Decorative Use of Epoxy Coating

August 18, 2011

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A line of epoxy coating products that are light reflective coatings and at the same time tough and resistant to abrasion and chemical damages are often used for decorative show rooms, pool decks, medical suits and patios. Such high-gloss coatings provide protection from hydrocarbon spillage and can be used as glazing for added protection of standard floor systems.

Some epoxy coating systems are even safe for the food service industry and are USDA-approved. They protect the concrete floor from food spills and are ideally used in kitchens and restaurants. They are easy to clean and emit low odor, and are also grease- and chemical-resistant.

Ultraviolet-resistant epoxy binders are used for walk ways and decorative aggregate floors and patios because of their excellent adhesion, protecting aggregate surfaces and preventing discoloration of decorative floors.

Epoxy Coating Preparation, Application and Safety Considerations
Epoxy coatings work best when the surface is prepared carefully through cleaning, drying, and removal of any dirt or contaminants. Some applications may not require thinning of the epoxy coating, but in some cases when thinning is recommended, the thinning and mixing should comply with specification standards.

Epoxy coating can be brush- or roller-applied using clean tools and equipments. Hazardous solvents should be handled according to manufacturer’s Material Safety Data Sheets. Safety guidelines should be followed on surface preparation, application and post-application, as well as during waste disposal, to avoid encountering health and safety risks.

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