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Is there a method, like a wax (literally, like paraffin or bee wax) that can be burnished into a bare concrete floor to seal it. Trying to avoid paint as well as the sealers that are applied over stained concrete.This is a slab concrete floor in a cabin. No basement. No water issues to speak of.
With concrete counters, people rub beeswax on the top for stain resistance. I'm curious about doing something similar for the floor.
  Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:08:35 AM
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Wayne Fajkus : you did not specify a location, ALL cement/concrete poured within any location within the continental U.S is/are probably Portland
cement based! The seal that you saw applied to the concrete counter was to prevent water infiltration into the Concrete as much as it was to make
it pretty,or reduce powdering, regardless of what the demonstrator said ! If you live in Death Valley you may go a lifetime without any problems with water infiltration from underneath! Regardless, If there is any water, infiltration problems, attempting to seal them off from the inside will only make matters worse! A concrete slab poured onto a properly compacted gravel base with an impervious Water Barrier will probably protect you from underneath, a poorly

  Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:10:27 AM
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Ive used water based but prefer solvent based acrylics. You can add wax to these for increased durability but you have to maintain and reapply. Ive never bothered. Been wanting to try some of the polyurethanes and epoxies but havent had the guts yet. Its the new polyaspartics that would be my first choice if possible.
  Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:11:14 AM
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Dont know much about penetrating sealers but I dont think they are used as a final finish very often. Thompsons could probably fit into the penetrating sealer category and I would not use that inside. I doubt your other alternatives would work better than commonly available acrylics. I think you want a hard film forming sealer on the surface. Many of the products marketed for garages are epoxies and might be your cheapest, most available and durable option. I would be concerned with sunlit areas and looks which tends to be restricted to solid colors. Personally, I like clear sealers over stained concrete for aesthetics.
  Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:14:07 AM
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Thinking about this from a chemistry viewpoint, there are two things that can be done: (1) lay down a thin (on the order of microns) layer of mineral oil, paraffin, beeswax, or whatever non-volatile organic is handy. This is not going to react with the concrete, just sit on top of it, clogging up the pores and preventing any water based liquids from sinking in. Of course, every time you wash the floor using a soap or detergent, a little bit of the coating disappears. Even if you wipe vigorously with water in a mop, the fibers of the mop may help to create a wax/water emulsion and remove a little bit of the coating. If you went this route, you would have to periodically renew the coating.
  Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:14:20 AM
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Method #2 is to put down a coating of a "drying" oil like linseed oil. Drying oils are ones with enough double bonds in the molecules to polymerize on the surface of the substrate, and after they polymerize, they aren't going to dissolve in mop water, no matter what chemicals you add to the water. The only way this coating is coming off is by friction, like a dance party of people with sand on their shoes. If you do decide to try a drying oil treatment, remember that the oil has to polymerize, until it does, it is just like a coating of mineral oil. There are two ways to initiate polymerization after you have applied the linseed oil, chemically, with a polymerization initiator like benzoyl peroxide, or UV light. A few days of direct sunlight on the floor (direct, not through window glass) should be enough UV to "dry" (polymerize really) the oil.
  Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:14:31 AM
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