- Epoxy.com Product #12 Epoxy Primer is a two component, seamless 100% solids epoxy primer system with High Chemical Resistance and High Bond Strength. The epoxy may be applied as a primer for most High End Industrial coatings, like Epoxies, MMA, Polyurethane’s, Vinyl Esters, Polyesters, etc.
- Epoxy.com Product #100 Anti-Moisture Entrapment System uses a unique epoxy technology which allows the contractor to install epoxy system on new concrete (4-5 days old) without fear of moisture entrapment. Epoxy.com Product #100 Anti-Moisture Entrapment System exhibits greater than 100 times the permeability of standard epoxy slurries and mortars. Epoxy.com Product #100 Anti-Moisture Entrapment System is used as a base for Epoxy.com Chip and Quartz systems and as a binder for Epoxy.com Resinous Mortar Systems, when moisture is a concern.
- Epoxy.com Product #223 Clear Water Based Epoxy Curing Compound, Sealer and Bonding Agent is a two component water based epoxy curing that is used to both cure and seal concrete and to bond freshly placed concrete to existing concrete. It is ideally suited as a cure and seal for freshly placed concrete. Its chemical resistance makes it ideal to seal: stamped concrete, acid stained concrete, concrete countertops, parapet walls, bridge pier caps, sealing floors in food processing areas, or any other area that requires a durable, chemical resistant concrete sealer. Zero (0) VOC Epoxy.
- Epoxy.com Product #899 Epoxy Primer is a moisture insensitive 100% solids Low-Mod Low Viscosity Primer and Sealer. It may be used as a primer for any Epoxy.com product, or as a stand alone sealer. Zero (0) VOC Epoxy.
- For more information Contact:
President & Director of Technical Support
Epoxy Systems, Inc.
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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 email@example.com
How to Seal Around an Existing Floor Drain with Epoxy
A food processing facility owner writes, “I have a second floor production area that has a long stainless steel trench drain around the center of the room. We hose the area down with hot water, a crack is developing next to the drain that allows water to leak by into the room below. The floor below my quarry tile is concrete.”
- Remove tile around the drain.
- Remove the grout under the tile and clean back to clean solid concrete www.epoxy.com/surfaceprep.aspx.
- Cut a V in the concrete next to the drain to increase the bonding surface to the drain. If you cannot cut a V chip away some of the concrete next to the drain. In other words you are trying to cut away or break away the concrete around the drain to give more surface area for the epoxy to come in contact with. The additional thickness of epoxy (against the drain) gives you extra protection against leaks. The deeper you chip away next to the drain, the more bonding surface to seal against the drain. You need to be careful not to go all the way through the concrete. If you do you will most likely have to install a form around the drain with plywood or similar material (under the concrete)to hold up your epoxy when you go on to Step 7.
- Grind or otherwise abrasively clean the edges of the drain to remove the shine and roughen it up. It is not so important that you have deep scratches. It is necessary to totally remove all shine off the edge of the drain.
- Remove all dust, dirt and debris by vacuuming. If compressed air is used be sure it is oil free.
- Prime the edges of the drain with Epoxy.com Product #660 – http://epoxy.com/660.aspx -Aluminum Filled Primer. Product #660 Universal Primer and Finish cures to a tack-free finish in 1-2 hours and can be recoated between 2 and 24 hours @ 75°F with 50% Relative humidity
- Mix a small batch of neat (just resin and hardener, not filler) Product #10 – www.epoxy.com/10.aspx. Use this mix to prime all areas that the patch (Step 8) will need to bond to. Apply this to all concrete surfaces as well as to the surfaces primed with #660 Aluminum Filled Primer (Step 6). You can either let the material in Step 7 set overnight and continue with the this step within 24 hours of priming,or you can move to the next step immediately. The purpose of this primer is to make sure there is a secure bond between the patch which will be a dry mix of epoxy and aggregate and the other surfaces that would otherwise be dry. This reinforces the bond line between the patch (in Step 8) and all surfaces it will need to bond to.
- Make a mortar of properly mixed Epoxy.com Product #10 and Epoxy.com Mortar Aggregate Product #82. Trowel the mix in to level the space between the drain and the remaining tile. Be sure to trowel the surface smooth. Allow to cure overnight.
- Do a squeegee coat of the properly mixed neat (no aggregate) Product #10 to seal the patch installed in Step 8.
