Seamless Epoxy Flooring Systems Explained

August 15, 2016

Epoxy.com offers many different types of seamless flooring. We offer so many kinds that sometimes it confuses people. The purpose of this article is to explain the differences, and to help you choose the right epoxy seamless flooring system for your application. In some cases the right seamless flooring system will not even be an epoxy. It may be polyurethane or Methyl Methacrylate (MMA).

Epoxy.com Epoxy Chip Flooring in VT rest area.

Epoxy.com Epoxy Chip Flooring on a VT Interstate Rest Area – Taken over 15 years after installation.

Epoxy Floor Coatings

Epoxy coatings can be effective flooring systems. When choosing epoxy as a flooring system choose a 100% solids (zero VOC, hard durable coating. You also want a coating that is available in multiple colors. These floor coatings can last for decades, so you want to pick a color that you like. Properly installed you will be looking at this floor coating for a very long time. This kind of flooring system is available in the following options:

  1. Epoxy.com Product #1 – www.epoxy.com/1.htm – meets all the criteria above. It has good chemical resistance, and excellent cost to benefit ratio. Great for warehouses, in areas with high traffic and only modest chemical exposure.
  2. Epoxy.com Product #1ESD – www.epoxy.com/1esd.aspx. This is the same as product #1 above but has conductive filler in it. Depending on the primer you use under this system it can be conductive (100,000 – 1,000,000) ohms of resistance or Electro-Static Dissipative (ESD) which is 1,000,000 to 1, 000,000,000 ohms. Used in plants that produce explosive materials like ammunition, fireworks, flairs, or explosive solvents, and used in areas of sensitive electronics, like computer server buildings, avionics, electronics assembly and electronic production areas.
  3. Epoxy.com Product #2 – www.epoxy.com/2.aspx. This is similar to product #1 but with a much higher chemical resistance. This major increase in chemical resistance is offset by only a small increase in the cost of the #2 over the Product #1. The product #2 is well suited for applications like garages, machine shops, sewer tank floors, battery rooms, cooling towers, grooming shops, dog kennels and all areas where an economical chemical resistant coating is required.
  4. Epoxy.com Product #633 – www.epoxy.com/633.aspx – is a highly chemically resistant epoxy floor coating and flooring system. Like Product #1 and Product #2 is extremely durable. Product #633 is typically used in areas where containment of aggressive chemical is imperative. For example Product #633 will hold up to continuous exposure of 98% Sulfuric acid for a period of at least 6 months without loss of structural integrity. Great for secondary containment for a large number of chemicals.

     

All the systems above can go over many different types of substrates with the proper surface preparation. All of the products above are available in 17 colors and can be color matched for an additional cost. The systems above can be combined with various anti-skid materials or broadcast with silica broadcast aggregate to produce a thicker floor.

 

Chip Floor

Epoxy.com Chip Flooring – www.epoxy.com/chips.aspx – is the perfect blend of economy, durability, low maintenance, and gorgeous appearance. It uses a 100% solids pigmented epoxy base coat, a full broadcast of plastic chips, and two coats of chemical resistant clear glaze. The chemical resistant glaze also makes this easily the most non-yellow epoxy top coat available today. This easy to clean chip flooring system is best for high traffic areas where appearance, durability and low cost of ownership is a must. Chip Flooring is great for commercial and residential kitchens, bathrooms, showers, grooming shops, kennels, veterinary clinics, garage floors, show rooms, rest areas, and much more. This product can be installed with an integral cove base. Epoxy.com Chip Flooring can be installed by a contractor but easy enough to be installed by a home owner. Epoxy.com Chip Flooring can be installed in a residence but is rugged enough to be used in the most demanding commercial applications.

Quartz Flooring

Quartz Flooring Product #15 – www.epoxy.com/15.aspx has a long history of being durable, attractive and non-yellowing. I personally installed this product on high school bathroom floors in the mid 70s. These floors have held up to the test of time with little or no wear, little or no loss of shine and little to no yellowing even under the urinals. This is also available with an integral cove base

Solid Colored Flooring

These solid colored floors are based around self leveling, trowelable or double broadcast application techniques. These floors are sometimes called shop floor. They are made to be thick and extra durable under extremely harsh environments. They can be top coated with any of the systems above under coatings. This kind of flooring is available in 3 speeds of cure: normal, fast, and cold cure. Solid colored flooring is also available with an integral cove base.

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring

The big advantage of MMA is speed of curing. Each coat of MMA will cure hard to the touch in 1-2 hours. This allows the next layer to be applied quickly and traffic to be returned to it quickly. You can even build a fast setting integral cove out of MMA resin.

I personally installed MMA on many floors with very tight schedules. One restaurant was only closed for breakfast. The project started with rotten plywood floors. At 10 PM the carpenters came in to work. They removed rotten floor and floor joists. They replaced the floor joists and the plywood. At 5 AM we went in with the flooring installation crew.  We primed the floor and sealed up the joints in the wood and the screw holes. At 6:30 AM we laid the floor. At 8 we put a glaze coating on the floor and by 10:30 the restaurant workers were on the floor prepping for lunch. The floor installation from start to traffic took just 5.5 hours.

Polyurethane Decking Systems

Polyurethane Decking – http://www.epoxy.com/elastomeric.aspx – is the system best used in areas where maximum flexibility is necessary. This is typically outdoors, waterproof applications like balconies.

Specialized Flooring

We have a number of systems that are specialized flooring like conductive and ESD (Electrostatic Dissipative) flooring – www.epoxy.com/conductive.aspx – and various hybrid systems. If your project does not seem to fit in the categories above email me at norm@epoxy.com or call us at 352-533-2167.

 

In conclusion we offer many types of seamless flooring systems, they can be used for commercial and residential applications. These systems are durable, economical, and easy to install even by homeowners. These seamless flooring systems may be made out of epoxy, polyurethane, or methyl Methacrylate (MMA). Seamless flooring systems are available in multicolored or solid colored. They range in chemical resistance from very good to resistant to aggressive chemicals. When in doubt what is right for your project send me an email at norm@epoxy.com or give me a call at 352-533-2167.


Patching Vinyl Ester Floors With Novolac

July 28, 2016

A customer writes:

“We have a dairy processing and packaging facility that was built circa 1994.  At the time of construction we chose to install a flooring system which was vinyl ester based with fiberglass mat.  The floor has held up quite well in areas where it had a good bond.  The failures we have seen are in areas that covered either an expansion joint or control joint in the concrete.  In these areas the flooring has delaminated from the concrete.  Where possible we have made a clean cut through the flooring to an area where we had a good bond and left the concrete exposed.  Other failure areas are around floor drains.  We have made repairs with quick curing epoxies in the past but these don’t seem to bond well to the existing vinyl ester flooring. 

“Having a manufacturing facility with only one down day limits our ability to make substantive repairs.  During a search for low or no VOC  flooring systems I you folks.”

I have personally made many thousands of square feet of floor repairs that sounds exactly like the issues and conditions that you are describing.

Here is what I did to permanently resolve the issue, at least in the patched areas.

  1. Cut back the edges of the delaminated areas back to a point where the vinyl ester is well attached.
  2. Prep the concrete under the failed area and the edges of the old material – epoxy.com/surfaceprep.aspx.
  3. Prime with Epoxy.com Product #12 – epoxy.com/12.aspx
  4. Install a trowel coat of Epoxy.com Product #630 – epoxy.com/633.aspx and
    1. Epoxy Mortar Blend aggregate #82 Mortar Blend Aggregate
    2. Allow to cure hard to the touch and cool.
  5. Glaze with a neat coat of Epoxy.com Product #633 with optional Anti-skid – http://epoxy.com/non-skid-additive-polycarbonate-aggregate.aspx

Please email your additional questions to norm@epoxy.com or visit http://www.epoxy.com .


Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout

July 6, 2016

Question:

” Do you have a formula of epoxy that can be used as a water cleanable epoxy grout for tile installations? If so please provide me a product data sheet.”

Yes that is Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Tile Grout and Adhesive


Epoxy.com’ Product #225

Water Cleanable Epoxy Grout and Adhesive With Filler

100% Solids Epoxy and Special Fillers – Water Cleanable – No Portland Cement Content


 

DESCRIPTION


Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive  is a user friendly, water cleanable, 100% solids epoxy grout and adhesive and Filler Powder . Used for grouting ceramic tile, brick pavers, and stone, Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive is supplied in pre-packaged kits containing resin, hardener, and mineral fillers that produce a dense, uniform seal. Typical applications for Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive require resistance to thermal shock, chemicals, and heavy traffic including meat packers, breweries, canneries, bottlers, CIP areas, and pharmaceutical formulators.

ADVANTAGES

  • User Friendly Packaging
  • Low Odor for use in Occupied Areas
  • Meets ANSI A-118.3 Specification for Chemical Resistant, Water Cleanable Epoxy Grout
  • Available with Cold-Room Hardener
  • Low Viscosity-good wetting properties
  • Versatile-for both Setting and Grouting all Types of Tile
  • USDA Approvable
  • Available in Floor Grade and in Wall Grade
  • Zero (0) VOC – No VOC content means it meets the strictest Low VOC requirements

SURFACE PREPARATION

Surface Preparation is the most critical portion of any successful resinous flooring system application. Work must be performed by trained or experienced contractors or maintenance personnel. Epoxy.com service department is pleased to answer any questions. Before grouting, clean joints and the tile surface with a damp sponge to remove dust, dirt, and other contaminants. Do not leave water standing in joints. Do not clean tiles with acid cleaners.

MIXING

Empty entire contents of  Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive Part A and Part B into a clean mixing pail. With a slow speed drill or margin trowel, mix until liquids are completely blended. Add at least ¾ of the  TILE GROUT FILLER (more for wide joints) and blend until uniform.

CONSIDERATIONS

Picture of #225 on a floor
  • Substrate must be free of dirt, waxes, curing agents, and other foreign materials
  • Protect from exposure to chemicals and harsh cleaners until fully cured.
  • Substrate temperature must be a minimum of 50°F-Contact Epoxy.com for Low Temperature Cure

INSTALLATION

Pour mixed Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive onto working area. Following standard epoxy and grouting techniques, apply to surface. Be sure all grouted joints are completely filled. Remove excess grout with grout float. Do not leave excess grout on face of tiles. For complete installation instructions, contact Epoxy.com Technical Service.

CLEAN UP

Picture of Counter Top Grouted with #225

Some tiles and pavers can be stained by color pigments in Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive. Try small area to determine results before grouting entire surface.

Clean skin with soap and water. Tools and equipment should be cleaned with xylene or lacquer thinner. Consult Material Safety Data for safety and health precautions.

Composition

Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive is a100% Solids Epoxy Adhesive and Grout Fillers

PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES

Tensile Strength ASTM C-307 2,000 to 2,500 psi
Compressive Strength ASTM C-579 15,000 psi
Flexural Strength ASTM C-580 3,800 to 4,100 psi
Water Absorption 24 hours 0.15%
Heat Resistance 160°F Continuous
230°F Intermittent
Bond Strength to Concrete ASTM C-321 350-400 psi

CURE/DRY TIME

Working Life 45 minutes
Initial Cure 6-7 hours @ 75°F
Full Set Time Overnight
Full Cure & Maximum Resistance 5-10 days

MAINTENANCE

After completing the application of Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive, the installer should provide the owner with maintenance instructions. If floors become slippery due to animal fats, oil, grease, or soap film, clean and rinse thoroughly. Epoxy.com Product #225 is easily cleaned with neutral soaps or detergent

COLOR SELECTION

Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive is available in custom colors, subject to laboratory approval, minimum quantity, lead time for production, and increased cost.

Color Chart HereClick the picture of color card below  for a larger version of this picture of the color chart.
Please note:  The picture to the right is a photographic reproduction of the color card for this product.  The photo reproduction process and your monitor and/or printer will change these colors.  This chart is to give you an idea of the colors available and not intended for critical color selections.

Need help figuring out how much Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive you will need.  Use the Epoxy.com Product #225 Grout Calculator.

Grout Calculator.

Matagascar Glass Tile Mural at the Bronx Zoo in NY done in Epoxy.com Product #225 - Click to Enlarge

Matagascar Glass Tile Mural at the Bronx Zoo in NY done in Epoxy.com Product #225
Glass Tile Mural – Close Up
Madagascar Exhibit at the Bronx Zoo in NY
Mural and Pictures by: Jeannie Egel

 

 

 

 

For more information please contact:

Epoxy.com
A Division of Epoxy Systems, Inc
20774 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Dunnellon, Florida 34431
Over 300 products,
Since 1980
Florida & Vermont
USA

Office Hours: 9AM-4PM Eastern Time (6AM-1PM Pacific Time).
Closed 12Noon-1PM Eastern Time for Lunch.

321-206-1833   Customer Service – Ordering and Order Status
Katey Fontaine, VP – Customer Service Director
sales@epoxy.com

 352-533-2167 Technical Support
Norm Lambert, President – Technical Support Director
info@epoxy.com

352-489-1666   Accounting and Administration
Debby Lambert, CEO, and CFO
office@epoxy.com 

352-489-1625   Fax line to all Departments
 www.epoxy.com


Epoxy Over Epoxy

June 28, 2016

A customer writes: “I installed your Product #1 All Purpose Epoxy Coating on our floor about 20 years ago.  The floor is not warn out or pealing.  It does have scratches where pallets with nails sticking out the bottom has scratched the surface. I want to change the color to our company color anyway, so I want to re-coat the whole floor. How do I proceed from here?”

You will want to sand the existing floor removing all the shine.  It sounds like there was quality installation and surface prep, since you have no lifting or pealing. If you should have any that is loose you need  to completely remove loose coating .  Solvent wipe with Xylene. Lets solvent dry and apply your epoxy normally.

CAUTION:  Epoxy doesn’t like sticking to epoxy unless you do your surface prep meticulously.  I always recommend doing a test patch to test your surface preparation before you proceed with doing the rest of the floor. This can be done by placing a small test patch or patches. Let them harden overnight and then try removing them with a putty knife, screw driver of similar method to insure it is well bonded.

For more information please contact Epoxy.com Technical Support Department by email at: info@epoxy.com or by phone 353-533-2167.


Are Epoxy.com 100% Solids Epoxy Low VOC

June 23, 2016

A user writes: “I have seen a number of your products that are on a list or marked with a tag that says Zero (0) VOCs.  When I look at the data sheet it says that the Epoxy.com product is 100% Solids, but does not say it is Zero (0) VOCs.”

Norm Lambert > Thank you for pointing that out.  You bring up an excellent question.  Epoxy.com Products that are 100% solids (100% active ingredients) do not contain solvent, that means they have no VOCs making them compliant with the toughest Low VOC Standards. I will start updating pages on the Epoxy.com to reflect that in the future.  Until then please rest assured that all Epoxy.com Products that are 100% solids have no VOCs in them.


Maintaining Epoxy Stone

May 17, 2016
Epoxy_Stone_Overlays

Product #17 Epoxy Stone Overlay, with mixed stone sizes

It is that time of year again. If you have Epoxy Stone Overlays you know it gives  beautiful natural look. The Epoxy Stone Overlay looks like wet shinny rock. It allows water to flow more naturally, giving you additional drainage in areas that you are walking where you feet might get wet if it is raining or near a water source like a pool.

As time goes by your stone will get less shinny.  This is not just an esthetic issue.  The

Epoxy stone overlays need to be reglazed from time to time. That is true about epoxy stone overlay systems available from us or from anyone else. In some parts of the country in the direct sunlight this could be every year. Other parts of the country with less sun might be 5 or more years. If you wait to long to reseal your stone it will start failing as the bond breaks down between the individual stones. The stones will then start becoming loose. If not resealed soon enough eventially the whole system will fail. Sealing at proper intervals with the right material is the only way to prevent this.

If you don’t want a system you need to maintain, we have other (non rock) systems that require little or no maintanance.

Resealing the Epoxy Stone Overlay.

Product #15 Chemical Resistant Epoxy Floor Resurfacing System is typically used for resealing epoxy bonded stone. Product #15 Chemical Resistant Resurfacing system oxidizes much slower than other epoxies, and usually last much longer than other epoxies used for reglazing epoxied stone pebbles. You don’t want to use other epoxies that oxidize excessively unless you are willing to reglaze 1.5 to 2 times more often than with Product #15.

The Product #15 Epoxy to reseal your stone not only adds shine back but actually reinforces the connections between the stone. Never use acrylic and other sealers commonly sold at big box stores to reseal your stone. These non-epoxy sealers add shine back to the stone, but doesn’t do anything to reinforce the bond between the individual stones. Worse yet unless the single component non-epoxy sealers have totally been warn away, they will act as a bond breaker preventing future epoxy resealing from getting to the surfaces they need to get to, in order to give you your original strenth back.


Epoxy Oil Stop Primer

May 13, 2016
Epoxy_oil_stop_primer

Oil Saturated Concrete

 

Oily contaminated concrete is very difficult to bond to, but it can be done with special care and Epoxy.com Product #201 Oil Stop Primer.  Plant floors, warehouse floors, commercial, and residential garage floors can all have this problem.  Here is a typical question that I get about oil contaminated floors:

“We were looking at your product because we have a floor in a maintenance garage that is pretty well soaked with oil.  A new tenant is going into that space so we know that there needs to be something to allow the new floor to stick and to stop the odors.”

Here is my typical response:

Is the oil saturation petroleum oil? If so you need to:

  1. Degrease the floor
  2. Mechanically clean the floor – www.epoxy.com/surfaceprep.aspx.
  3. Apply 1 coat of Epoxy.com Product #201 – www.epoxy.com/201.aspx – at a rate of 200-320 SF per gallon.
  4. Inspect for bond the next day. If bond fails remove the loose #201 and go back to step one.
  5. If bond is good check for oil on top of the primer.  If there is oil on top of the #210 and it is well bonded remove the oil with xylene or other effective degreaser.
  6. Coat with 2 coats of Epoxy.com Product #2 – www.epoxy.com/2.aspx.

I like the Product #2 for these applications because it is very resistant to petroleum oils. Depending on your specific application the material you use over the #201 can be a number of different flooring, coating systems or chemical resistant epoxy floor systems.

For more information, please visit our website at www.Epoxy.com, contact our technical support department at 352-533-2167 or email me at norm@epoxy.com for a specific recommendation.

 


Choosing Stone for Epoxy Stone

May 5, 2016

Epoxy_Stone_OverlaysBonding stone together with Product #17 – Epoxy Stone Adhesive is attractive and functional. It allows you to have the look of natural rock. This “natural rock” will let water pass through it just like its non-epoxied counterparts. It is however a good choice when you don’t want that stone to be moved, accidentally or on purpose.

This function is so nice that I am seeing projects where larger and larger stone is being utilized for the same reasons (above) as the small stone. There are a few shortcomings that should be avoided when bonding larger stones.

You want to make sure when selecting your stone that it is not too round. Round stone reduces the square inches of surfaces touching each other that are bonded together. That reduces the strength of the material, by reducing the square inches of bonding surface. If angular stone is used (as in the picture above) you increase the surface area touching each other and increase the strength.

If you want larger stones in the mix, I suggest you use a variety of smaller stone to fill in the large gaps between the bigger stone. If you combine a mixed gradation of stone that is also angular (not round) you can get an excellent compromise of strength and large stone beauty.


Epoxy Tile Grout – 100% Solids

March 30, 2016

Question:Matagascar Glass Tile Mural at the Bronx Zoo in NY done in Epoxy.com Product #225

” for tile installations? I don’t want one of those so called ‘epoxy tile grout’ that uses water based epoxy and Portland Cement combination. I want it to be a true epoxy system. If so please provide me a product data sheet.”

