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


Available for a Limited Time

September 18, 2017
Splash Zone Epoxy and Underwater Epoxy Paste Product #2707 – https://www.epoxy.com/UnderWater_Epoxy_Paste_2707.aspx –  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.

We have some of this product made up right now.  So individual units are available while supplies last. Normally this is a special made to order material. 45 gallon minimum order required. Currently smaller quantity available while supplies last. Please check to see if we still have some left in small quantity.

 


Patching Floor with Epoxy

July 18, 2017

Here is an outline of the procedure for patching with Epoxy.com Product #1 and Product #10.  Cold cure is identical but you should make even smaller batches and work even faster.

  1. Mix a small amount of the #10 (mix ratio 2A: 1B).
    1. Measure accurately and mix for 3 minutes with a proper size mixer.
    2. Typically very small batches less than a quart can be mixed with a stir stick.
    3. Larger batches should use a mixing paddle in a low speed drill or similar. Typically  mixing paddles are 5 inches or more in diameter.
  2. Apply a primer coat of #10 at a rate of 250-300 SF per gallon (typically done with a roller) to the substrate the mortar is to be attached to.
    1. Typically you will allow this to harden to the touch to make troweling into it easy.
    2. You can trowel into the wet primer in the case of small patches.
  3. Mortar Patch
    1. Mix another small batch of #10, using the methods in step 1 above.
    2. Add Product #82 Mortar Blend Aggregate to the mixed resin in 3a. You can add as much as 50 to 75 lbs. of mortar blend aggregate to a gallon of mixed #10 resin. If the material appears to wet you can add more, if it is too dry add less.
    3. Quickly trowel the patch into place.  Winter Cure Epoxy can set very fast in the bucket.
  4. Sealer Coat
    1. After the patch in step 3 has hardened, you can grind off any high spots and fill more material again if needed.
    2. Then seal the top of the patch.
  1. Product #10 is thinner than the #1, making it an excellent sealer for sealing up the patch.
  2. Alternately you can go directly to a very thin coat of #1
  1. Top Coat
    1. Mix small batches of #1 using the methods used in #1 above.
    2. Mix optional Antiskid fine into the coating above at a rate of 8-16 volume ounces of Anti-skid per gallon of mixed resin.  12 ounces per gallon is typical.  This is done by mixing the resin first, adding the anti-skid and mixing for another min.
    3. Quickly apply the material with a roller at a rate of 160-200 SF per gallon per coat.  Two coats is recommended.
  2. Please read all the information below before starting your project.
  1. Do with Epoxies
  2. Don’ts with Epoxies
  3. Surface Preparation
  4. www.epoxy.com/10.aspx
  5. http://epoxy.com/1cold.htm
  6. SDS Product #10 Part A – Hardener Lo-Mod Epoxy Adhesive and Mortar Epoxy Resin
  7. SDS Product #10 Part Cold Cure B – Lo-Mod Epoxy Adhesive and Mortar Epoxy Hardener
  8. SDS Product #1A – All Purpose Coating Hardener Component MSDS.
  9. SDS Product #1B -cc – Cold Cure Epoxy Hardener for Product #1

 

BE SURE TO CALL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS!

 


Urethane- High Solids

July 6, 2017

URETHANE COATING/SEALER GLOSS

EPOXY.COM PRODUCT #442


Description

EPOXY.COM PRODUCT #442 is a two component water- based
aliphatic (non-yellowing) polyurethane. Product #442 is free of the
health and environmental problems normally found in solvent-based
urethanes, while maintaining excellent performance properties. Product
#442 is also available in an ESD formulation which must be applied over
a base coat of Epoxy.com Conductive Epoxy.

EPOXY.COM PRODUCT #442 polyurethane provides a gloss finish. Product
#442 has good chemical, stain, and mar resistance. In addition, it’s easy to clean
and has excellent color retention under heavy foot traffic.

