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 Paul Oman - MS. MBA

 

A.K.A. “Professor E. Poxy

 

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epoxies since 1994

 

 

Member: NACE (National Assoc. of Corrosion Engineers)

 

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PRODUCT NAME -----     Industrial Floor Epoxy (tm)

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SELECTION CRITERIA -----  This product received its BEST rating because of its positioning in the industrial epoxy coatings marketplace. It has been manufactured in Rhode Island for many years with basic properties of pot life, brittleness and colors fine tuned over that time. Even its name, Industrial Floor Epoxy, points towards it unassuming, low profile contractor roots. This is not a product designed for a specific vendor or contractor or to meet the claims of some organization's marketing plan.

 

It is a time test, 'generic,' work horse 100% solids (0% VOC) epoxy floor paint. Originally only available in 15 gallon contractor units (three five gallon pails) - it can now be purchased in 1.5 gallon 'home owner' units (covers about 185 SF) and 48 oz 'test' units. Regular colors are 'industrial light gray' and 'beige' - a creamy sort of file folder yellow. 

 

It can be used with colored paint chips, quartz sand broadcast applications, and top coated with UV blocking, two part, clear, urethanes (see FLOOR LINKS link below). This also makes it an all around, general purpose, epoxy floor paint.


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Schools, hospitals, chemical plants, commercial kitchens - now available for personal use.

This is a top-of-the-line  (best) professional contractor grade product - Industrial Floor Epoxy (tm), repackaged in smaller units for a larger market. Perfect for use over vinyl asbestos tile (VAT), vinyl composite tile (VCT), wood or concrete. Application by short nap roller or squeegee and short nap roller. A top quality, solvent-free, general epoxy floor paint. Not for use on vertical surfaces. Coverage is approximately 175 squ feet per 1.5 gallon unit. Easy 2:1 mix by vol (1: 0.39 by weight). Colors: Beige, Light Gray.

Consider using Bio Vee Seal as a concrete pre-treatment step prior to applying this floor epoxy. Bio Vee Seal is listed below. Top coating with our Acrylic Poly UV Plus (lots of UV blockers - (More on UV blockers) will keep the new shiny look longer and help keep the epoxies from yellowing (note yellowing not very visible with the beige, but the gray will turn to a greenish gray in direct sun.). The beige doesn't hide quite as well as the light gray. One coat generally covers but if your cement is 'multi-colored stained' or you've really rolled out the beige (instead of putting it on sort of thick) you might want two coats of beige.

Also used as a base layer for colored chips or commercial sand/colored sand broadcast epoxy floor systems. see epoxyproducts.com/floorcoatings.html for links to information on colored chips and broadcast sand floor options).

 

Note that solvent free floor epoxies only have a working time - pot life of about 15 - 20 minutes at temps from about 55 - 75 degrees (typical temperatures for industrial contractors working inside commercial facilities). For homeowners coating garages in summer (temps in the 80s) pot life could be about 10 minutes. We've introduced a 'slow summer' version of our commercial Industrial Floor Epoxy, that returns the 20 minutes or so pot life to our solvent free floor epoxy. No one else offers anything like this (I've searched the internet). Use this product if your application temperature are over about 80 degrees or if you just want a slower pot life (and slower cure).

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Subject: Thanks
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 18:38:01 -0400
From: "Martha & Mark" <xxxxxx@comcast.net>

Hi,

Just wanted to say Thanks for the great product (Industrial Floor Epoxy) and service on my Garage floor project. It set up great and once I got the knack for Pot Life times, I was off and running laying down the mixture!!

I should have taken before and after photos but it really came out great and most important, I can see the strength of the Epoxy as a protective
barrier. I look forward to winter now with all it's wrath! This time I'm ready!

Hope to be in touch soon for other projects.

Mark


Dear Sir, We applied the Industrial Floor Epoxy in our work trailer yesterday, and I swept off the excess sand today. We are very pleased with the results. None of us had any particular experience with this kind of application, but we followed the instructions, had a fairly cool morning to do the work, and managed to complete the application in about 90 minutes, dividing the work and mixing epoxy in three sections. I would recommend this material to friends looking to do similar work. Thank you for your assistance, the all-purpose sand was quite adequate for our needs.

R.C. - Virginia Transportation Research Council (9/2010)


 

 

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Water Bond Epoxy  (tm)

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Industrial Floor Epoxy (tm)

light gray or beige only

 

* actually contains voc solvents plus water (restricted in some locations)

* slight odor

* very long pot life

* water clean-up

* large coverage per gallon

* good color stability

* very thin coating - will not hide flaws (may highlight them)

* somewhat breathable and some penetration into concrete (good adhesion)

* generally less used than solvent free epoxy floor paints

* can be primer /sealer under other epoxy (non epoxy) floor systems

 

 

 

* no solvents or VOC issues (solvent free only)

* generally odorless

* wet thickness equals dry thickness (no shrinking)

* thick coating hides flaws and imperfections

* can trap air bubbles from expanding air in concrete

* shows epoxy yellowing in UV

* coverage about 150 sf per gallon

* creates vapor seal (radon etc)

* can have adhesion issues on damp moisture rich surfaces

* tough and durable

* standard commercial - professional floor solution

* short pot life - working time

* use with colored chips or colored sands

* works with chips - sands - multi-coat systems

 

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The Benefits of Solvent Free Epoxies

(zero VOC - 100% solids)

(Same for epoxy paints and epoxy floor paints - see differences between)

 

* A smooth non-porous, cleanable with strong cleaners surface (thus antimicrobial - mold and mildew resistant) and great  for children's play rooms, bathrooms, showers etc.). Thus common in garage, shops, labs, trailers, etc.

