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.


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