- Deepshield GOLD will last up to 15 years or longer dependent on surface usage and weather.
- Optimal protection for porous surfaces and non-porous polishes surfaces such as marble.
- Quick dry formula.
- Deep penetrating and impregnating.
- Highly Breathable.
- Can be applied while surface is still damp.
- Anti Bacterial Protection!
- Enhanced water, oil and stain protection technology.
- Uses advanced fluoro-bond technology.
- Efflorescence, salt attack and stain protection!
- Water based, Non-Flammable, Odourless, No toxic fumes.
- Protects stone, concrete, Terracotta, unglazed tiles, pavers & other natural stone against water damage & staining.
- Provides superior stain resistance against contaminants such as oil, grease, graffiti, coffee and wine.
- Does not alter the coefficients of friction or slip factor.
- Enables easier removal of dirt, food, beverage, oil and grease stains.
- Assists in eliminating the occurrence of efflorescence.
- Reduces moss, mould and algae growth.
- Reduces corrosion attack on steel reinforcing.
- Stone retains a natural look, does not alter the stones appearance.
- Will not etch, alter or discolour the natural look.
- Highly breathable, allowing water vapour to escape.
- Alkali resistant, food safe.
- Provides a salt barrier, ideal around salt water pools or marinas.
- Non-Film forming means it will never peel or flake.
HOW IT WORKS
Deepshield® GOLD works using advanced fluorine chemistry technology which reacts with the surface pores, leaving an invisible, breathable, protective barrier against staining as well as water and oil based containments.
Deepshield® GOLD ultra premium fast curing sealer, is ideal both indoors and outdoors, on natural stone, tile and grout surfaces, with zero unpleasant odours or flammability problems.
7-14m2 / Ltr per coat approximately, depending on surface porosity.
To calculate how much Deepshield® GOLD to use visit: www.deepshield.com.au
SUITABLE SURFACE TYPES
Designed to be used on Marble, Granite, Bluestone, Travertine, Limestone, Slate, Sandstone, Terracotta, Porcelain, Ceramic, Concrete & Pavers.
Suitable for all surface finishes including Polished, Honed & Tumbled finishing.
- Always perform a trial on a small test patch prior to application.
- The surface to be treated can be dry or remain damp, but it must be clean.
- Protect adjacent areas not intended for application against splashing or overspray.
- Apply Deepshield® GOLD liberally, by low-pressure sprayer, lambs wool applicator, bristle broom, paintbrush or roller.
- Flood coat the surface to achieve a “wet” look.
- Leave for 5-20 minutes then reapply a second coat while surface is still wet.
- Do not allow the product to pool on the surface. Wipe or buff off extra Deepshield® GOLD after 5 minutes with a clean dry cloth or a floor pad.
- Allow to dry. Surfaces can be walked on after 4 hours. Full curing requires 24 hours.
- Do not allow surfaces to become wet until the sealer has fully cured.
- Close container tightly after each use.
- Store in original container only.
- Store in and use in temperatures between (7° C to 29° C).
- MAY BE HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. MAY IRRITATE EYES AND SKIN.
- Wear skin and eye protection.
- If in eyes, flush with water for at least 15 minutes.
- If on skin, wash with soap and water.
- If irritation persists, seek medical attention.
- If swallowed, DO NOT induce vomiting. Seek medical attention.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Designed particularly for superior protection of dense surfaces, Deepshield™ GOLD protects against water and oil based stains for up to 15 years.
- Q: What makes Deepshield™ GOLD different?
- A: Deepshield™ GOLD is an Impregnating (penetrating) sealer based on the latest fluoro-bond technology specifically engineered for denser surfaces as well as most other natural and man made surfaces. Deepshield™ GOLD penetrates the pore structure rather than sit on the surface and once cured, will not alter the appearance of your tile or stone.
Deepshield™ GOLD will protect your surfaces from water and oil based stains by chemically reacting with the surface pores, creating a long lasting, breathable protective barrier that also results in regular maintenance becoming much easier.
- Q: What is the difference between an impregnating sealer and a topical sealer?
