Product & Service FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you have a question not addressed below you can call us at (949) 515-8800 or email us at info@rainguard.com

What kind of preparation do I need before applying Rainguard Project Sealer water repellent products on my surface?

Our penetrating repellents are that – penetrating. Make sure you remove all grease, dirt, form release agents and anything that prevents the Rainguard products from being absorbed. For larger projects you can use a power washer, for smaller projects use a garden hose. Wait 24 hours after using any water during cleanup to allow for a completely dry surface.

What kind of preparation do I need before applying Rainguard Wood Sealer?

Our penetrating repellents are that – penetrating. Make sure you remove all grease, dirt and anything that prevents Rainguard products from being absorbed. For larger projects you can use a power washer, for smaller projects use a garden hose. We noticed a lot of people use a deck wash. In our opinion this is not necessary unless you have mold and mildew. In those cases diluted bleach is better and more economical. Wait 24 hours after using any water during cleanup to allow for a completely dry surface.

What should I use to seal my concrete driveway that gives it a glossy look?

Rainguard offers Garage Floor Sealer, a great sealer with a glossy look that can be used on your driveway. Don’t be fooled by the name, it can even be used on walkways leading from your garage or driveway to your home or sidewalk! It has a slip-resist grit added into the formula to help prevent slipping on the glossy finish when wet.

I want to seal the sand joints between my pavers so the sand doesn’t blow away, what Rainguard product should I use?

Rainguard does not have any products that offer glue like attributes. You are looking for what is commonly called polymeric or joint stabilizing sand. It has a material in it that binds the sand together and comes in various colors. After using this joint binding product you can apply Rainguard. Call our technical support at 1-800-272-4647 if you would like us to recommend a joint bonder.

Will using Rainguard Concrete Sealer make my driveway or walkway more slippery?

Rainguard Concrete Sealer water repellent is non-film forming and completely penetrates below the surface. It will not make the surface more slippery.

What does Rainguard recommend for sealing a concrete pool deck?

A home concrete pool deck can use Concrete Sealer, for a large commercial project pool deck (such as a hotel) we recommend using one of our professional products such as Micro-Seal. These products don’t change the look of the surface, don’t leave a surface film that can yellow, won’t make the concrete any more or less slippery when wet, and doesn’t chip, crack or peel over time.

What is the proper spraying equipment/nozzle size to use while applying Rainguard Project Sealers?

All Rainguard project sealers can be applied using a small hand pump sprayer, or for larger applications, an airless spray machine. It is recommended you use a spray tip size of .035 to .051 of an inch.

During application is it better to start from the top and work down or start from the bottom and work your way back up?

We recommend during application that you start from the top and work your way down over the project to ensure a complete and even coverage.

Can I use Rainguard products on glass?

No, Rainguard products are not formulated for use on glass. If you get some over spray on glass, you will want to wipe it away immediately with soap and water.

How do I clean up after applying your products?

Simply use soap and water.

What is the shelf life of your product? How long can I store Rainguard products?

Always store in a climate-controlled area — do not allow to freeze or overheat. Project sealers can last up to 2 years. Mixing is not required, however before using shaking is a good idea.

Can I use a roller or paintbrush to apply Project Sealers?

You can use a roller, but not a paintbrush to apply Project Sealers. The roller must be fully soaked and you need to apply as much product as the surface will absorb. Please download and review the application guide found on each product page for full details.

What is the dry time and when can I start walking on my deck after I apply the waterproofer?

Depending on humidity dry time is between 45 minutes and one hour. Once dry you may walk on the surface.

If the overspray gets on the windows how long do I have to clean it up?

Clean up any overspray on glass areas before it dries using soap and water or any household glass cleaner.

Can I stain over the waterproofer?

Yes

Are Rainguard Project Sealers safe for garden beds, birdbaths, or herb pots?

Yes – this is a 100% eco-friendly product and is safe for people, pets, and plants alike. Keep in mind, none of our sealers are suitable for being submerged in water for long periods of time (they will break down over time), however they can be used on the edge of birdbaths, ponds, pools, etc.

Why should I buy concentrates?

Concentrates are more convenient, exact pour eliminates waste and costs, and are found at a better price. They take up less space to store and reduces landfill waste. They virtually eliminate their carbon footprint moving product from one point to another. Concentrates are easy to use and mix yourself — just add clean water! A ready-to-use product is just us adding the water for you.

How long should I wait in between Rainguard Project Sealer coats?

You can apply multiple coats when the first coat is dry or damp to the touch.

Where can I find anti-graffiti coatings?

You can find VandlGuard and all our other professional products on our sister-site: RainguardPro.com

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