Skudo Commercial System is comprised of two products. (1) The liquid component is a one part – water-based liquid “Base Coat”, this is used in combination with (2) the pre-manufactured “HT or MT Commercial Mat” developed by Skudo.
The Skudo Commercial System is applied in two steps:
The water based Concrete Base Coat is applied using our Notched Squeegee Method to a minimum thickness of 10 mils wet.
The HT or MT Commercial Mat is rolled out and pressed into wet Base Coat.
*IMPORTANT NOTE FOR APPLICATION ON CONCRETE: If Concrete is only partially covered with Skudo and the remainder is left unprotected for the duration of construction, this can cause color variance between the protected vs. the unprotected. This comes from exposure to the sun & the elements and differences in evaporation (see images below).
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- Ensure Skudo is suitable for the substrate on which it will be applied.
- NOTE : avoid applying Skudo to unsealed hardwood, carpet, rubber, painted surfaces, weak or latex based grout, unfilled travertine, pavers, high pH substrates (above 11.0), linoleums and vinyls that are effected by high pH of Base Coat
- Ensure the surface pH is below 11.0 and relative humidity (RH) is 90% or lower.
- Ensure the surface temperature is above 40’F and below 105’F.
- Do not apply the system externally if rain is likely within 24 hours.
- Ensure all densifiers, grouts, sealers, guards, epoxies etc. have been cured to their manufacturer specifications (touch dry is not sufficient).
- Ensure good ventilation.
- Ensure the area is clean and free from any foreign materials that will contaminate or compromise the Base Coat.
Always spot test Skudo to specific job site conditions.
The time taken to apply the Skudo Commercial System will depend upon a number of factors, including surface type, space available, and the crew experience.
Using the Skudo Notched Squeegee and Back Roll, average application by a 3 person crew is 10,000-12,000 sf per day.
Base Coat Spread Rates
It is critical that the Skudo Base Coat be applied consistently to a minimum thickness of 10 mils wet.
The spread rates of the Base Coat will vary due to weather and how porous the substrate is on which it will be applied.
- On flat sealed continuous substrates, the Base Coat will yield approximately 150 sq. ft. per gallon.
- On raw concrete or textured substrates with a lot of undulations or grout lines the yield can significantly drop below the rate above.
- In colder climates warming the base coat in the sun or near a heater can yield better spread rates.
- When it is very hot, the applicator will need to be quick about laying the Mat on top of the Base Coat before it dries.
Due to unknowns and variables, Skudo can only recommend these figures as guidelines. Make sure to speak with a Skudo Representative to ensure adequate quantities are obtained to complete the job.
Base Coat Application Techniques
The Skudo Base Coat is applied to the surface using the Notched Squeegee Method – Application with a notched squeegee and paint roller (for “Back roll”)
Skudo Commercial Mat Squeegee Installation Pack – which includes the following:
- (1) 24″ Skudo Squeegee Frame & Blade
- (3) 6 Ft Fiberglass Extension Poles
- (1) Bucket Dolly*
- (2) 18″ Skudo Roller Frames
- (2) 18″ Roller Covers 3/16 NAP
- (1) Mat Cutter (Orange)*
- (1) Cutter replacement blades ( Pack of 5)*
- (1) Wet Film Gauge
*Exlcuded from the “Basic” installation pack
Before applying the Skudo Commercial System of your choice, be sure you have:
- Checked the shelf life of the Base Coat to ensure product is suitable to use.
- Reviewed the Product information for Job Assessment and Substrate Suitability.
- You have followed the Preparation information and acquired the necessary Tools and Equipment, as noted on the previous sections on this page.
- You have viewed the Application Video for a visual and verbal overview of the application process.
Click on each step below for a full explanation and visual.
Step 1: Position, Roll Out Mat, & Lift Up Rolled Section
Start with the Skudo Mat in a corner of the area to be covered. Roll the Mat out 3 to 4 feet and align with a wall or edge of slab to ensure a straight roll out.
Lift the rolled out section over the rolled up portion of the Mat
Step 2: Apply Base Coat
After soaking the Back Roller in Base Coat, begin applying the Base Coat directly onto the surface using the Notched Squeegee and Back Roller. Make sure the Base Coat is applied in a consistent coat with a thickness of 10 Mils wet.
