Extending The Epoxy Install Season

October 17, 2017

Cold Temperature Epoxy

Installing Epoxy on Garage Floors in Cold Temperatures

Extend Epoxy Installation Season into Winter

It is that time of year again when I start getting  a lot of calls and emails about installing epoxy in cold temperatures. epoxy_color_chart_s

The best time to protect your floor is before it sees any salt at all. If you have a new garage floor now is the time to protect it.  It is still possible to do older floors but the more salt it sees the more difficult and expensive it can be.

The night temperatures are dropping this time of year. It is still possible to coat your garage floor before temperatures drop too low. Our cold temperature epoxies will cure with substrate temperatures as low as 35 degrees F, although it will set a lot faster at 40 degrees F.

Protecting your garage floors is especially  important in areas that will see salt from roads or ocean spray.  You will want to protect your garage from the ravaging effects of salt deterioration. Without protecting your floor salt will damage your garage floor and make for very expensive repairs later if it is not well protected.

It is not too late to protect your floor even in cold climates if you move quickly now.  Without this protection your garage floor will not be as nice come spring as it is now.  The damage that takes place is not only aesthetic but structural.

Cold Temperatures Epoxies

Cold Temperature Cure Epoxy Resins allow installation to be done at low temperatures as low as 35°F., (although it sets a lot faster at 40°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.

Commonly Used Cold Temperature epoxies

Product #1 Cold Temperature Cure Epoxy Coating is 100% solids and specially formulated coatings for cold temperature applications. Cold Temperature Epoxy Coating #1 is able to cure at temperatures as low as 35°F. It has Zero (0) VOCs. Since it has no VOCs, it has no solvent so it meets the strictest possible standard for a low VOC coating. It is often used in coolers and food preparation areas that require constant low temperatures. Product #1 Cold Temperature Cure Epoxy Coating is also frequently used in room temperature applications to meet super-fast cure, limited shutdown needs.

Product #10 Cold Temperature Curing Epoxy Mortar Resin – This product has a low modulus of elasticity (flexibility) and is Low Viscosity. The low viscosity allows heavy loading of the right fillers. The heavy filler loading helps not only to save money, but helps to maintain better thermal coefficient with respect to concrete and steel. The low modulus of elasticity prevents it from being brittle making it less vulnerable to thermal coefficient differences. It also gives it better impact resistance.

You can find more information on cold temperature cured epoxy at: http://www.epoxy.com/EpoxyColdCured.aspx.

Please send me your questions to me by email to norm@epoxy.com


Existing Epoxy Seamless Floor Repair

June 29, 2017

Epoxy.com Materials have nearly 40 years of history with their seamless flooring products.  These high quality products seldom have to be repaired.  There have been a few times with Epoxy.com Products where the floor has been damaged in a fire, or a piece of equipment has been moved exposing an area that had not been done before.

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Picture of a Terrazzo Floor patched with an accent color.

The most difficult thing to do in repairing existing seamless floor is matching the color. The solution to this problem is a simple one: don’t try to match it, try to accent it.  Do this in a way that it looks like it is part of a design. This adds aesthetic appeal while creating an easy solution to the color matching issue.

Are you going to add additional seamless flooring next to the flooring to be patched?  If so use the accent color for the new area of flooring. That helps to tie all the colors back together.

For a complete list of seamless flooring epoxies please visit – www.epoxy.com. You can also email us, or call Epoxy.com  Technical Support Department at 352-533-2167.


NOVOLAC EPOXY WALL COATING – 100% SOLIDS

January 23, 2017

High Chemical Resistance Epoxy Coating

Epoxy.com Product #633W


Introducing highly chemically resistant Novolac epoxy wall coating.  Bring your chemical resistance to new heights. Apply this Novolac Epoxy Wall Coating on walls in thicker coats, with less runs.  Same great chemical resistant Novolac Epoxy as Product #633, but thicker.

Description

Epoxy.com Product #633W is a 100% solids epoxy novolac coating ideal for harsh chemical and solvent environments. “W” designates High Viscosity formulation for improved film build on vertical surfaces. Epoxy #633W can be used as a seal coat for various Epoxy.com products and systems where extreme chemical resistant performance is required, such as secondary containment, solvent storage, pump pads, trenches, chemical process areas, and other high exposure areas.