- A: Topical sealers produce a physical barrier over the surface, which also creates a darkening, yellowing or glossy effect. Surface (topical) sealers usually don't last long, they can make the floors slippery and need to be completely removed the next time sealing is required. Salts and efflorescence may also build-up under the non-breathable surface, causing the coating to appear cloudy.
- Q: Why seal tiles?
- A: Building materials such as natural stone, brick, concrete, tiles and grout are all made up of countless invisible capillary pores. This makes them porous and allows the absorption of damaging liquids such as water, water-borne salts and oils. These liquids cause the building material to deteriorate prematurely and in doing so reduce their usefulness. Examples of deterioration include; weathering, loss of strength, efflorescence, salt attack, sulphate attack, unsightly staining, biological attack, reinforcement rusting, chemical attack, swelling, embrittlement and picture framing. Sealing can help eliminate or significantly reduce most of these problems.
- Q: Can Deepshield™ GOLD be used on polished and less adsorbent surfaces?
- A: Yes. Deepshield™ GOLD will not harm any stone, tile or grout surface and is specifically designed for highly polished surfaces as well as denser surfaces such as granite, marble and bluestone. Due to the structure of dense or polished stone surfaces, Deepshield™ GOLD is the best product for the job.
- Q: Is one coat of sealer enough for granite, marble and bluestone?
- A: When sealing a very dense stone such as granite, marble or bluestone one coat is usually sufficient depending on the degree of the stones' porosity. Most stone and grout will require two coats. A few of the more absorbent stones may require additional coats to be properly sealed.
- Q: How do I know if my tiles are sealed or not?
- A: An easy way to find out if your tiles are sealed is to carry out the water test. Place a tablespoon of water on the treated surface for 20 minutes, remove the water with a tissue or cloth, pressing hard to soak up any water in the texture of the surface. If the water is absorbed or leaves a dark mark, the surface needs to be sealed, otherwise, the surface is adequately sealed and does not require further sealing.
- Q: How often do I need to seal my stone?
- A: If you sealed your tiles or stone with Deepshield™ GOLD and have properly maintained your surfaces the sealer should last up to 15 years. The longevity can vary depending on the type of stone, tile or grout, the location and what type of wear the surface is exposed to.
- Q: What can I do to keep my surfaces looking new after sealing?
- A: To keep your tiles and grout looking new, it is recommended cleaning each week using a pH neutral cleaner to remove any dirt or grime. Strong detergents (strong acid or alkali) may affect the sealer, mild detergents and pH neutral substances are strongly recommended.
- Q: Will Deepshield™ GOLD make my surfaces slippery?
- A: Deepshield™ GOLD does not change the slipperiness of the surface, and does not cause any darkening, yellowing or leave a visible shine. Deepshield™ GOLD is ideal around swimming pools and other wet areas.
- Q: How do I compare impregnating sealers?
- A: There are three main factors that set impregnating sealers apart. The carrier, the expected lifetime of the sealer and the depth of its penetration below the surface. A good depth of penetration will help provide longer lasting protection against traffic wear and weathering.
- Q: Will Deepshield™ GOLD build up, crack, peel, or discolour?
- A: No. Deepshield™ GOLD will penetrate and bond to the pore structure of your surface. It is not a surface coating and will not crack, peel, yellow or discolour at any time.
- Q: How can I buy Deepshield™ products?
- A: All Deepshield™ products are available from our online store, or from one of the dozens of Accredited Applicators throughout the country. Please refer to our “Online Shop” section of this website or phone or e-mail us to find out the easiest way for you to obtain our products.
- Q: Should I seal marble and travertine?
- A: These calcium-based stone types are very porous, leaving them susceptible to acidic stains. Many food products, such as lemon, wine, tomato sauce and coffee are acidic and will cause damage. Definitely seal marble and travertine after installation.
- Q: Can I use Deepshield™ Gold on my granite counter-tops?
- A: Yes, Deepshield™ Gold is specifically designed for denser surfaces such as granite, marble and bluestone and performs extremely well on most other tile and stone.
- Q: What should I use to apply Deepshield™ sealers?
