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Adhesives, Fillers and Finishes


ardwood Floors asked the leading manufacturers in the wood flooring business to contribute to this market overview of adhesives, fillers and finishes. Now you can just sit back, relax, and read in order to get a leg up on the competition by discovering the latest and greatest products.

Adhesives 3M 3M says its hardwood floor epoxy repair products help save time and money. The two-part translucent epoxy mixes precisely, making it useful for replacing boards; tightening squeaky, loose boards; or installing transition moldings without nails or putty. Contractors can fill knotholes cleanly and simply in less than 20 minutes, 3M adds.

Advanced Adhesive Technologies Problemsolver U.R.A.—Urethane Replacement Adhesive—is a patented tri-polymer high-solids adhesive that is water-resistant and formulated for the installation of engineered flooring, solid shorts and bamboo plank. Advanced Adhesive Technologies says Problemsolver U.R.A. provides quick green strength, unsurpassed bond strength and excellent re-tack.

BASF Construction Chemicals LLCBuilding Systems Chemrex CX-990 by BASF is a one-component elastic-polyurethane adhesive for interior installations; it is low-VOC and permanently flexible. Chemrex CX-990 can be used to install solid prefinished and unfinished wood planks up to ¾ inch thick and 8 inches wide. BASF says it is fast-tacking and that it quickly develops high-bond strength.

Bona US Bona R851 is a silane-based wood flooring adhesive that provides exceptional green-grab strength; it is Greenguard-certified. Its elastomeric characteristics allow the adhesive to move with the wood as it expands and contracts over the life of the floor. Bona says R851 is easy to apply and easy to remove from prefinished flooring when dry.

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Product Focus | Adhesives, Fillers and Finishes Adhesives

Bostik Ultra-Set Single-Step is a one-part trowelapplied moisture-cure urethane adhesive and moisture vapor protection membrane. Ultra-Set Single-Step can be used to install wood over any concrete slab that is not wet to the touch. It’s formulated with patented Thickness-Control Spacer Technology to ensure proper membrane thickness between hardwood flooring and the substrate.

Epic Flooring Corp. Epic Flooring says it manufactures low-cost, high-quality private-label adhesives, including epoxies and onecomponent moisture-cure urethanes; it also offers polyurethane moisture barriers. Epic says it can offer largebatch consistency, short lead times and personalized technical support.

DriTac Flooring Products LLC DriTac 7700 Easy Clean MS Polymer wood flooring adhesive is certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus Program for indoor air quality (IAQ); it is completely solvent-free, with zero VOCs and zero isocyanates. DriTac 7700 cleans easily off the surface of hardwood flooring when wet or dry.

The Garrison Collection The Garrison Collection offers two wood flooring adhesives. Garrison Adhesive provides an advanced premium urethane bond with low odor, high initial tack and superior permanent adhesion, the company says, while Garrison Two-Green allin-one concrete moisture guard/sealer and adhesive offers installers an excellent all-in-one and VOC-free product.

Hardwood Industry Products The EZ Pro Injector Repair Kit is a heavy-duty self-standing gun that repairs voids and hollow spots. Two types of injection-grade adhesive make this a versatile tool for engineered, solid and bamboo flooring, the company says.

Kerakoll Green Building Co. SLC Eco L40 Flex is an eco-friendly organic elastic adhesive; 63 percent of its volume consists of natural minerals, and it does not contain solvents. It has a one-hour working time and an accelerated hardening process with superior final adhesion, Kerakoll says, adding that it is easy to clean from hands and engineered hardwood floors.

Liquid Nails Liquid Nails adhesive is ideal for bonding stair treads and transition strips, and it also increases floor stiffness and reduces floor squeaks, the company says. Liquid Nails subfloor adhesive conforms to the American Plywood Association’s AFG-01 performance specification, and it works on all subfloor and joist construction materials. This product can be used on exteriors and interiors.

