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Posted on Epoxy Paint or Colored Sealer for Shop Floor?

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CedarFreakCarl

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#1 posted 11-09-2007 06:57 AM

Hi Calgirl, sounds like these guys are already giving you some pretty sound advice on the floor for your shop. I work for an engineering firm that specializes in wastewater and potable water treatment plant design. Consequently, we deal with a lot of concrete floors and end up specifying seamless epoxy flooring in most of the structures we design. If applied correctly, epoxy flooring is really good stuff. Here’s a cut and paste out of
our standard specs for epoxy flooring with regard to the installation.

3.1 SURFACE PREPARATION
A. New concrete surfaces shall be clean and free of paint, grease, oil, curing compounds or other foreign matter.
B. New concrete shall have a minimum curing time of 28 days.
C. Concrete surfaces shall be sanded or acid-etched where recommended by the flooring manufacturer.
D. Dust and dirt shall be removed by vacuum cleaning.
E. Holes, cracks and depressions shall be patched level with the adjacent surfaces with patching mortar.
3.2 ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
A. Maintain a minimum room temperature of 60ºF for a period of 48 hours before and after installation in areas where seamless flooring is to be installed.
B. Materials shall be stored at a minimum temperature of 60ºF for at least 24 hours before installation.

That’s a great looking shop you’ve got, hope this helps.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC


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