- Allow to cure until it is hard to the touch, typically 10-12 hours at 75 degrees F.
- Within 24 hours apply a coat of Epoxy.com Product #2 – Chemical Resistant Epoxy Coating – www.epoxy.com/2.aspx. Add optional but recommended Epoxy.com Anti-skid – https://www.epoxy.com/non-skid-additive-polycarbonate-aggregate.aspx – to the #2 before applying it. Allow to cure hard to the touch.
- Repeat step 11.
For additional question be sure to contact Epoxy.com Technical Support at 352-533- 2167 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Epoxy Flooring Systems and Coatings
Daily Maintenance of Seamless Flooring and Floor Coatings
- Sweep the floors daily.
- 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
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 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 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.
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: email@example.com or call us at 352-533-2167. You can also visit our website 24 hours per day at www.epoxy.com
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:
- Are you patching concrete that has been damaged already? If so what is the extent
of the damage?
- 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.
- 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.
- Are you looking to grout tile? We have chemically resistant Epoxy Tile Grout that
has excellent chemical resistance.
- Is there any petroleum oil saturated concrete in the area. If so we have a product
for that too.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
- What is the specific chemical (or chemicals) that you are trying to resist against?
- What is the specific concentration of the chemical (or chemicals)?
- What is the duration of the exposure, before it will be cleaned up (if ever)?
- 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.
- Chemical Resistant Epoxy
- Chemical Resistant Clear Epoxy Coating
- Chemical Resistant Pigmented Epoxy Coating
- Chemical Resistant Novolac Tile Grout
- Highly Chemical Resistant Novolac Epoxy
- Highly Chemical
Resistant Novolac Flooring
- Vinyl Ester
For more information contact Epoxy.com Technical Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 352-533-2167.
A customer writes, “I have a machine shop floor. The concrete has had a lot of oil on it over the years. I need an anti-skid floor that will be easy to clean and will hold up to cutting oils and anti-freeze and protect the environment.”
We have done exactly what you are asking many times. A mechanics shop floor typically is done the same way. Here is how:
1. Good surface prep – www.epoxy.com/surfaceprep.aspx
2. Properly mix and apply 1 coat of Epoxy.com Product #201 – www.epoxy.com/201.aspx oil stop primer to all oil saturated or potentially oil saturated areas at a rate of 200-300 SF per gallon. Allow this to harden and inspect for good bond (see “Checking the Bond” below. If any areas are loose return to step 1. If everything is well bonded proceed to next step within 24 hours of this step.
3. Properly mix and apply 1 coat of Epoxy.com Product #899 – www.epoxy.com/899.aspx – applied at a rate of 250-300 SF per gallon. Allow to cure hard and proceed to next step within 24 hours of this step.
4. Properly mix (including optional but recommended anti-skid 4a below) and apply first coat of Epoxy.com Product #2 – www.epoxy.com/2.aspx – at a rate of 160-200 SF per gallon per coat by brush or roller. Allow to cure hard and proceed to next step within 24 hours of this step.
a. Mix optional but recommended Epoxy.com Anti-Skid – http://www.epoxy.com/non-skid-additive-polycarbonate-aggregate.aspx – to the #2 at a rate of 12-16 ounces per gallon of mixed epoxy. Mix completely into the mixed A&B #2 before applying the #2
5. Properly mix (including optional but recommended Anti-Skid – http://www.epoxy.com/non-skid-additive-polycarbonate-aggregate.aspx 5a below) and apply 2nd coat of Epoxy.com Product #2 – www.epoxy.com/2.aspx – at a rate of 160-200 SF per gallon per coat by brush or roller. Allow to cure hard for 24 hours at 70 degrees F. for light traffic, 48 hours for light traffic.
a. Mix optional but recommended Epoxy.com Anti-Skid to the #2 at a rate of 12-16 ounces per gallon of mixed epoxy. Mix completely into the mixed A&B #2 before applying the #2
Checking The Bond
There are a number of ways to check the bond of a floor. A simple way with Epoxy Flooring is to try to separate the epoxy from the concrete. That can be done with the corner of a putty knife or a screw driver. If you can remove the coating cleanly from the concrete without pulling concrete it is likely that you have a bond problem. If you cannot get it off or you must dig off concrete to get it off, you most likely have a good bond.