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Pond Coating FAQUpdated a month ago


Application

Question: Which products do I use? 

Answer: Liquid Rubber NeoPond Sealant is recommended for this application. Liquid Rubber Waterproof Sealant can also be used if applying over an existing bitumen coating, but is a little fussier to install (be sure to reach out to us for application instructions if you need to use this coating)

Question: Do I need a primer? 

Answer: Yes. Liquid Rubber Multi-Purpose Primer is critical for ponds that are on grade as these substrates will be subject to ground moisture and therefore moisture vapor drive. The primer will increase bond and help to mitigate the moisture vapor drive. Use Liquid Rubber EPDM & TPO Primer when applying over EPDM membranes.

Question: How much do I need?

Answer: How much sealant or primer you need depends on the specific product and the project it is being used for. To see which products you need and what the coverage rates are for your project, click here.

Answer: To determine how much sealant or primer you need, divide your total square footage by the coverage rate provided. Example: You have a 240 sq ft pond and the NeoPond coverage rate is 1 gallon per 40 sq ft.  so 240/40 = 6 gallons of the NeoPond Sealant. (Apply in multiple coats until all material has been used.). Coverage rates are expressed in final coverage and will include all coats needed to achieve membrane thickness.

Question: Do I need Geo-Textile or Seam Tape? 

Answer: Yes. Use Liquid Rubber Geo-Textile or Liquid Rubber Seam Tape over cracks, joints, around penetrations, etc. to reinforce against thermal and other movements. These are the area's most likely to leak.

Question: What tools do I need to apply my Liquid Rubber products? 

Answer: Most of our coatings and primers are applied using a brush or 10mm (3/8") nap roller. 

Answer: Some of them can be sprayed with airless, light industrial to heavy industrial spray units capable of spraying an elastomeric or bitumen coating (respectively), however, most homeowners will not have access to this equipment. 

Answer: Liquid Rubber NeoPond Sealant can be applied with a brush, roller or light industrial airless sprayer.

Answer: Click here to go to our project pages and to download the application guidelines for more information.

Question: Do you have application guidelines/instructions to help me with my installation? 

Answer: Yes. Application guidelines can be found on our project pages (click here) or on our product pages (click here).

Question: Do you have application videos to help me with my installation? 

Answer: Yes. Application videos can be found on our project pages (click here) or on our YouTube channel (click here).

Question: Do I need a new brush/roller every time I apply a new coat?

Answer: If you wrap your brush/roller in plastic (e.g. a grocery bag) you will slow down the curing process and you should be able to use the same brush/roller for your next coat. You can go a step further and place the plastic bag in the refrigerator (Do not allow contact with food)

Question: Can Liquid Rubber products be applied to concrete? 

Answer: Yes. Liquid Rubber products bond very well to concrete. The concrete must be fully cured, free of laitance and efflorescence and have a moisture content of less than 15%. Liquid Rubber Multi-Purpose Primer may be required. Refer to our application guidelines for more information.

Question: Can Liquid Rubber products be applied to metal, galvanized metal or aluminum? 

Answer: Yes. With proper preparation and cleaning Liquid Rubber products will protect and waterproof your metal roofs and structures. Liquid Rubber MetalSafe and Liquid Rubber Color Sealant are most often used for waterproofing metal. Refer to our application guidelines for more information.

Question: Can Liquid Rubber products be applied to Fiberglass? 

Answer: Yes. Liquid Rubber products are often applied to fiberglass. As fiberglass formulations can vary a test patch is recommended to confirm adequate adhesion prior to full application. Liquid Rubber Multi-Purpose Primer is required. Refer to our guidelines to read more about how to bond to fiberglass.

Question: Can Liquid Rubber products be applied to EPDM? 

Answer: Yes. Liquid Rubber products can be applied to EPDM with proper preparation and cleaning. Liquid Rubber EPDM & TPO Primer is required. Read our application guidelines for more information.

Question: Can I coat over an existing coating or paint?

Answer: You can apply over most acrylic/latex, polyurethane, alkyd paint, epoxy paints/coatings with the use of our Liquid Rubber Multi-Purpose Primer and using proper cleaning/preparation techniques. Keep in mind that when you apply over an existing coating or paint, if that coating/paint peels, our coating will peel with it as it is bonded to the existing coating/paint and not directly to the substrate.

Answer: It is recommended to remove oil based or recently applied coatings with high solvent content prior to applying your Liquid Rubber products. (oil and water don't mix and solvents can deteriorate our water-based coatings)

Question: Can I apply one of your cheaper bitumen coatings first then coat over that with a white or colored product?

Answer: No. These are not compatible chemistries and will not provide and adequate bond. The bitumen will also eventually bleed through the colored coating. Also, we do not have a colored coating that is meant for constant submersion at this time.

Question: What if I have a problem or question with an application?

Answer: Our technical support team is here to help you, just reach out to call. email or chat with one of our representatives.

Answer: You very well may find the answer you are looking for in one of our application guidelines, which can be found on our project pages here.

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