Epoxy Novolac Wall Coating is 100% solids, modified amine adduct cured epoxy novolac (novolac epoxy) resin.

Advantages

  • Exhibits excellent resistance to strong acids, alkalis, and most industrial chemicals and solvents.
  • Can be applied in occupied facilities.
  • Can be applied in cool damp conditions.
  • Can be rapidly re-coated in ambient conditions.

Considerations

Good surface preparation is one of the most important parts of the installation of a high end coating. Be sure to follow our
Surface Preparation Guide before installing this product.

Installation

  1. Review and follow epoxy installation tips
  2. Properly prepare the substrate.
  3. Mix small batches of the material with 2 parts “A” and one part “B”, being sure to completely mix for 3 min. Mix only what you can use in half the potlife. Remember the bigger the batch the faster it will setup in your bucket
  4. Installation methods will vary from job to job. Typical application is by brush and quality roller.
  5. Contact Epoxy.com Technical Support with any questions that you have.

Physical Properties

Color See Color Chart
Gloss, 60°F 100
Solids Contentr 100%
Mix Ratio 2A to 1B by Volume
Pot Life 20 min @ 75°F
VOC 0.0

Dry Time

Foot Traffic @ 75°F 10-12 hours
Recoat #75&deg:F 4 hours minimum, 16 hours maximum
Exposures to Chemicals @ 75°F 5 days

Chemical Resistance

REAGENT

RATING

Acetic Acid 30% R
Acetone L
Methylene Chloride L
Crude Oil R
Diesel Fuel R
Ethylene Glycol R
Fatty Acids R
Gasoline R
Metyl Ethyl Ketone L
Hydrochloric Acid- 36% R
Urea R
Bleach R
Citric Acid R
Skydrol R
Sodium Hydroxide – 50% R
Sulfuric Acid – 98% R
Toluene R
Lactic Acid R
Nitric Acid 20% R
Xylene R
R = Recommended for Intermittent Immersion

L = Limited recommendation, occasional spills

Performance Properties

Tensile Strength ASTM-D-638 10,400 psi
Adhesion to concrete ACI Committee 403 300-440+ psi (100% concrete
failure)
Hardness ASTM-D-2240 86 Shore D
Abrasion Resistance ASTM-C-501 (CS-17 Wheel) 30 mg loss
Service Temperature MIL-D-3134F 180°F – 325&deg:F (Dry Heat)
Elongation 2.5%

For more information visit our website at http://www.epoxy.com, email us at info@epoxy.com or call technical support at: 352-533-2167.


Epoxy Installation Instructions

January 5, 2017

How to Install Epoxy.com Resin Systems


INSTALLING EPOXY RESIN SYSTEMS

Proper mixing and installation is critical to the best success of all epoxy products.  This page is to help you find the right installation information that you need to install Epoxy Resin Systems.

Surface Preparation for Epoxy Resin Installation

All quality installation start with quality surface preparationThis guide will help you to know how to properly prepare your substrate for installation of Epoxy or any other high quality resin system. Improper surface preparation could turn what seems to be a simple process into a lengthy, difficult repair.

Do and Don’t do with epoxy.

These guides will help you to not make the common mistakes that people do and the things the people don’t do that can lead to a problem or even a failure of your epoxy resin installation.

Job Supplies Required to Install Epoxy Resin Systems

This list 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.

Epoxy Installation Guides

Epoxy Chip Flooring System
Installation Guide

Epoxy Chip Flooring Installation Guide. Floors have a special role to play in interior design. The heavy technical demands made on floors often make the use of certain decorative products simply impossible. The use of color chips can change all that! Color chips are increasingly being used in combination with “wet” products such as Product #315 Seamless Polymeric Multi-Colored Flake Chip Floor Resurfacing System to create decorative floors with more to offer than other ornamental products…Quality! This installation guide takes you step by step through the installation of Epoxy Chip Flooring Product #315.

Product #1 High Build Epoxy Coating 21-27 mils – All Purpose Epoxy Floor Coating Installation Guide.

