If you need a durable flooring for your residential, commercial or industrial property, a 100% solid epoxy coating might be the perfect solution. At MF Paints, we’re committed to providing you with top-quality products and innovative solutions that meet your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a short guide about everything you need to know about two-component epoxy coatings.
What is a two-component or 100% solid epoxy coating?
A two-component epoxy coating is a type of floor coating that contains a resin and a hardener. The resin allows the epoxy to stick to the floor, while the hardener solidifies and strengthens the surface. The components must first be mixed separately and then together at a low speed to trigger a chemical reaction and create an adhesive bond.
Once cured, epoxy is highly resistant to impact, abrasion and chemicals. In addition, its smooth, glossy finish makes it easy to clean up even the toughest messes. Here are four additional advantages of this coating:
- It doesn’t contain any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or release any harmful fumes
- It’s bacteria and moisture resistant
- It provides a strong bond and can be applied to various surfaces
- It’s extremely durable
Where can you use epoxy coatings?
Since epoxy is durable, stylish and easy to maintain, it can be used for a variety of residential, commercial and industrial applications. For example, epoxy coatings are great for:
- Industrial kitchens
- Concrete slabs
- Animal shelters
You can also apply epoxy coatings to concrete or stone surfaces as a vapour barrier. However, if you want to apply epoxy to another type of vertical surface, you should consult the professionals at MF Paints to avoid any undesirable results.
How do you apply epoxy coatings?
If you want great results, you need to follow these key steps when applying epoxy coatings:
- First, wipe the surface clean. It’s important to remove any traces of dust, dirt, grease and oil that could affect the adhesive bond. For superior results, you may want to use a sandblaster.
- Next, mix the epoxy and immediately apply it to the surface. Always use the proper equipment to create an even layer.
- Finally, allow the epoxy to cure. This can take anywhere from a few hours to several days. During this time, do not walk or drive over the surface to avoid permanently damaging it.
When applying an epoxy coating, you must maintain the correct temperature and relative humidity. Otherwise, the epoxy may lose its integrity and durability. However, these specific conditions can be difficult to get right. That’s why we recommend hiring an expert. They have the knowledge, tools and techniques to provide the perfect finished product.
What options are available?
There are several customization options available for epoxy coatings. You can choose from a variety of colours, as well as anti-slip additives. Our standard epoxy colours are clear (MF2600) and medium grey (MF2673). You can also add a 250 ml colourant during the mixing process for a more vibrant finished product. Some of the colours we offer include:
- Safety dark blue
- Dark grey
- Safety yellow
- Tile red
- Safety lime green
- Pine green
If you want a metallic finish, you can add a specific colourant to the epoxy base or use decorative vinyl flakes. To ensure you get the right amount of coverage, ask your nearest MF Paints dealer how many pounds of vinyl flakes you need for your project.
If you’d like to create a non-slip surface to prevent falls, you can sprinkle sand over the top of the epoxy coating. After an hour, simply apply an even layer of sand over the entire surface. To achieve the best possible result, hire a trained professional for the job.
MF Paints: your paint specialist for over 50 years
At MF Paints, we develop all of our products with Quebecers and Canadians in mind. Visit our website for inspiration and advice on your residential, commercial or industrial projects. You can also find many of our products at several local retailers near you. Before planning your next upgrade, learn about our consumer-friendly epoxy coatings.