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post #1 of Old 04-01-2008, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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VCT Strip and Wax Question

I thought I had this easy 1000 ft strip and wax job over the weekend. I'm not sure what the problem is but the floor will not dry in a timely manner. During the rinse phase when I mopped the floor, it wouldn't dry unless I put a fan directly on the floor and that took about 4 hours to dry. The building is made of concrete and one side of the walls have brick on the inside. I think another problem was the AC wasn't working in the building. I been doing floors for a couple of years now, and this one is new to me. I only put 1 coat of wax down on a small 50 ft section, and it did not dry by the time I left for the night. I'm kinda worried about putting wax on the rest of the floor.

Has anyone ever seen a problem like this?
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post #2 of Old 04-01-2008, 06:09 PM
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Yes. Very damp conditions will cause this to happen.

Thin coats and fans.

Is it possible to prop a door open? Set hvac system to fan only to circulate?

Probably will not be a problem after air has dried. Usually right after stripping is when this occurs.
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post #3 of Old 04-23-2008, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. I learned a lot from this job.
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post #4 of Old 04-29-2008, 07:41 AM
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Factors to keep in mind when drying coats of finish:

Air flow

Air movement is an especially common problem in small closed off spaces e.g. anything 1000 sq. ft. and below (sometime even larger areas).The humidity that is naturally in the air due to the weather, and the increased moisture in the room due to the stripping and waxing process, all contribute to the air in the space being saturated with moisture. If there is no air movement, that moisture has nowhere to go and the still air can only hold so much moisture. Air circulation will help immensely with this problem, e.g. fans and open doors, as well as HVAC if you have access to adjusting that temporarily. Discretion and care should be taken however when using fans. Too much air flow too soon can cloud some finishes, and even cause runs in fresh wet finish. Temperature will also help or hinder you. Cooler than normal, say below average room temp, will slow the drying process, slightly higher temps will speed up drying times, in my experience. The time of year and the local climate for that time of year will affect your humidity and thus your drying time. Here in the northern half of the Mid-western U.S.A., the best time is generally from late fall to early spring due to low humidity at that time, and generally muggy conditions during the summer months (not so great a time to wax especially with poor air conditioning). The fact that heating systems are kicked on during the cooler months doesn't hurt either. Well, I hope this gave you more insight into your problem you've been dealing with.

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