- A: Deepshield™ should be applied liberally, using a low-pressure sprayer, lambswool applicator, bristle broom or paintbrush or roller. Whatever suits you best!
- Q: Why apply two coats when sealing tiles?
- A: We recommend applying two coats to ensure that no areas were missed, and also to make sure that the required amount of sealer has been applied.
- Q: Can someone apply your products for me?
- A: Deepshield™ has many trusted Accredited Applicators. You can contact these applicators independently to obtain a quote for applying our products. All listed Accredited Applicators have the required skills, training, equipment, products and experience required for applying all Deepshield™ products.
- Q: Should the sealer be water-based or solvent-based?
- A: Water and solvent are only carriers for the active ingredients of the sealer, once the sealer is applied the carrier will evaporate and only the active ingredients will remain. You should always avoid using solvents because of health and environmental risks. Deepshield™ Gold will penetrate highly polished and denser surfaces as well as honed and natural surfaces. Water-based sealers are easier to apply and have no toxic chemicals that can harm your health and environment.
- Q: Why is it necessary to carry out a test trial with the sealer before doing the full job?
- A: Every surface is subtlety different. Unless you have applied the sealer to the exact same surface with the same conditions before, it is vital to conduct a small trial to ensure you get the result you are after.
- Q: How do I maintain my tiles after sealing?
- A: We recommend regular cleaning of treated exterior surfaces with pH neutral products. The long-term good looks of a sealed surface will depend on regular maintenance. Removing spills immediately, removing marks and routine cleaning of the surface will maintain the look of your surfaces for longer.
- Q: Which Deepshield™ products can I use in food prep areas?
- A: All Deepshield™ products are non-toxic and safe for use in food preparation areas.
- Q: I have sealed my tiles with Deepshield™ and now the tiles have a sticky residue on the surface. What should I do?
- A: After sealing with Deepshield™ all excess sealer should be wiped off immediately before it dries. The result of excess sealer being left on the surface is usually a sticky residue that can be felt on the surface of the tile. If the sealer is less than a few days old, the residue can be removed by scrubbing the tiles with a residue remover up to 48 hours after sealing. In some cases buffing the surface following the removal the residue may be required.
- Q: Is it normal to still get scuff marks on a surface that has been treated with an impregnating sealer?
- A: Since impregnating sealers do not completely fill the surface pores, marks from the likes of rubber soled shoes can still discolour the surface. But this can be cleaned, which is the good news as the sealer holds the contaminating agent close to the surface.
- Q: How can I remove excess product that has dried on the surface of my tiles?
- A: After sealing, you should immediately wipe off all excess sealer; not doing so could result in the tiles looking cloudy or even patchy. Something similar can also happen if the surface is too hot, so a general rule is that if the surface is hot to touch then it is too hot to seal. If the sealer is less than a few days old, the residue can be removed by scrubbing the tiles with a residue remover, at least 48 hours after sealing.
After removing the excess you should check if the cleaned surface still repels water, if not those affected areas should be re-sealed.
- Q: Is there a perfect sealer that always prevents stains?
- A: No sealer can prevent all stains all the time. The sooner any spill can be cleaned up the less likely a stain will result. Acidic spills such as juice, soft drinks or wine can actually etch and dull polished stone if not wiped up promptly. Clean your tile and grout regularly so dirt and stains don't have a chance to build up.
- Q: How can I get maintenance free tiles?
- A: In short, you can’t. Surfaces sealed with impregnating sealers can still mark. To obtain maintenance a free surface you will need to use an epoxy or polyurethane surface coating or use a vitreous tile. However, surface coatings do have a number of significant problems as they do not breathe and can trap unsightly water vapour under the surface, they also need to be completely removed when re-coating, are very expensive to install and significantly change the look of the surface.
- Q: What is 'picture framing'?
- A: Picture framing is a term used to describe a type of discolouration that occurs on the outer rim of the surface of the tile. It occurs when water or grout moves into the edges of a tile to create an unsightly darkening or “frame” affect. Picture framing is usually irreversible and should be prevented from occurring, preventive measures include pre-sealing the upper-surface of the sides of the tile before grouting.