Yes that is Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Tile Grout and Adhesive


Epoxy.com Product #225

Water Cleanable Epoxy Grout and Adhesive With Filler

100% Solids Epoxy and Special Fillers – Water Cleanable – No Portland Cement Content


 

DESCRIPTION


Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive is a user friendly, water cleanable, 100% solids epoxy grout and adhesive and Filler Powder . Used for grouting ceramic tile, brick pavers, and stone, Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive is supplied in pre-packaged kits containing resin, hardener, and mineral fillers that produce a dense, uniform seal. Typical applications for Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive require resistance to thermal shock, chemicals, and heavy traffic including meat packers, breweries, canneries, bottlers, CIP areas, and pharmaceutical formulators.

ADVANTAGES

  • User Friendly Packaging
  • Low Odor for use in Occupied Areas
  • Meets ANSI A-118.3 Specification for Chemical Resistant, Water Cleanable Epoxy Grout
  • Available with Cold-Room Hardener
  • Low Viscosity-good wetting properties
  • Versatile-for both Setting and Grouting all Types of Tile
  • USDA Approvable
  • Available in Floor Grade and in Wall Grade
  • Zero (0) VOC – No VOC content means it meets the strictest Low VOC requirements

SURFACE PREPARATION

Surface Preparation is the most critical portion of any successful resinous flooring system application. Work must be performed by trained or experienced contractors or maintenance personnel. Epoxy.com service department is pleased to answer any questions. Before grouting, clean joints and the tile surface with a damp sponge to remove dust, dirt, and other contaminants. Do not leave water standing in joints. Do not clean tiles with acid cleaners.

MIXING

Empty entire contents of Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive Part A and Part B into a clean mixing pail. With a slow speed drill or margin trowel, mix until liquids are completely blended. Add at least ¾ of the TILE GROUT FILLER (more for wide joints) and blend until uniform.

CONSIDERATIONS

Picture of #225 on a floor
  • Substrate must be free of dirt, waxes, curing agents, and other foreign materials
  • Protect from exposure to chemicals and harsh cleaners until fully cured.
  • Substrate temperature must be a minimum of 50°F-Contact Epoxy.com for Low Temperature Cure

INSTALLATION

Pour mixed Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive onto working area. Following standard epoxy and grouting techniques, apply to surface. Be sure all grouted joints are completely filled. Remove excess grout with grout float. Do not leave excess grout on face of tiles. For complete installation instructions, contact Epoxy.com Technical Service.

CLEAN UP

Picture of Counter Top Grouted with #225

Some tiles and pavers can be stained by color pigments in Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive. Try small area to determine results before grouting entire surface.

Clean skin with soap and water. Tools and equipment should be cleaned with xylene or lacquer thinner. Consult Material Safety Data for safety and health precautions.

Composition

Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive is a100% Solids Epoxy Adhesive and Grout Fillers

PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES

Tensile Strength ASTM C-307 2,000 to 2,500 psi
Compressive Strength ASTM C-579 15,000 psi
Flexural Strength ASTM C-580 3,800 to 4,100 psi
Water Absorption 24 hours 0.15%
Heat Resistance 160°F Continuous
230°F Intermittent
Bond Strength to Concrete ASTM C-321 350-400 psi

CURE/DRY TIME

Working Life 45 minutes
Initial Cure 6-7 hours @ 75°F
Full Set Time Overnight
Full Cure & Maximum Resistance 5-10 days

MAINTENANCE

After completing the application of Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive, the installer should provide the owner with maintenance instructions. If floors become slippery due to animal fats, oil, grease, or soap film, clean and rinse thoroughly. Epoxy.com Product #225 is easily cleaned with neutral soaps or detergent

COLOR SELECTION

Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive is available in custom colors, subject to laboratory approval, minimum quantity, lead time for production, and increased cost.

Color Chart HereClick the picture of color card below for a larger version of this picture of the color chart.
Please note: The picture to the right is a photographic reproduction of the color card for this product. The photo reproduction process and your monitor and/or printer will change these colors. This chart is to give you an idea of the colors available and not intended for critical color selections.

Need help figuring out how much Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Tile Grout and Adhesive you will need. Use the Epoxy.com Product #225 Grout Calculator.

Grout Calculator.

Matagascar Glass Tile Mural at the Bronx Zoo in NY done in Epoxy.com Product #225 - Click to Enlarge

Matagascar Glass Tile Mural at the Bronx Zoo in NY done in Epoxy.com Product #225
Glass Tile Mural – Close Up
Madagascar Exhibit at the Bronx Zoo in NY
Mural and Pictures by: Jeannie Egel

For more information please contact:

Epoxy.com
A Division of Epoxy Systems, Inc
20774 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Dunnellon, Florida 34431
Over 300 products,
Since 1980
Florida & Vermont
USA

Office Hours: 9AM-4PM Eastern Time (6AM-1PM Pacific Time).
Closed 12Noon-1PM Eastern Time for Lunch.

321-206-1833 Customer Service – Ordering and Order Status
Katey Fontaine, VP – Customer Service Director
sales@epoxy.com

714-657-3826 Technical Support
or Norm Lambert, President – Technical Support Director
352-533-2167 info@epoxy.com

352-489-1666 Accounting and Administration
Debby Lambert, CEO, and CFO
office@epoxy.com

352-489-1625 Fax line to all Departments
www.epoxy.com


Which Novolac is Best?

March 14, 2016

epoxynovolac633-ht1I get asked which Novolac Epoxy is the best one? That isn’t a good question. A better question is which Epoxy Novolac is best for your specific job. To figure that out you must understand the difference.

There are 4 primary Novolac Epoxies and a brief description of each:

  1. Product #235 – Novolac Tile Grout a highly chemical resistant, industrial grade, Novolac epoxy grout for ceramic tile, quarry tile, brick pavers, and stone. Epoxy.com Product #235 Chemical Resistant Tile Grout and Adhesive is supplied in pre-packaged kits containing resin, hardener, and mineral fillers that produce a dense, uniform seal. Typical applications for Epoxy.com Product #235 Chemical Resistant Tile Grout and Adhesive require superior resistance to thermal shock, chemicals, and heavy traffic found in the harsh environments of dairies, bakeries,  meat packers, breweries, canneries, bottlers, distilleries, and pharmaceutical plants.
  2. Product #630 Novolac Coating/Mortar Binder – a 100% solids epoxy Novolac ideal for harsh chemical and solvent resistant applications. It is ideal for use as a troweled mortar, slurry binder, and coating for concrete and steel in extremely corrosive areas where resistance to 98% sulfuric acid or other strong caustics is needed. Product #630 Novolac Coating/Mortar Binder is ideal for use as a protective coating for concrete and steel in the extremely corrosive areas of chemical plants and pulp mills secondary containment areas, water and waste treatment, and gas and electric utilities. A conductive version Product #630 Conductive Chemical Resistant Conductive Flooring is also available.
  3. Product #632 Novolac Control Joint Filler  is a 100% solids flexible Novolac epoxy Chemical Resistant joint filler for saw-cut joints of concrete slabs on grade.
  4. Product #633 Novolac Coating is a 100% solids epoxy Novolac coating ideal for harsh chemical and solvent resistant applications. It is used in secondary containment, solvent storage, pump pads, trenches, and other high exposure areas. It is ideal for use as a protective coating for concrete and steel in the extremely corrosive areas of chemical plants and pulp mills secondary containment areas, water and waste treatment, and gas and electric utilities. Product #633 Novolac Coating is commonly used as a seal coat for Epoxy MORTAR SYSTEMS where chemical resistant performance is required.

A couple of the these are simple:

  1. If you are looking for a chemical resistant or high temperature resistant tile grout. Then you want Product #235.
  2. If you want a joint filler in a floor that needs to have high chemical resistance you want Product #632 Novolac Control Joint Filler.

Product #630 Novolac vs Product #633 Novolac

Product #630 Novolac vs Product #633 Novolac is where the differences become more refined. These two products are very similar to each other. In some cases it is possible that either product will work. Here are the differences:

Product #630 Novolac Epoxy

  • 630 is more flexible than #633 Novolac Epoxy
  • 630 Epoxy Novolac in clear stays clearer longer than #633
  • 630 makes an excellent slurry but still can be used as a coating

Product #633 Epoxy Novolac

  • 633 Novolac Epoxy is slightly more chemical resistant than Product #630
  • 633 Epoxy Novolac will resist higher temperatures than Product #630
  • 633 Is an excellent coating but can be used as a mortar as well.

Please address your questions to Epoxy.com Technical support at 352-533-2167 or email me at norm@epoxy.com


Acid Etching Revisited

January 25, 2016

During my last blog on January 10, 2016 about “Surface Preparation When Installing Concrete” we discussed among other things preparation of concrete by acid etching. I want to revisit that now in a slightly less formal explanation about why it is not the best of the possible methods of doing surface preparation.

Acid etching does not remove most contamination from the concrete. It is necessary before you acid etch concrete to remove most typical type of contamination like oil, grease, paint, mastic, and a host of other things first.

Acid etching attacks the Portland Cement. The Portland cement is the “glue” that is holding your concrete together. So acid etching done incorrectly will do more damage than good. Even if you do it correctly your floor may not be as strong a substrate for epoxy (or anything else) than it would have been if you mechanically cleaned it.

If you are going to acid etch I suggest that you not only do it properly but follow it with abrasive cleaning, to remove the soft top part of your concrete that is damaged by the acid etching. When I was an installer of epoxy products I rarely if ever acid etched but instead did mechanical cleaning.

Here are some of the reasons acid etching may not be desirable for your job.

  1. Acid etching is a risk to safety. Acid can damage items at your jobsite and pose a risk of injury to the people in the area.
  2. Mechanical cleaning is better for the environment, no acid will find its way into the ecosystem.
  3. Mechanical cleaning allows quicker turnaround time, you don’t have to wait overnight for the substrate to dry.
  4. Mechanical cleaning gives you more consistently high quality substrate than acid etching does.

In summary, whenever you can use abrasive cleaning it is safer and better than acid etching.

Please email me your questions to norm@epoxy.com or visit our website at www.epoxy.com


Surface Preparation for Resin Systems

January 12, 2016

Surface Preparation Guide
For Concrete, Wood, and Metal Substrates


CONCRETE SUBSTRATES

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

Surface preparation is considered to be the most important step of any resinous flooring application. Improper surface preparation could turn what seems to be a simple process into a lengthy, difficult repair. The following conditions will dictate the type of surface preparation:

A. Concrete Placement
1. Slab-on-grade or on the ground

a. A 10 mil minimum vapor barrier is necessary to prevent moisture vapor transmission. An efficient puncture proof barrier is recommended.

b. Proper jointing will minimize cracking which could transmit through the resinous flooring system.

2. Elevated Slabs

a. Pan construction should be vented.

b. Metal deck construction should be properly jointed to minimize cracking.

B. Curing and Finishing Techniques
1. Curing compounds, if used, must be mechanically removed from the concrete surface prior to all resinous flooring applications.
2. Recommended techniques:

a. Wet cure

b. Light steel trowel finish to minimize laitance and provide hard
surface

C. Age of Concrete

Concrete must be a minimum of 28 days old for resinous flooring applications. Primers are now available which can be used on fresh (green) concrete on some installations. Contact the technical department for details.

D. Previous Contamination can affect the bond of the resinous flooring and must be removed. Types of contamination are:
1. Oil, grease, or food fats can usually be burned off with a flame gun or removed with a commercial degreasing compound or solvent. Epoxy.com Product #201 Oil Stop Primer is an important tool in dealing with petroleum oil contaminated concrete.
2. Curing compounds, sealers, and other laitance are best removed mechanically with:

a. vacuum shot-blasting

b. scarifying

c. sand blasting

E. Present Condition
1. Test for moisture: Coating system bond failures on slabs on grade and elevated/lightweight concrete caused by moisture vapor transmission are the industry’s largest single problem and result in extreme frustration from owners, clients, and contractors. Epoxy.com recommends testing for moisture vapor transmission. The recognized methods are:

a. ASTM-F-1869  Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride: The maximum allowed water/vapor transmission rate is 3 pounds per 1,000 square feet per 24 hours.

b. ASTM F-2170  Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In Situ Probes: This test measures the  relative humidity in the slab below the surface. If taken over a period of time, it will show the rate of drying in the slab. The maximum relative humidity should be below 80%.

c. ASTM-D-4263  Plastic Sheet Test: This test gives an indication that moisture may be present.

2. Moisture related failures can be prevented through:

a. Placing new concrete over an efficient vapor barrier.

b. Testing for moisture vapor transmission as prescribed above prior to resinous flooring application.

c. Applying a moisture vapor transmission reduction system where moisture content is too high for successful resinous flooring applications. See Epoxy.com Product #830 Moisture Vapor Treatment for more details

3. A clean surface is necessary to establish a strong bond between the resinous flooring and concrete.
4. Resinous flooring systems are only as sound as the concrete they areapplied to. All unsound concrete should be repaired or replaced prior to resinous flooring applications. Consult your Epoxy.com Technical Service Department for specific information.
5. Resinous flooring materials should be applied to level concrete substrates. Grind or fill high and low spots prior to application.
6. Repair cracks prior to resinous flooring applications
F. Mechanical Prep vs. Acid Etching

Resinous flooring materials ideally bond to concrete with a rough, sand-paper finish. This finish can be achieved by either acid etching or mechanical methods. The choice of preparation is dictated by the factors above. Other factors which determine the type of preparation include:

1. Ecological restrictions involved with waste removal which could prohibit the use of acid etching and other chemical methods.
2. The type of resinous flooring material: It is recommended that concrete floors be acid etched prior to application of polyester and vinyl ester flooring systems.
G. Acid Etching

The following steps are recommended for acid etching:

1. Dilute commercial muriatic acid with water using 1 part acid by volume to 3 parts clean water by volume. Add the acid slowly taking care to avoid splashing. Workers should be protected with safety glasses, rubber gloves, and boots. If skin or eye contact occurs, rinse affected area thoroughly with clean water and follow Material Safety Data recommendations.
2. Sprinkle acid solution onto the entire surface in order to allow the acid to reach all areas of the concrete. Adequate coverage is
approximately 75 ft²/gallon of acid/water solution. Do not puddle and spread.
3. Scrub the acid solution into the concrete using a stiff bristle broom to remove loose concrete and laitancy.
4. Before rinsing, look for areas where bubbling did not occur. These areas have not been sufficiently cleaned and will require mechanical scarifying and additional acid etching.
5. When the acid solution has stopped bubbling (usually after approximately 15 minutes), rinse the floor thoroughly with water. Do not allow the floor to dry before rinsing because the salts formed by the acid reaction may cause problems with the adhesion and performance of the resinous flooring system. Test pH of the concrete surface to verify that the concrete tests alkaline.
6. Finally, the floor should be dry mopped to remove standing water and dirt remaining after the acid etching. Allow the floor to completely dry prior to the application of any resinous flooring system. Failures can occur in resinous flooring system applications due to moisture remaining
in the substrate.
H. Mechanical Preparation

Contamination and other foreign materials must be mechanically removed to ensure a satisfactory bond. All dust and debris must be thoroughly removed.

II. OLD CONCRETE

Old concrete surfaces must be structurally sound. Any unsound areas mustbe repaired prior to proceeding with the resinous installation. For
proper patching and repairing, use Epoxy.com Technical Service
Department. Remove existing paint, scale and loose concrete by rough
sanding, sandblasting, shot blasting, or grinding. In some cases where
plant conditions allow, a stripper may be used to remove excessive
build-up of paints or sealers.

Structurally sound concrete should be mechanically prepared to remove any contamination. Vacuum shot blasting is the best method for achieving
a good profile for bonding and should be used where possible. Before
installation of any Epoxy.com Product the surface must be examined for moisture vapor transmission using:

ASTM-F-1869 Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride.

ASTM-F-2170 Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In Situ Probes.

ASTM-D-4263 Standard Test Method for Indicating Moisture in Concrete by the Plastic Sheet Method. This test is only an indication and should not
be used to determine moisture migration.

Other ASTM Tests which are applicable to concrete preparation are:

ASTM-D-4258 Standard Practice for Surface Cleaning Concrete for Coating

ASTM-D-4259 Standard Practice for Abrading Concrete

ASTM-D-4260 Standard Practice for Acid Etching Concrete

ASTM-D-4261 Standard Practice for Surface Cleaning Concrete Unit Masonry for Coating

ASTM-D-4262 Standard Test Method for Ph of Chemically Cleaned or Etched Concrete Surfaces

ASTM-C-811 Standard Practice for Surface Preparation of Concrete for Application of Chemical Resistant Resin Monolithic Surfacing

III. NEW CONCRETE

New concrete must be well cured and dry prior to coating. Allow to cure a minimum of 28 days unless using green concrete primer. No curing
agents or sealing compounds should be used at any time prior to coating. A light steel trowel finish is recommended when finishing the concrete surface.

Any oil, grease, laitance, or other foreign material must be removed. Steam clean with a strong degreaser such as tri-sodium phosphate. Laitance and other foreign material are best removed by mechanical
methods such as vacuum blasting, scarification, or grinding.

All new concrete can be acid etched or mechanically prepared by vacuum shotblasting, sand blasting, scarifying, or grinding. Vacuum shot-blasting provides the cleanest environmentally safe area during
cleaning. It also provides a mechanically rough surface to achieve a
good bond.

When acid etching, use a 3 to 1 dilution of water to acid and follow directions printed above.

Before the installation of any Epoxy.com resinous system, the surface should be examined for moisture. Test for moisture vapor transmission using ASTM F-1869 Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride. The maximum allowable rate is 3 pounds per 1,000 square feet per 24 hours.

Another procedure that helps determine slab dryness is ASTM-F-2170 Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In Situ Probes. Maximum allowable R.H. for protimeter test is 80%.

WOOD SUBSTRATES

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

Resinous flooring must always be applied directly to exterior grade plywood with extended glue line INTERIOR GRADE PLYWOOD delaminates easily and SHOULD NOT BE USED
as it could result in a failure of the resinous flooring system. MARINE GRADE PLYWOOD contains moisture repellants which could cause a darkening of the resinous flooring system and SHOULD NOT BE USED. All plywood must be completely free of all waxes, varnishes, or other foreign materials.

A. Plywood used to cover existing wood floors
1. Clean and fasten existing wood floor to the floor joists.
2. If the floor is completely sound, fasten ½ Exterior grade plywood “C” plugged with an exterior glue line to the existing floor. Stagger the plywood for strength.
3. ¾” DFPA Exterior or ¾” DFPA Underlayment grade plywood with exterior glue line must be used if the existing floor cannot be cleaned, or is not sound.
4. All plywood must be completely free of all waxes, varnishes, or other foreign materials.
5. Secure plywood with exterior glue.
6. Use Ring Shank or Wood Screws at six (6) inch centers around panel edges and support.
7. Stagger all panel joints, fill joints with epoxy filler, and coverjoints with fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin.
8. Lightly sand the floor surface to insure proper adhesion of the resinous flooring system.
9. Seal all joints and fastener head holes with Epoxy.com Product #2005 – Semi-Flexible Epoxy Gel Adhesive.
10. Prime surface with appropriate primer prior to system application. Surface may require double priming due to porosity of plywood.
B. Plywood used for new construction (plywood is laid directly on the joist)
1.  Exterior grade plywood “C” plugged with an extended glue linemust be used.

All plywood must be completely free of all waxes, varnishes, or other
foreign materials.

2. Use Ring Shank or Wood Screws at six (6) inch centers around panel edges and support.
3. Stagger all panel joints, fill joints with Epoxy.com Epoxy.com Product #2005 For outdoor applications cover joints with fiberglass
cloth and the membrane system being used with the outdoor system.
4. Lightly sand the floor surface to insure proper adhesion of the resinous flooring system.
5. Remove all dust with a vacuum cleaner.
C. Applications with waterproofing:
1. After preparing the floor surface as prescribed above, caulk all joints with Epoxy.com Product #2005 for indoor systems. For outdoor systems use the membrane used with the Epoxy.com outdoor system.
2. Apply the waterproofing membrane as specified.