MAPEI Corporation Ultrabond ECO 985 is MAPEI’s premium single-component, hybrid-polymer-based wood flooring adhesive; it is 100 percent solids, isocyanate-free and easy to clean up. MAPEI says Ultrabond ECO 985 provides both a strong bond and excellent sound reduction properties, while also protecting wood flooring from moisture vapor emissions coming through concrete slabs.

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Product Focus | Adhesives, Fillers and Finishes Adhesives + Fillers

Roberts Roberts all-in-one wood flooring adhesive R1530 is a solvent-free, 100-percent-solids moisture-cure-urethane product that performs as an adhesive, moisture vapor barrier and sound reducer in a single application. For wood and bamboo flooring installations, R1530 protects against unforeseen moisture vapors that can destroy a wood flooring installation, Roberts says.

Royal Adhesives and Sealants, formerly Para-Chem Southern Inc. Royal Adhesives has introduced a one-step Intelligent Flooring System (IFS) for the installation of all types of hardwood flooring. IFS offers unlimited moisture protection, superior sound control and adhesive in one simple step, Royal Adhesives says. IFS is offered in an acrylic formula for engineered wood and a urethane formula for solid, exotic, bamboo and teak wood.

Stauf Adhesives USA LLC Stauf Adhesives’ PUM-950 is a urethanebased adhesive that does not contain any isocyanates. Stauf says PUM-950 will not etch finish, irritate skin or cause cleanup problems. This adhesive can be used with engineered flooring from ¼ to ¾ inch thick, and solid flooring from ½ to ¾ inch thick.

Synthetic Surfaces Inc. Nordot Adhesive #113D is a one-part curing urethane that pours instead of being a hard-tospread paste. It weighs only about 10 pounds per gallon and is environmentally friendly, VOC-compliant, low-hazard, and water-free. Plus, it contains no toxic or flammable solvents, fights mold, and has negligible odor. It can be used “as is,” straight from the pail.

UFloor Systems Inc. UZIN MK 200 is a one-component moisture-cure STP (silane terminated prepolymer) hybrid adhesive that combines the flexibility of a polyurethane adhesive with the advantages of modern silane technology; it is water- and solvent-free. UFloor says this product dissipates shear forces and reduces their transfer to the substrate.

W.F. Taylor Co. Inc. aka Taylor Adhesives Meta-Tec MS-Plus Advance Wood Flooring Adhesive is one of W.F. Taylor’s newest products; this modified-silane polymer is 100-percent-solids. The adhesive offers concrete moisture inhibition and sounddeadening properties in a single-coat application. This product, which comes in 4-gallon pails, offers an installation window of up to 70 minutes.

Fillers Bona US Pacific Filler is a waterborne compound specifically designed for filling cracks, holes, chips, gouges and broken edges in hardwood floors prior to finishing; it is Greenguard-certified. The high-solidscontent formula is ready to use, making it trowelable from the pail; or, it can be thinned with water for full-trowel filling.

Glitsa, a division of Rudd Co. Glitsa Wood Flour Cement provides an exact match between the filler and the flooring. It uses actual sanding dust from the same species of wood as the floor and will take on the color of the sanding dust used. It accepts stain and ages consistently with the flooring since the actual sanding dust is used.

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Product Focus | Adhesives, Fillers and Finishes Fillers + Finishes

UFloor Systems Inc. Pall-X Kitt is a one-component waterborne joint filler; it has the consistency of paste so it can be mixed with sanding dust and used for joint- and trowel-filling on wood floors. The product is suitable for strip, plank and parquet flooring of all species, and it is rated for radiant floor systems.

United Gilsonite Laboratories ZAR Wood Patch is made with pulverized wood and can be used both inside and outside. It takes stain without the so-called “halo effect” or light areas. UGL says it is perfect for nail holes, cracks, gouges, broken corners and chipped edges on wood surfaces. The filler comes in Neutral, Red Oak and Golden Oak.