Apply it to the surface across the entire width of the Skudo Mat roll.
Note : Rough or textured surfaces will require a thicker application of Base Coat.Tips:
- Warm the Base Coat to ensure optimal spread rate – in warmer climates place the bucket in direct sunlight, in cooler climates place it near a heater. Give them a gentle mix, but do not agitate excessively.
- For the initial section, you may have to dip the roller into Base Coat several times to properly soak it.
- Over tile grooves and rougher or more textured substrates, you will need to apply more Base Coat to ensure that the complete profile of the surface is covered with adequate thickness to soak into the back of the Mat.
- For the edges around the slab or edges exposed to traffic, apply the Base Coat a little thicker to ensure that you have a maximum bond on these areas.
- Due to the Base Coat’s consistency, as much as ¼ of a gallon could to cling to the sides and the bottom of the pail and dry out. To avoid this, use a strip of cardboard to push off the Base Coat from the insides and bottom of the pail while it is still wet.
Step 3: Lay Mat and Press In
Lay the rolled out section of Skudo Mat back onto the wet Base Coat and press it in immediately, using either the Skudo Roller or a dry paint
It is critical that the Skudo Mat is uniformly pressed into the Base Coat.
This now becomes the anchor for the rest of the roll.
Step 4: Continue Process
Continue to apply the Base Coat again in front of the roll.
When using the Skudo Notched Squeegee, ensure to pull the product away from the roll before back rolling.
Press in the Skudo Mat as you go, repeat process until the end of the row, taking note to ensure Base Coat thickness is 10 Mils wet. Once applied, do not lift the Mat.Tips:
- Do not apply the Base Coat too far ahead of the Mat roll as it could dry out and weaken the bond with the back of the Mat. If it does dry, re-roll the Base Coat, then re-press the Mat back in while still wet.
- Once the Mat has covered the Base Coat, do not pull it up as the bond with Mat can be weakened.
Step 5: Begin the Next Section
Start the next row with the Skudo Mat as per Step 1, overlapping the edge up to the guide line. Roll out 4 to 5 feet of the Mat for alignment.
This will ensure that the next section will be straight and will not drift off this line further down the area of application.
The Base Coat can be used to adhere the overlap.
This makes the system more water tight which is important for projects that have not been dried in yet.
Once applied, clear the area of any traffic and cordon off the area for at least 3 hours to allow Skudo to fully dry (HT will take longer to dry, but it will be able to take foot traffic after 3 hours and machines the next day). Dry time may vary due to substrate temperature and porosity of the surface.
Skudo must be kept dry for 24 hours after installation.
Allow all exposed Base Coat to dry completely along the outer edges. Once dried, peel up to remove before UV exposure degrades the peelability of the Base Coat.
Tools and equipment should be washed out using warm soapy water.
Although the Skudo Base Coat is classed as Non Hazardous, avoid wash out entering drains, waterways and finished surfaces. Please refer to the SDS for more information.
Repair and Maintenance
Should the Skudo Mats require patching, lift up the tear, apply fresh Base Coat underneath and press the Mat back down. Alternatively, you may apply a new section of the Skudo Mat with Base Coat over the hole.
Proper run-off is recommended. If the Commercial System sits in standing water or extremely heavy rainfall or drainage, water can eventually infiltrate and break the adhesion between the protected substrate and Skudo Base Coat. If this occurs, carefully drain or squeegee water off the affected area. Keep traffic off Skudo until it has dried. In most cases the mat will re-adhere to the substrate.
Also avoid constant use of heavy machinery, harsh chemicals, excessive welding slag or sparks in a concentrated area, and dropping heavy materials from height.
When ready to remove the Skudo Mat, work with a partner and simply lift a corner and peel it back at a 45 degree angle. To make the process easier and faster, nip the edge at 2 to 3 foot widths and tear it into thinner strips. Dispose of the Mat in general site garbage bins.
NOTE: Removal of the Mat when the temperature is below 36’F makes the System less peelable.
The time it takes to remove the Skudo Mat will depend upon factors such as the texture of the surface it was applied to, and whether or not there were any contaminants on the surface at the time of application.
RECOMMENDED: Use the Skudo Mat Puller to give more leverage and make the removal process easier.