METAL SUBSTRATES

I. Preliminary Preparation
A. Metal substrates must be structurally sound prior to any resinous system being applied. For best results Sandblast to Commercial Blast (SSPC10 / NACE3) for non-immersion applications and Sandblast to near white metal -(SSPC10 / NACE2) for immersion applications.
B. Remove all foreign materials such as oil and grease with solvents or other degreasing compounds.
C. All scaling and rust must also be removed mechanically by sanding, sandblasting, or abrasion.
II. Treat the blasted/abraded surface with a phosphoric acid solution as
described below in order to prevent rust formation if the surface is
left exposed for some time prior to application of the resin system.
A. Always use a 10% solution of Phosphoric Acid.
B. Mix acid solution in either glass, plastic, or earthen containers (never use metal containers), by adding Phosphoric Acid to water. NEVER VICE-VERSA due to heating or splashing which may occur.
Workers should be protected with safety glasses, rubber gloves, and boots. If skin or eye contact occurs, rinse affected area thoroughly with clean water and follow Material Safety Data recommendations.
C. Apply phosphoric acid solution by either paint brush or rubber squeegee and allow metal surface to AIR DRY.

DO NOT FLUSH METAL SURFACE WITH WATER.

III. Protect surface from contamination until the primer is applied.
IV. Wipe metal surface with MEK solvent immediately before primer
application.

Additional Useful Information for Installing Epoxy

Do with Epoxy
Don’t do with Epoxy


Under Water Epoxy and Polymers -FAQs

November 10, 2015

Below are some of the questions that have been emailed to Norm Lambert at norm@epoxy.com and some of his answers.
Have a question for Epoxy.com?  If so, please email Epoxy.com Technical Support.

Patching and Coating With Epoxy.com Products at and Below the Water Line

Q: I am looking for a material that I can use to patch and coat a concrete seawall.  I need to repair areas where the salt damage has eaten away the concrete, and protect the rest of the surfaces. The area I need to do is in the tidal zone.  I can clean up the concrete, dry it up (if I need to) and apply the a material  during low tide, but the product will need to be either very fast setting or be able to cure under water when
the tide comes in.  What do you recommend?

Norm Lambert: First you will want to do good surface prepartion – www.epoxy.com/surfaceprep.aspx. Then you will want to use Epoxy.com Product #2707 Splash Zone Coating and Underwater Paste is a moisture-insensitive, two-component, 100% solids epoxy-resin system. When mixed at a 1:1 ratio, by volume, this product produces a paste-like material that is ideal for protection or restoration of concrete, steel and timber piles and other structural elements in marine environments. It will easily do what you are looking to do and a whole lot more as well.

 Epoxy.com Product #2707 Splash Zone Coating and Underwater Paste has a long pot-life, and is available in a
fast Cure.  Product #2707 Splash Zone Coating and Underwater Paste can be hand applied, above, at or below the water line.It resists wave action and will even bond to wet surfaces.

Norm Lambert
President &
Director of Technical Support
Epoxy Systems, Inc/
Available by Phone M-F 9AM-4PM Eastern Time (6 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time)
352-533-2167 (Voice)
352-465-3497 (fax)
norm@epoxy.com


Can I Install Epoxy over Ceramic Tile?

September 21, 2015

I have seen tiles that have been prepared in the lab environment that have epoxy well bonded to it. Doing it in under laboratory conditions and doing it in the field is two different things. In all the over 35 years I have been in the business I cannot point you at a single success story where epoxy was installed over tile.

My company started off as an installation company about 35 years ago.  When we were a young installation company we made build a sizable business by going around behind all of our competitors that were installing epoxy over tile, and redoing their failed work. That is why I typically I recommend against going over ceramic tile with epoxy.

Surface Preparation Requirements

Bonding to tile requires either intense physical abrasion like sandblasting or etching with phosphoric acid to remove the glaze.  If you etch with acid it usually eats up the grout.  Acid may, and more likely than not will, get under the tile and loosen it.

The heat and vibration of the sandblasting tends to loosen tile. Sandblasting will damage the grout. Best case situation the tile will require regrouting.

After all that, a single tile comes loose, or a single piece of old grout comes loose, and you have failed your objective.

Alternatives

Many people like the looks of tile. They don’t like the way tile grout leaks and is hard to maintain. For them I recommend that you remove the grout and regrout it with Epoxy.com Product #225 – www.epoxy.com/225.aspx. Product #225 is a 100% solids water cleanable epoxy that is waterproof grout. This eliminates most leaks and grout maintenance issues.

Thos of you that don’t like the looks of the tile, I recommend removing the tile.  Get down to a sound substrate.  And then proceed. – www.epoxy.com/surfaceprep.htm.

Apply Epoxy.com Product #1W – www.epoxy.com/1W.aspx to the walls. Product #1W is a 100% solids waterproof coating that leaves a ceramic like finish. Product #1W applies much easier than most 100% solids epoxy. It has superior durability and abrasion resistance.

For floors (after the tile is removed) I would level with Epoxy.com Product #12 mortar – www.epoxy.com/12.aspx and then install Epoxy.com Chip Flooring – www.epoxy.com/chips.aspx. Heavy traffic on floors often makes the use of decorative flooring products impossible. Product #315 Seamless Polymeric Multi-Colored Flake Chip Floor Resurfacing System makes this possible. The #315 Chip System creates a beautiful, durable, and affordable floor that is easy to apply by both professionals and do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

For more information on this subject please visit our website at www.epoxy.com or contact Epoxy.com Technical Support at 352-533-2167 or email me – norm@epoxy.com


What is Most Versatile Epoxy?

August 18, 2015

My company has many different products and systems. I often get asked, “What is the best epoxy?” I need details about the

Clear Chemical Resistant Epoxy #15 over Stained concrete

Clear Chemical Resistant Epoxy #15 over Stained concrete

job to answer that question. The best epoxy is the one that is right for the specific job. That is where our company’s motto “The Right Product for the Right Job” came from. This is the driving force of our company and our technical support department. This has been our driving force for 35 years.

Perhaps the real question is, “What is the most versatile epoxy?” That is an easier question to answer. It is Epoxy.com Product #15 – www.epoxy.com/15.aspx. When I was an epoxy installer I always had Product #15 Clear Chemical Resistant Epoxy Resin on my jobsite.

Advantages

  • Clear Chemical Resistant
  • Can be applied as thin as 5/1000 inch or less and as thick as 1/32 (without Filler) or more
  • Can be applied as an aggregate filled system at a thickness of 12 inches or more.
  • Excellent wetting properties
  • Good temperature resistance
  • Low Viscosity
  • Non-shrink
  • Slower than other clear epoxies to oxidize outdoor in direct sunlight
  • Strong and durable
  • Virtually non-yellowing indoors

Uses

  • Acid Stain Concrete Floor Sealer
  • Base Coving Material for seamless flooring (when mixed with fumed silica and silica sand)
  • Clear coating over most porous materials
  • Chemical resistant primer
  • Chemical resistant mortar when mixed with silica sand
  • Chemical resistant top coating
  • Clear epoxy sealer for concrete
  • Clear epoxy sealer for wood, and other porous materials
  • Counter top coating
  • Epoxy quartz flooring
  • Pothole repair in concrete (when mixed with silica sand)
  • Sealing of stone that has been previously epoxied together (aka epoxy-rock, stone carpet etc.)
  • Surface sealing concrete cracks and joints (when mixed with fumed silica thickener)
  • Use with fiberglass or Kevlar to make strong composite members
  • Waterproof wood joint sealer (when mixed with fumed silica thickener)
  • Wood bonding as neat material or mixed with fumed silica thickener
  • Wood Floor Coating

Product #15 – www.epoxy.com/15.aspx – is a great product to have around for any number of emergency situations. Please address your questions to Epoxy.com Technical Support at 352-533-2167 or email me at norm@epoxy.com.


Selecting the Right Floor for a Mechanical Room

July 27, 2015

Mechanical Room Floors are very unique in their use and conditions. You have to consider the installation environment and the function of the floor. Our Mechanical Room Floor will protect the concrete, and contain any liquids that spill.

Systems used in mechanical rooms should be zero VOC. You do not want solvent evaporating from your material. Evaporated solvent could be picked up by your air handling unit sending it through your building. The best way to prevent this is with a VOC free 100% solids resin system. A resin system that is 100% solids has no solvent (or water) in it. It also means when you spread a gallon of material on your floor after it hardens you still have a gallon of material. With water-based and solvent based materials you lose half the material to evaporation.

Mechanical rooms should be chemical resistant. Typically they are top coated with Epoxy.com Product #2 Chemical Resistant Epoxy – www.epoxy.com/2.aspx. If it is a chemical feed room you can supply a list of chemicals and concentrations to the technical support department so you can make sure the #2 is chemical resistant enough.

The systems used for mechanical rooms are impact resistant. The limiting factor is the strength of the concrete substrate. Properly installed the epoxy will stay bonded to the concrete. The only way the epoxy can chip is if you chip the concrete from underneath the epoxy. You can install a thicker epoxy floor for an additional cost if you think you need still additional protection.

The systems recommend for mechanical rooms are highly abrasion resistant and will easily handle traffic up to heavy fork lift traffic. The system can be made even thicker if you have an unusual amount of abusive traffic.

When the mechanical room is over a finished space, it is suggested that a crack isolation membrane be integrated into the system. This can be done with Product #32 Epoxy Membrane System. The advantage of #32 Epoxy Membrane Resin as part of the system is 100% solids and has zero VOCs.

If the mechanical room is shut down and you can handle solvent and want something still more flexible you can use Epoxy.com Product #459 a two component, high solids, elastomeric urethane instead of or in addition to the Product #32 Epoxy Membrane above. Product #459 exhibits excellent elongation properties along with high tensile strength and tear resistance to make it an ideal crack resistant membrane for use under Product #2 and all of our other epoxy mechanical room floor coatings.

One of the primary reasons you need a mechanical room floor over finished space below is to waterproof it. The above methods accomplish the waterproofing in the center of the floor. The edges of the floor can be protective with a coving material up the wall and around pipe penetrations. That can be accomplished with Product #720 Epoxy Coving Resin System which can be used to install an integral cove base for all of our epoxy based mechanical room flooring and most of our other epoxy flooring and coating systems. This provides seamless wall to floor protection.

For more information on seamless water and chemical resistant mechanical room flooring, contact Epoxy.com Technical Support Department at 352-533-2167, or email me at norm@epoxy.com.

 


Introducing Universal Steel Primer Coating #660

July 10, 2015

The problem with getting superior adhesion to difficult to bond to surfaces like stainless steel and aluminum has been solved

 

The Technical Support Department here gets many calls from people needing help in selecting the right coatings for a variety of metals and difficult to bond to surfaces. Carbon steel is easy to bond to when it is well sandblasted and you use one of our high end epoxy coatings like Product #2 Chemical Resistant Epoxy. What if the carbon steel cannot be sandblasted and can only be ground? What about stainless steel and other difficult to bond to metals and coatings? Epoxy.com Product #660 Universal Primer and Finish was designed to solve these bonding issues.

Product #660 Universal Primer and Finish is a one component, moisture cured polyurethane aluminum filled primer and coating. Product #660 Universal Primer has a low viscosity, with high “wetting” characteristics, and blistering resistance. This makes Product #660 Universal Primer and Finish a superior primer. It can also be used as a finish coat. Epoxy.com Product #660 Universal Primer and Finish undergoes a rapid molecular weight change as it polymerizes into a high molecular weight finish with excellent corrosion and abrasion resistance.

Epoxy.com Product #660 Universal Primer and Finish is an ideal barrier coat when upgrading existing finishes to strong urethanes, coal tar epoxy, etc. The low solvency power of Epoxy.com Product #660 Universal Primer and Finish enables it to be applied over most types of coatings without causing lifting. A test sample should be made to confirm adhesion. Most generic types of chemical or conventional coatings may be applied over Epoxy.com Product #660 Universal Primer and Finish with excellent adhesion.

Advantages

  • Excellent primer for all types of surfaces.
  • Superior “wetting out” properties over sound, rusty steel.
  • Can be recoated in 1 to 2 hours and can be top coated with most generic type coatings.
  • Cures down to 25 degrees F on dry surfaces.
  • Service Temperature up to 400 degrees F
  • Corrosion resistant: Passes 12,000 hours in salt cabinet.
  • Good weather resistance.

Now with Epoxy.com Product #660 Universal Primer you can bond to well sanded (ground) stainless steel, aluminum, and carbon steel that cannot be sandblasted. Product #660 Universal Primer is also effective in bonding to other difficult to bond to metals and many other hard to bond to coatings.

Product #660 can apply 2 coats and use it as a standalone coating. You can apply any of our 100% solids high quality epoxies or vinyl esters over it. The problem with getting superior adhesion to difficult to bond to surfaces like stainless steel has been solved.

Please contact Epoxy.com Technical Support Department at 352-533-2167 with your questions. Epoxy.com Technical Support is dedicated to making sure you have the right product for the right job.


Surface Preparation for Epoxy Installation

June 25, 2015


Surface Preparation for Resin Systems

Surface Preparation Guide
For Concrete, Wood, and Metal Substrates


I. GENERAL INFORMATION

Surface preparation is considered to be the most important step of any resinous flooring application. Improper surface preparation could turn what seems to be a simple process into a lengthy, difficult repair. The following conditions will dictate the type of surface preparation:

A. Concrete Placement
1. Slab-on-grade or on the ground

a. A 10 mil minimum vapor barrier is necessary to prevent moisture vapor transmission. An efficient puncture proof barrier is recommended.

b. Proper jointing will minimize cracking which could transmit through the resinous flooring system.

2. Elevated Slabs

a. Pan construction should be vented.

b. Metal deck construction should be properly jointed to minimize cracking.

B. Curing and Finishing Techniques
1. Curing compounds, if used, must be mechanically removed from the concrete surface prior to all resinous flooring applications.
2. Recommended techniques:

a. Wet cure

b. Light steel trowel finish to minimize laitance and provide hard surface

C. Age of Concrete

Concrete must be a minimum of 30 days old for resinous flooring applications. Primers are now available which can be used on fresh (green) concrete on some installations. Contact the technical department for details.

D. Previous Contamination can affect the bond of the resinous flooring and must be removed. Types of contamination are:
1. Oil, grease, or food fats can usually be burned off with a flame gun or removed with a commercial degreasing compound or solvent.
2. Curing compounds, sealers, and other laitance are best removed mechanically with:

a. vacuum shot-blasting

b. scarifying

c. sand blasting

E. Present Condition
1. Test for moisture: Coating system bond failures on slabs on grade and elevated/lightweight concrete caused by moisture vapor transmission are the industry’s largest single problem and result in extreme frustration from owners, clients, and contractors. Epoxy.com recommends testing for moisture vapor transmission. The recognized methods are:

a. ASTM-F-1869  Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride: The maximum allowed water/vapor transmission rate is 3 pounds per 1,000 square feet per 24 hours.

b. ASTM F-2170  Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In Situ Probes: This test measures the relative humidity in the slab below the surface. If taken over a period of time, it will show the rate of drying in the slab. The maximum relative humidity should be below 80%.

c. ASTM-D-4263  Plastic Sheet Test: This test gives an indication that moisture may be present.

2. Moisture related failures can be prevented through:

a. Placing new concrete over an efficient vapor barrier.

b. Testing for moisture vapor transmission as prescribed above prior to resinous flooring application.

c. Applying a moisture vapor transmission reduction system where moisture content is too high for successful resinous flooring applications.

3. A clean surface is necessary to establish a strong bond between the resinous flooring and concrete.
4. Resinous flooring systems are only as sound as the concrete they are applied to. All unsound concrete should be repaired or replaced prior to resinous flooring applications. Consult your Epoxy.com Technical Service Department for specific information.
5. Resinous flooring materials should be applied to level concrete substrates. Grind or fill high and low spots prior to application.
6. Repair cracks prior to resinous flooring applications.
F. Mechanical Prep vs. Acid Etching

Resinous flooring materials ideally bond to concrete with a rough, sand-paper finish. This finish can be achieved by either acid etching or mechanical methods. The choice of preparation is dictated by the factors above. Other factors which determine the type of preparation include:

1. Ecological restrictions involved with waste removal which could prohibit the use of acid etching and other chemical methods.
2. The type of resinous flooring material: It is recommended that concrete floors be acid etched prior to application of polyester and vinyl ester flooring systems.
G. Acid Etching

The following steps are recommended for acid etching:

1. Dilute commercial muriatic acid with water using 1 part acid by volume to 3 parts clean water by volume. Add the acid slowly taking care to avoid splashing. Workers should be protected with safety glasses, rubber gloves, and boots. If skin or eye contact occurs, rinse affected area thoroughly with clean water and follow Material Safety Data recommendations.
2. Sprinkle acid solution onto the entire surface in order to allow the acid to reach all areas of the concrete. Adequate coverage is approximately 75 ft²/gallon of acid/water solution. Do not puddle and spread.
3. Scrub the acid solution into the concrete using a stiff bristle broom to remove loose concrete and laitancy.
4. Before rinsing, look for areas where bubbling did not occur. These areas have not been sufficiently cleaned and will require mechanical scarifying and additional acid etching.
5. When the acid solution has stopped bubbling (usually after approximately 15 minutes), rinse the floor thoroughly with water. Do not allow the floor to dry before rinsing because the salts formed by the acid reaction may cause problems with the adhesion and performance of the resinous flooring system. Test pH of the concrete surface to verify that the concrete tests alkaline.
6. Finally, the floor should be dry mopped to remove standing water and dirt remaining after the acid etching. Allow the floor to completely dry prior to the application of any resinous flooring system. Failures can occur in resinous flooring system applications due to moisture remaining in the substrate.
H. Mechanical Preparation

Contamination and other foreign materials must be mechanically removed to ensure a satisfactory bond. All dust and debris must be thoroughly removed.

II. OLD CONCRETE

Old concrete surfaces must be structurally sound. Any unsound areas must be repaired prior to proceeding with the resinous installation. For proper patching and repairing, use Epoxy.com Technical Service Department. Remove existing paint, scale and loose concrete by rough sanding, sandblasting, shot blasting, or grinding. In some cases where plant conditions allow, a stripper may be used to remove excessive build-up of paints or sealers.

Structurally sound concrete should be mechanically prepared to remove any contamination. Vacuum shot blasting is the best method for achieving a good profile for bonding and should be used where possible. Before installation of any Epoxy.com Product the surface must be examined for moisture vapor transmission using:

ASTM-F-1869 Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride.

ASTM-F-2170 Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In Situ Probes.

ASTM-D-4263 Standard Test Method for Indicating Moisture in Concrete by the Plastic Sheet Method. This test is only an indication and should not be used to determine moisture migration.

Other ASTM Tests which are applicable to concrete preparation are:

ASTM-D-4258 Standard Practice for Surface Cleaning Concrete for Coating

ASTM-D-4259 Standard Practice for Abrading Concrete

ASTM-D-4260 Standard Practice for Acid Etching Concrete

ASTM-D-4261 Standard Practice for Surface Cleaning Concrete Unit Masonry for Coating

ASTM-D-4262 Standard Test Method for Ph of Chemically Cleaned or Etched Concrete Surfaces

ASTM-C-811 Standard Practice for Surface Preparation of Concrete for Application of Chemical Resistant Resin Monolithic Surfacing

III. NEW CONCRETE

New concrete must be well cured and dry prior to coating. Allow to cure a minimum of 28 days unless using green concrete primer. No curing agents or sealing compounds should be used at any time prior to coating. A light steel trowel finish is recommended when finishing the concrete surface.

Any oil, grease, laitance, or other foreign material must be removed. Steam clean with a strong degreaser such as tri-sodium phosphate. Laitance and other foreign material are best removed by mechanical methods such as vacuum blasting, scarification, or grinding.

All new concrete can be acid etched or mechanically prepared by vacuum shotblasting, sand blasting, scarifying, or grinding. Vacuum shot-blasting provides the cleanest environmentally safe area during cleaning. It also provides a mechanically rough surface to achieve a good bond.