Woodwise/Design Hardwood Products

This company’s line of Wood Fillers includes: Woodwise Full-Trowel Filler, Wood Patch, No Shrink Patch-Quick, Powdered Wood Filler, Pre-Finish Filler, and Epoxy Wood Patch.

Finishes Basic Coatings

Arboritec USA Inc.

Basic Coatings says its Emulsion finish has what so many water-based coatings do not: the warm, rich, amber tones of an oil-based finish. Emulsion is self-sealing and VOC-compliant; it has an oxidative cross-linked urethane system that produces better wear properties than traditional oil finishes, the company says.

Arboritec Avenue is a two-component waterborne wood floor finish enhanced with Arboritec’s proprietary accelerated nano technology. With nano-sized ceramic particles, Avenue offers advanced adhesion, durability and scratch resistance. In addition, the product is low-VOC and has exceptional dry and cure times, the company says.

Bona US

Berger-Seidle America

Bona says its finishes offer shine, color, slip resistance and durability. Bona offers optimal systems and premium results with its beautiful, durable and easy-touse finishes, it adds. In addition, Bona waterborne finishes are Greenguard-certified for indoor

Classic Base Oil is Berger-Seidle’s newest innovation; it uses a high-solids environmentally friendly “oil technique” system. It has topcoat versatility and is available in 33 vibrant colors.

air quality (IAQ).

Buckeye Reflections Wood Floor Program Buckeye Reflections Wood Floor Program says it offers the most environmentally safe VOC-compliant water-based wood floor finishes on the market. It also offers high-performance VOC-compliant oilbased wood floor finishes. Additionally, the company offers a complete line of products to maintain a sports floor.

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Product Focus | Adhesives, Fillers and Finishes Finishes

Essential Industries Inc. Essential Industries Inc. offers Satin Sport Kote, a one-part water-based urethane/acrylic wood finish that provides long-lasting beauty and protection to all wood floors; there is no mixing. The company says the finish applies easily with any applicator, can be recoated in about an hour, and is ready for light traffic in less than six hours.

Dura Seal Dura Seal offers its Water-Based Polyurethane as a high-performance alternative to its existing oilbased finish. This product applies just as easily as the company’s oil-based polyurethane and retains the traditional look without the need for a hardener, the company says. Cleanup simply involves applying water instead of mineral spirits.

Garco Clear Finishes Garco Clear Finishes says it has been making high-quality clear hardwood floor finishes since 1923. Its two premier products, Classic World Polyurethane and Seal Kote Universal Sealer, are VOC-compliant. Also, its Blue Diamond is a premium fast-drying polyurethane, and it is available in 275-, 350- and 450-VOC versions.

Glitsa, a division of Rudd Co. Glitsa offers a variety of wood floor finishes, including the GoldSeal System, the company’s flagship conversion varnish line; a full line of VOC-compliant waterborne finishes; and its new oil-modified polyurethane, Glitsa Poly 500 Series and Quick Dry Sealer. Glitsa’s finishes are developed for professional wood flooring contractors.

Harco Clear Coatings Harco Clear Coatings says two of its newest products, Easy Flow Polyurethane and Super Seal Universal Sealer, have exceeded sales projections since they were launched more than one year ago. Easy Flow Polyurethane is available with either 275, 350 or 450 VOCs, while shellac-based Super Seal Universal is VOCcompliant.

Lenmar Inc. Evolution is Lenmar’s newest waterborne polyurethane floor finish. This system offers extraordinary finish quality, even without the optional catalyzer, Lenmar says. With the catalyst added to the final coat, the resulting finish is an improvement over standard isocyanate-cured waterborne polyurethane systems, the company adds.

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Product Focus Finishes

Monocoat Monocoat natural oil floor finishes provide extraordinary durability and ease of maintenance, the company says. Entirely VOC-free, Monocoat says its interior and exterior finishes are an important element in any environmentally sound application. They are available in clear or more than 30 colors, all of which are applied in a single coat.

