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Posted by Norm Lambert
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.
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.
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Posted by Norm Lambert
September 21, 2015
I have seen tiles that have been prepared in the lab environment that have epoxy well bonded to it. Doing it in under laboratory conditions and doing it in the field is two different things. In all the over 35 years I have been in the business I cannot point you at a single success story where epoxy was installed over tile.
My company started off as an installation company about 35 years ago. When we were a young installation company we made build a sizable business by going around behind all of our competitors that were installing epoxy over tile, and redoing their failed work. That is why I typically I recommend against going over ceramic tile with epoxy.
Surface Preparation Requirements
Bonding to tile requires either intense physical abrasion like sandblasting or etching with phosphoric acid to remove the glaze. If you etch with acid it usually eats up the grout. Acid may, and more likely than not will, get under the tile and loosen it.
The heat and vibration of the sandblasting tends to loosen tile. Sandblasting will damage the grout. Best case situation the tile will require regrouting.
After all that, a single tile comes loose, or a single piece of old grout comes loose, and you have failed your objective.
Many people like the looks of tile. They don’t like the way tile grout leaks and is hard to maintain. For them I recommend that you remove the grout and regrout it with Epoxy.com Product #225 – www.epoxy.com/225.aspx. Product #225 is a 100% solids water cleanable epoxy that is waterproof grout. This eliminates most leaks and grout maintenance issues.
Thos of you that don’t like the looks of the tile, I recommend removing the tile. Get down to a sound substrate. And then proceed. – www.epoxy.com/surfaceprep.htm.
Apply Epoxy.com Product #1W – www.epoxy.com/1W.aspx to the walls. Product #1W is a 100% solids waterproof coating that leaves a ceramic like finish. Product #1W applies much easier than most 100% solids epoxy. It has superior durability and abrasion resistance.
For floors (after the tile is removed) I would level with Epoxy.com Product #12 mortar – www.epoxy.com/12.aspx and then install Epoxy.com Chip Flooring – www.epoxy.com/chips.aspx. Heavy traffic on floors often makes the use of decorative flooring products impossible. Product #315 Seamless Polymeric Multi-Colored Flake Chip Floor Resurfacing System makes this possible. The #315 Chip System creates a beautiful, durable, and affordable floor that is easy to apply by both professionals and do-it-yourself enthusiasts.
For more information on this subject please visit our website at www.epoxy.com or contact Epoxy.com Technical Support at 352-533-2167 or email me – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted by Norm Lambert
August 18, 2015
My company has many different products and systems. I often get asked, “What is the best epoxy?” I need details about the
Clear Chemical Resistant Epoxy #15 over Stained concrete
job to answer that question. The best epoxy is the one that is right for the specific job. That is where our company’s motto “The Right Product for the Right Job” came from. This is the driving force of our company and our technical support department. This has been our driving force for 35 years.
Perhaps the real question is, “What is the most versatile epoxy?” That is an easier question to answer. It is Epoxy.com Product #15 – www.epoxy.com/15.aspx. When I was an epoxy installer I always had Product #15 Clear Chemical Resistant Epoxy Resin on my jobsite.
- Clear Chemical Resistant
- Can be applied as thin as 5/1000 inch or less and as thick as 1/32 (without Filler) or more
- Can be applied as an aggregate filled system at a thickness of 12 inches or more.
- Excellent wetting properties
- Good temperature resistance
- Low Viscosity
- Slower than other clear epoxies to oxidize outdoor in direct sunlight
- Strong and durable
- Virtually non-yellowing indoors
- Acid Stain Concrete Floor Sealer
- Base Coving Material for seamless flooring (when mixed with fumed silica and silica sand)
- Clear coating over most porous materials
- Chemical resistant primer
- Chemical resistant mortar when mixed with silica sand
- Chemical resistant top coating
- Clear epoxy sealer for concrete
- Clear epoxy sealer for wood, and other porous materials
- Counter top coating
- Epoxy quartz flooring
- Pothole repair in concrete (when mixed with silica sand)
- Sealing of stone that has been previously epoxied together (aka epoxy-rock, stone carpet etc.)
- Surface sealing concrete cracks and joints (when mixed with fumed silica thickener)
- Use with fiberglass or Kevlar to make strong composite members
- Waterproof wood joint sealer (when mixed with fumed silica thickener)
- Wood bonding as neat material or mixed with fumed silica thickener
- Wood Floor Coating
Product #15 – www.epoxy.com/15.aspx – is a great product to have around for any number of emergency situations. Please address your questions to Epoxy.com Technical Support at 352-533-2167 or email me at email@example.com.
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