Step-by-Step Self-Leveling Concrete Installation on Plywood with Spiderlath

Part 1

Welcome to the first part of our comprehensive guide on installing self-leveling concrete over plywood, featuring industry expert Bob Harris from the Decorative Concrete Institute. This tutorial is designed for novices and professionals eager to perfect their flooring techniques.

In this video, Bob walks you through the crucial first steps:

  1. Priming: Learn why and how to use Paramol for effective priming that ensures strong adhesion and a flawless base.
  2. Reinforcement: Discover the importance of Spiderlath mesh in reinforcing your floor, preventing cracks, and providing a stable base for the self-leveling concrete.
  3. Application of Param 5500: Bob shows you the precise techniques for mixing and applying Param 5500 to achieve a level and smooth surface.

Throughout this tutorial, Bob shares invaluable tips and common pitfalls to avoid. We’ll also cover safety precautions and recommended tools for the best results.

Part 2

In Part 2 of our self-leveling concrete over plywood series, Bob Harris continues to guide you through the finishing steps that will bring beauty and longevity to your flooring project. This segment focuses on artistic staining and essential sealing techniques. Here is what you will learn:

  1. Staining with Aquacolor: Bob teaches you to apply water-based Aquacolor stains to add rich, vibrant hues to your concrete. He discusses color options, application methods, and blending techniques.
  2. Sealing with Perdure A03: Understand the critical role of sealing with Perdure A03, a water-based acrylic sealer, to protect your floor from wear, moisture, and stains.
  3. Final Finish with Perdure U45: Conclude by applying Perdure U45 water-based matt polyurethane, adding a matt protective finish that enhances durability and appearance.

We also include troubleshooting advice, maintenance tips, and insights on how these treatments enhance your concrete floors’ aesthetic and functionality.