- Q: Will I still get some staining after sealing?
- A: We believe our sealers are the best of their type available on the market and are used daily by hundreds of professional applicators as well as thousands of DIY home owners. However, even impregnating sealers have their limits. For instance our sealers will not stop sensitive natural stone from etching, so to minimise absorption, spillages should be cleaned up immediately.
- Q: Can I seal tiles that have pre-existing sealer on them?
- A: All pre-existing surface sealers must be removed before applying Deepshield™ to any surface, as the coating left by the old surface sealer may block the product from penetrating the surface. You don't however need to strip pre-existing penetrating impregnating sealers, as Deepshield™ impregnating sealer will pass through any other previously applied impregnating sealer.
- Q: I have sealed my tiles with a penetrating sealer. Can I apply a surface sealer over the treated area?
- A: In some cases you can, but it is not recommended, and usually only solvent sealers will last long on a surface already sealed with a penetrating sealer. Only a solvent-based surface sealer will adhere to an impregnated surface.
- Q: Why are water-based sealers recommended over solvent sealers?
- A: Solvent sealers are not recommended for health and safety reasons. They also require more skills when applying, as sealing tiles that contain any moisture could result in the surface turning white and require resurfacing.
- Q: Will sealing my natural stone make it "salt safe"?
- A: Not completely. There is no doubt that our sealers will provide a considerable resistance to the ingress of water and salt into the stone, however the treated stone will not necessarily become 'salt safe'. Rather, it becomes far more resistant to the ingress of salt.
The durability of the stone will be affected by the amount of salt already in the stone prior to treatment, the proximity to salt water, the type and concentration of the salts in the water, the type and quality of the stone and sub-soil drainage.
At Deepshield™ we believe our sealers are the best available and are quite easy to apply, however they must be applied correctly. With proper application our sealers can significantly improve the durability of natural stone in a salt water environment.
- Q: If I seal a tile or paver on all sides, will a tile adhesive still stick to it?
- A: After a tile or paver is sealed with a Deepshield™ sealer on all sides, or dip-sealed (immersed in the sealer for a few seconds) it becomes water repellent after it’s allowed the required curing period of around 24 hours. Therefore, plain sand and cement mortar could have trouble sticking to a surface coated with Deepshield. There are polymer-modified adhesives on the market that will work to overcome this water repellency.
- Q: I am about to seal my pavers, but have discovered large “white” marks on them, what should I do?
- A: After installation, cement pavers are often acid washed to remove grout marks. If the pavers have not been thoroughly neutralised and rinsed clean with fresh water after acid washing, then the residue from the acid wash may show up as a large white mark on the surface. These marks can be removed by using a mild acid, such as phosphoric acid diluted in water and scrubbed. Always first test the use of any acid on a hidden area.
- Q: What is efflorescence and what causes it?
- A: Efflorescence appears as a white deposit of mineral salts and is caused by moisture ingress. As the moisture enters and moves through the wall or floor, it dissolves mineral salts. This mineral salt solution eventually finds its way to the surface and as the water evaporates, it leaves behind a white deposit. On porous construction materials it may present a cosmetic problem only (primary efflorescence), but can sometimes indicate serious structural weakness (secondary efflorescence).
To help stop efflorescence, surfaces should be sealed with a high performance sealer as soon as practical. By using a deep penetrating, alkaline resistant sealer such as Deepshield™ GOLD, the surface will be able to withstand the highly alkaline environment found in cement based-materials. Deepshield™ Gold is completely breathable so moisture cannot be trapped below the surface.
- A: The most common reasons for a shower to leak are (a) leaking pipes in the wall, (b) the sheet membrane under the tiles has failed or (c) the joint between the shower drain and tiles has failed. If the grout and flexible joint sealant in the shower are in a good condition then sealing with Deepshield™ is certainly an excellent and relatively inexpensive first option in stopping the leak. Fixing a leaking pressure pipe is a job for a plumber.
- Q: Can I seal tiles that are constantly underwater?
- A: Our products are not recommended for underwater surfaces.
