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While Loxon Conditioner is a wonderful product when used in the appropriate situation, its widespread use on homes -- especially those in coastal areas -- may very well exceed its intended purpose. While this has become the accepted norm in these regions of the country, the reason your painting contractor is suggesting this system is likely not in your best interest.
What Is Loxon Conditioner? Loxon is a line of specialty masonry coatings made by the Sherwin-Williams company that includes primers, block surfacers, conditioners, stains, and topcoats. This conditioner was designed to help "tie-down" or bond lightly-chalking concrete and masonry so the paint topcoat will adhere better to the surface. While all of this sounds great there are many things that this product just cannot do. Let me say, in no uncertain terms, that there is no product available on the market today that will allow a contractor to successfully paint over an improperly-painted surface without the homeowner suffering the consequences.
While the coatings industry has developed some amazing labor-saving products in recent years that will enable painting contractors to apply less coats without sacrificing quality or longevity of the paint job, Loxon Conditioner is not one of them If they try to convince you otherwise they are either misinformed or trying to skimp on labor hours to give you a lower bid. The ideal recommended film thickness to give you this protection is 2 topcoats at 1.
The issue with relying on Loxon Conditioner to help you achieve your dry thickness is that it is a thin, penetrating product that builds very little film on the surface -- not effectively helping you to to obtain your optimal build.
Is There A Better Choice? If you want the coating on your home to last longer, there are better options. After the surface prep is complete, you can apply 1 heavy coat at mils wet and still get your desired total dry film thickness. Although this will obviously save on labor costs you should be prepared to pay substantially more for your paint materials, as the cost per gallon of these types of products is certainly higher.
The takeaway from this article should be that a masonry conditioner is not often necessary when re-painting stucco, unless after performing a full preparation of the surface there is still a light layer of chalk present. Even then, a thin masonry conditioner should never be used in-place of a film-building paint coating as protection for your home if what you desire is maximum longevity.
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