Product #1 All Purpose High Build Epoxy Floor Coating 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 and as a decorative waterproof coating for walls, floors, tanks, etc. Installation Guide For All Purpose High Build Epoxy Floor Coating #1.

1ESD / Conductive – Electrostatic Dissipative Epoxy Floor Coating Installation Guide

Conductive Epoxy Floor Coating Installation Guide –  Product #1ESD Epoxy Coating System consists of Product #899 Epoxy Primer followed with one finish coat of Product #1ESD/Conductive Epoxy Coating. Product #1ESD/Conductive is available in pigmented finish only. Product #1ESD Epoxy Coating System will test in the �ESD� range, between 1,000,000 and 1,000,000,000 ohms electrical resistance when Product #1ESD/Conductive is applied over a non-conductive primer (or non-conductive bodycoat), and produces a 12-15 mil thick ESD floor coating system. This guide will take tell you how to install the Conduct Epoxy Floor Coating.

Product  #2 High Chemical Resistance Epoxy Floor Coating Installation Guide

Chemical Resistant Epoxy Coating Product #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.This guide will take take you through the steps to
install the Conduct Epoxy Floor Coating.

Product #15 Chemical Resistant Epoxy Quartz Flooring

Product #15 Chemical Resistant Quartz Flooring Installation – Single Broadcast Installation Method

Product #633 Novolac Highly Chemical Resistant Novolac Epoxy Floor Coating Installation Guide

Product #633 Novolac Epoxy Chemical Resistant Epoxy Coating is a 100% solids epoxy Novolac coating ideal for harsh chemical and solvent resistant applications. Product #633 Novolac Epoxy Chemical Resistant Epoxy Coating is used in secondary containment, solvent storage, pump pads, trenches, and other high exposure areas. This Installation Guide will help you install Product #633 Novolac Epoxy Chemical Resistant Epoxy Coating. You can also find more information with pictures about installation on this page the Epoxy.com Blog.

Epoxy Injection Installation

Epoxy Injection – This Guide will take you through the basics of doing epoxy injection.  Epoxy injection is one of the most economical, to make a structural repair and waterproofing in cracked concrete.

Additional Installation Guides

These are just a few or our most popular products for additional products and guides pleas contact us at:

 For more information visit our website at: www.epoxy.com , call technical support at 352-533-2167 or email us at info@epoxy.com.


Care of Epoxy Floors

November 1, 2016

Epoxy Flooring Systems and Coatings

Daily Maintenance of Seamless Flooring and Floor Coatings

  • Sweep the floors daily.epoxy_chip_flooring_263s
  • If abrasive particles  are present they should be removed by mopping with common household detergents and rinsed completely.  Be sure not to use the detergent at a concentration higher than that recommended by the manufacturer of the floor cleaning material.  Be sure to test any cleaner that you haven’t used before on a sample of the Seamless Flooring Material or Seamless Floor coating.  You may want to be sure to prepare these samples as you are installing the floor so they will be available to you at a later time.
  • Promptly remove grease, and other contaminants from the surface of the floor
  • Be sure to rinse off all chemical solutions that may attack the surface.

Weekly Maintenance of Seamless Flooring and Floor Coatings

Smooth Systems

All seamless flooring and floor coatings should be mopped on a regular bases with a neutral soap or detergent, and completely rinsed. Be sure not to use the detergent at a concentration higher than that recommended by the manufacturer of the floor cleaning material.

Be sure to test any cleaner that you haven’t used before on a sample of the Seamless Flooring Material or Seamless Floor coating.

Mop should be rinsed often. Synthetic mops tend to work better on textured surfaces than cotton mops. The water should be changed frequently as well. Smooth floors are easily cleaned this way. It may be necessary to give extra care to areas that are subject to heavy traffic, hard rubber wheels, and steel wheels that leave marks. In these situations you can use the methods used for textured floors for these more difficult to remove contamination.

Textured Systems

Textured systems may require the use of a stiff bristled brush or floor scrubber to reach to bottom of the anti-skid texture.  Severe problem areas can be treated as follows:

Grease Removal

Grease is typically removed by Tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) or other commonly available biodegradable cleaner. Contact Epoxy.comTechnical Support Department with your specific questions.