EPOXY.COM PRODUCT #442 is a high performance coating
for use in a variety of seamless floor and wall coating systems. Product
#442 eliminates the strong solvent odor normally associated with high
performance materials. It’s 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.

ADVANTAGES

  • Low VOC
  • Low Odor
  • Fast Cure
  • Excellent Adhesion
  • Excellent Abrasion Resistance

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Allow material to rest for 15-20 minutes for viscosity adjustment.
  • Application rate is no less than 250-275 square feet per gallon. Thicker films will
    show bubbling in the cured film.

COMPOSITION

EPOXY.COM PRODUCT #442 is a polyester resin/aliphatic polyisocyanate.

COLOR SELECTION

EPOXY.COM PRODUCT #442 is available in clear and pigmented colors. Gloss finish.
ESD formulation available in clear or pigmented.

APPLICATION

SURFACE PREPARATION

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

MIXING INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix only that amount of material that can be used in a two hour period. In hot weather,
    plan work for the cooler times of the day.
  • If using less than full units, proportion the amounts carefully and mix for 2-3
    minutes using a low speed drill, scraping the bottom and sides of the mixing vessel.
    DO NOT ADD WATER.

APPLICATION

  • Apply Product #442 polyurethane at a spread rate of 275-300 square feet per gallon
    to achieve 2.0-2.5 mils dry. Thicker application may result in bubbling in the cured
    film.
  • Recoat time is approximately 10 hours at 77°F.
  • Keep a wet edge at all times.
  • Apply Product #442 ESD at a spread rate of 160 square feet per gallon to achieve
    5 mils dry.
  • Use with adequate ventilation.
  • Read material safety data sheet before using.

TECHNICAL DATA

Mixing Ratio  Clear 4 Parts A to 1 Part B by Volume
Solids Content  Clear 43%, by Volume
Volatile Organic Content (VOC) 0.10 pounds/gallon
Pot Life 1 ½  – 2 hrs. @ 77°F, 1 Quart45 minutes @ 95°F, 1 Quart
Viscosity After 15 Minutes @ 77°F 500-600 cps.
Viscosity After 30 Minutes @ 77°F 600 cps.

Wait 15-20 minutes after mixing to start application. Viscosity will decrease with time.

DO NOT ADD WATER.

PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES

Gloss, 60˚ – Clear Gloss Finish
Tabor Abrasion,

1,000 gm. load,

1,000 cycles,

CS-17 Wheel

45 mg. loss
Impact Strength
ASTM-D-2794
Direct 160 in. lbs.

Reverse 160 in. lbs.

DRY TIME @ 77°F, 50% R.H.

Dry to Touch 6 hours
Recoat 10 hours
Light Traffic 16-24 hours
Full Cure 4-5 days

MAINTENANCE

After completing the application of EPOXY.COM PRODUCT #442 Urethane Coating/Sealer, the installer should provide the owner with maintenance instructions.
EPOXY.COM PRODUCT #442 is easily cleaned with neutral soaps or detergents.

More Information

For more information visit http://www.epoxy.com, email me at norm@epoxy.com or contact Epoxy.com Technical Support Department at 352-533-2167


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.


Epoxy Stone

April 28, 2017

Epoxy Stone Bonding Adhesive

Epoxy Bonding Stone Together

For Overlays on Patios, Walkways and Landscaping

Epoxy.com Product #17 -100% Solids Epoxy Adhesive


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

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 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.

Epoxy Stone Overlays

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.

See more about Epoxy Adhesive for Bonding Stone Overlays on our blog.

ADVANTAGES

  • High luster finish
  • Excellent freeze-thaw stability
  • Outstanding chemical and weathering resistance.

SURFACE PREPARATION

Surface to receive Epoxy.com Product #17 Epoxy Adhesive for Bonding Stone Overlays must be clean and sound. Remove all dirt, laitance, grease curing compounds and other foreign matter by sandblasting, mechanical abrasion, or acid etching. Remove water and dust from all surfaces with an oil-free blast immediately prior to application.

