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Anyone ever purchase this at a box store? I want to cut out a section of linoleum fix a floor then use an embossing lever to screed the whole floor prior to installing VCT but I can't find it.
 

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It's usually an additive to patch in the liquid form by all the patch manufacturers. On patches it may say if it is approved for an embossing leveler to add so and so. Strip floor of waxes using a product etc. Most places don't have the specific liquid additive on the shelf, but "they can order it " so can I turkey and have em put it at the front door. Sorry, went off !
 

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I did a little searching, apparently it's in a container one component premix nowadays, been a long time since we've done it. So two times in about 20 years wouldn't get much sales from us.
The additive is to make it stick, the cement portion is for it to be solid, the two work together well.
 

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Yes Mike, What I found was Henry 550. Thats what I need or at least the components to mix together like you say but thats more of a challenge.
 

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Armstrong makes great embossing lever. Don't know if it's sold in the big box stores.

Fine by me, I dont discriminate. Where do you find it? Online only?

Im surprised this is such a unique request that its rare.
 

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The Lowes site says that my local Lowes has Mapei Planipatch and Planipatch Plus in stock, which together make an embossing leveler. According to their site, it's there to be picked up today.
 

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Just use Ardex feather finish for all of your patching/skimming/embossing needs and be done with it. It's the best product on the market by a mile. Plani patch is crap unless mixed with latex and then it is gummy and has poor pot life.

Spread rate, pot life, clean up, feather edge ability, hardness, and the ability to stick to damned near anything are the attributes that Ardex has simply left everyone else a generation behind on. Chemrex has a close knock off but it still ain't it.
 
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Just use Ardex feather finish for all of your patching/skimming/embossing needs and be done with it.
The specs say to add a primer to this as well to create an embosser. Locating the 2 is going to be a challenge.

Even the plani patch and its liquid additive is tough to locate. Its like one or the other.
 

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Depends on the so called box store. Lowe's sells a product made by HB Fuller (TEC) they call skimcoat or some such. It's in 7 pound flour bags. To say it's highly modified is an understatement. This is at the Lowes in your area.

Just don't let that crap dry on a trowel! Oh Lawdie!! You'll need a jackhammer to get it off. hehe It's a terrific product. Beat the piss out of it with a paddle and put a fan on it and it will dry by the time you back out the door. Plani is a good one too. They tell you to prime and use additive and all that jazz, but all I do is beat it up and put it down. It has enough polymer in it to suffice over vinyl all by itself. Bond strength isn't all that important to a vinyl installation. I'm always amazed that I can look at two different kitchens that have been down for twenty years and they can look exactly the same except that one can be taken up in an hour and the other might take a day. In the absence of heavy rolling traffic, it just doesn't matter that much.

Hell, back in the day, all I used was d-9001. Never had a failure, but that's pretty reckless in hindsight.
 

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I went the the TEC and I got the primer as well.....I dont want to risk a failure. It will slow the process down a bit. Apparently you clean , prime(brush or roll) wait a couple of hours then skim coat and wait another 30 minutes or so.

If the floor comes out flat creates a good bond it will be worth it.

Thanks for all of the input. I spoke to my Flooring guy and he also recommended Ardex. I did find it but its out of the way. When I come across it I will grab it next time.
 

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Spread rate, pot life, clean up, feather edge ability, hardness, and the ability to stick to damned near anything are the attributes that Ardex has simply left everyone else a generation behind on....
While we're throwing compliments in Ardex's direction, the Ardex CA20P sealant/adhesive is in the running with me to replace Bostik's Best as the stick-anything-to-anything adhesive of choice. Expensive, but it is effective, quick-grabbing, stuff. Doesn't sag like the BB does, either. Ardex is one of those companies with absolutely reliable products.
Sorry, I had nothing to contribute on topic...
 

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While we're throwing compliments in Ardex's direction, the Ardex CA20P sealant/adhesive is in the running with me to replace Bostik's Best as the stick-anything-to-anything adhesive of choice. Expensive, but it is effective, quick-grabbing, stuff. Doesn't sag like the BB does, either. Ardex is one of those companies with absolutely reliable products.
Sorry, I had nothing to contribute on topic...

The only product of theirs that I haven't been satisfied with is the 8+9 waterproofing liquid. It is terrible compared to Aquadefense or Hydroban. Actually shocked me they would have a product that sucked lol.
 
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