* Solvent free epoxies little or no odor and no solvents to fill the air (great news for allergy and asthma prone during application)

* Wet thickness equals dry thickness (and it is a thick coating to start with) - so equal in thickness to many coats of 'regular' paint.

* Thick and self leveling it fills and hides small chips, depressions, cracks etc. Fill them during application and they will not reappear when the epoxy cures.

 

DISADVANTAGES - all solvent free epoxies yellow, especially in sunlight --- they will scratch ---  they have a surface bond only so they needs a top notch bonding surface to adhere to --- there are MOISTURE DURING CURE issues -- solvent free epoxies have a short pot life (working time during application) - air escaping from concrete can form bubbles in the thick solvent free epoxy (there are ways around this, but you need to be told of this possible issue).

 

CONSUMER WARNINGS - *** Some questionable epoxy vendors like to imply that only their solvent free epoxy has these benefits, which is not true. *** Some questionable epoxy vendors will compare their solvent free epoxy to other vendor's water based epoxies and solvent based epoxies. These are unfair comparisons designed to make their products look 'superior.'***  Some questionable vendors will deny their epoxy yellows (water based epoxies have limited yellowing - dark colors don't show yellowing). *** Some vendors will promote 'special epoxies (novolac, cycloaliphatic, flake filled, coal tar, etc.)  when they are not necessary for your intended application. *** Some questionable epoxy vendors will 'forget to mention' the potential disadvantages and problems listed above.  *** No epoxy vendor can know the condition and suitability of your surface for an epoxy coating, nor can they oversee your surface preparation, and weather/environmental conditions during your DIY epoxy application. So all vendor Warranty documents  have a built in escape mechanism and are presented only as marketing tools to get your business. All that an epoxy vendor can actually warranty is that when mixed correctly the product will harden and have the physical properties described in the product data sheet. An honest epoxy vendor will tell you this up-front.

 

 

 


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PARTIAL DATA SHEET

INDUSTRIAL FLOOR EPOXY (tm)

Warehouse Floors

Industrial Floors

Restaurant Floors

Residential Floors

 

Solvent-Free

Good Chemical Resistance

Easy 2:1 Mixing Ratio

USDA approved for Incidental Food Contact

 

STANDARD

PRODUCT

DESCRIPTION

 

This Industrial Floor epoxy is a 100% solids, USDA acceptable (for incidental contact) epoxy flooring

resin designed as a stand alone top coat and as a binder for non-skid surfaces. It is non-blushing and

non-water spotting. It bonds to cold, damp surfaces and is high gloss, self leveling and color stable.

 

USES

 

Roll on top coats

Broadcast base and top coats

Binder for mortars

Supports most industrial traffic

Provides an easy non skid surface

 

FEATURES

 

Good chemical resistance

Convenient 2 to 1 ratio by volume

Tenacious bond to most substrates

USDA acceptable for incidental contact

Environmentally safe, solvent free system

 

VISCOSITY

 

Viscosity at 72F:

Part A: 650 cps

Part B: 350 cps

Mixed: 500 cps

 

PHYSICAL

PROPERTIES

 

COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH ........... ASTM D695 12,000 psi

 

TENSILE STRENGTH ..................... ASTM D638 3,900 psi

ELONGATION AT BREAK ............. ASTM D638 7.00%

 

ABRASION RESISTANCE:

CS-17 WHEEL, 1 kg LOAD ............. ASTM D4060 0.10gm loss

 

WATER ABSORPTION .................. ASTM D570 0/07%

(2 hour boil)

 

FLEXURAL STRENGTH ................. ASTM D790 7,800 psi

 

SHORE D HARDNESS .................. ASTM D2240 89

 

HEAT DISTORTION ....................... ASTM D649 122F

TEMPERATURE

 

BOND STRENGTH TO ................... 100% Concrete failure

CONCRETE

 

APPLICATION RATE ..................... 115 sq. ft./gal (175 sq. ft./gallon and a half kit)

 

COLORS .......................................... Gray and beige

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Epoxy Essentials (tm)

 

Reasons for coating failures

Preparation problem 70%; application problem 12%; environment problem 6%; wrong paint selection 9%; bad paint 1%; adding thinner 2%


"At least 70% of premature coatings failures are traced back to 'surface preparation' whether referring to wood, concrete, or metal. In a commercial recoating project, the costs (and profit) associated with surface preparation are about 70% of the job. How extensive the surface preparation is will depend on the performance expectation of the owner... Know the A, B, C's of surface preparation - visible contaminants, invisible contaminants, and profile."

 

Dr. Lydia Frenzel, The ABCs of Surface Preparation, Cleaner Times, April 2001, pg. 42-44.


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 (tm)) 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.


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.


 


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