MIXING & APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Temperature of Epoxy.com Product #17 Epoxy Adhesive for Bonding Stone Overlays must be 50° F or above at time of mixing. Stir each component separately before blending. Mix two parts by volume of Part A with one part by volume of Part B for three minutes with a low speed electric drill motor equipped with a mixing paddle. Add mixed Epoxy.com Product #17 Epoxy Adhesive for Bonding Stone Overlays to desired aggregate in a concrete mixer and tumble until wet before removing. Spread onto area with a rake and trowel to produce a smooth surface.

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.

Maintenance

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.

COVERAGE

For coverage see Epoxy.com Stone Overlay Calculator.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Prolonged or repeated exposure may cause eye and skin irritation. If contact occurs, wash immediately and seek medical help. Use safety glasses with side shields and wear protective rubber gloves.

CLEANING

All tools and equipment should be cleaned before the system gels. Use MEK, Acetone, or any lacquer solvent.

APPLICATION PROPERTIES @77°F

Mix Ratio 2:1 By Volume
Viscosity (mixed – ASTM D-2393) 2000-3000 cps
Gel Time (ASTM C-881) 25-30 minutes
Tack Free to Touch 7-10 hours
Initial Cure 24 Hours (75% strength)
Final Cure 7 Days
Packaging (unit size) 5 gal., drums
Standard Colors clear amber
Tensile Elongation % (ASTM D-638) 20-30
Bond Strength (ASTM D-1002) 2400 psi
Hardness Shore D (ASTM D-2240) 75-80
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 – 35 years
Florida & Vermont
USA


Epoxy Injection of Structures Part 3

February 24, 2017

This is the third in a series on Infrastructure Repairs Using Epoxy. Part One is  Introduction to Epoxy Injection.  Part 2 is Crack Analysis Before Epoxy Injection

If your have not read that yet you may want to go back and read it before you proceed with reading this.

Port Setting

It is extremely important that if drilling to use the right tool. to set drill type ports use a vacuum swivel drill. That is a drill with vacuum attached swivel drill chuck and hollow a drill bit.

Concrete dust can be detrimental to the injection processes in several ways. Any dust remaining in the drill hole near a crack can combine with the very low viscosity injection resin. This thickens your resin turning it into a weak paste. This paste can slow or even block the resin flow. Drilling very tight crack with a solid drill forces dust into the crack. This seals the crack from resin flow. Do not allow shortcuts in the drilling procedures!  However, for most applications the surface port is the easiest and most effective method.Epoxy Injection Surface Port

Port Spacing

Determining the spacing of ports is done by a highly experience applicator. This 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. Sealing the exterior of cracks is done with Epoxy Gel type Bonder.

Testing The System

Test cracks that are ill defined, or if dust or debris is in the crack. This testing may be done by injecting water into the crack area.

Water left in the cracks will not effect the injection process or the curing of the Epoxy.com Injection Resin. Heavier injection resin forces the water out the cracks. Water injection helps clean the cracked areas. More important, is that it helps avoid the unexpected. This process of flushing the cracks is commonly skipped by more experience contractors, who can tell if there will be a flow of resin, by just looking at them. However, when in doubt water testing is a must.

If the cracks contain algae, chlorinated water containing copper sulfate is injected. After pumping this mixture is left over night. The next morning the crack is flushed by pumping fresh water, into it. This flushes it out before resin injection begins.

Efflorescence builds up on the bottom of a crack in a horizontal slab. Water in the crack extracting soluble calcium hydroxide is the cause. The water evaporates at the surface leaving the lime, which later reacts with the carbon dioxide in the air to form limestone. The inside of the crack, is frequently free of limestone and making it suitable for injection.

Part 4 of this series: Injection Resin Materials Product Selection.

For more information visit our website at http://www.epoxy.com, email us at info@epoxy.com or call our technical service department at +1 (352) 533-2167.

 


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