Part 2 – Too Beautiful To Be This Tough: The Virtues of Epoxy Paint

November 24, 2008

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Epoxy and Chemical Resistance

Chemical resistance is another virtue of epoxy that opens up many industrial and commercial uses. Epoxy stands up to the abuse that many common industrial substances dish out. Epoxy coating systems are resistant to acetone, alcohols, solvents, and many hydroxides and chlorides across a wide range of temperatures. Epoxy is often used in industry because the hard plastic coating is impervious to many common industrial acids and fuels.

The same chemical process which gives epoxy its hardness also makes it very chemically resistant. In fact, vinegar and acetone, which can be used as solvents for uncured epoxy, are largely ineffective against epoxy that has had a chance to cure.

When you think chemical resistance, sea water does not readily come to mind as a reactive substance. However, sea water is highly reactive. For marine use, epoxy coatings are a standout choice as a primer for metal surfaces.

Epoxy and Electrical Resistance

Epoxy used as a coating provides a level of electrical resistance, as it is an insulator much like glass. In factory conditions, epoxy is often augmented with anti-static coatings to prevent static charge from building up on the floor.

Epoxy and Beauty

In addition to standard clear coating, epoxy is also readily available in formulations that create a beautiful working surface. Combined with aggregates and colored chips, epoxy coatings can closely simulate the look of treated granite at a fraction of the cost of using real stone. Sparkling mica, paint fragments and other additives can create just about any look desired, plus, the coating retains the strengths of an epoxy coating.

Epoxy can be used in almost any setting as a high performance coating. Ask your painting contractor if an epoxy coating can be put to work in your facility.

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