Cold Temperature Epoxy

November 18, 2016

Installing Epoxy in Coolers and Cold Temperature

Extend Epoxy Installation Season into Winter

I have spoken on this subject here before but this time of year I get a lot of calls and emails about installing epoxy in cold temperatures. 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 turnaround 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., (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 is 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


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.


Epoxy.com Resin Products and Systems

April 4, 2014

Today’s Resin

The Right Resin System for the Right Job


We want you to have the “Right Resin Product for the Right Job”, so we are always looking to improve our systems with new epoxy technology and new epoxy resin formulations. Today we are featuring a Methyl Methacrylate MMA not an epoxy.  We are not just about epoxy but we want you to have the right resin system for your job.

 

MMA Concrete Crack Healer and Sealer

684LV – MMA CONCRETE CRACK HEALER and SEALER replaces Epoxy.com Product #685.  MMA CONCRETE CRACK SEALER Product #684LV is a 100% reactive ultra-low viscosity methyl methacrylate resin used as a penetrating crack sealer or to fortify extremely porous concrete substrates. MMA CONCRETE CRACK SEALER Product #684LV is typically used on bridge decks, parking structures, and floors or as a general penetrating sealer to prevent moisture intrusion.

One of the major advantages of MMA CONCRETE CRACK SEALER Product #684LV is its very low viscosity.  It is about the viscosity (thickness) of diesel fuel, so it soaks into the concrete and down into small cracks quickly.  It hardens in about an hour.  When it hardens it hardens with a bond strength to clean concrete that is greater than the tensile strength of that concrete.  In other words you have just chemically welded the two sides of the crack together, so that it is as if the crack had never happened.

The very fast setting time allows you to install you flooring or sealer system the same day that you repair your crack. At Epoxy.com we are all about systems.  Combining the right resin product to create the right system for your job.

 


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.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 .
See also:

Exclaim

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 300 products,
Since 1980
Florida & Vermont
USA


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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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
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
352-533-2167  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

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Epoxy.com Product #695 BPO Hardener for Epoxy.com Methlyl Methacrylate (MMA)

October 20, 2010

Epoxy.com Product #695

Methyl Methacrylate Hardener (Hardening Powder – BPO)


Description

Epoxy.com Product #695 Hardener Powder (BPO) for Epoxy.com MMA Flooring
Systems is for use with Epoxy.com Products #691, #692, #693,
#697, #698 & #699. 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.

Composition

Epoxy.com Product #695 is a white dry powder consisting of 50% BPO,
Dibenzoylperoxide.

Technical Data

Appearance Sandy, white dry powder
Content of Dibenzoylperoxide andDicydohexlphtalate Approximately 50%
Self-accelerating decomposition temperature  140° F
Self-ignition temperature >680°F
Solubility Not soluble in water

Packaging

5 lbs 1gallon Pail
15 lbs 3 gallon Pail
55 lbs Box

Use

Epoxy.com Product #695 MMA Hardener Powder must be mixed just immediately
before the application of Epoxy.com MMA. All other powders and fillers must
be added after
Epoxy.com Product #692 and the Epoxy.com MMA resin have been well mixed
together. A dosing chart is shown below.  Be sure to double check with
the individual technical data sheets for the Epoxy.com MMA you are mixing
with Epoxy.com Product #692.

Caution

Epoxy.com Product #692 is an oxidizing agent that violently decomposes
under the influence of heat or when it comes in contact with deducing
agents.  Do Not mix With Accelerators. 
Store separately from Epoxy.com MMA resins.  Review MSDS information
completely before using this or any other Epoxy.com Products.

Storage

Store in tight containers in dry environments below 80°F.

Mix Ratios

PRODUCT       SUBSTRATE/MATERIAL TEMPERATURE (°F) Epoxy.com Product #695 MMA Hardener (BPO)VOL OZ.PER GALLON OF RESIN
#691 MMA Primer 30°F 12.7
40°F 9.0
50°F 7.5
60°F 5.5
70°F 3.5
90°F 1.8
#692 MMA Flexible Membrane   40° F 8.0
50°F 7.0
60°F 5.0
70°F 5.0
90°F 3.0-4.0
Epoxy.com #693 MMA                 40°F 5.5
50°F 4.5
60°F 3.5
70°F 2.0
90°F 1.0-2.0

For more information Contact:

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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