Make sure your facility looks its absolute best. Use our troubleshooting guides to help address specific problems.
Not enough finish on floor
Scrub and rinse floor, apply finish
Not enough time between coats
Wait 30-40 minutes between coats
Coats are too thin
Never fully wring finish mop
Old, damaged or overly porous floor
Apply sealer first, then floor finish
Use appropriate or recommended cleaners according to directions
Dirt and Sand
Use entrance mats, dust mop often
Improper rinsing before recoating
After stripping, use flood rinses
Buffing pads are too aggressive
Use proper pads for various jobs
Floor temperature below 55®F
On cold days, check floor temperature before applying finis
Fans directly on finish while drying
Point fans upward, away from floor
Recoating too soon
Give at least 20-30 minutes between coats; stop if there is mop drag
Contamination on the floor/furniture polish, mop treatment, etc.
Remove source of contamination; strip, rinse, and recoat
Dirty mops/unclean equipment
Use only clean mops and buckets for floor finish/use can liner inside bucket
Finish exposed to extreme temperature
Do not apply finish that’s been frozen
Coats are too thin
Apply medium to full coats of finish
Coating over dirt
Always clean floor before recoating
Poor daily cleaning/buffing over dirt
Clean floor daily/ Always clean floor before bussing/ Use walk off mats
Applying finish with new cotton mop
Soak and clean new mops before use
Quat disinfectant residue
Scrub or mop wash floor once a week with an all-purpose cleaner
Colored floor pads
Use natural, white, or tan pads for buffing
Be sure that you do not wring out your T-bar pad too much on turns. Lightly press it out before beginning the next section of floor. Also, walk at a slow and deliberate pace when pulling the T-bar. Walking too fast will create more air in your coating and can lead to excessive foam and bubbles.
Play time means light sports play only. You must wait until after the cure time before exposing your floor to heavy workloads. Also, it is very important to turn on the HVAC system after your coating has tacked up. This is about 2 hours for water-based coatings and 6 hours for oil-based coatings. If you do not get fresh air exchanged in your gym, the coating will cure much more slowly.
Overlap all passes by at least ½ the width of the T-bar. Use shorter T-bars, such as an 18" T-bar, which will require you to make more passes on the floor, but will also help prevent leaving puddles behind. Finally, apply pressure to the T-bar handle when you come to areas that are lower and are known to be a problem spot for puddling.
Be sure to pour a 3-4 inch bead for use with the T-bar. If your bead gets too thin, your coating will streak. The ideal coverage rate is 500-600 sq. ft. per gallon. Also, overlap by ½ the width of the T-bar on all passes.
Be sure to follow the Reflections Maintenance Procedures outlined in the Reflections Maintenance video. Daily dust mopping and maintaining a good matting system are the most important steps. Also, clean your floor with Floortonic™ diluted at 6 oz. per gallon of cold water, and once the floor is dry, burnish the floor with a high-speed burnisher equipped with a light hair pad. This will immediately bring back the “squeak” to your Arena 300/200 floors.
The Reflections Procedure Manual recommends recoat windows after the coating is tack-free. Under extreme conditions of humidity or heat this tack-up time can take much longer and recoat windows should be adjusted accordingly. At a minimum, a second coat should never be applied before 6 hours after applying the first coat of Arena 300/200. Coliseum® 450 and 350 cannot be second coated prior to at least 24 hours after the first coat was applied. At least 14 hours must pass before applying the second coat of Larry’s Super 40. Coliseum 275 should never have a second coat applied.
Start thinning out your bead of coating as you get about 15 feet from the wall. Only pour coating where you need it in small “pancake” size puddles. Do not pour a full-length bead inside the 15-foot area.
Use Screen Clean™ to tack your gym floor. This will keep excessive moisture off your gym floor so as to not damage your boards. Screen Clean is a ready-to-use cleaner that leaves no film behind. Simply wet a white cotton terry cloth towel down, wrap it around a push broom, and push it across the floor. As the towel becomes dirty or dry, re-apply Screen Clean to it. You can use multiple towels if your towel becomes dirty.
Always use a heavy-weight T-bar for any oil-based coating, and use a light-weight T-bar for water-based coatings. Do not apply excessive pressure to the bar – allow the weight of the bar to control the coverage rate. Also, always overlap by ½ the length of the bar on all passes while coating your gym floor.
If you have left-over coating it can be capped off and used up to 60 days later. After that, the coating should be discarded. However, for Arena 300/200, if you use the Fast Flow Spigot on the Action Pac® and leave it on after coating the gym floor (do not remove or open the spigot after standing the Action Pac back up right), no air will get into the Action Pac and the coating can be used up to a year later.
The water will continue to flow for a few seconds after the operating button is released. If it continues to drip, this means that the seal has moved out of its original position. Turn off the water faucet. Then cycle each high flow button for 12 cycles. Turn the faucet back on and continue to use.
First, disconnect the Buckeye Eco® bag and then press on the white tip in the green Quick-Connect to ensure it is opening. Reconnect the Eco bag and try again. Second, if product is still not flowing, disconnect the Eco bag and connect to a different green Quick-Connect to check if the Eco bag is malfunctioning. If product is still not flowing, replace the Eco bag and check with your local Buckeye distributor for replacement product. Third, if product begins to flow you should replace the green Quick-Connect on the original tubing. Check with your local Buckeye distributor or manufacturing representative for a replacement Quick-Connect.
This means your check valve is malfunctioning. Check with your local Buckeye distributor or manufacturing representative for check valve replacement.
Check with your local Buckeye dealer or manufacturing representative for replacement tubing, and for the most updated green Quick-Connect.