When acid etching, use a 3 to 1 dilution of water to acid and follow directions printed above.

Before the installation of any Epoxy.com resinous system, the surface should be examined for moisture. Test for moisture vapor transmission using ASTM F-1869 Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride. The maximum allowable rate is 3 pounds per 1,000 square feet per 24 hours.

Another procedure that helps determine slab dryness is ASTM-F-2170  Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In Situ Probes. Maximum allowable R.H. for protimeter test is 80%.

WOOD SUBSTRATES

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

Resinous flooring must always be applied directly to exterior grade plywood with extended glue line INTERIOR GRADE PLYWOOD delaminates easily and SHOULD NOT BE USED as it could result in a failure of the resinous flooring system. MARINE GRADE PLYWOOD contains moisture repellants which could cause a darkening of the resinous flooring system and SHOULD NOT BE USED. All plywood must be completely free of all waxes, varnishes, or other foreign materials.

A. Plywood used to cover existing wood floors
1. Clean and fasten existing wood floor to the floor joists.
2. If the floor is completely sound, fasten ½ Exterior grade plywood “C” plugged with an extended glue line to the existing floor. Stagger the plywood for strength.
3. ¾” DFPA Exterior or ¾” DFPA Underlayment grade plywood with exterior glue line must be used if the existing floor cannot be cleaned, or is not sound.
4. All plywood must be completely free of all waxes, varnishes, or other foreign materials.
5. Secure plywood with exterior glue.
6. Use Ring Shank or Wood Screws at six (6) inch centers around panel edges and support.
7. Stagger all panel joints, fill joints with epoxy filler, and cover joints with fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin.
8. Lightly sand the floor surface to insure proper adhesion of the resinous flooring system.
9. Prime surface with appropriate primer prior to system application. Surface may require double priming due to porosity of plywood.
B. Plywood used for new construction (plywood is laid directly on the joist)
1.  Exterior grade plywood “C” plugged with an extended glue line must be used.

All plywood must be completely free of all waxes, varnishes, or other foreign materials.

2. Use Ring Shank or Wood Screws at six (6) inch centers around panel edges and support.
3. Stagger all panel joints, fill joints with Epoxy.com Product #703. For outdoor applications cover joints with fiberglass cloth and the membrane system being used with the outdoor system.
4. Lightly sand the floor surface to insure proper adhesion of the resinous flooring system.
5. Remove all dust with a vacuum cleaner.
C. Applications with waterproofing:
1. After preparing the floor surface as prescribed above, caulk all joints with Epoxy.com Product #703 for indoor systems. For outdoor systems use the membrane used with the Epoxy.com outdoor system.
2. Apply the waterproofing membrane as specified.

METAL SUBSTRATES

I. Preliminary Preparation
A. Metal substrates must be structurally sound prior to any resinous system being applied.
B. Remove all foreign materials such as oil and grease with solvents or other degreasing compounds.
C. All scaling and rust must also be removed mechanically by sanding, sandblasting, or abrasion.
II. Treat the blasted/abraded surface with a phosphoric acid solution as described below in order to prevent rust formation if the surface is left exposed for some time prior to application of the resin system.
A. Always use a 10% solution of Phosphoric Acid.
B. Mix acid solution in either glass, plastic, or earthen containers (never use metal containers), by adding Phosphoric Acid to water. NEVER VICE-VERSA due to heating or splashing which may occur.
Workers should be protected with safety glasses, rubber gloves, and boots. If skin or eye contact occurs, rinse affected area thoroughly with clean water and follow Material Safety Data recommendations.
C. Apply phosphoric acid solution by either paint brush or rubber squeegee and allow metal surface to AIR DRY.

DO NOT FLUSH METAL SURFACE WITH WATER.

III. Protect surface from contamination until the primer is applied.
IV. Wipe metal surface with MEK solvent immediately before primer application.

 

Proper mixing and installation is critical to the optimal success of all product.  See Installation Tips, Techdata, & MSDS for more details on our products.  Be sure to contact us with any questions and/or concerns that you have.For more information please contact:

Epoxy.com
A Division of Epoxy Systems, Inc
20774 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Dunnellon, Florida 34431
Over 350 products,
Since 1980
Florida & Vermont
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sales@epoxy.com
714-657-3826  Technical Support
352-533-2162  Norm Lambert, President – Technical Support Director
info@epoxy.com
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 Debby Lambert, CEO, and CFO
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Easier to Navigate Epoxy.com

April 10, 2015

We are pleased to announce our new easy to navigate links on http://www.epoxy.com/. Thanks to our loyal customer’s feedback we have upgraded our website to make it easier to find products, installation techniques and important documents for your needs.

 

Our website at http://www.Epoxy.com has been upgraded at the top of the page to read more like a book. Making it user friendly for all. Whether you are an existing customer looking for a product that you are already using or a new visitor to our website looking for ideas to start your projects, we have made it easier for you to navigate.

 

 

Existing customers still have access to our catalogue of products by clicking the Products Catalogue link directly after our Home Page link. If you are new to our website or if you have a new project idea or customers looking for something you have not done previously we have links with drop down boxes to assist you in finding the Right Products for the Right Job.

We have added quick links at the top of any page that shows up as an error. You can now type in a saved page directly and if you miss part of the page address or are not 100% certain of the destination, you will still be directed towards our top of the page links for you to navigate through our website.

Our website is customer recommended, updated, and we appreciate your feedback. If you see anything that would help you navigate our website better www.epoxy.com please contact Norm at 352-533-2167. We appreciate your feedback and are thankful for your suggestions.

As always you can contact our technical service department at 352-533-2167 for assistance as we still strongly believe in the human interface. Our customer service department is open Monday – Friday 9-4 ET for your orders and will be happy to help you.

 


Poured Concrete Basement Waterproofing with Epoxy

September 18, 2014

This is the second half of a 2 part of a series on basement waterproofing with epoxy. In Part 1, we discussed waterproofing block wall foundations with epoxy. In Part 2A we discuss how to identify leaks that need waterproofing in basement walls, and floors that are made out of poured concrete. In this part (2B) will deal with epoxy injection repairs of cracks in poured concrete, that cause the leaks.

Earlier we discussed how many homes and businesses experience leaky basements year after year. The worse time is in the spring and after heavy rain. We discussed prudent things that you can do to improve drainage against your foundation. Epoxy Injection is designed to waterproof and give you the concrete’s structural integrity back.

Why Epoxy Inject the Cracks?

We discussed in our last article that cracking is a sign of failure caused by stresses, inadequate design, improper curing, etc. One of the dangers of a structural crack is the effect that it has on the reinforcing bar. The reinforcing represents one of the main structural values of the concrete. Cracks left unprepared allow water to enter your basement and attack the rebar.

Epoxy injection resin has two purposes:

  1. It effectively seals the crack to prevent the damaging moisture entry. Second, it monolithically welds the structure together.
  2. The injection also stops the infiltration of water into your basement.

Epoxy Injection Port Setting

Clean the concrete on both sides of the crack being careful not to force concrete dust into the crack. Concrete dust can be detrimental to the injection processes in several ways. Vacuum the area completely with a shop vac.

You need to determine the spacing of ports to be set. The spacing is a factor of the tightness of the crack and the depth of the concrete substrate. Spacing is normally between four (4) and eight (8) inches.

Port Setting and Sealing

Align ports directly over cracks. That allows injection resin to flow into the crack. Seal surface cracks and the ports in place. Sealing the exterior of cracks is done with Epoxy Gel #2006.

Selecting the Right Epoxy Injection Resin

Epoxy injection resin should typically be low viscosity injection resin- Epoxy Injection Resin #301. It must be low viscosity resin so it will flow in the smallest hair line cracks. Resin can travel several feet from the point of injection. It may take some time before reaching the next port or penetrating through pin holes in the surface. Epoxy injection effectively fills cracks including small voids and hairline cracks

Pumping Epoxy Injection Resin

The most economical way to deliver the epoxy injection is with the 450 ml binary injection system, a manual gun, or the pneumatically driven one. This uses a binary caulking gun with static mix tubes to inject the resin, insuring continuously mixed fresh material.

Limit pressure, low pressures allow gradual resin flow into the crack for deeper penetration. Start injection at the lowest point, and continues upward on the crack area. While injecting the lowest port, resin will flow to and out of the next higher port.

When pure resin is flowing out the next port cap, plug the current injection port and move to the next port. Then injection continues in the port showing resin flow. This procedure continues until all ports are full.

CONCLUSION

Epoxy injection is very effective at repairing concrete cracks and cutting of water infiltration. The right resin and equipment is critical. Epoxy injection makes a crack watertight while restoring the original structural integrity intended for the concrete. You can get all of the material you need to do this by contacting us:

321-206-1833 Customer Service – Ordering and Order Status
Katey Fontaine, VP – Customer Service Director
sales@epoxy.com

Technical Support
352-533-2167
Norm Lambert, President
Technical Support Director
info@epoxy.com

Additional Resources

http://www.epoxy.com/injection.aspx


Basement Waterproofing with Epoxy Part 2A

September 15, 2014

Poured Concrete Foundation Waterproofing

This is number 2A of a 2 part series on basement repairs. In Part 1, we discussed waterproofing block wall foundations. In Part 2A shows how to identify leaks that need waterproofing in basement walls, and floors that are made out of poured concrete. Part 2B will deal with the actual repairs to poured concrete leaks.

In our last piece we discussed how many homes and businesses experience leaky basements year after year. The worse time is in the spring after winter accumulation of snow. There are a number of prudent things that you can do to improve drainage against your foundation like roof gutters, grading and improvement of drainage. The recommendations here do not replace that conventional wisdom. It is designed to augment and improve upon these conventional methods.

Identifying the Source of the Basement Water Leak

The nice thing about poured concrete is that it holds water back very well. The leak typically happens at a cold joint or in a crack or hole in the concrete.

Concrete Cold Joints

Fresh (plastic) concrete doesn’t bond to hardened concrete. The exception is when a special epoxy bonding agent like Epoxy.com Product #2007 – is used (this bonding agent will be discussed in a future article). When concrete has hardened or has started to harden and you pour more concrete against it (without the right bonding agent) you get what is called a cold joint. These cold joints are a common source of water leaks.

Virtually all basements are built with a giant cold joint – the cold joint between the floor and the wall. Typically there is some sort of water-stops material installed in these joints intended to stop leaking at this cold joint. These water-stops can fail. So the wall to floor joint in a concrete basement is a frequent source of water leaks.

You can also get cold joints in the middle of concrete walls and floors due to multiple pours. You can get cold joints if concrete is setting to fast and fresh concrete is poured against semi cured concrete. Sometimes saw cuts in the floor can be a source of leaks

Form Ties

Then there are the ties that go through the concrete to hold the forms together on either side during the pour. If these form ties are not installed perfectly or if the concrete is not totally vibrated around them, these ties can act as a conduit to let the water in.

 

Wall and Floor Cracks

When concrete cures it shrinks that is called “plastic shrinkage”. That plastic shrinkage can and usually does result in the concrete cracking. These cracks are one of the easiest ways for water to get into your basement. If the water makes it to the fill side of the tank (under the floor or against the wall) it will typically leak out into your basement. You should look carefully for these cracks when looking for potential leaks into your basement. If you are able to investigate into the water infiltration into your basement when it is leaking it will be easy to see. If trying to find the source of leaks when the basement is dry you have to look for water marks on either side of the cracks and beneath the areas that might be leaking.

Repairing the Basement Leaks with Epoxy

In the next installment on this topic, I will deal with how you waterproof the cracks while structurally repairing them with epoxy and similar materials.

For more information please contact me:

Norm Lambert
norm@epoxy.com
352-533-2167
www.epoxy.com

 


Basement Waterproofing with Epoxy

September 4, 2014

Many homes and businesses experience leaky basements year after year. The worse time is in the spring after winter accumulation of snow. There are a number of prudent things that you can do to improve drainage against your foundation like roof gutters, grading and improvement of drainage. The recommendations here do not replace that conventional wisdom. It is designed to augment and improve upon these conventional methods.

The following article will be 1 of 2. This one deals with Block wall foundations. The next one will deal with poured wall foundations.

Waterproofing Block Wall Foundations with Epoxy

One of the nicest features of most of our epoxies are that they are virtually 100% waterproof. Water simply cannot pass through a good healthy layer of properly applied concrete, block, wood etc. Epoxy also has an incredible bond to concrete, cement, wood and many other construction materials. The bond strength of epoxy to concrete and cement is greater than the tensile strength of the concrete. That means on properly prepared concrete, epoxy cannot be removed without pulling concrete with it. The same is true about wood.

Considerations in Waterproofing with Epoxy

All this gives you the perfect combination to make a block wall watertight. There are limitations however:

  1. In an ideal world the epoxy should be applied on the positive pressure side of the wall, the outside. This way the pressure of the water is pushing it into the wall. That helps to mitigate the likelihood that you get so much pressure on the concrete block that you fracture the block. Typically by the time you know you have a leak you are already backfilled and landscaped so 95% of the time it is not practical to do on the outside of the wall. So you do it on the inside instead.

    Water exerts a pressure of less than ½ psi per foot of water depth and most basement walls are only 8 foot high, so you would typically only see 4 psi. So it is unlikely that you have a pressure greater than the tensile strength of the block. So doing it on the inside is typically the only economical alternative.

  2. The Product #1W Epoxy is much more flexible than the concrete block and mortar, but if the mortar or concrete gets any significant cracks in it, it will crack through the coating. On the other hand, the system is very easy to patch if it does crack. We also make a wall grade version of our crack isolation membrane Epoxy.com Product #32 – www.epoxy.com/32.htm – which can reduce the potential for small cracks (which are the most common).
  3. A clean substrate is required for maximum effectiveness – www.epoxy.com/surfaceprep.aspx. For technical support contact me at norm@epoxy.com or 352-533-2167

Installation of Epoxy Waterproofing on Block Walls

Once the wall is clean, you need to point-up (fill) any cracks, bad mortar joints, and larger holes that are in the block. Some people use conventional mortar and wait 28 days for it to cure as per the American Concrete Institute. This is a very inexpensive way to do it, but can be affective if done properly. A more effective way to insure the right results is the use of Product #2005 Epoxy Gel Adhesive – www.epoxy.com/2005.aspx. That insures that you have a tight bond over the cracked areas and have already produced a tight waterproof seal in that area. Also the #2005 Gel Epoxy is semi flexible and allows more movement before cracking that conventional grout. The #2005 allows your coating to be installed the day after the #2005 is applied.

Once the cracks and holes are repaired, much of your work is done. You simply apply 1 coat of Epoxy.com Product #899 – www.epoxy.com/899.aspx – Epoxy Primer and allow to dry overnight.

After the primer has cured overnight you can apply the optional crack isolation membrane Product #32W – Wall Grade, or proceed to the coating below. If you do apply the crack isolation membrane 2 coats of the membrane are best. One advantage of the two coats of membrane is that typically you can reduce the number of coats of top coating that is required to seal the block. As you put on the membrane be sure to check to see that the holes in the block are being filled as you go.

Depending on the porosity of your concrete and if you used the crack isolation membrane above you will want to apply 2-4 coats of 1W epoxy wall coating. As you put on each coat check to see that the holes in the block wall are being filled.

Summary of Waterproofing Basement Walls with Epoxy

In conclusion: Leaking basements are a major problem to many structures in the spring. The easiest time to repair them is during the winter when there is little or no leakage. Epoxy.com epoxy coating systems can affectively and economically solve most basement leaking problems. The final product is a hard attractive ceramic like finish that does not require additional painting or other finishes over it.

Next Issue: Waterproofing Poured Wall foundations with Epoxy.

Additional Information on Epoxy Coatings

Product #1W (Wall Grade)  Epoxy Wall Coating – a general purpose epoxy wall coating

Product #2W (Wall Grade) Cemical Resistant Epoxy Wall Coating 

Product #32 (Wall Grade) Flexible Epoxy Membrane

Where to Start when installing epoxy.


Seamless Epoxy Flooring Systems Explained

August 25, 2014

Epoxy.com offers many different types of seamless flooring. We offer so many kinds that sometimes it confuses people. The purpose of this article is to explain the differences, and to help you choose the right epoxy seamless flooring system for your application. In some cases the right seamless flooring system will not even be an epoxy. It may be polyurethane or Methyl Methacrylate (MMA).

Epoxy.com Epoxy Chip Flooring in VT rest area.

Epoxy.com Epoxy Chip Flooring on a VT Interstate Rest Area – Taken over 15 years after installation.


Epoxy Floor Coatings

Epoxy coatings can be effective flooring systems. Using Epoxy as a flooring system you need a 100% solids, zero voc, hard durable coating. You also want a coating that is available in multiple colors. These floor coatings can last for decades, so you want to pick a color that you like. Properly installed you will be looking at this floor coating for a very long time. This kind of flooring system is available in the following options:

  1. Epoxy.com Product #1 – www.epoxy.com/1.htm – meets all the criteria above. It has good chemical resistance, and excellent cost to benefit ratio. Great for warehouses, in areas with high traffic and only modest chemical exposure.
  2. Epoxy.com Product #1ESD – www.epoxy.com/1esd.aspx. This is the same as product #1 above but has conductive filler in it. Depending on the primer you use under this system it can be conductive (100,000 – 1,000,000) ohms of resistance or Electro-Static Dissipative (ESD) which is 1,000,000 to 1, 000,000,000 ohms. Used in plants that produce explosive materials like ammunition, fireworks, flairs, or explosive solvents, and used in areas of sensitive electronics, like computer server buildings, avionics, electronics assembly and electronic production areas.
  3. Epoxy.com Product #2 – www.epoxy.com/2.aspx. This is similar to product #1 but with a much higher chemical resistance. This major increase in chemical resistance is offset by only a small increase in the cost of the #2 over the Product #1. The product #2 is well suited for applications like garages, machine shops, sewer tank floors, battery rooms, cooling towers, grooming shops, dog kennels and all areas where an economical chemical resistant coating is required.
  4. Epoxy.com Product #633 – www.epoxy.com/633.aspx – is a highly chemically resistant epoxy floor coating and flooring system. Like Product #1 and Product #2 is extremely durable. Product #633 is typically used in areas where containment of aggressive chemical is imperative. For example Product #633 will hold up to continuous exposure of 98% Sulfuric acid for a period of at least 6 months without loss of structural integrity. Great for secondary containment for a large number of chemicals.

     

All the systems above can go over many different types of substrates with the proper surface preparation. All of the products above are available in 17 colors and can be color matched for an additional cost. The systems above can be combined with various anti-skid materials or broadcast with silica broadcast aggregate to produce a thicker floor

 

Chip Floor

Epoxy.com Chip Flooring – www.epoxy.com/chips.aspx – is the perfect blend of economy, durability, low maintenance, and gorgeous appearance. It uses a 100% solids pigmented epoxy base coat, a full broadcast of plastic chips, and two coats of chemical resistant clear glaze. The chemical resistant glaze also makes this easily the most non-yellow epoxy top coat available today. This easy to clean chip flooring system is best for high traffic areas where appearance, durability and low cost of ownership is a must. Great for commercial and residential kitchens, bathrooms, showers, grooming shops, kennels, veterinary clinics, garage floors, show rooms, rest areas, and much more. This product can be installed with an integral cove base. Epoxy.com Chip Flooring can be installed by a contractor but easy enough to be installed by a home owner. Epoxy.com Chip Flooring can be installed in a residence but is rugged enough to be used in the most demanding commercial applications.

Quartz Flooring

Quartz Flooring Product #15 – www.epoxy.com/15.aspx has a long history of being durable, attractive and non-yellowing. I personally installed this product on high school bathroom floors in the mid 70s. These floors have held up to the test of time with little or no wear, little or no loss of shine and little to no yellowing even under the urinals. This is also available with an integral cove base

Solid Colored Flooring

These solid colored floors are based around self leveling, trowelable or double broadcast application techniques. These floors are sometimes called shop floor. They are made to be thick and extra durable under extremely harsh environments. They can be top coated with any of the systems above under coatings. This kind of flooring is available in 3 speeds of cure: normal, fast, and cold cure. Solid colored flooring is also available with an integral cove base.