Removing Dairy Products

Dairy products should be removed immediately as they may cause staining on some types of seamless flooring and seamless floor coating systems.

Tire Marks Removal

Scrub the area(s) with a stiff bristled brush and using the same biodegradable floor cleaner that you are using to mop with.

Stubborn Dirt or Stain Removal

When you are trying to remove stubborn dirt or stains,allow the biodegradable cleaner to set in the area for a little while longer and do the work for you. Then completely rinse to area to remove the cleaner and the dirt.

Chemical Spills

You should always rinse strong chemicals as quickly as possible completely from the surface. Chemicals allowed to dry on the surface typically become more concentrated as they dry.  That may cause the chemical to get concentrated enough to stain or even attack the seamless floor or seamless floor coating.

Waxing and Polishing of Seamless Flooring and Seamless Floor Coatings

Epoxy.com Epoxy and Urethane Seamless Flooring and Seamless Floor Coating Systems are very shinny and so waxing or polishing are not necessary.  If a floor is very old, or has seen extremely high traffic this shine may dull.  If it does then you can wax or polish the floor with standard commercial products that are designed for that purpose. Better yet, if this happens, you may want to renew or refinish your system – see below.

Renewing and Refinishing Seamless Flooring and Seamless Floor Coating Systems

Epoxy.com Epoxy and Urethane Seamless Flooring and Seamless Floor Coating Systems are designed to withstand heavy traffic and wear.  However, if there is enough traffic and/or abuse to cause the system to loose its shine, or show visible signs of wear, you may wish to restore the floor by “re-glazing” it.  Before re-glazing a flooring system or coating system you need to do the following:

  • Remove all wax, oil, grease and other contaminants from the surface
  • Lightly sand to break the shine
  • Consult with Epoxy.com Technical Support Department for the proper material to re-glaze you floor.  Be sure to follow all directions for installing the re-glazing material.

When in doubt contact Epoxy.com Technical Support at: info@epoxy.com or call us at 352-533-2167. You can also visit our website 24 hours per day at www.epoxy.com


Chemical Resistant Epoxy Selection

October 20, 2016

Requirements for a Chemical Resistant Epoxy or Vinyl Ester


Our Epoxy and Vinyl Ester product lines has extensive uses in Chemical Containment
and Chemical Resistance projects. The kind of product and systems we recommend are
based on a number of factors.  First we need to know exactly what you are doing:

  1. Are you patching concrete that has been damaged already? If so what is the extent
    of the damage?
  2. Do you need a secondary containment coating? If so what kind of traffic (if any)
    will this area see? Many of our systems will handle very heavy traffic.
  3. Are there any cracks that need repairing? If so how many lineal feet of cracks
    are there, what is the average depth and what is the average width. Repairing the cracks
    is the first step in making your project water and chemical tight.
  4. Are you looking to grout tile? We have chemically resistant Epoxy Tile Grout that
    has excellent chemical resistance.
  5. Is there any petroleum oil saturated concrete in the area. If so we have a product
    for that too.
  6. Is there any moisture vapor that is being transmitted through the floor?  We
    have solutions for that so please bring that to our attention when you contact us.
  7. Is this in an area where Static Disruptive or Conductive materials are needed (typically
    only in an explosive environment or where delicate electronics must be protected
    from static discharge).
  8. Total square footage of area requiring Chemical
    Resistant Epoxy or Vinyl Ester.

Then we will need to know some specifics about the chemical you are trying to protect
against:

  1. What is the specific chemical (or chemicals) that you are trying to resist against?
  2. What is the specific concentration of the chemical (or chemicals)?
  3. What is the duration of the exposure, before it will be cleaned up (if ever)?
  4. Is the exposure at an elevated temperature? If so what is that temperature, and
    how long will the chemicals be at this elevated temperature

If you have this information when you contact us, we can quickly help you to decide
what chemical resistant system is best and most economical for you.

Here is some additional reading that might interest you.

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For more information contact Epoxy.com Technical Support at info@epoxy.com or by calling us at 352-533-2167.


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.


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