Installing metallic epoxy coatings is a process that should be left to professionals. Since there are multiple different steps to apply the different epoxy colors, the process takes a lot of setups and should not be done as it’s being installed. Metallic epoxy floors start with a thorough concrete preparation process that involves grinding the concrete with industrial-grade machinery followed by a moisture vapor barrier and finally, multiple different colors of epoxy are applied and then rolled out based on the desired effect.
The first step is to make sure that you are prepared. You will need at least two people if you intend to install a floor coating yourself. You will also need an industrial grinding machine and the different colors you intend to use.
To achieve a thicker coating, most metallic coats are applied using a notched trowel or scraper and then back rolled with a 3/8″ roller or looped roller. This enables the metallic pigments to travel around within the epoxy. Because of the thicker covering, a gallon will only cover roughly 50 square feet for some systems. As a result, someone must mix new batches while the other person applies the epoxy.
Around fifteen to twenty minutes after applying the metallic coat, start moving it. The person doing the mixing will carry this out by pumping air directly into the epoxy, and this will result in craters, ripples, or swirls. Depressions will appear in the epoxy at first, but they will self-level after about 10 minutes.
However, some metallic epoxy materials need the addition of metallic epoxy to the base coat rather than stirring it with air. They are applied shortly after the base coat and produce pools of molten metal or a river appearance. They normally take around 20 minutes to take effect.
When working with resins, it’s typically an excellent idea to begin with a sample kit. This is because it takes time for the solvents to react with the epoxy, and you need to know how much to add to achieve the desired result. After the epoxy has dried time, add your top layer of transparent epoxy or polyurethane. This will give you an idea of what the colors will look like once applied successfully on the real floor.
One thing to remember is that this epoxy garage floor is not cheap. And its supplies always cost more than a regular multi-coat system. This is because of the limited spread rate of some metallic layers. Also, an expert professional should perform the installation. Though, a serious DIYer may accomplish it as well.
Metallic epoxy flooring is common for many commercial, industrial, and household applications. The beauty, functionality, and longevity of epoxy flooring complement almost any room. Epoxy flooring is simple to install over concrete. Also, professionals can install Epoxy flooring over new or existing concrete surfaces, thanks to self-leveling materials.
Furthermore, you could adjust the thickness of the epoxy to fulfill the requirements of various rooms and facilities. It’s suitable for high-traffic areas like a warehouse or a showroom. Other places where you can apply epoxy flooring are;
Given the unique method the installers put down the precursor material, you may get a wide range of floor colors and aesthetic effects. Some of the most prominent approaches are:
Same-color effect: To get this look, use a single metallic color for both the base and top layers. A windblown or stormy-sea effect can be achieved using several finish methods, such as a one-stroke back-roll.
Two-color effect: Adding two metallic tones to the top layer of an epoxy finish with a metallic or plain epoxy color as the foundation gives the finish an intriguing, eclectic look.
Two-tone effect: A simple base layer and a metallic top layer together might provide the appearance of a calmer, more sophisticated floor.
In the end, a metallic epoxy coating is something to explore if you want a gorgeous and exotic garage look that shouts, “check me out!” We install garage floor coatings all over the country and we are happy to help.
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