How To Use Self levelling Compound DIY?


How To Use Self levelling Compound DIY?

By: Viste

Using self-leveling compound is a common and effective way to create a smooth, level surface for flooring installations. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use self-leveling compound:

Materials and Tools You’ll Need:

  1. Self-leveling compound
  2. A large mixing bucket
  3. Clean water
  4. Drill with a mixing paddle attachment
  5. Priming material (if required)
  6. Painter’s tape
  7. Trowel or squeegee
  8. Mixing container
  9. Plastic drop cloths
  10. Measuring container (optional)
  11. Level or straightedge
  12. Gloves and eye protection


  1. Preparation:
    • Clear the area of any debris, dust, and loose material. Clean the subfloor thoroughly.
    • If necessary, apply a primer to the subfloor as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This helps with adhesion and prevents the self-leveling compound from drying too quickly.
    • Use painter’s tape to seal off any openings, gaps, or doorways that you want to prevent the compound from flowing into.
  2. Calculate the Amount Needed:
    • Determine the square footage of the area to be leveled. Refer to the self-leveling compound’s instructions for the recommended coverage rate.
    • Mix only a quantity that you can apply within the working time, which is usually around 20-30 minutes.
  3. Mixing:
    • Pour the self-leveling compound into a large mixing bucket.
    • Add clean water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, it’s about 4 to 5 quarts (3.8 to 4.7 liters) of water per 50-pound (22.7 kg) bag of compound.
    • Use a drill with a mixing paddle attachment to thoroughly mix the compound and water until you have a smooth, lump-free consistency. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for mixing times.
  4. Pouring the Compound:
    • Start pouring the mixture onto the subfloor quickly after mixing. Pour the compound in the lowest areas and work your way towards the highest point of the room.
    • Pour a thin, even layer over the entire area. Self-leveling compound naturally seeks its own level and will flow to create a smooth, even surface.
  5. Spreading the Compound:
    • Use a trowel, squeegee, or a gauge rake to spread the compound evenly across the subfloor. Make sure it reaches all areas and fills low spots.
    • Work quickly as the compound starts to set within minutes.
  6. Leveling:
    • Use a straightedge or a long level to help you achieve the desired level. Guide it across the surface to ensure it’s even. Adjust the compound as needed to achieve the desired level.
  7. Drying Time:
    • The drying time can vary depending on the product and conditions. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific drying time required before you can walk on or install flooring over the compound.
  8. Clean Up:
    • Clean your tools and mixing container before the compound sets, as it can be challenging to remove once it hardens.

It’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines provided with the self-leveling compound you are using. Proper surface preparation and precise mixing and application are crucial to ensure a successful, level flooring surface.

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