Epoxy paint for coating concrete floors

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Concrete floor maintenance on the fly

In today's competitive environment, factories and other production facilities need to operate around the clock in order to maximize the use of company resources. But heavy usage means increased damage to the plant floor since even the hardest concrete deteriorates under constant friction. With floor damage comes difficulty in cleaning, maintaining rolling equipment, maintaining morale, and presenting a positive corporate image. Shutting down the plant to install new flooring surfaces is often too costly to consider. As a result, damaged areas need to be repaired without interrupting business operations. So the damage must be repaired on the fly and it must last. This is where a new breed of wear-resistant and easy-to-use epoxy patches and laminating products can save the day.

Creating permanent patches for holes, cracks, corrosion, and pealing areas is often more difficult than installing an entire new floor. Corrosive liquids, heavy loads, dramatic temperature shifts, and abuse from pallets and dragged equipment often damage floors. In addition, reorganizing production systems often requires bolting equipment in place and filling old anchors. To maintain a clean, smooth floor without chipping, lifting, or pealing, you must fix a variety of holes, cracks, and erosion. In addition, some facilities suffer from shaking concrete floors. Rolling equipment crossing expansion joints that have been cut into the concrete when poured most often causes the shaking.

All of these problems can be remedied with 100% epoxy fillers mixed with quartz that can be feathered to blend with the surrounding undamaged surfaces. With some careful preparation, and the use of grinders, the damaged floor can be brought back to level quickly and without interruption to operations. The patching materials have compression strengths exceeding 22,000 lb. per sq. in., can be feathered to a fine edge, and will not wash or knock out of the holes and cracks that they fill.

Mixing 100% epoxy with color quartz to 28 lb. per gallon gives a trowel mix with a peanut butter consistency. This mix can be placed in holes using a trowel or putty knife. Using a heavy rubber glove and applying the mixture by hand with a rubbing motion best fills small vertical surfaces. Small holes can be quickly filled simply by pouring syrup-consistency liquid epoxy to the surface and grinding flush once hardened. Uneven surfaces can be matched by bridging from the higher surface to the lower surface with a trawled-on mini-ramp that transitions from one level to the other.

For more information, contact Chris Biesanz at chris@durallmfg.com or phone 1-800-466-8910 or 952-888-1488 (24/7).

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