Part 1 – What is epoxy? Here’s the rundown of everything you need to know about epoxy based coatings

November 21, 2008

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Epoxy coatings are durable, long-lasting products with great adhesion, and are an excellent choice to finish a wide range of surfaces.

Epoxy Paint Basics

Epoxy paints are hands down some of the toughest coatings on the market. Auto garages, parking decks, factory production floors and other high traffic areas are the typical places you will find an epoxy based coating. When properly applied, epoxy paints can take a beating, and still look good.

In addition to being tough, epoxy paints are also chemically resistant. Greases, acids and solvents find that an epoxy protected surface offers them no way to bite into the finish and attack the material beneath the coating. Epoxy paints are also versatile. The highest performing epoxies are used in marine environments, where they are expected to resist the corrosive action of seawater.

Epoxy may be applied by brush, roller or trowel, and has excellent adhesion characteristics. Typical surfaces for epoxy coatings are concrete and metal. Like all paints, adhesion is strongly influenced by preparation and application techniques.

Part two will include the cure.

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