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring

The big advantage of MMA is speed of curing. Each coat of MMA will cure hard to the touch in 1-2 hours. This allows the next layer to be applied quickly and traffic to be returned to it quickly. You can even build a fast setting integral cove out of MMA resin.

I personally installed MMA on one kitchen floor with a very tight schedule. The restaurant was only closed for breakfast. The project started with rotten plywood floors. At 10 PM the carpenters came in to work. They removed rotten floor and floor joists. They replaced the floor joists and the plywood. At 5 AM I went in with my crew and we primed the floor and sealed up the joints in the wood and the screw holes. At 6:30 AM we laid the floor. At 8 we put a glaze coating on the floor and by 10:30 the restaurant workers were on the floor prepping for lunch. The floor installation from start to traffic took just 5.5 hours.

Polyurethane Decking Systems

Polyurethane Decking – http://www.epoxy.com/elastomeric.aspx – is the system best used in areas where maximum flexibility is necessary. This is typically outdoors, waterproof applications like balconies.

Specialized Flooring

We have a number of systems that are specialized flooring like conductive and ESD (Electrostatic Dissipative) flooring – www.epoxy.com/conductive.aspx – and various hybrid systems. If your project does not seem to fit in the categories above email me at norm@epoxy.com or call us at 352-533-2167.

 

In conclusion we offer many types of seamless flooring systems, they can be used for commercial and residential applications. These systems are durable, economical, and easy to install even by homeowners. These seamless flooring systems may be made out of epoxy, polyurethane, or methyl Methacrylate (MMA). Seamless flooring systems are available in multicolored or solid colored. They range in chemical resistance from very good to resistant to aggressive chemicals. When in doubt what is right for your project send me an email at norm@epoxy.com or give me a call at 352-533-2167.


Waterproof Your Life

August 7, 2014

The Concept

About 20 years I had a half way house that came to me and wanted a virtually indestructible waterproof group bathroom. They needed it to be like a shower enclosure for the entire bathroom, and toilet facility. It needed to be easy to thoroughly clean and disinfect.

The resulting system allows you to hose down the entire ceiling, wall and floors. The system that we developed is a completely seamless, waterproof ceiling and coating system. This epoxy ceiling and wall coating is seamlessly integrated with a seamless flooring system. This system is now being used for everything from clean rooms to animal facilities to car washes, daycare centers, assisted living facilities, food processing facilities and more.

The System

Ceiling and Walls

Prime the ceiling and walls with Epoxy.com Product #899 Primer – www.epoxy.com/899.aspx. Product #899 Primer is a 100% solids, low viscosity, moisture tolerant epoxy. It soaks deeply into the substrate, verifies surface preparation, and helps to prevent the much thicker coating from getting bubbles that may be cause by air or moisture trying to escape from the substrate during curing. Allow primer to get hard to the touch.

Before the epoxy primer is 24 hours old (and after the primer is hard to the touch) apply a coat of Epoxy.com Product #1W. The 1W – Wall Coating is 100% solids. It comes in a range of different colors. This means it is zero (0) VOC with no solvent. Just like the 899 Primer the 1W has very little odor. We have even more chemical resistant wall coatings for applications where it is chemicals that are being splashed or sprayed. Contact us if you have strong chemical exposures that you want to contain instead of water.

Let the first coat harden to the touch and before 24 hours add another coat of #1W. Allow the coating to dry over night.

Seamless Epoxy Cove – Optional

Typically the cove is only installed if you are going to install one of the multi-colored flooring systems (Waterproof Floor Options 2 & 3below). Cove is covered in an earlier blog – https://news.epoxy.com/2014/06/25/seamless-epoxy-cove-installation-instructions/. The cove gives you a radius at the bottom of the wall making the floor to wall transition easy to clean and esthetically pleasing.

Seamless Epoxy Flooring System

There are multiple systems that you can use for your seamless flooring portion of the system.

Water Proof Floor Option 1 – Seamless Epoxy Floor coating:

Floor Coating Systemwww.epoxy.com/1.htm. Product #1 applies with the Product #899 primer under it and in 2 coats just like the 1W. The Product #1 is thinner and flattens better on a floor than the Product #1W. You can also add an optional anti-skid to the #1 Floor Coating. The #1 comes in all the variety of colors of #1W.

Waterproof Floor Option 2 – Seamless Epoxy Chip Flooring:

Chip Flooring Systemwww.epoxy.com/chip.aspx is a two component 100% Chemical Resistant Epoxy Chip Flooring. System #315 Seamless Epoxy Multi-Colored Chip Flooring is available in virtually limitless color combinations. If your job is big enough our chips can be pigmented to match all the colors of many major paint companies. We can color match our base coat colors as well. Unless the pigments for your custom colored 315 Basecoat are unusually expensive we can color match for a modest small batch charge or at no charge for larger orders. Even our standard color pallet offers you over 45 chip colors that can be blended in any combination and percentage as you want. This gives you the architectural choices you need. The top coating for this system is highly UV resistant so since it doesn’t chalk indoors it can last and look great for decades.

Waterproof Floor Option 3: – Seamless Epoxy Quartz Flooring:

Quartz Flooring System with Product #15 – www.epoxy.com/15.aspx – is also an excellent flooring system for those who like the colored sand look with a good midrange chemical resistant system.

Waterproof Floor Option 4 – Seamless Chemical Resistant Flooring:

We can also help you to combine the systems above with our Novolac Epoxy Systems – www.epoxy.com/novolac.aspx for highly chemically resistant versions of those systems. You can also install an Electro-Static Dissipative or Conductive system www.epoxy.com/conductive.aspx.

 

In conclusion the systems above are only a small fraction of the possibilities. With our wide range of colors and chemically resistant systems the possibilities are endless. Please contact Epoxy.com Technical assistance at 352-533-2106 or email me directly at norm@epoxy.com.


Seamless Epoxy Cove Installation Instructions

June 25, 2014
Epoxy cove detail

Epoxy Cove Detail. Click image above to enlarge.

One of the unique advantages of seamless flooring is the ability to build an integral cove base. This integral cove allows you to create a virtual bathtub or shower base out of your seamless floor. Building this cove was a difficult job until the introduction of Epoxy.com Product #720 Coving Gel – www.epoxy.com/720.aspx. The coving gel is mixed with special fillers to create an easy to install custom built floor to wall base cove.

Advantages of a Cove Base

  • Prevents water from going under the walls
  • In chemical containment applications contains the chemicals to the coved area
  • Makes it easy to clean and disinfect the edges of the floor
  • Does not allow bacteria or insects to hide under the wall
  • Gives the floor an attractive professional seamless look
  • Required by government officials in many food and pharmaceutical applications

Step 1, Surface Preparation

All high quality installations begin with proper surface preparation. The substrate must be clean, solid and porous. The substrate must be free of paint, sealers, oil, grease or any other contaminants that will interfere with the soaking in of the epoxy primer – www.epoxy.com/surfaceprep.aspx. Be sure the floor and wall in the areas near the cove are clean. That will help prevent dragging dirt and other contamination into the cove and make the tape to mask the cove stick better.

Step 2, striking a line

Cove is typically installed at 4 inches high, but specialty applications may be as little as 2 inches or as much as 6 or 8 inches or even more. Once you know the height of the cove it must be decided if the top of the cove will follow the contour of the floor or be level on the top. Most floors look best with a level top to the cove.

Strike a line with a laser level or a chalk line. Mask with a strong firmly bonding tape like duct tape. Be sure it is pressed down and securely stuck to the wall.

Step 3, priming

Make a small batch of Product #899 primer. Apply the primer on to the area to receive cove. This application is typically done with a brush or mini roller. It is important not to put the primer on too thick or it will run. You just need to have enough primer to give the surface to receive the cove a wet look.

If you have a very porous substrate and the primer soaks in and doesn’t look wet, a second coat of primer may be required. A typical substrate that will sometimes need a second is sheetrock. If a second coat if primer is required it can be put on before the first coat has hardened. Remember never to wait more than 1 day before recoating any epoxy.

Step 4, mixing the cove material

After the primer gets tacky and before the primer gets tack free (not sticky to the touch) you will need to install your #720 cove mix. If your primer becomes hard before you start troweling up you cove you must prime again. Colored quartz has different coving batch formulations than other seamless flooring types. Be sure to consult www.epoxy.com/720.aspx, for more information about cove mixes.

Step 5, troweling up the cove

Using a margin trowel “rough in” the cove mix material onto the wall where the cove is going. Be careful not to lift the tape creating the top seal in the process. Smooth the cove to shape using a cove trowel.

After the cove starts to get slight stiff it is time to make a final pass at smoothing the cove with your coving trowel. Be sure not to wait too long or the tape will be difficult to impossible to remove. Be sure to keep your trowel clean so it doesn’t drag the epoxy cove material and make it rough again.

A few drops of a dish washing detergent (like Dawn) in warm water make a great way to clean your trowel and slick up the cove. Use a rag to clean the cove in the water. Remove the cove trowel from the water and remove the excess water. Then return to slicking down your cove.

Once the cove is smooth enough, remove the duct tape, carefully. Remove the tape at an angle pulling the bottom first so the excess coving material on the tape stays on the tape and does not fall onto the cove. If pieces do fall on the cove gently remove the pieces and gently smooth out the damage.

Use our margin trowel to smooth the top of the cove where you just removed the duct tape. Use the warm water and dishwashing detergent to keep your trowel clean and slick the top of your cove.

Clean the excess material off from the bottom edge of your cove, unless you have already done this earlier.

Step 6, sealing the cove

After the coving material has hardened overnight, inspect and lightly sand out any minor imperfections.

Apply appropriate sealers (listed below). When in doubt, contact Epoxy.com Technical Support. Apply coating/sealer over the cove by brush and/or squeegee. Be sure that you do brush out or squeegee out any runs. Keep going back and checking for runs until satisfied that the glaze (top coating / sealer) will not run.

  1. Quartz coves are sealed by applying Epoxy.com Product #15 – www.epoxy.com/15.aspx.
  2. Pigmented Epoxy Coatings, use the same material that you are using on the rest of the floor.
  3. Chip Flooring.
  4. Apply Epoxy.com Product #315 Top Coating by brush over the cove mix.
  5. Then broadcast the cove into the wet material. If you are careful you can push the chip up into the coating with your hand or a piece of cardboard or similar material.

Step 7, install your floor

Install your floor in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.

Seamless epoxy chip flooring with seamless cove

Seamless epoxy chip flooring with seamless cove


Take your Pet to Work Week

June 13, 2014

 

Two Canine Members of the Epoxy.com Office Staff.

Two Canine Members of the Epoxy.com Office Staff.

Take your pet to work week is June 16-20. Take your dog to work day is June 20th

Every day is “take your pet to work day” in the offices of Epoxy.com. We believe the bond between pet and owner is a special one. Pet owners who have their pet with them during the day at work (in a pet safe environment) don’t have to worry about how their pet is doing at home alone. Besides the owners of the company want to take their pets to work with them so it is only fair.

Epoxy Products for Pet Facilities

 

Epoxy.com products have been used successfully for decades in pet intensive areas. Epoxy.com Product #2 – www.epoxy.com/2.aspx is used by the US Department of Homeland Security for Canine Training Facilities and Kennels. Product #2, Epoxy.com Quartz Flooring – www.epoxy.com/15.aspx and Epoxy.com Chip Flooring – www.epoxy.com/chips.aspx are being used extensively in:

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Dog Wash Room at Swannee River Rendezvous Campground. Product #1W on the Walls. Epoxy.com Chip Flooring on the floors.

  1. Veterinary Hospitals
  2. Vet Operating Rooms
  3. Kennel Facilities
  4. Do-it-yourself Pet Washing Area
  5. Pet Grooming Shops
  6. Pet Day Care Centers
  7. Pet Boarding Facilities
  8. Dog Walking and Training Facilities
  9. Private Homes, where pet friendly is a priority
  10. And More

Epoxy.com Product #2 and Epoxy.com Chip Flooring are easy to clean, and easy to disinfect. They typically are applied with just enough anti-skid so the animals don’t slip. Even with the anti-slip properties they are still mop-able and easy to clean.

Order your Epoxy.com Product for your pet area, and authorize the order between June 15th and June 20th and receive 5% of the cost of your Epoxy.com Topcoat. To get this discount you must mention “Take Your Pet to Work Week Special”.

 

 

 

 


UV Stable Urethanes and Polyaspartic Coatings

June 2, 2014

When people think of Epoxy.com they immediately know that we sell epoxy. However, did you know that Epoxy.com has an extensive line of high end polyurethanes, and Polyaspartic coatings? These Polyurethanes and Polyaspartic coatings are Ultraviolet light stable, resisting oxidation and fading even in direct sunlight. These materials are 2-component and are very high solids.

Hybrid Coating and Flooring Systems

My family car is an SUV Hybrid gas-electric SUV. It gives lots of room with great power, very high fuel economy, long driving range and low emissions. In spite of all the hype over other cheaper technologies, the gas-electric Hybrid technologies remains the biggest revolution to automotives because it is the only technology that offers it all.

The biggest revolutions in the concrete repair and coating industry are coming from hybrid coating systems. Epoxy, for example, bonds better than virtually every other coating known to man. Yet even the most UV resistant epoxies will oxidize and change color under direct outdoor sunlight. Aliphatic Polyurethanes and Polyaspartic Coatings are virtually unaffected by even the most intense brutal sunlight.

Hybrid coating systems have it all. Prime with Epoxy Primer and you get the tenacious bond of Epoxy. Install our Polyaspartic or Polyurethane coating on top of that and the epoxy actually bonds to the coating going over it. Now you have the best of both products, a coating that can last for decades, without yellowing or chaulking.

Water Based 2-Component Aliphatic Polyurethane Coatings

Product # 441 Urethane Coating and Sealing Resin is a 2-component water-based aliphatic (non-yellowing) polyurethane. It is free of the health and environmental problems normally found in solvent-based urethanes, while maintaining excellent performance properties. Product # 441 Urethane Coating and Sealing Resin provides a matte finish. Product # 441 Urethane Coating and Sealing Resin has good chemical, stain, and mar resistance. In addition, it is easy to clean and has excellent color retention under heavy foot traffic. It is a high performance coating for use in a variety of seamless floor and wall coating systems. Product # 441 Urethane Coating and Sealing Resin eliminates the strong solvent odor normally associated with many high performance materials. It is ideal for topcoats and finishes that require high abrasion resistance. Typical application areas are clean rooms, hospitals, pharmaceutical facilities, stained concrete, wood floors, and as a seal coat for most Epoxy.com floor and wall coating systems.

Product #442 is similar to product #441 but with a gloss finish.

Solvent Based 2-Component Aliphatic Polyurethane Coatings

Product #402 – 2 Component Chemical Resistant Coating

Product #402 – 2 Component Chemical Resistant Coating is a two component chemical resistant polyurethane coating with gloss finish offers excellent abrasion resistance, chemical and stain resistance, and color retention. Product #402 – 2 Component Chemical Resistant Coating can be used equally well on vertical or horizontal surfaces. It is ideal for concrete floors and walls in warehouses, storage facilities, aircraft hangers, animal housing, and vehicle maintenance facilities. This Product is not for use in California Use Product #406 – Two Component Low VOC Chemical Resistant Urethane Coating when a California Compliant low VOC product is required, or desired.

Product #406 2-Component Polyurethane Coating

Product #406 is a two component, chemical resistant, polyurethane coating. Product #406 is a low VOC compliant urethane that meets all federal and state environmental air quality standards. The high gloss finish offers excellent abrasion resistance, chemical and stain resistance, and superior color retention. Product #406 Chemical Resistant Urethane can be used equally well on vertical or horizontal surfaces. It is ideal for concrete floors and walls in warehouses, storage facilities, aircraft hangars, animal housing, and vehicle maintenance facilities. Available in both clear and pigmented formulations, Product#406 Duel Component Chemical Resistant Urethane can be used as a finish coating option for most Flooring Systems. In smaller quantities this products is only available in clear. There is a 30 gallon minimum for pigmented.

Polyaspartic Coating

Product #488 UV Stable Aliphatic Polyaspartic Coating is a two component, ultra high solids, aliphatic polyurethane designed to provide high gloss, UV stable (non-yellowing) and chemical resistant protection. Product #488 Aliphatic Polyaspartic Coating is a superior, new generation product exhibiting fast cure time and excellent stain resistance. Product #488 Aliphatic Polyaspartic Coating has very low odor and can be applied indoors in occupied areas. Product #488 Aliphatic Polyaspartic Coating is generally used as a clear or pigmented high gloss finish Epoxy.com decorative and industrial flooring systems such as Epoxy.com Chip Flooring (garage floor finish).

More Information on Polyurethane and Polyaspartic Coatings

For more information call 352-533-2167 or email norm@epoxy.com.


Improved Epoxy Gel Adhesives Added to Epoxy.com

May 29, 2014

What are Epoxy Gel Adhesives

Epoxy Gel Adhesives are thickened 100% solid 2-Component Epoxy Resin and Epoxy Hardener systems. Epoxy Gel Adhesives come in various viscosities from whip cream consistency to clay consistency. Some Epoxy Gel Adhesives have a longer working time, and slow set. Some Epoxy Gel Adhesives have a short working time and fast set.

Epoxy Gel Adhesives can have a “high modulus of elasticity” (rigid), or a “low modulus of elasticity” (flexible to semi-flexible). All the Epoxy Gel Adhesives that we sell are very strong. Our Epoxy Gel Adhesives when applied to most common construction structural material that are properly prepared have a bond strength to the substrate greater than the tensile strength of the material you are bonding to. In other words if you go to pull it off from the substrate that you are bonded to, the substrate will fail before the bond of the Epoxy Gel Adhesive will fail.

Uses for Epoxy Gel Adhesives

Epoxy Gel Adhesives are one of the most versatile tools in the construction industry. Epoxy Gel Adhesives are useful for bonding concrete to concrete, wood to concrete, wood to wood, and for that matter most typical construction structural materials to other construction structural materials. Epoxy Gel Adhesives are also useful in patching and repairing inperfections in concrete, wood and steel. Epoxy Gel Adhesives have also successfully been used to repair wood damaged by termites, wet rot, or dry rot. Epoxy Gel Adhesives are used in setting dowel bars, anchor bolts, and ports for epoxy injection.

Newest Epoxy Gel Adhesives Added to Epoxy.com Product line.

Product #2005 Low Modulus Fast Setting Epoxy Gel is a two component 100% solids designed for shallow repair on either vertical or horizontal surfaces. This product is easy to mix and use and has the consistency of Vaseline petroleum jelly. Additionally, the product, because it is a 100% solids product, can be applied thicker on horizontal surfaces when required.

Product #2006 – Epoxy High-Mod Gel Adhesive and Bonding Resin is a 100% solids high-mod epoxy gel adhesive used for vertical and overhead bonding applications and structural repairs. Epoxy High-Mod Gel Adhesive and Bonding Resin – Product #2006 is also used as a grout for anchor bolts, dowels and rebar. Epoxy High-Mod Gel Adhesive and Bonding Resin – Product #2006 Meets ASTM C881 Requirements for Type I, Type II, Grade 3, Class B, C, D, E.

Product #2007 Epoxy Fresh Concrete to Hardened Concrete Adhesive is a two component, 100% solids epoxy resin system designed to bond new concrete to old and other materials to concrete. It has a convenient 2:1 mix ratio, by ASTM C-881-90, Types I, II, IV and V, Grade 2, Class “B” and “C” volume with a viscosity similar to heavyweight oil. Epoxy Fresh Concrete to Hardened Concrete Adhesive #2007 (adhesive) exceeds the requirements of ASTM C-881 Type II, Grade 2, Class “B” “C” “D” and E.

