Water Based Epoxy Floor Paint

Reepol manufacture and stock water-based and solvent-based epoxy floor paints. Epoxy coatings are durable, seamless, and flexible. Solvent-based paint has many special qualities such as its ability to withstand humidity and its handling of petroleum contaminates. A frequent question is ‘why choose water-based epoxy resin floor paint?’ The fact is that solvent-based epoxy paint does have fumes that can be harmful for indoor use. The fumes can also be flammable. The factors can make water-based epoxy paint a better choice for indoor use.

Epoxy coatings come in a two-pack with specific mixing instructions and are typically applied by brush or roller over primer and sealer. They cure quickly and can be colour matched to any colours in the Pantone, RAL or BS4800 range.

Water-based epoxy paint is just as durable as solvent-based epoxy paint and just as glossy. Because there are no solvents, fumes and flammability are not a concern. Reepol’s Reecote line of floor coatings have good chemical resistance, good abrasion resistance, and very good film thickness. They are fast curing, with good curing performance at low temperatures.

Reecote EC015 is a water dispersible epoxy coating with a matt finish and Reecote EC017 is a solvent free coating with a gloss finish. Reecote EC019 Plus is water dispersible with a silk gloss finish. Reecote EC220 is a fast curing water dispersible epoxy coating.

Each of these Reecote coating have their own special qualities. Reecote EC220 is an excellent protective coating and can be applied to most walls, ceilings and floors with light traffic use. It is recommended for use in areas such as dairies, abattoirs, food preparation areas, swimming pools, hospitals, cool rooms, toilets, factories and pub cellars. When cured, it is non-toxic so suitable for use in contact with drinking water and foodstuffs. It is not flammable and odour free.

Reecote EC015 has the same attributes as EC220. Reecote EC017 is more hardwearing and is suitable in kitchens, food areas and dairies as well as light/heavy industrial areas, such as garage service bays and factory gangways. A variation, Reecote EC017 W/F, is suitable for line marking.

Reecote EC019 Plus is a third generation water based epoxy coating. It can be applied to green concrete and damp surfaces. Because it is microporous, it allows the passage of trapped water vapour and yet it still acts as a barrier against liquids. As such, it is suitable for light to heavy industrial areas such as storage areas, food processing areas, aircraft hangers, water treatment plants, garages, laundry rooms, and supermarket storage areas.

In choosing coatings & sealers, the first step is to check the floor painting requirements for the environment. Garage floors have different requirements and a different level of traffic than do areas such as an airplane hangar or a dairy. There is a difference between the needs for floor coating for heavy equipment and for foot traffic.

Durability is intrinsic in any epoxy floor coating. If your area needs to be slip resistant or if it is an area where chemicals are used, the necessary additive can be used to ensure the floor surface exceeds your needs. The amount of aggregate used determines the anti slip factor.

A Reepol technician can advise you on the most suitable paints & coatings, the type of floor repair and floor preparation that is required, and the best solution for your industrial needs. If you need a contractor to install the flooring, we have a nationwide network of installation experts.

Contact Reepol 01952 588575 or click here.


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