Zirconia's coating technology is based on micro- and nano-scale silica and alumina particles in a water suspension. These particles join together to form a ceramic polymer coating (alumina-silicate actually). It actually flows and feels like a top-quality exterior paint when you apply it.
No, it applies just like paint with brush or roller. It mixes from a dry powder and two liquid components, in just a few minutes of stirring with a high-speed drill and mixer attachment. Then you can apply with a brush or roller. On floors we also use a squeegee, then backroll with a roller to create texture for a non-skid surface.
It can be applied to any concrete, indoors or outdoors. In Food Manufacturing facilities, for example, we apply it to preserve the floor, walls, and ceilings.
Yes. Zirconia's ceramic sealant is not affected by humidity, heat/cold, UV, salt, or weathering in the open environment. Zirconia's coating chemically bonds to the concrete, and forms a permanent composite with the concrete, basically replacing the surface with a far more durable ceramic layer.
Yes. Our Ceramic Sealant is not affected by temperature or salts. This ceramic coating is extremely durable and expands and contracts with the surface temperature of the concrete. We call this being "surface compatible". Curiously, our inorganic polymer is coiled, like a spring, and can easily expand and contract with temperatures cold and hot.
The simplified answer is that organic coatings can only "stick" temporarily to inorganic surfaces like concrete, they cannot chemically bond. This "stickiness" is temporary, when exposed to humidity or cleaning chemicals, they degrade and peel off, sometimes withing just a few months (they are engineered to fail, so you have to buy more). Inorganic surfaces, like concrete, need an inorganic solution like Zirconia's Ceramic Sealant.
No. Zirconia uses only non-toxic organic solvents as needed. We are a clean-tech company, so we are always pushing the limits of green chemistry to give our clients the best performance without hazardous VOCs. This is better for our applicators and the environment.