Old Western Paint Co. Inc. Old Western Paint Co. says its Poly Faux polyurethane hardwood floor finish is an interior coating system designed to help create a rich, faux-stain look; it covers stains, flaws and imperfections on floors to give a beautiful look over problem areas, the company says. Poly Faux is made in the United States.

PoloPlaz Zenith is the premium two-component waterborne finish from PoloPlaz. With exceptional wear-resistance and easy application, PoloPlaz says Zenith is perfectly suited for any commercial or residential wood floor. Zenith is also VOC-compliant in every state, and PoloPlaz adds that it is great for LEED projects.

The Real Milk Paint Co. Pure Tung Oil is an all-natural polymerizing oil that provides a matte deep-penetrating finish to protect wood. Pure Tung Oil is easy to touch up and requires low maintenance. The Real Milk Paint Co. says it will not blister or peel and that it can always be refreshed in a month or 10 years.

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Product Focus | Adhesives, Fillers and Finishes Finishes

Rust-Oleum Corporation Nano Shield Fast Dry Floor Stains provide rich color in one coat, Rust-Oleum says. Formulated with premium nano pigments, this stain uniformly coats hardwoods and provides over 1,100 square feet of coverage per gallon. The polyurethane base seals wood and can be top-coated in only two hours; it is available in 21 on-trend colors, the company says.

Synteko Floor Finishes Synteko says its Pro AquaAmber is an outstanding choice for high-traffic and highwear floor surfaces, such as commercial offices, stores, museums and recreational spaces. Pro AquaAmber’s waterborne oilmodified formula highlights natural wood color, and it has a high resistance to wear, scuffs and chemicals.

UFloor Systems Inc. UFloor’s Pall-X Bond Recoat Adhesion System is a two-component waterborne bonding agent for recoating factory finished or site-finished wood flooring without abrading. It has been formulated for use with Pallmann Pall-X 96 or Pall-X 98 waterborne finishes. The kit comes with a bonding agent, cleaner and application accessories, and the finish is sold separately.

UV Green Cure UV Green Cure says it is committed to creating environmentally friendly coating systems. Over the past decade, the company has applied and tested more than 1,000,000 square feet of coatings. Also, UV Green Cure says it uses is the most technically advanced machinery available for UV-cured coatings.

United Gilsonite Laboratories The new, environmentally friendly ZAR Ultra Max Wood Stain features Core/Shell Technology, UGL says. This dual-drying system helps eliminate streaks and lap marks, providing a rich and even color comparable to an oilbased stain, UGL adds. Its formula is low-odor, requires only water for cleanup, and does not need a wood conditioner.

VerMeister Aqua Tenax is a waterborne sealer. It’s designed to work on high-tannin and oily woods, minimizing lap marks and reducing grain raise, VerMeister says. It is 37 percent solids and NMP-free.

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Product Focus Finishes Vermont Natural Coatings Woodtone Series Concentrated Tints are color-rich and faderesistant, transforming the look of wood surfaces. These tints mix quickly and have superior colorfastness, ensuring consistent tone throughout the project, Vermont Natural Coatings says. With zero VOCs and no flash point, Woodtone Series Concentrated Tints provide safe, professional color during and after application, the company adds.

Waterlox Coatings Corporation Waterlox says it has a strong family tradition that its been honing for more than 100 years. The Hawkins family still makes resinmodified tung oil wood finishes by hand with passion and pride, using only the best ingredients along with its original family formulas.

West Wind Hardwood Inc. West Wind Hardwood offers Oli-Natura High Solid Hard Wax Oil, which combines oil and liquid wax. This latest product from Oli-Natura is VOC-free and is nearly 100-percent solids. When treating wood, the oil penetrates deep while the wax remains on the surface and produces a silky gloss that can be further intensified through polishing.

WoodCare USA LLC Woca is a penetrating and hardening oil finish for commercial and residential applications. It provides a hard-wearing and natural-looking floor, the company says, and is available in many colors. This easy-to-repair finish is VOC-free and requires only one application when using the Woca single-coat polishing pad, the company adds.

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