New VCT should i strip or scrub

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  1. Danv1212
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    Hey guys,

    You’re all great I have used this site before but never posted. I mostly worked with hardwood floors. Got a job coming up for new vct to achieve wet-look. Please help me with best practice guideline. Should i strip first or just scrub with red pad? Is it ill advised to use red pad on a 2000 rpm? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    2000 rpm? That's buffer machine.

    Use 175 or autoscrubber if large sqft. I believe it is good to strip it to get the factory finish off and put down new layer of wax coat.

    Let see what other have to say as well..
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    Thanks for the welcome and the info!!would you recommend the red pad w the 175?
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    Red is buffing pad. Blue and green is scrubbing pads, and brown to black is stripping pads.

    You can get by with blue to scrub and strip.
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    Thanks Derrick huge help
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    Newly installed vct should sit for a couple days before you scrub or strip it. I've done both, and you can get good looking floors either way. If the pay is right then go ahead and strip it with a mild stripper dilution and a black pad. If you choose to scrub them to save time or chemicals I'd use a green or blue pad. Not black. I recommend a coat or two of sealer, then wax. Use good wax, dont think you are saving money by getting cheap home depot wax or something like that.

    You cannot use a 2000 rpm machine for any of the above. You need an autoscrubber or 175.
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    Bingo on the few days. I’d use a 175 with a brown abrasive pad and water to strip the factory finish (no stripper residue) slurp it very clean and start layering it first N-S, then E-W.

    Something high solids, NOT Zep. Get with your local chemical pimp.

    Don’t buff for a few days.
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    3M SPP with very mild detergent.

    Foam squeegee and extract. Rinse and repeat.

    All of us are janitors...
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    175 Blue pad, if it is dirty the strip it ( cut your dilution ratio way down as you aren’t really emulsifying any real solids just some dirt, glue residue and the bit of factory finish.

    More important to hit with a light acid before and I mean very light, before refinishing as this will allow the floor finish its best result when it comes to self leveling, and the smother/level it goes down the shinier it will be.
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    Thanks everyone. I am going to use diversey premia ultra high speed as my finish after the blue pad scrubdown. What acid do you recommend before putting the diversey premia down?
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    Vinegar.
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    Thanks @dealtimeman, im using the diversey by your recommendation from a thread a few years ago as well !
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    White vinegar half cup (4-5 oz) to a gallon of water.

    Sweep before you lay finish.
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    Thanks will do
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    Michael, I did not know about the vinegar thing. What does it actually do, and could one just add a few drops to a gallon of finish?
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    Is the % of solids indicative of a superior finish?
    I'd go with betco products myself.

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