Product #2011 Low Modulus Fast Set Epoxy Gel is a two component 100% solids polymer system designed for applications where a resilient joint material is needed. The two component material (standard) is supplied with a gray component and a clear component. Product #2011 was developed for plural component pump equipment, and is available in cartridge units.

Product #2704 Epoxy Gel Super Fast Cure is a fast setting, 100% solids epoxy crack gel and filler used to line, patch, or repair floor and wall surfaces. Epoxy Gel Super Fast Cure Product #2704 is the ideal material for repair of surfaces damaged from environmental or chemical attack. Epoxy Gel Super Fast Cure Product #2704 can also be used as a base material beneath coating, slurry, and mortar systems to repair before coating.

Product #2707 Splash Zone Epoxy and Underwater Epoxy Paste is a moisture-insensitive, two-component, 100% solids epoxy-resin system. Splash Zone Epoxy and Underwater Epoxy Paste Product #2707 is mixed at a 2:1 ratio, by volume, this product produces a paste-like material that is ideal for protection or restoration of concrete, steel and timber piles and other structural elements in marine environments.

Limitations

Epoxy.com does not recommend using any epoxy gel adhesive to bond anything to a ceiling without reliable mechanical methods of attachment as well.

More Information on Epoxy Gel Adhesives

Contact Epoxy.com Technical Support by phone 352-533-2167 or email info@epoxy.com for more information.

 


Epoxy Chip Floors

April 16, 2014

Heavy traffic on floors often make the use of decorative flooring products impossible. To make this possible we created System #315 Seamless Epoxy Multi-Colored Flake Chip Floor Resurfacing System. Our #315 Chip System creates a beautiful, durable, and affordable floor that is easy to apply by both professionals and do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

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A Vermont Interstate Rest Area after over 15 years

What is new and unique?

At last there is a high quality seamless floor finish which can be provided in every desirable color combination. This system is easy to use, by any skilled do-it-yourselfer or coating professional. For potential customers, both commercial applicators and the do-it-yourselfer, the final result is most certainly beautiful, affordable, and its durability insures the product to be long lasting, waterproof, easy to clean, and maintenance free.

System #315 Seamless Epoxy Multi-Colored Chip Flooring is available in virtually limitless color combinations. If your job is big enough our chips can be pigmented to match all the colors of many major paint companies. We can color match our base coat colors as well. Unless the pigments for your custom colored 315 Basecoat are unusually expensive we can color match for a modest small batch charge, or at no charge for larger orders.  Even our standard color pallet offers you over 45 chip colors that can be blended in any combination and percentage as you want.

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Water Plant after more than 15 years

By matching the base coat color in the chip, you make the system much less prone to error.  If you should happen to miss a small spot on the floor the base color shows through, looking like it is just more of that chip in that area.

System #315 chips are also available in 7 sizes ranging from a 1 inch chip down to 1/32 inch chip.  Smaller chips give the look a lot like epoxy quartz flooring. The various colors and sizes allow you to give your floor any number of looks like stone, terrazzo, colored quartz, or vibrant linoleum.

Our clear glaze coat does not yellow quickly like other epoxies.  We have some jobs that have been around for 30 years or more where no yellowing can be found, not even under the urinals in high school bathrooms. This kind of durability is perhaps the most important quality of the #315 Chip Flooring System.  Anyone can provide you with a flooring system that is attractive today.  The #315 Chip Flooring System is the flooring system you need if you want it to stay like that for years to come.


Epoxy Stone Overlays

April 7, 2014

Epoxy Stone

Installation, Repair, and Sealing of Epoxy Stone Overlays


Early Spring Special

Place your credit card order and authorize it on or before April 11, 2014 for Product #17 Epoxy Stone Adhesive or Epoxy.com Product #15 for Reglazing Stone and get it at 5% off from contractor pricing. You must mention the code “EpoxyMyStone”, to get this discount.

Epoxy Adhesive for Bonding Pebble Stone Together

Product #17 Epoxy Adhesive for Bonding Stone Overlays is a two component, 100% solids high-mod epoxy adhesive used for bonding stone and other aggregates in all types of flooring applications. Some uses of Epoxy.com Product #17 Epoxy Adhesive for Bonding Stone Overlays would include patios, pool decks, walkways and other areas where a long wearing and decorative system is desired.

Product #17 Epoxy Stone Overlays give you the beauty of a natural looking shinny stone, without the hassle of the stone needing the constant attention of loose stone. Water actually passes through the system. The #17 Epoxy Adhesive and stone give you a carpet of stone that allows the water to run down away from your feet.

Installation Product #17 Epoxy Adhesive for Bonding Stone Overlays typically uses the #17 Epoxy Stone Adhesive, and clean hard dry stone. A 3 gallon unit of Product #17 will typically mix with about 400 lbs of stone.

Glazing Pebble Stone Epoxy

Product #15 Chemical Resistant Epoxy Floor Resurfacing System  is typically used for resealing epoxy bonded stone, because it oxidizes much slower than other epoxies, and usually last much longer than other epoxies used for reglazing epoxied stone pebbles.


Clear Epoxy Over Reclaimed Wood

March 24, 2014

Epoxy Product #15 on Reclaimed Wooden Floor


The floor shown in the photos was installed in a dining
room. Approximate room size was 12’ x 14’.  The lumber was 8″ – 12″ in
width and 3/4″ thick. Tongue and groove edges were routed on the boards. 6
gallons of epoxy were layered on in 7-8 applications. Epoxy was applied with
3/8″ and 1/4″ nap rollers. The final finish was not completely smooth like a
table top due to cupping in some of the boards.

The boards were bonded together because he cut heating
vents in and the cut-outs came out as one solid piece and stayed together
rather than separating back into the individual boards.

The baseboard was also made out of old lumber. The top
edge was rounded and then stained so the machined edge would appear
weathered. 3-4 coats of epoxy
were applied so it is much rougher.

The owner was definitely pleased with the results.

Photos & Job Description Courtesy of: Karl Fleming

Copyright 2012 – All Rights Reserved

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Rough Cut Reclaimed Barn board floor, before clear epoxy coating. Click the picture above to see a larger
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Rough Cut Reclaimed Barn board floor, after clear epoxy coating. Click the picture above to see a larger
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Epoxy Guide Specification

March 18, 2014

Most Common Epoxy Guide Specifications

The following are the most common Epoxy Guide Specifications. For more information see our Installation Guides. If you need any help in selecting and specifying the “Right Resin Product for the Right Job”, please contact Epoxy Technical Support Department at 321-206-1833. Your success with of our products is our #1 goal.

Epoxy Installation and Guide Specifications

    • Product #1Epoxy High Build Floor Coating  Guide Specification. a two component, zero (0) VOC, 100% solids epoxy Hi-Build epoxy coating used for high foot traffic and light to moderate forklift traffic areas where abrasion resistance is required; for protection against mild corrosion
    • Product #2 Chemical Resistant Epoxy Coating Guide SpecificationChemical Resistant Epoxy Coating on Concrete Guide Specification. Chemical Resistant Epoxy #2 is a  two component, 100% solids, Zero “0” VOC epoxy chemical resistant coating used to protect chemical concrete, steel and other structural materials from non-oxidizing acids and alkalines for both interior and exterior applications.
    • Product #2 Chemical Resistant Epoxy Coating –Chemical Resistant Epoxy Coating on Steel Guide Specification.
    • Product #2 as a http://www.epoxy.com/Chemical Resistant Epoxy as Tank Coating – Guide Specification.
    • Product #2 as a Chemical Resistant Epoxy Coating on Floors – Guide Specification.
    • Product #15 Seamless Flooring Epoxy. Product #15 Chemical Resistant Epoxy Resin Flooring / Floor Resurfacing System for Seamless Epoxy Quartz Flooring is a two component, seamless 100% solids clear epoxy flooring / floor resurfacing system with High Chemical Resistance. The epoxy may be applied as a coating, or combined with silica sand or Epoxy.com multi-colored quartz aggregate to produce a durable, easy to maintain floor, on both new and old surfaces.
    • Epoxy.com Product #63 Expanded EVA

Guide Specification.

If you did not  find the Epoxy Guide Specifications  here that you needed, please  contact us so we can add the Epoxy Guide Specification that you need. We will be adding more soon!

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Proper mixing and installation is critical to the optimal success  of all product.  See  Installation Tips,Techdata, &MSDS for more details on our products.   Be sure to contact us with any questions and/or concerns that you  have.


How to Insure a Quality Installation of Epoxy

March 14, 2014

Epoxy Technical Support

By: Norm Lambert President and Technical Support Director

Your Successful Installation of Our Products is Our #1 goal.

When my wife Deb and I founded this company we made a promise to each other, our employees, and our customers to only provide high quality highly durable products, at an affordable cost, backed by the best technical support in the industry. Our company is a family owned company, large enough to fill any order given to us, but small enough to care about every order, even a single unit order.

Selecting the Right Epoxy Product for the Right Job

Technical support is where successful installations begin. Even the best products, at the best price are not the most affordable products if they are the wrong products for the job, or if they are installed incorrectly. Selecting the Right Product for the Right Job isn’t just a motto, it is a necessary part of a successful epoxy installation.

We look forward to your phone calls asking for our assistance in helping you select your product. We have decades of experience in our field, but you know your project the best. Together with what you know and what we know, we can find which of our products best suite your needs.

Once in a great while we have requests for which we don’t currently carry a product to successfully accomplish your goals. If we don’t have the Right Product for your job, we will also tell you that. It is the only way you can know that if we recommend a product from your description or specification, that it is the best one to suit your needs.

Dedicated Customer Service

Katey Fontaine, VP  and Chief Operations Officer and Director of Customer Service, is dedicated in doing everything she can to get your order taken quickly, and accurately. She then keeps track of the progress of each order to make sure that they get out of our facilities as quickly as possible and on to our customers who are eager to get started with their work.

Katey also works with the trucking companies that pick up the product and deliver it to you.  She has negotiated the best possible freight and ground rates so we can pass on the lowest possible shipping charges using the most reliable carriers.

Epoxy Installation Technical Support

Our technical support department’s job is just starting after you get our products in your hands.  We are dedicated to making sure that we answer all your questions clearly and accurately.  I WANT your follow up questions.  I have customers who are installing who apologize for contacting me with questions they feel are “trivial”, when in fact those questions might be the most important ones to ask for a successful high quality installation.

Our technical support staff each have decades of field and technical support experience. In most cases we have done something like, or very similar to what you are doing. So it makes it easy for us to understand your situation, and help your installation go as smoothly as possible.

The Ultimate Epoxy Selection, Ordering, and Installation Experience.

All of us here want to be sure you are delighted with your whole experience from your first phone call or email, until you are enjoying the benefits of of our products and your installation, for decades to come. We view your success as our success. Remember, your successful installation of our products is our #1 goal.

Proper mixing and installation is critical to the optimal success  of all product.  See  Installation Tips,Techdata, &MSDS for more details on our products.   Be sure to contact us with any questions and/or concerns that you  have.For more information please contact:

Epoxy.com A Division of Epoxy Systems, Inc  20774 W. Pennsylvania Ave. Dunnellon, Florida 34431 Hundreds  of Systems, Since 1980 – Over 33 years Florida & Vermont USA


Epoxy Cold Cure

December 10, 2013

Epoxy Cold Temperature Installations

Epoxy Installation in Coolers and Cold Temperature

Extend Epoxy Installation Season into Winter and/or Install with Less Heat


Our company started out as an installation company in Vermont.  Summers are very short and winters are very long in Vermont.  To stay a viable company, we had to figure ways of working through the winter.

Tenting and heating areas during the winter is time consuming and expensive. The solution is found in resin products that will set in low temperatures. The most durable and cost effective options of installation at cold temperatures is Epoxy and Methyl Methacrylate.

Cold Temperature Cure Resins can also be used as a super-fast setting Resinous Mortar or  Coating at normal temperatures. Our Cold Temperature Cure Resins used at normal temperature give you quick turn around time for small jobs, or larger jobs that require a short turn-around time.

Cold Temperatures Epoxies

Cold Temperature Cure Epoxy Resins allow installation to be done at low temperatures as low as 35°F., expanding your epoxy coating and epoxy flooring installation season. Epoxy.com Cold Temperature Cure Epoxy Resins can also be used in cold storage areas like food processing areas, where the temperature cannot be raised higher than 35° F or so. Normal cured epoxy typically requires 50°F or more.

Depending on how you mix the aggregate into the products below, they can be used as a mortar for overlays, or a grout for sealing between other hardened construction materials. Contact Epoxy.com Technical Support Department with your specific project and questions.

Product #10 Cold Temperature Curing Epoxy Mortar Resin is a 100% solids epoxy has a low modulus of elasticity (flexibility) and is Low Viscosity. An adhesive used as a binder for epoxy mortar systems in patching and grouting applications, as a seal coat for non-skid surfaces outside, and as a primer to insure high bond strength for coatings and patches.

Product #24 Cold Pigmented Epoxy Mortar is a Cold Temperature Cure is a multipurpose colored epoxy binder for Epoxy.com Mortar Systems This all purpose epoxy resin is characterized as an excellent general purpose material with good clarity and color retention. It is essentially odorless and can therefore be used in occupied areas.

Product #28 Cold Cure Epoxy Mortar – is a honey clear, multipurpose colored epoxy binder for Epoxy Mortar Systems This all purpose epoxy resin is characterized as an excellent general purpose material with good clarity and color retention. It is essentially odorless and can therefore be used in occupied areas.

Product #224 Cold Cure Water Cleanable Epoxy Mortar Resin is a user friendly, water cleanable, 100% solids epoxy grout and adhesive. Used for grouting ceramic tile, brick pavers, and stone, it is supplied in pre-packaged kits containing resin, hardener, and (in the Epoxy.com Product #225 Water Cleanable Epoxy Mortar Resin Kit) mineral fillers that produce a dense, uniform seal. Typical applications for #224 require resistance to thermal shock, chemicals, and heavy traffic including meat packers, breweries, canneries, bottlers, CIP areas, and pharmaceutical formulators.

Product #225 Cold Cure Water Cleanable Epoxy Mortar Kit includes Epoxy.com Product #224 along with the aggregate. Mix the three components together for a ready to use system.

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) used in Cold Temperatures.

Virtually all of our MMAs can be used at cold temperatures, with additives that we provide you with that you can add when field mixing your individual batches.  Check out the individual technical data sheets for the MMA products for how.  We have a complete line of MMA products, so please check them out.

Summary of Cold Temperature Resin Solutions

Our company offers a wide variety of materials that can be used for your low temperature and cold cure application.  These include Cold Cured Epoxy and virtually all of our Methyl Methacrylate Resins (MMA) with the proper additives that we supply. Please contact Epoxy.com Technical Support Department for assistance in providing you with the right resin product for your job.


Epoxy.com Chemical Resistant Chart of Popular Products

December 6, 2012

Chemical Resistance Chart of Popular Epoxy.com Coating and Mortar Systems

Chemical

# 1

#2

# 630

# 633

Vinyl Ester #663

Acetone NR NR S-3 S-3 S-3
Acetic Acid – 56% 5%-S-3 10% 20% S-2 +
Acetic Acid – 84% NR NR ND S-2 S-2
Acetic Acid (Glacial) NR NR NR S-3 S-1
Aluminum Chloride – 30% NR ND + + +
Aluminum Nitrate – 50% NR ND + + +
Aluminum Sulfate – 50% NR ND + + +
Ammonium Hydroxide -30% S-3 S-2 + + S-1
Ammonium Sulfate – 50% NR S-2 + + +
Ammonium Sulfide -50% NR S-2 + + +
Barium Sulfate NR S-1 + + +
Barium Sulfide NR S-1 + + +
Beer S-2 + + + +
Benzene NR NR S-2 S-2 S-2
Benzyl Alcohol NR S-2 + + S-2
Black Liquor NR ND + + +
Butyl Acetate NR S-3 + + +
Butyl Acetate (Normal) NR ND ND + +
Brake Fluid ND + + + +
Butanol (Normal) NR S-3 + + +
Calcium Chloride NR S-2 + + +
Calcium Hydroxide ND S-2 + + +
Carbon Tetrachloride NR S-3 ND + +
Citric Acid -40% S-3 S-1 S-1 S-1 +
Corn Oil ND + + + +
Crude Oil – Sour NR + + + +
Crude Oil -Sweet NR + + + +
Cumene NR S-3 ND + +
Cutting Oil NR S-1 + + +
Cyclohexeone NR S-3 S-3 + +
Diacetone Alcohol NR S-2 S-2 + +
Diesel Fuel + + + + +
Diethylene Glycol ND + + + +
Distilled Water ND + + + +
Ethanol NR S-2 + + S-1
Ethyl Acetate NR S-2 + + S-2
Ethyl Alcohol NR S-2 + + S-2
Ethylene Dichloide NR NR S-1 S-1 ND
Ethylene Glycol ND + + + +
Ethyl 3-Ethoxypropionate ND ND ND + ND
Ethylene Oxide NR ND ND + +
Ethlene Glycol Monopropyl Ether NR ND ND + ND
Freon ND ND S-1 S-1 ND
Fuel Oil ND + + + +
Gasoline (Unleaded) ND S-2 + + +
Gasoline (Premium Unleaded) ND S-2 + + +
Glucose NR S-1 + + +
Glycerine NR + + + +
Glyoxal – 40% NR ND + + S-2
Heptane NR S-2 + + +
Hexane NR S-2 + + +
Hexalene Glycol S-3 S-1 + + +
Hydraulic Fluid ND S-1 + + +
Hydrochloric Acid -10% S-2 S-1 + + +
Hydrochloric Acid 36% NR S-2 + + +
Hydrogen Peroxide -5% S-3 S-1 + + +
Hydrogen Peroxide – 30% NR S-2 ND + +
Iodine NR S-3 (Stain) + + +
Isobutyl Alcohol NR S-2 + + +
Isopropyl Alcohol NR S-2 + + +
JP – 4 Jet Fuel S-2 S-1 + + +
JP – 5 Jet Fuel S-2 S-2 + + +
Kerosene NR S-2 + + +
Ketchup S-3 + + + +
Lactic Acid – 50% NR S-2 + + +
MAK NR ND ND + ND
MEK NR NR S-3 S-3 S-3
Methanol NR ND + + S-2
Methylene Chloride NR NR NR NR NR
MIBK NR NR S-2 + S-2
Mineral Spirits NR S-3 + + +
MTBE NR NR + + ND
Naptha (VMP) NR S-3 + + +
Nitric Acid – 10% NR S-1 + + +
Nitric Acid – 30% NR NR NR NR +
Oxalic Acid NR ND + + +
Para Xylene NR ND ND + ND
Peanut Oil NR S-3 + + +
Perchloroethylene NR NR + + +
Phosphoric Acid – 10% S-3 + + + +
Phosphoric Acid -75% NR S-3 + + +
Phosphoric Acid – 85% NR S-3 + + +
Power Staring Fluid ND S-2 + + +
Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether NR ND ND + ND
Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Acetate NR ND ND + ND
Pseudocumene NR ND ND + ND
Skydrol 500B S-2 + + + +
Sodium Hydroxide -50% + + + + +
Sodium Hydroxide – 70% NR S-2 + + S-2
Sodium Hypochlorite – 10% ND + + + +
Sodium Nitrate – 50% NR S-2 + + +
Sulfamic Acid ND S-1 + + +
Sulfuric Acid – 10% + + + + +
Sodium Bisulfiate ND ND ND S2 ND
Sulfuric Acid 50% S-3 S-2 + + +
Sulfuric Acid 70% NR NR + + +
Sulfuric Acid 98% NR NR S-1 + S-2
Toluene NR S-3 + + +
Tomato Juice NR S-2 + + +
Transmission Fluid NR S-2 + + +
1.1.1 Trichloroethane NR NR ND + +
Urine NR + + + +
Vinegar NR NR + + +
Vinyl Tolene ND ND + + +
White Liquor ND ND + + +
Xylene NR S-1 + + +
+ = Continuous Service (greater than 6 months)

S1 = Splash and Spill with Weekly Cleanup

S2 = Splash and Spill with 24 hour Cleanup

S3 = Splash and Spill with Hourly Cleanup

NR= Not Recommended

ND= No Data

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Exposure, Etc. are beyond the control of
Epoxy.com a division of  Epoxy
Systems, Inc. No warranty concerning these studies can be made.  Samples should be tested under actual
or simulated condition for final decision on the suitability of the system.
April 14, 2011


Epoxy Coating and Flooring Installation Job Supplies

November 20, 2012

Here is a suggested list of the materials that you will need for most typical epoxy coating systems.  This list is also useful for installing roller applied coating systems like Epoxy.com Chip Flooring.

