, while with the handmade cotto and other materials that are more absorbent the dilution is done with a 1:3 ratio.
This formulation gets deep into the material, providing the protective attributes without forming a surface film. As such, it does not alter the tone or colouration of the material, or affect the breathability of the stone. You won’t have to worry about it affecting how the adhesive used when laying the tiles bonds with the material, thus preserving its structural integrity. In addition, the Faber AC 300 is resistant to UV radiation, hence does not yellow over time. This keeps the treated surface looking elegant for longer.
- Straightforward application
Using the Faber AC 300 is easy. Different approaches can be taken, based on the stage of the installation. For instance, you may be looking to treat your tiles before installing them. Here, place the solution of the diluted Faber AC 300 in a bucket- or another container whose capacity is large enough to hold the tiles. Immerse them one at a time, letting each tile remain in the solution for 10 to 14 seconds. Remove it and then place it in a suitable spot to air dry, where there won’t be interference with the people walking up and about the premises. In case you’re treating materials that have a low absorbency, some residue may remain on the surface of the tiles. Don’t fret. Simply use a brush to even out the Faber AC 300, and let it dry. Note that the tiles will look dry in moments, but you’re still required to give them 24 hours before proceeding to install them.
When applying it after the laying of the tiles, you can use different tools, such as a roller, brush, or lambswool applicator. Spread a thin coat of the product on the surface, ensuring that you have achieved a uniform application, that covers the whole surface. In case there is residue, redistribute it using a clean cloth or lambswool applicator. It is recommended that you apply the Faber AC 300 before you grout the tiles. After the treatment process, give the surface 24 hours before grouting it and applying subsequent protective treatments.
For those in industries, where you’re looking to treat the tiles before releasing them into the market, the process is specialised to suit your particular production line. Simply get in touch with the Faber Technical Division, in order to determine the specific formulas that will suit your treatment process, in order to get optimal results.
Once you’re done with the treatment process, wash the equipment that you have used with water. For these cases were worksite washing is carried out, wait for 24 to 48 hours after the washing before you apply any subsequent treatments.
When it comes to the building’s maintenance budget, the Faber AC 300 enables you to make savings due to its wide coverage rate, where each litre of product covers 8 – 15 m² of surface depending on the type of application and the dilution ratio that is used. What’s more, the product itself is affordably priced, reducing the amount of money spent during purchase. You can get it in 1L bottles (12 units per box) or 5L cans (4 units per box), depending on your particular needs. The protection provided by the treatment, where you get to avoid the problems associated with water damage on the absorbent materials, further means that you won’t end up spending load of funds on making repairs on your installation, bringing you more savings down the road.