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Learn How to Make
Stunning Metallic Epoxy Floors
The first thing most people ask is, what is a metallic epoxy floor? Well, it is a decorative flooring system that, just like regular epoxy, consists of resin and hardeners; however, metallic epoxy floors add and manipulate pigmentation that creates a unique and one of a kind floors anywhere it is installed. Metallic epoxy floors have become incredibly popular for residential, commercial, and warehouse spaces for many different reasons. These floors are truly transformative and can take your entire room design to the next level. Metallic epoxy floors are highly durable, so it is important to note that these surfaces aren’t just pretty, they are resilient.
Preparation for installation
Just like you were to be installing a regular epoxy floor coating, the floors have to be cleaned, inspected, and repaired. First, you need to ensure that all previous paints, coatings, and sealants have been removed completely. Second, any stains, oils, or grease have to be scrubbed away. Third, you must repair the surface if it needs to be repaired. Do not start installation without properly repairing spalling, cracking, or pitting areas. Once all of these areas have been checked and marked off, you can move onto cleaning any dust that these actions may have dragged in because metallic coatings are uber-sensitive to extra unwanted particles. Remember, your concretes pores must be open and ready to cure with a metallic coating, mechanically grinding the surface is the best and easiest way to accomplish that. Finally, the last prep step would be to add the handy dandy primer! A dark substrate is always preferred for metallic epoxy floors because it increases its shine and its beauty.
- Inspect and clean the area
- Remove all paints, coatings, and sealants
- Clean and scrub off oils, grease, and stains
- Repair any blemishes and damages
There are several added steps to your metallic epoxy installation that have to be followed step-by-step, please be sure to triple check your instructions and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Three different components will make up your floors: clear resin, hardener, and metallic coloring. Be sure to mix all of these things slowly so bubbles do not form within each mixture. Before mixing and applying all of these substances, double-check that your floors are clean and ready to properly cure with the coating. The goal during installation is to use between 500 to 700 grams per square meter. If you apply too little then you won’t have enough coverage and if you apply too much the coating will be too thick and the metallic effect won’t be as prominent.
- Apply just enough and always check with the manufacturer’s instructions
- Double-check to ensure your surface is clean
- Mix all of the components separately at first to avoid setting off the chemical reaction before you’re ready to apply it
Protect the floors
Add that topcoat ladies and gents! This is important because it is the layer that will protect your floors with beautiful designs and 3D effects. Do not skip this step unless there is a specific design, purpose, or manufacturer suggestion.
- Topcoats protect from scratches
- Topcoats make your floors UV-ray resistant
- This ensures that your floors will last for many years