  • 1 roller pan
  • 6 inserts for roller pan
  • 15 stir sticks
  • 12 (5 QT) plastic pails
  • 3 (5 G) plastic pails
  • Roll of Duct Tape
  • 5 heavy duty 9″ roller frames
  • 6 (3/8″ nap) roller covers *be sure the roller nap doesnot fall apart in hands*
  • Roller handle extension poll
  • 4 Hard Plastic Body Filler type Squeegees
  • Paper 6oz Dixie cups
  • 2 (2 blade) mixing paddles – should be at least 5 inches in diameter and capable of being used in a heavy duty drill
  • Heavy Duty Drill for mixing paddles above
  • 6 (2″) paint brushes  *check bristles to be certain they CAN NOT be pulled out*
  • Latex (or non latex) rubber gloves
  • Vacuum (Shop Vacuum Quality)
  • Stiff Bristled Broom *check to make sure bristles do not fall out*
  • Chalk line or laser to set lines that need to be masked
  • Roll of plastic to keep buckets on to avoid drips onto floor
  • Go Jo Hand cleaner or fast orange for hands and skin

*Note – Epoxy does NOT come out of fabrics*

For more information visit www.epoxy.com.


Epoxy Products used to Repair Plant and Shop Floors

November 7, 2012

Industrial Floor Maintenance with Epoxy

Preventing and Fixing Deteriorating Floor Joints and Potholes

It is said that there are two types of concrete floors, those with cracks and those that are going to crack. Cracks and potholes in plant and shop floors are a major problem to safety and aesthetics. Here we will discuss what causes them. We will also discuss how to repair them quickly and economically. For those floors that have not cracked we will discuss how to minimize or prevent the cracking and potholes.

It is a common misconception that heavy loads on the floors cause most flooring problems, and so it cannot be prevented. If you are building a new plant or shop floor there are steps that will help to prevent most flooring problems. For existing flooring problems we will discuss how to fix the problems and prevent the problems from getting worse.

Causes of Cracking and Potholes in Shop Floors

Most concrete flooring problems are caused by one of the following:

  1. Improper installation of the concrete, or poor concrete
  2. Improperly cut expansion joints
  3. Steel and hard rubber tires eroding unfilled expansion joints, random cracks and potholes
  4. Chemical attack

Proper installation of Concrete in New Plant and Shop Floors

For new construction make sure you specify and get high quality high strength concrete. Create a box-out form around beams, pipes and other penetrations that go through your floor. Be sure that the corner of your box-outs line up with the saw-cut joints that you will be putting in the floor. Penetrations through the concrete cause a “weakened plain”. A weakened plane is typically created at the shortest distance between the box-outs. That is typically from the corner of one boxed out area to the next closest boxed out area.

Do not allow your concrete finisher to over finish your concrete. Concrete finishers tend to over-finish concrete because they are concerned that if they don’t the owner will not like it. Over-finished concrete does look better than properly finished concrete until the over finished starts to deteriorate. The deterioration cause by over finished concrete typically does not take very long to occur.

The best finishing of concrete leaves it flat, but does not bring up the “cream” in the concrete. It will not look as shinny and smooth but concrete that is not over finished will look more attractive and be more functional over time. Bringing up the “cream” in the concrete is done by over working the mix or adding too much water or adding water to the batch. The “cream” consists of dust from the aggregate and Portland cement.

This “cream” creates a great looking finish at first, because it is so weak, it chips easily. This “cream” has too high a water content so you tend to get micro-cracking in the surface. When your concrete finisher is power troweling your concrete and starts splashing water into the surface as he is finishing it he is about to over trowel the concrete and bring up the cream. It is time to get the concrete finisher to stop troweling.

Water curing of the concrete is what most state highway departments require to cure concrete bridge decks. Wet curing is favored over other methods by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Wet curing will help to stop the top of your concrete from drying out too fast. If you cure with a curing compound instead of water, you will need to remove the curing compound to install high quality coatings and sealers.

Proper curing will help to prevent “curling” of the concrete slab, and help to prevent micro-cracking (crazing) of the surface. Curling is caused when the top dries and shrinks before the concrete underneath dries and shrink. This works much like a bimetallic strip used in a thermostat, the concrete will twist upwards or curl. Proper curing helps to prevent concrete curling and the cracking that will result from it. Another major advantage of wet cured concrete that is not over finished is that there is much less surface preparation required when you go to coat or seal it.

Cut expansion joints often enough, wide enough, and deep enough. Typically the best way to cut concrete down to 16 foot by 16 foot squares or even smaller. The larger the spacing between saw cut joints the more likely you are to get a random crack where you do not want it. The concrete should be cut-up as square as possible. Care should be taken that all the saw cut joints line up with each other in a checkerboard pattern. Be sure the cut is at least 1/3 of the way through the slab, and that the cracks are 1/4 inch or wider. That way all the plastic shrinkage (drying) cracking should occur under the saw-cut relief joint.

Using Epoxy to Protect New Plant Shop Floors

Seal or coat the concrete to protect it against wear and chemicals. Epoxy.com Product #223 Water Based Curing Compound, Sealer and Bonding Agent is a two component water based epoxy curing that is used to both cure and seal concrete. Epoxy.com Product #223 www.epoxy.com/223.htm is an excellent choice for installers that want a long pot life product that is easy to use. Epoxy.com Product #223 is an excellent choice as a sealer where waiting 28 days to seal the concrete is not an option. Product #223 can be installed as early as early as 7 days after the concrete is poured. Giving you early protection.

Allow the concrete to dry for 28 days so that most of the shrinkage at the expansion joint has taken place. Clean the crack thoroughly, then install a bond breaker “rope” in the bottom of the joint. Then fill the joints with Epoxy.com Product #11 Saw-Cut Control Joint Fillerwww.epoxy.com/11.htm. Epoxy.com Product #11 Saw-Cut Control Joint Filler is a 100% solids zero (0) VOC, flexible epoxy joint filler for saw-cut joints of concrete slabs on grade, or to repair existing slabs.Random cracks and improperly filled expansion joints are where the potholes in plant/shop floors are born. As steel and hard rubber wheels pass over these unfilled cracks and joints it hammers the edge of the crack in the direction of the travel. This action cause small chips. As the process continues small chips become larger chips. Soon you have a small pot hole and the damage continues to accelerate.

Epoxy.com Product #11 Saw-Cut Control Joint Filler absorbs the impact and shock of heavy loads and steel wheeled traffic, preventing erosion of control joint edges. Epoxy.com Product #11 prevents the “jack-hammer” effect on the joint that you are traveling towards. This will help prevent most if not all of the “pot-hole” effect that most plant floors see developing at their expansion joint over time.

If you want to seal your floor using a 100% solids epoxy use Epoxy.com Product #899 – www.epoxy.com/899.aspx for sealing the concrete. Epoxy.com also has a wide variety of shop floor coatings and trowel down systems. Contact Epoxy.com Technical Support Department with your specific needs for a recommendation.

Repairing Random Cracks in Floors with Methyl Methacrylate

Random cracking in plant / shop floors can easily and economically be repaired with Epoxy.com Product #685 Liquid MMA Polymer Crack Repair Resin a penetrating gravity feed crack healer for concrete. It is a two component Methyl Methacrylate resin system that polymerizes in place. The extremely low viscosity will penetrate into concrete cracks as fine as 0.003 inches. Epoxy.com Product #685 welds the crack back together making the concrete as strong as it was before it cracked.Repairing a Shop / Plant Floor with Epoxy After it is Damaged.

For those who have already built their buildings you can still fill all the joints especially in the traffic areas with Epoxy.com Product #11 – www.epoxy.com/11.htm. Filling the joints with Epoxy.com Product #11 will prevent additional potholes from forming in areas where there are none yet. To fill the “potholes” in level areas you will typically want Epoxy.com Product #25 – www.epoxy.com/25.htm. Epoxy.com Product #25 is a 100% solids epoxy resin and specially selected aggregate system. Units are preproportioned for ease of mixing and use on the jobsite. Epoxy.com Product #25 is a flowable, self-leveling grout, with handling and physical characteristics superior to similar grouts. Epoxy.com Product #25 is conveniently packaged and makes “pothole” repair in your shop/plant floor quick, easy, and economical. The Epoxy.com Product 25 is the best material when you are looking for a convenient packaging and is easy to use for small jobs.

For larger projects or surfaces that have a slope so you cannot use a self leveling material should use Epoxy.com Product #10 – www.epoxy.com/10.aspx and Epoxy.com Product #82 Mortar Blend Aggregate. With the right mixing equipment you can put up to 100 pounds of #82 into 1 mixed gallon of Epoxy.com Product #11. That gives you a nice stiff mix, and excellent economy. Epoxy.com Product #10 is a low-mod material, with high strength. That makes it perfectly suited for outdoor patching. Epoxy.com Product #10 is the best material for most large jobs.

If you cannot allow overnight for your epoxy patching material to cure you will want to use Epoxy.com Product #680 Polymer Concrete. Product #680 is a methyl methacrylate reactive resin concrete used for repair of concrete structures with a minimum of downtime. Epoxy.com Product #680 develops strength rapidly. Epoxy.com Product #680 Polymer Concrete can be put in service in as little as one hour even at temperatures below freezing. The Epoxy.com Product #680 polymer concrete produces extremely high strengths and is chemical resistant. Epoxy.com Product #680 is prepackaged for easy mixing and placing at the job site. Epoxy.com Product #680 Polymer concrete cures hard in about 1 hour, allowing for quick turnaround of the area being patched. Epoxy.com Product #680 is the best material when you need the patch to set in about an hour.

If the concrete has a lot of pitting in it, you can apply a “scratch-coat”. A “scratch-coat” is done as follows:

1. Carefully measure epoxy resin and hardener. Mix for 3 minutes.

2. Add aggregate to the mixed resin and hardener above, and mix completely.

3. Pour out the epoxy resin hardener and aggregate blend onto the concrete.

4. Then pull a very tight troweled coat over the entire surface, filling the low spots while scraping as much epoxy resin and aggregate material as possible away from the high spots.

The material for a “scratch-coat” is with Epoxy.com Product #10 – www.epoxy.com/10.htm and Epoxy.com Product #78 Self-Leveling filler. Epoxy.com Product #10 and Product #82 mortar blend aggregate is the best blend for building ramps and smoothing uneven transitions between slabs.

Just because your floor is already damaged by chemicals, doesn’t mean it is too late. Most floors can be saved with proper patching (as
discussed above) and a chemical resistant flooring system installed over the patching system. Contact Epoxy.com Technical Support for assistance.

Additional Related Reading

The installation of these materials above are beyond the scope of this page. Here are some areas to explore this in more detail:

Do with Epoxies

Don’ts with Epoxies

Surface Preparation

Chip Flooring Installation Guide

Coating Installation Guide

Coatings Calculator – for roller applications

Links to popular systems used in residential and commercial construction resin work


Air Plane Hangers and Garages

Coating Systems

Outside Decks and Drive Ways

Product Catalog

Bonding Systems

Waterproofing

Chips Flooring


Tip for today.Epoxy.com Novolac Epoxy

June 28, 2012

Tip for today:  Epoxy.com #633 has excellent chemical resistant properties. http://www.epoxy.com/633.aspx We recently had an inquiry with the installed product coming in contact with hundreds of gallons of sulfuric acid in a major spill situation.  We were contacted to see if Epoxy.com #633 had been compromised. The answer is no.  As long as the material has been properly installed without pinholes, all that is required is decontamination of the exterior surface of Epoxy.com #633 coating.  No removal or reinstallation of Epoxy.com # 633 will be required. Epoxy.com #633 is specially formulated to prevent a spill from become a catastrophe.

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Epoxy Education- The Strengths of Epoxy

June 18, 2012

Epoxy Educational Pages Anouncement:

The newest addition to Epoxy.com Education Pages is “Epoxy Resin Strengths Explained” which explains the 4 primary strengths that are very important for most civil and mechanical engineering applications of epoxy: compressive strength, tensile strength, flexural strength, and bond strength. “Epoxy Resin Strengths Explained” also discusses the test methods to measure these strengths.


Epoxy Installation Terminology

June 8, 2012

Epoxy.com technical support staff gets asked a lot about epoxy terminology. This page deals with the terms associated with epoxy  installation times.  Specifically “Epoxy Pot Life” sometimes called the epoxy’s “Working Time“, “Tack Free Time“, “Initial Cure”,  and “Final Cure” sometimes called the epoxy’s “Full Chemical Cure“.  Keep in mind that all of the information below assumes that the epoxy has been properly measured and mix. The information is specificall based on Epoxy.com Products, but is typically true about many 100% solids epoxies.

Epoxy Pot Life aka Working Time

The “Pot Life” of epoxy is the time that it takes for it to start gelling in the in the mix vessel (typically a bucket). One important thing to remember is that this is done by a standard which is 200 grams of the material at a given temperature typically 70° F or 77° F. So remember that the bigger you make the  batch of Epoxy.com resin, the faster the batch will set.  See the Epoxy Pot Life Page for more details.

Epoxy Tack Free Time

The “Tack Free Time” of the epoxy is pretty much just what it sounds like.  It is the time that the epoxy is no longer sticky to the touch. When the epoxy is “Tack Free” it can be handle or even walked on if necessary, but you will want to be careful because the epoxy will be very vulnerable to scratching right after it becomes “Tack Free”. The “Tack Free Time” given on the product’s Epoxy.com technical data sheet is also at a specific temperature, typically 77°F.

Epoxy Initial Cure Time

The “Initial Cure” is not the same as “Tack Free“.  Typically “Initial Cure” is about twice as long as the Tack Free Time. Most epoxies have about 80% of the epoxy’s final cure at “Initial Cure“. After the Epoxy’s “Initial Cure” the epoxy is still vulnerable to scratching, but typically strong enough that these scratching will be strictly esthetic and not structural. In cases where time permits and esthetics are essential you may want to wait 1.5 to 2 times the “Initial Cure” of the epoxy before you allow heavy traffic or rougher handling. The primary outside force that can effect this time is temperature. The epoxy’s “Initial Cure” time assumes the temperature indicated on the technical data sheet, or 77° F. if not otherwise specified.

Final Cure aka “Full Chemical Cure”

When the epoxy has reached its “Final Cure” it has achieved the strengths indicated on the Epoxy.com technical data sheet. It also means that the epoxy has reached its full water resistance and full chemical resistance. This time also is also effected by temperature, similar to all the other times listed above. One interesting note is that “Final Cure” when the epoxy is 99% cured.  Epoxy will continue to harden for as much as a year.  So  the “Final Cure” for epoxy is like the “28 day” cure on concrete.  It is typically said that the concrete is fully cured in 28 days.  In fact concrete will under the right conditions continue to cure for up to 100 years.

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  or visit Epoxy.com “Where to Start” Page for more information.

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Epoxy Systems, Inc Florida & Vermont USA
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Pot Life of 100% Solids Epoxy

June 7, 2012

As the Technical Support Director of Epoxy.com  I get a lot of email and phone calls about how to work with the relatively short potlife (typically 30-40 minutes) of 100% Solids Epoxy and similar resin systems.

It is important to understand that  Epoxy (and epoxy like resins) generate their own heat when mixed. So larger batches of epoxy  will generate more heat then smaller ones. The result of this is that larger batches of epoxy set faster than smaller batches. Start by mixing smaller batches of epoxy and then increase your batch size slowly.

To give you longer working times:

  • Make small batches that you can use in about 1/2 the working time of the material.  That will give you a little wiggle room and it will make your epoxy easier to use.
  • Be sure the product is cool when you mix it.  For best handling properties I like my material in the upper 60’s or lower 70’s. F.

See To Do With Epoxy for more installation tips.

Norm Lambert – Epoxy.com Technical Support Director


Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)

December 23, 2010


Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Horizontal Concrete Repair and Patching Resins

Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) repair and patching resins for vertical surfaces, can be placed very economically.  Surfaces repaired with Epoxy.com MMA Systems can be opened to traffic quickly (typically in two hours or less), dramatically reducing turn around time and the inconvinence associated with the longer down time of other materials .

Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)
      Floor and Wall Coating, Flooring and Decking Systems

Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Seamless Flooring and Seamless Decking  Systems may be installed on most surfaces, including old or new concrete, wood, and metal. Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Seamless Flooring and Decking Systems are waterproof. Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate Flooring Systems can be used as a solid color, with colored quartz, or Epoxy.com Flooring Chips. Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible Methacrylate can be used for crack isolation and waterproofing where movement is anticipated.
Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Seamless Flooring and Seamless Decking Systems are very easy and fast to install. They can even be installed at temperatures down to -22°F allowing them to be used in Freezer Rooms and extend the installation season for outside seamless decking and seamless flooring applications. The Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring and Decking Systems are wear-resistant, shock absorbing (impact resistant) and can take full traffic and loads within 2 hours of installation.
  • Epoxy.com Product #690 Medium Viscosity Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Sealer and Top Coating is a 100% reactive, medium viscosity methyl methacrylate resin developed as a sealer/topcoat over Epoxy.com Product #697 and Epoxy.com Product #698 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring and Decking Systems.

  • Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Primer is a 100% reactive Methyl Methacrylate primer for all Epoxy.com MMA floor and wall systems. Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Primer also provides excellent filling and sealing as a scratch work filler (with filler added) to level uneven floor and wall surfaces. Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Primer is a reactive Methyl Methacrylate resin, which hardens rapidly with the addition of Epoxy.com Product #695 MMA hardener, even at low temperatures.
  • Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible MMA Membrane is a Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring, Decking Bridge  Mortar Resin is a higher viscosity, 100% reactive, flexible (up to 300% elongation) Methyl Methacrylate resin used as a crack isolation or waterproofing membrane under Epoxy.com Product #697 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Based Resin Systems. Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) resists cracking caused by horizontal substrate movement providing a crack resistant, resilient surface. Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) offers stress relieving properties for floor slabs showing movement and/or vibration. It may also be used by itself when maximum flexibility of the entire system is required.  When used by itself Epoxy.com Product #692 MMA Membrane must be sealed with Epoxy.com Product #693 Semi-Flexible MMA Coating.
  • Epoxy.com Product #693 Semi-Flexible MMA Coating is a 100% reactive, medium viscosity methyl methacrylate resin developed as a topcoat for exterior or interior use with Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible MMA Membrane based Systems.  Epoxy.com Product #695 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Coating is semi-flexible designed primarily for outside use and will not yellow after curing. Its excellent clarity makes it ideal for sealing color quartz and vinyl flake systems. It is excellent for exterior applications such as parking decks, concrete and steel stairs, ramps, solid wooden decks, concrete  and patios as well as numerous other applications.
  • Epoxy.com Product #694 Pigment Packs for use in all Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate Products #690 – Product #699, and for use in Epoxy.com Products that are available in a neutral tint base. Available in 15 colors plus black and white.
  • Epoxy.com Product #695 Hardener Powder (BPO) for Epoxy.com MMA Flooring Systems is for use with Epoxy.com Products #691, #692 and #693. Epoxy.com Product #695 Hardener Powder (BPO) for Epoxy.com MMA Flooring Systems dosing can be changed due to temperature and desired set time / working time. Epoxy.com Product #695 must be well mixed with Epoxy.com MMA before adding any other aggregates and fillers.  After mixing the Epoxy.com Product #695 Hardening Powder into Epoxy.com  MMA the polymerization reaction which leads to the hardening of the MMA begins.
  • Epoxy.com Product #697 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Binder Resin – a 100% reactive methyl methacrylate binder resin and top coat for self leveling, broadcasting, and troweled mortar systems. Epoxy.com Product #697 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Binder Resin is ideal for decorative troweled and broadcast quartz floors and industrial surfacing subject to heavy loads and traffic. Typical thickness of this system is between 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch thick.
  • Epoxy.com Product #698 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Binder Resin  is a 100% reactive, low viscosity, flexible methyl methacrylate resin for use as a binder for low resin content troweled mortars and polymer concrete. The resin is ideal for making repairs and to change the slope on floors, bridge decks and joint headers. Epoxy.com Product #698 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Binder Resin  can be installed as thick as 2.5 inches in one operation.
  • Epoxy.com Product #699 Low Viscosity Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Sealer is a 100% reactive, low viscosity methyl methacrylate resin developed as a chemical resistant sealer/topcoat. Epoxy.com Product #699 Low Viscosity Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Sealer cures to a hard, scratch and wear resistant surface and is specifically designed for dry service in areas subjected to high traffic such as manufacturing areas, aisles, lobbies, service areas, and numerous other applications. Epoxy.com Product #699 Low Viscosity Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Sealer is used as a sealer for Epoxy.com Product #697 and Epoxy.com Product #698 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Binder Resin Systems .
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Proper mixing and installation is critical to the optimal success of all product.  See Installation Tips, Techdata, & MSDS for more details on our products.  Be sure to contact us with any questions and/or concerns that you have.

