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As Elite Crete Specialist we offer a wide range of coatings for different environments and applications. Some of our most popular and well know serviced coatings in epoxy are garage and trailer floors. Don’t paint that floor! Coat it with the best in Epoxy and broadcast flakes for a finish that the box store cannot deliver. Our epoxy mix is industrial strength and is the most chemical resistant available.  Our coatings are 7000psi but have the flexibility to coat even wood flooring.

 

 

 

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Increase the longevity of your floor with concrete floor coating

 

 

Moving into a new house, or maybe renovating your current house? Concrete floor paint is a great way of adding some life into the house. Concrete paint can be used for a number of surfaces, such as porches, garages, carports, and basements. concrete floor coating paint is a great way to add some flair to your home décor as well as providing added durability to your concrete floors that are unfinished or old. Floors are the part of your house that you don’t usually pay too much attention too unless there is something wrong with it and yet they are an important part of your house. The epoxy coating can be an option to consider for your floors, giving them that added durability and aesthetic appeal. This makes epoxy coatings something that you should definitely invest in. If you think epoxy coating is what you need, Epoxy Coat has exactly what you are looking for.

 

 

Benefits of concrete floor coating:

Durability:

Concrete floor coating adds a layer of durability and increased resistance to wear and tear to your concrete floors. This is perfect for old or unfinished concrete floors and saves both time and money.

Strength:

Once the epoxy concrete paint is converted into a solid polymer, it increases the strength of the floor and prevents it from chemical breakdown.

Saves time:

Epoxy coatings are quick to install which means that you will not need to halt your operations during installation.

Aesthetics:

These concrete floor paints come in different colors which give your floors a more aesthetic appeal and is a sigh of relief from the same old grey color that we are all so used too.

Environmentally friendly:

Epoxy coatings are environmentally friendly since they help in material usage. It is a greener option than redoing the entire floor from scratch.

Safety:

Epoxy coatings have anti-skid additives which prevent slippage. Along with that, they are resistant to temperature and impact. These coatings are also resistant to fire.

Brightness:

Epoxy coatings traditionally have a glossy finish which will improve the lighting of your space from the certain degree of reflection from the glossy finish.

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We offer premium epoxy coatings and installation services. We want to make your house the envy of all your neighbors. Now design your floors the way you like it and step away from the generic floors you see every day. Our Epoxy paints are easy to install and you can do it yourself too. We manufacture our own epoxy coatings of the best possible quality and also offer quick installation so that it does not cause any inconvenience to you at home.

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If your epoxy arrives cold during shipment is must be allowed to acclimate to at least 75 degrees F before using. Mixing this product below 75 degrees will increase the potential for under-mixed epoxy which will create wet or sticky areas on your surface. Cold temperatures will also trap more very tiny air bubbles during the mixing which cannot always be removed with the torch/heat gun. To warm the epoxy quickly we recommend using either a heat lamp, an electric heater or placing the closed bottles of epoxy in a tub of warm water for 30 minutes. Getting the epoxy too hot will result in a faster reaction time, so pay careful attention to what you’re doing.

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Did You Know…

 

Epoxy coatings are used because of their outstanding chemical resistance, durability, low porosity and strong bond strength.

Epoxies consist of a ‘base’ and a ‘curing’ agent. The two components are mixed in a certain ratio. A chemical reaction occurs between the two parts generating heat (exotherm) and hardening the mixture into an inert, hard ‘plastic’.

Epoxies yellow, chalk (or more commonly least lose their gloss), in direct sunlight (UV). The yellowing can be a real problem. For pigmented epoxies select colors that are dark or contain a lot of yellow (such as green). Even clear epoxies will yellow and cloud up. Often epoxies are top coated with latex or urethanes that will retain their color and attractive gloss. This is particularly true if color coding or matching company colors is important.

Epoxies will harden in minutes or hours, but complete cure (hardening) will generally take several days. Most epoxies will be suitably hard within a day or so, but may require more time to harden before the coating can be sanded.

By their nature, epoxies are hard and brittle. Additives can be added to epoxies that make them less brittle, but generally at the loss or reduction of other positive epoxy properties such as chemical resistance.

Other clues of cheap epoxies include ‘induction time’ (after mixing the two components the mixture must sit for several minutes to ‘self cook’ before being applied).

The best time to recoat epoxy is within about 48 hours after the initial coat. Because epoxies take days to reach full cure, a second coat applied shortly after the first coat will partially fuse to the first coat rather than forming a simple mechanical bond.

End users can thicken epoxy with many things, Tiny glass spheres, known as micro-spheres or micro-balloons are commonly used. Besides thickening, their crushable nature makes sanding the hardened epoxy easier. On the downside, they work like tiny ball bearings, resulting is sagging and slumping. Another thickener is fumed silica (a common brand name is Cabosil ™) which looks like fake snow. About 2 parts fumed silica with one part epoxy will produce a mixture similar in texture and thickness to petroleum jelly. Micro-spheres and fumed silica can be combined together.

Fisheyes are areas on a painted surface where the coating literally pulls away for the substrate leaving a coatingless void or fisheye. Often fisheyes are caused by surface contaminants such as a bit of silicon, wax, or oil. I have also seen them on clean plywood where epoxies paints have been used as sealers and the problem might be due to uneven saturation (soaking-in) of the epoxy into the wood. Surface tension plays a big part in fisheyeing. There are some additives that can be mixed into the epoxy that will reduce surface tension. Likewise, on wood, applying several coats of solvent thinned epoxy, instead of one coat of unthinned epoxy, seems to work well. Applying a thick coat of epoxy over a contaminated fisheye surface will bury the fisheye but expect the coating to peel away in the future. As a rule of thumb, always suspect some sort of surface contamination as the primary cause of fisheyeing.

Adding a bit of solvent to a solvent based or solvent-free epoxy is something that most manufacturers would not officially approve of and something that might not work with all epoxies. However, it can be done (unofficially) with the epoxies I deal with. Adding solvent to these epoxies will: 1) thin them out; 2) increase pot life; 3) allows them to flow off the brush/roller a bit more smoothly; and 4) perhaps allows them to ‘soak-in’, penetrate, or may be soften, the substrate just a little bit. Not change is visible in the epoxy unless 12% or greater solvent is added. With that amount of solvent, the epoxies no longer cure with a glossy finish.

It is best to use epoxies with a mix ratio close to 1 to 1 as opposed to something 4-1, 5-1, etc. because errors in the mix ratios can be more pronounced with the latter. That said, no matter what the mix ratio is, some epoxies are more forgiving of mix ratio errors than others. One ‘trick’ of epoxy vendors with odd or very sensitive mix ratios is to sell calibrated pumps that disperse the epoxy components in exact amounts.

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How Thick?

 

How thick should your coating be? Economics play a major role in determining how much coating to apply. One U.S. gallon contains 231 cubic inches. That’s only 1.6 cubic square feet of surface at one inch thick and that’s also assuming a solvent-free product. If the product is 25% VOC (i.e. 25% solvent) then dry thickness/coverage will be 25% less. Again, assuming a 1/4 inch thick coating (250 mils) maximum coverage will still be only 6.4 square feet per gallon. A solvent-free (100% solids) epoxy coating applied at 16 mils will cover 100 square feet per gallon (note: the wall paint in your office is probably 2-4 mils). While thick coatings sound like a good idea, they use so much product that they must be made very cheaply so that coating 1,000 or 10,000 square feet can still be done at a competitive price. A high quality, fairly expensive product with a coverage rate of 100 sq. feet or more per gallon, on the other hand, will have a low enough cost per sq. foot to provide both economy and top quality.