Most products have temperature limitations (low temps or hot temps) & our Texture Mix is no different. Spring is usually a time of year where I see guys “jump the gun”, get outside and start trying to put down texture systems (like Rustic Wood) too early.
The ideal surface temperature for putting down our Texture Mix is between 55 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Let’s say that the current air temperature is 58 degrees but the slab that you are wanting to work on is sitting completely in the shade + last night’s low temp was 30 degrees. Do you really think that slab temp is 55 or more? . . . most likely not!
If you put down texture on a cold slab, your texture will not cure out properly and will dry weak & chalky PLUS you’ll never get a proper bond.
An infared laser temp gun is an essential tool for you to quickly check to see if a slab is good to go for a coating:
Quick Rising Temps
Another thing to watch out for is days when the temperature moves from cold to warm in a short period of time.
A few times in the past, I’ve seen contractors pick the worst possible day to put down their Graniflex system outside. If the temps are really cold overnight and the forecast is calling for fast warming temps that morning / late morning, be very cautious about proceeding that day. As concrete slab temperature rises, the slab will breathe out (exhale) and if you are putting down PermaFlex, you may see bubbles happening across your surface.
What do you do if you do have bubbles when putting down PermaFlex?
Running your roller over the bubbles (even when the PermaFlex is really tacky) will pop them and make the PermaFlex lay down again.
Do not wait until the coating is all the way dry to try to fix a bad bubbled PermaFlex situation. REMEMBER, keep your PermaFlex coatings thin (240+ sq ft a gallon). Depending on the porosity & the amount of solvent added, you sometimes may need more per sq ft.