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Epoxy.com Zero VOC Epoxy Primers and Sealers

December 14, 2010

Epoxy.com Catalog of Products

November 28, 2010

Epoxy.com Product Catalog

Here is a list of the current Epoxy.com Products.  In addition to the products below, we also have products which we can “custom” make to your specifications. This page is the most  frequently updated on our website.  So please check this page often, to see our latest product additions.

Injection and Binary Delivery Systems

  • Injection Machines
  • Manual Injection Pump
  • Injection Ports
  • Binary Tubes 75 ML
  • Binary Tubes 150 ML
  • Binary Tubes 300 ML
  • Static Mixing Tubes for Binary Tubes
  • Manual Gun for Binary Tubes
  • Pneumatic Gun

Misc. Products

  • Fiberglass Tape 4 and 6 inch wide
  • Fiberglass Woven For Reinforcement
  • Gage Rake for overlays
  • Mixing Paddles – drill mixers, Speedy mixers, Mud and Resin Mixers, and Cast head mixers
  • Spiked Rollers- for overlays
  • Spinney Rollers – for overlays
  • Shed Resistant Roller Covers
  • Professional Rollers Covers
  • Jumbo  2 1/4 Diameter Core Roller Covers
  • Perforated Core Roller Covers
  • Roller Handles
  • Floor Squeegees
  • Serrated Edge Floor Squeegees
  • Wood Back Squeegees
  • Mini Roller Covers and Frames
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paint Brushes
  • Bondable PTFE Cut to Order
  • Graffiti Cleaner
  • and more …

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A Division of Epoxy Systems, Inc
20774 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Dunnellon, Florida 34431
Over 350 products,
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Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flexible Membrane System

October 7, 2010

Epoxy.com Product #692

Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Mortar System

For use in Epoxy.com Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring, Decking & Bridge
Deck Systems


Perfect for outdoor and cold weather installation

DESCRIPTION

Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring, Decking
Bridge  Mortar Resin is a higher viscosity, 100% reactive, flexible methyl
Methacrylate resin used as a crack isolation or waterproofing membrane under Epoxy.com MMA Systems. Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible
Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) resists cracking caused by horizontal substrate movement providing a crack resistant, resilient surface.
Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) offers stress relieving properties for floor slabs showing movement and/or
vibration.

Excellent for use as an intermediate layer in:

  • Loading docks
  • ramps
  • equipment rooms
  • large animal rooms
  • activity rooms
  • automotive and
    tooling industry
  • freezers
  • coolers
  • bridge decks
  • pedestrian walkways
  • parking garages
  • ship decks
  • joint repair
  • food industry
  • dairies
  • beverage industry
  • numerous other applications.

ADVANTAGES

  • Crack resistant flexibility Elongation of 300%.
  • Reduces noise created by mechanical vibrations.
  • May be applied in thickness of 1/8″-¼ “.

CONSIDERATIONS

  • For improved intermediate adhesion, broadcast Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)  with 16-30 mesh
    silica sand.
  • Concrete must be dry, free of dirt, waxes, curing agents and other foreign materials.
  • Do not store outside in direct sunlight , storage temperature must be < 80°F.
  • On or below grade installation must have an efficient vapor barrier under the
    slab (minimum 10-15 mil).
  • Moisture vapor transmission must be less than 3 lbs per ASTM-F-1869 and less
    than 80% RH per
    ASTM F-2170.

COMPOSITION

Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring, Decking
Bridge  Mortar Resin is a 100% reactive methyl methacrylate resin.

COLOR SELECTION

Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) is supplied clear
(slight haze). Color packs are available for selected colors. Color pack mix
ratio is 1 quart pigment per 5 gallons resin. See Epoxy.com MMA color card.

SURFACE PREPARATION

Surface preparation is the most critical portion of any successful resinous
flooring system. All substrates must be prepared as indicated on the
Epoxy.com Surface Preparation Guide.

MIXING AND INSTALLATION

Epoxy.com Product #692 Flexible Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) is typically used in
conjunction with fillers and fine aggregate and requires the addition of Epoxy.com Product #695 MMA
hardener to start the hardening process. The amount of hardener must be adjusted
to the respective surface temperature (see table). At temperatures below 40°F, Accelerator 101 must be
used in addition to the amount of hardener used at the 40°F level (about ½ oz by vol./gal. @ 32°F up to 2.0 oz by
vol./gal. @ -20°F).

Typical Slurry/Topping Formula

Material Weight Volume
Epoxy.com Product #692 8.4 lbs. 1.0 gal.
Epoxy.com Product #82 Leveling Filler 20 lbs. 1.8 gal.
Pigment Pack N/A 6.4 Vol. oz.
Epoxy.com Product #695 MMA Hardener Follow chart Follow Chart
 

Add hardener to the clear resin and blend; add dry powders and mix thoroughly
with propeller mixer. Blend pigment and mix for 1-2 minutes until no lumps are present. Apply mix to the
primed surface using a gauge rake or notched trowel. The above mixture will yield approximately 1.8 gal. of
slurry. Coverage is:

3/32 inch 30 sq ft
1/8 inch 22-23 sq ft
3/16 inch 15.0 sq ft
1/4 inch 11.3 sq ft

The fresh slurry coat must be broadcast to excess with a wearing coarse of
aggregate. Rates will vary from 0.25-1.25#/sq ft depending on type and size of aggregate. It is recommended to
broadcast 16-30 mesh aggregate. Do not use broadcast aggregate smaller than 30 mesh. Aggregate may be
natural or colored quartz, sand, aluminum oxide, emery, etc.

Epoxy.com Product #692  systems must be top coated, protected, or sealed with Epoxy.com
Product #693 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Top Coating. These can be either
pigmented or non-pigmented.

Pot Life and Hardening/Temperature

Temp. (°F) of
Resin, Air & Floor
Surface

Hardener by
Vol.(oz.)

Based on Gallon

of #692 MMA Resin

Pot Life (min.)

Hardening

Time(min.)

+41 8.0 Approx. 25 Approx. 70
+50 7.0 Approx. 25 Approx. 65
+68 5 Approx. 20 Approx. 50
+70 5 Approx. 20 Approx. 45
Below 41°F Epoxy.com Product # 696 Accelerator must be used in addition to the amount of hardener
used at the 41°F level (about ½ oz by vol./gal. @ 32°F up to 2.0 oz by vol./gal. @ -20°F).

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Percent Solids 100%
Working Life, 50° – 70° 20-25 min.
Recoat Time 55-75 Min.
Viscosity, cps 1,100-1,200 cps
Weight per Gallon 8.3 lbs
Compressive Strength 2,500-3,000 psi
Tensile Strength 75-80 psi
Elongation at Break 300%

CLEAN-UP

Clean tools and equipment with lacquer thinner or MEK. Consult Material Safety Data Sheet for safety and health precautions.

STORAGE

Store in a cool and dry place, below 80°F, out of direct sunlight. Do not store
near open flame or food. Shelf life is 4-6 months in the original unopened containers.

HELPFUL HINTS

Additives and fillers can separate with storage. Stir thoroughly before using or
removing from drum.

Adequate cross ventilation should be provided. Good ventilation during the processing ensures a good cross
linking and hardening. Read, understand and follow Material Safety Data Sheets and Application Instructions
prior to use.

Use only as directed. If substrate and/or material temperature is above 90°F, DO
NOT apply material.

For industrial Use only.

Keep out of reach of children.

Contact Epoxy.com Technical Support with your questions about this
product at 352-533-2167. Epoxy.com Technical Support Department can help you
with the selection, specification, installation, and maintenance of
Epoxy.com products, or visit http://www.epoxysystems.com.

Norm Lambert
President &
Director of Technical Support
Epoxy Systems, Inc
Available by Phone M-F 9AM-4PM Eastern Time (6 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time)
352-533-2167 (Voice)
352-465-3497 (fax)
norm@epoxy.com

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Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Primer

October 6, 2010

Epoxy.com Product #691

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Primer


DESCRIPTION

Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Primer is a 100%
reactive Methyl Methacrylate primer for all
Epoxy.com MMA floor and wall
systems
. Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Primer also
provides excellent filling and sealing as a scratch work filler (with filler
added) to level uneven floor and wall surfaces. Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl
Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Prime
r is a reactive Methyl Methacrylate resin, which
hardens rapidly with the addition of Epoxy.com Product #695 MMA hardener, even
at low temperatures.

ADVANTAGES

  • Fast cure (60 min.) for rapid recoat.
  • Good wetting properties for excellent bond to concrete.
  • VOC compliant (100% solids).
  • Full strength in less than 1 hour.
  • Use over wide temperature range – even below freezing.

CONSIDERATION

  • Substrate must be dry and free of dirt, waxes, curing agents and other foreign materials.
  • Should not be installed on fresh concrete until maximum shrinkage has occurred (at least 30 days after placement).
  • On or below grade installation must have an efficient vapor barrier under the slab (minimum 10-15 mil).
  • Moisture Vapor Transmission must be less than 3 lbs per ASTM-F-1869 and less than 80% RH perASTM F-2170.

COMPOSITION

Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Primer is a 100% reactive
Methyl Methacrylate resin.

COLOR SELECTION

Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Primer is supplied clear. Color packs are available for selected colors. Color pack
mix ratio is 1 quart pigment per 5 gallons resin. See Epoxy.com MMA Color Card.

SURFACE PREPARATION

Surface preparation is the most critical portion of any successful resinous
flooring system. All substrates must be properly prepared as outlined in
Epoxy.com Surface Preparation Guide.

MIXING AND INSTALLATION

Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Primer requires the addition of Epoxy.com Product #695 Hardener to start the hardening
process. The amount of hardener must be adjusted to the respective surface temperature (see table below). At temperatures below 40°F, Accelerator 101 must be used in addition to the amount of hardener
used at the 40°F level (about ° oz by vol./gal. @ 32°F up to 2.0 oz by vol./gal. @ -20°F).

Epoxy.com Product #691
MMA Primer 
SUBSTRATE/MATERIAL TEMPERATURE (°F) Epoxy.com Product #695 MMA Hardener (BPO)VOL OZ.PER GALLON OF RESIN
30°F 12.7
40°F 9.0
50°F 7.5
60°F 5.5
70°F 3.5
90°F 1.8

See Epoxy.com Product #695 MMA Hardener
Tech Data Sheet for more details and catalyzing Epoxy.com
Product #691.

Spread
Epoxy.com Product #691 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring Primer 
evenly on the surface (no puddles) with notched trowels, and/or squeegees
and back rolled with short nap mohair rollers at no less than 100 sq ft/gal. on very
absorbent surfaces. Two coats may be necessary to get an even, resin-rich surface to bond with the next layer.

It is recommended to broadcast 16-30 mesh quartz sand (approximately 4 lbs/100 sq ft) into the wet primer. This
will help in the application of the coating or troweled mortar. Apply next application only after the primer is
completely hardened.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Percent Reactive 100% (Zero VOC)
Working Life 10-15 min.
Recoat Time Approx. 60 min.
Viscosity 250-270 cps
Weight per Gallon 8.3 lbs

CLEAN UP

Clean tools and equipment with lacquer thinner or MEK. Consult Material
Safety Data Sheet for safety and health precautions.

COVERAGE

100 square feet per gallon, minimum thickness.

STORAGE

Store in a cool and dry place, below 80°F, out of direct sunlight. Do not
store near open flame or food. Shelf life is 4 months in the original unopened containers.

HELPFUL HINTS

Adequate cross ventilation should be provided. Good ventilation during the
processing ensures a good cross linking and hardening. Read, understand and follow Material Safety Data
Sheets and Application Instructions prior to use. Use only as directed. If substrate and/or material temperature is above
90°F, DO NOT apply material.

For industrial Use only.

Keep out of reach of children.

Contact Epoxy.com Technical Support with your questions about this
product at 352-533-2167. Epoxy.com Technical Support Department can help you
with the selection, specification, installation, and maintenance of
Epoxy.com products, or visit http://www.epoxysystems.com.

Norm Lambert
President &
Director of Technical Support
Epoxy Systems, Inc
Available by Phone M-F 9AM-4PM Eastern Time (6 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time)
352-533-2167 (Voice)
352-465-3497 (fax)
norm@epoxy.com

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New Epoxy.com Electro Static Dissipative Epoxy

September 1, 2010

Epoxy.com announces a new ESD Epoxy Product

New Epoxy Electrostic Dissipative (ESD) Epoxy Coating

Less Expensive, Easier to Use, More Durable


Epoxy.com Product #677

Electro Static Dissipative (ESD) /CONDUCTIVE COATING


DESCRIPTION

Epoxy.com Product #677 is a pigmented, water-based epoxy coating designed to achieve either an electro-static dissipative (ESD) finish or conductive finish by
modifying the underlying system components and thickness. Epoxy.com Product #677 has very low odor making it suitable for use in occupied
buildings and has high bond strength and adhesion to concrete and other surfaces.

ADVANTAGES

  • Durable, Attractive, Chemical Resistant, Non-Porous, Light Reflective Finish.
  • Low Odor during application and cure.
  • Maintains Electrical Conductivity Performance over the Wear Life of the System
  • Fast Dry and Re-coat Time.
  • Easy Clean-up.
  • Provides an ESD finish in the range of 1,000,000 to 1,000,000,000 ohms resistance when used over a non-conductive
    primer/basecoat or a conductive finish in the range of 25,000 to 1,000,000 ohms resistance when used over a conductive primer/basecoat.

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Substrate must be above 50°F and relative humidity below 85% for proper curing.
  • Substrate must be free of dirt, waxes, curing agents and other foreign materials.
  • Excessive moisture in the substrate will require a moisture vapor control treatment.

TYPICAL USES

Concrete floors and walls in electronic component assembly areas, data processing, military/aerospace, pharmaceutical plants,
hazardous industries (dust or explosion hazards). For use in any areas where the build-up of static electricity is a concern or a spark-proof floor is required.

APPLICATION

SURFACE PREPARATION

Surface Preparation is the most critical portion of any successful resinous flooring system application. All
substrates must be properly prepared and tested for moisture as outlined in Epoxy.com
Surface Preparation Guidelines.

INSTALLATION

Mix Part B of Epoxy.com Product #677 prior to combining. Mix 1 part Part A with 2 parts Part B. Epoxy.com Product #677 at a rate of 200 ft2
per gallon per coat with a short nap roller. Care should be taken to avoid
puddles. Two coats are necessary to insure uniform coverage.

Epoxy.com Product #677 Thin-Film ESD Epoxy Coating System 12-15 Mils(1,000,000-1,000,000,000 ohms)

Material Qty./ 1000 SF Coverage
1. Epoxy.com Product #899 Epoxy Primer 4-5 gallons 200-250 SF /gallon
2. Epoxy.com Product #677 ESD/Conductive Epoxy Coating 5 gallons 200 SF /gallon
3. Epoxy.com Product #677 ESD/Conductive Epoxy Coating 5 gallons 200 SF /gallon

CLEAN-UP

Clean skin with soap and water. Tools and equipment should be cleaned with warm soapy water, xylene or lacquer thinner. Consult Material Safety Data for safety and health precautions.

COMPOSITION

Waterborne Epoxy Resin and Conductive Fillers

COVERAGE

Epoxy.com Product #677, when applied at 200 SF per gallon, yields 5.2 �to 6.0 mils dry film thickness.

TECHNICAL DATA

Viscosity @ 75°F 600-1000 CPS
Mixing Ratio 1 Part A to 2 Parts B by Volume
Solids Content, by volume 50-55%
Volatile Organic Content (VOC) <20 gm/L
Bond Strength to Concrete 400-500 psi (100% concretefailure
Weight per Gallon, mixed 8.75-9.00 pounds per gallon, mixed

CURE/DRY TIME

Pot Life 20-30 min.
Dry to touch 6 hours @ 75°F
Recoat 8-24 hours @ 75°F
Light Traffic 24 hours @ 75°F
�H� Hardness 2 days
�5-H� Hardness 30 days

AVAILABILITY

Contact Epoxy.com Customer Service Department at 321-206-1833

Maintenance

Remove animal fats, oil, grease or soap film promptly to reduce slipperiness. Epoxy.com Product #677 can be cleaned with neutral soaps and detergents.
If long periods of heavy traffic cause wear patterns reapply as need.
Anti-skid materials will reduce the effectiveness of the static dissipative
properties of this material.  Do not use aggressive anti-skids. It is
impossible to get an accurate reading of the conductivity of the floor if
anti-skids are used.

Technical Services

Contact Epoxy.com Technical Support with your questions about this
product at 352-533-2167. Epoxy.com Technical Support Department can help you
with the selection, specification, installation, and maintenance of
Epoxy.com products, or visit http://www.epoxysystems.com.

Norm Lambert
President &
Director of Technical Support
Epoxy Systems, Inc
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352-533-2167 (Voice)
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Epoxy.com Splash Zone and Under Water Coating and Paste

August 19, 2010


Below are some of the questions that have been emailed to Norm Lambert at norm@epoxy.com and some of his answers.
Have a question for Epoxy.com?  If so, please email Epoxy.com Technical Support.

Patching and Coating With Epoxy.com Products at and Below the Water Line

Q: I am looking for a material that I can use to patch and coat a concrete seawall.  I need to repair areas where the salt damage has eaten away
the concrete, and protect the rest of the surfaces. The area I need to do is in the tidal zone.  I can clean up the concrete, dry it up (if I
need to) and apply the a material  during low tide, but the product will need to be either very fast setting or be able to cure under water when
the tide comes in.  What do you recommend?

Norm Lambert: First you will want to do good surface prepartion – www.epoxy.com/surfaceprep.aspx. Then you will want to use Epoxy.com Product #707 Splash Zone Coating and Underwater Paste is a moisture-insensitive, two-component, 100% solids epoxy-resin system. When mixed at a 1:1 ratio, by volume, this product produces a paste-like material that is ideal for protection or restoration of concrete, steel and timber piles and other structural elements in marine environments. It will easily do what you are looking to do and a whole lot more as well.

 Epoxy.com Product #707 Splash Zone Coating and Underwater Paste has a long pot-life, and is available in a
fast Cure.  Epoxy.com Product #707 Splash Zone Coating and Underwater Paste can be hand applied, above, at or below the water line. 
It resists wave action and will even bond to wet surfaces.

Norm Lambert
President &
Director of Technical Support
Epoxy Systems, Inc
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352-533-2167 (Voice)
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