- Q: Can Deepshield™ Colour Enhancing Sealer be used on glazed or highly polished tiles?
- A: In most cases, glazed ceramic tiles do not require any type of sealant, as the top layer will not allow anything to penetrate the glaze. Deepshield™ Colour Enhancing Sealer is unsuitable as it may not penetrate the surface completely, leaving residue on the surface and causing a bigger problem than prior to sealing. Deepshield™ Gold is designed for very dense surfaces and unlike other penetrating sealers produces excellent results on some glazed ceramic tile.
- Q: Will sealing make my floors dirt resistant?
- A: Sealing a surface with an impregnating sealer will make the surface stain resistant, but not dirt resistant. The sealed surface should be cleaned as regularly as other non-sealed surfaces. If a problematic substance such as sticky tree gum falls on a sealed surface, it can still be difficult to clean, but should not permanently stain the surface, as it might an unsealed surface.
- Q: Can I use Deepshield™ to seal my fireplace tiles?
- A: Yes, Deepshield™ Sealer is water-based and non flammable, making it suitable for use around fireplace areas.
- Q: How do I remove efflorescence and watermarks from acid sensitive tiles?
- A: There are products available specifically designed to remove efflorescence and fresh cement grout haze from most types of stone and tile surfaces, including acid sensitive surfaces. Watermarks appear as white residue once the water has dried consisting of calcium, fluoride, magnesium and other minerals, which can also be removed using these products.
- Q: Are your products environmentally friendly?
- A: Yes. Deepshield™ sealers are non-toxic water based sealers and can be used indoors and outdoors, with no unpleasant odours or flammability issues.
- Q: How do I know which sealer to buy for my tiles?
- A: The market offers many brands with similar claims. Deepshield™ sealers differ in two important ways. Firstly, their deeper penetration provides extra protection against weathering, traffic wear, efflorescence, salt attack and freeze-thaw attack. Secondly, Deepshield™ Gold has a lifetime of up to 15 years.
- Q: How does Deepshield™ Colour Enhancer differ from other similar sealers?
- A: Deepshield™ Colour Enhancer will slightly darken and enhance the colour of the surface without changing its wet slip frictional properties. Because of this, it will not make your flooring any more or less slippery. This is essential in keeping a safe to walk on surface under all conditions.
- Q: How many days after grouting with cement based grout can I seal with Deepshield™?
- A: It is recommended that grout needs to be allowed a minimum of 3 days to cure before sealing.
- Q: Will sealing with Deepshield™ Gold stop moss and mould growth?
- A: In a way it does. Deepshield™ sealers will result in the water beading, and running off the surface rather than soaking in. However, moss, mould and other biofilms can even grow on glass under the right environmental conditions. Moss can return as moisture and easily accumulate on top of your tiles or concrete. Sealing won't prevent moisture being deposited on the brick by fog/mist or dew, especially in relatively high humidity, therefore sealing will help a lot, but without the right care, growth can still occur.
In short, moss and mould need water to survive, and sealing the surface with Deepshield™ Penetrating Sealer will significantly reduce the amount of water penetrating the surface and so greatly reduce the chances of moss & mould growth.
- Q: Can I apply a topical coating to a surface already treated with Deepshield™ Gold Penetrating Sealer?
- A: Deepshield™ do not recommend this due to possible bond and/or aesthetic issues, however if you choose to apply a topical sealer to a surface treated with Deepshield™ please carry out a test on a sample area first to determine the result.
- Q: Will Deepshield™ Gold sealer change the appearance of my tiles and grout?
- A: The straight answer is no! Deepshield™ Gold seals the pores within the tile or stone surface and not change the feel, texture or colour of the treated surface as Deepshield™ dries invisible. The only exception to this is Deepshield™ Colour Enhancing Penetrating Sealer, which will slightly darken and highlight the character of your natural stone, giving it a wet look. Deepshield™ sealers are also resistant to UV light.
- Q: How long will Deepshield™ Gold Sealer take to dry?
- A: Deepshield™ Gold will be touch dry after 4 hours and requires 24 hours to fully cure.