PennCoat Epoxy Flooring Contractors – The Varying Characteristics of Epoxy

The term “epoxy” gets slung around as if there were only 1 type of epoxy used in every situation.  But contrary to the popular misconception, “epoxy” actually comes in a wide variety of hardeners and resins.  And here they are:

Epoxy Resins:

The resins used in epoxy don’t offer variety that the hardeners offer.  There are 3 types of resins:

  1. Bisphenol A Resin – This resin has a lot of viscosity, a moderate amount of flexibility, and a moderate amount of chemical resistance.
  2. Bisphenol F Resin – This resin is similar to the “Bisphenol A” variety, except its flexibility is on the lower end of the spectrum.
  3. Phenolic Novolac Resin – This resin offers a high amount of viscosity, but because it’s a novolac, it will become very hard, which means there is no room for flexibility.  Additionally, it is very chemical resistant.

Depending on what type of application the flooring or painting installer is searching for, they have a variety of epoxy options to choose from.  And a part of that reason is because of these (3) different types of epoxy resin.

Epoxy Hardeners:

Now, although there are 3 different resins to choose from, the epoxy hardeners have the largest range of selection, by offering up to 6 different hardeners.  Each of these hardeners has different sets of properties that they can offer, making the epoxy line-up a smorgasbord of commercial coating options.

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Floor Lines or Aisles – Which Serves Better For the Pedestrian: Part 2

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Now, when you look at an actual aisle way, you’ll see that the aisles offer enough coverage so that they can receive a nice diamond grind preparation.  But, even though the aisle requires a more aggressive preparation, they also will require a more laborious epoxy installation.

In our previous entry, we looked at the benefits of installing pedestrian walkway lines.  And although the installation process is easier and less expensive, compared to the aisles, the aisle will ultimately offer a greater longevity for a variety of reasons:

Better Prep Work:

As discussed in in the pedestrian floor lines, the only prep work is alcohol wiping the floor.  Grinding the floor is always the best method, but a 3″ line does not provide enough coverage to conceal your grind marks.  But, when you’re working with a 3′ wide aisle way, there is plenty of room to adequately grind the floors, and conceal the marks with epoxy.

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Floor Lines or Aisles – Which Serves Better For the Pedestrian: Part 1

Industrial and Commercial Coatings can help improve your facility’s safety for pedestrians.  But which serves better: pedestrian floor lines or aisles?  Here’s the breakdown for when and where to choose one over the other:

Floor Lines:

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Looking at the picture, it’s easy to see the benefit in the floor lines.  They are highly visible, and pedestrians instantly know to stay within the aisles.  But let’s attempt to look beyond the function, and get a closer look at the installation process.

Prepping for Floor Lines:

Floor lines don’t receive the same prep work that coatings typically receive.  The problem with diamond grinding for aisles, is that the diamond grinding head is wider than the actual aisle line.  So, when you go to install the aisle line, you would see the chewed up concrete.  Which would make for an unsightly finish.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions: Moisture Bubbles

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Moisture is one of the largest hazards in most construction environments.  And coatings are no exceptions.

As you can see from the picture, moisture bubbles beneath the coating are unsightly, and they can trap moisture, causing damage to the underlying substrate.  But their origins are a common mystery.  People will pop them, but to their dismay, the bubbles will return with a vengence.  So where are they coming from, and what can a person actually do to prevent them from returning?

But the Secret’s Out: Moisture is the Issue.

So how can moisture effect the coating?  There are many ways.  But when moisture gets between the coating and the substrate, that’s when you start to have problems.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions: Paint Peeling From Metal Surfaces

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Metal Doors, Garages, and Other Metal Substrates Can be Susceptible To Coating Failure If not Prepped and Planned Properly

Paint peels all the time.  It’s inevitable.  However, that inevitability may occur over the span of years, or decades.  And decades is the preferred duration.  But to achieve decades, you’ll need to provide the appropriate prep work, to ensure that the coating has the greatest chance to adhere to the substrate.

But each substrate varies with what it requires, and those requirements are often temperamental when dealing with metal.  The more porous the surface, the easier time a coating has to adhere.  And steel and metal don’t have very porous surfaces, so it’s important to follow strict guidelines to ensure that the coating can last.

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Improve Asset Reliability With Industrial Coatings

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Finishes are often overlooked from the Asset Reliability Manager’s perspective.  But if you learn the many benefits of industrial and commercial coatings, you can see how they can improve some of the most important assets in any facility.

When a company or facility thinks of their assets, their first thought is typically production machinery.  Which makes sense.  It gets used daily, to produce the product that the company is selling.  And if that machinery goes down, then that product is no longer being produced.  There’s not a lot of degrees of separation between the machinery and money.

Which is why it’s perplexing that so many facilities overlook a vital component to sustaining their productivity: their facility.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions – When Paint Peels From Brick

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Brick is a challenging surface to paint.  But its grooves and valleys are the least of any applicator’s concerns.  Because the real distressor lies within the mortar.

Here are The Problems That Can Happen When Painting Commercial or Industrial Masonry

Masonry and block walls are held together with mortar mixes.  These mortar mixes offer excellent adhesion and compression strength, which allows the structure to maintain its integrity.  However, these mortar mixes are also made from many soluble salts.  And when these material get wet, moisture wicks the salt water to the exterior of the brick and mortar joint.  When the water evaporates, the brick substrate is left with a layer of sodium film, which prevents the paint from adequately adhering to the substrate, causing it to peel and disbond.

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Commercial Paint Problems & Solutions – Painting Galvanized Steel

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Galvanized steel has exceptional benefits for any plant or facility.  It is durable and can tolerate high moisture, due to the zinc it’s boiled in.  However, although versatile, it is a challenge to coat due to the oil residue that protects the substrate.

Here’s how Commercial Painters Avoid Paint Peeling From Galvanized Surfaces

Galvanized steel is frequently used in many commercial and residential settings.  It’s used for gutters, down spouts, corrugated decking, and many other common applications.  Although it is tolerant to weather, due to its zinc coating, it is very challenging to paint.

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Commercial Paint Problems & Solutions – Excessive Chalking

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Whether you’re dealing with commercial painting or residential painting.  Chalking is a frequent problem that occurs in the aging paint field.  What’s worst is that by the time it occurs, you need to increase the amount of prep required for the job.  So here’s how and why you need to be proactive before chalking occurs.

Here’s How Paint Begins To Chalk

You can take all the time in the world to meticulously apply and brush a flawless coat of paint.  But no matter how careful and tedious you are, your coating will eventually break down.   There are many elements that can break down a coating.  But the most hazardous are ultra violet rays.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions – Cracking

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Commercial Painting comes with its inherent challenges.  And if not applied correctly, those challenges can present themselves in unflattering ways.

Here’s how paint becomes victim to cracking and flaking:

When studying the problems, you’ll notice that the cracking occurs through the entire film of paint, all the way to the substrate.  This is a common problem when underlying coats of paint are applied to existing coats that have not been adequately prepped.

The underlying coats lose their elasticity.  Which means that they can’t bend and flex with the substrate when it expands and contracts during varying temperature changes.  So as the substrate swells and compresses, the aged coating begins to delaminate and shingle.

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