Sometimes too many words describing the same thing can create confusion. Other times one word describing different things causes even more confusion. This is the case with the word ‘paint.’ Even referring to 2 part epoxy floor paint is a bit of an inaccuracy because, technically speaking, it is not paint but a coating.
When it comes to painting a floor, not all paint is what people have traditionally thought of as paint. There is paint, epoxy paint, and epoxy coating. Paint is a latex acrylic product. Epoxy paint is known as 1-part epoxy paint. Epoxy paint is acrylic paint with an epoxy additive that makes it more durable than acrylic paint and it does have good adhesion and durability but it is not a true epoxy product. Epoxy coating is known as 2-part epoxy paint. Paint dries. Epoxy cures.
The major strength of epoxy floor paint is the way it combines durability and flexibility. The chemical reaction between the two components (which are the base and the hardener) creates an inert solid plastic that is a hard wearing coating suitable for heavy foot traffic and production equipment.
The flexibility is the result of the chemical ability for additives to be absorbed in the creation of the epoxy. A wide variety of mechanical properties can be mixed into the epoxy. These properties include being resistant to high temperatures, UV and chemicals. As well, quartz aggregates, coloured aggregates, PVA flakes, aluminium oxide or even rubber can give the epoxy resin high anti slip and anti static properties and the ability to resist impact and staining.
Application of a two-part epoxy floor paint is easy. It can be applied with a brush or roller. Reepol’s instructions offer the best information on how the coating should be applied and how many coats might be needed. The preparation of epoxy coatings calls for quite specific instructions, also provided by Reepol. The chemical reaction that creates epoxy resin bonds the 2 parts together in a fixed ratio. If the mix ratio is not accurate, the chemical reaction may be incomplete with left over components that failed to react.
Reepol provide detailed instructions on the preparation of the substrate, the sealer and primer that provides the best undercoating for your floor, the application of the coating, and the type of tough finish best suited to your workspace.
Choices begin with the alternative of an oil or water based epoxy floor coating and with the help of our consultants you select the best type of finish for your floors. An epoxy garage floor paint can differ from industrial floor paint. Some industries need a heavy-duty epoxy floor paint that is a fast set. For use in high traffic areas, the faster the floor coating is ready to go back into service, the less down time there is for the business. Others need a gloss floor finish that is solvent free.download film Snowden now
Reepol’s research and development department constantly works on innovation and improvements in its epoxy coatings. Reepol’s flooring products come in a wide range of colours, finishes and decorative effects all of which can be customised. There are high-gloss, anti-glare, plain, speckled, and flecked finishes which come in any colour in the Pantone, RAL, and BS4800 colour families. Contact Reepol for a consultancy about your specific flooring needs.
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