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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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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions: Blistering

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Despite its benefits, Commercial Painting can come with a world of problems.  And one of the most common is blistering.

You’re probably working outside.  And the sun is probably beating down on you and the substrate.  But you’re painting away, minding your work, making sure there’s an even spread of material over the substrate, making sure there are no roll marks or brush marks.  and keeping a close eye on your wet edge.

But aside from your astute attention to detail, you begin to notice something a few hours after you’ve painted.  The thin film begins to bubble and create blisters.

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Installing Epoxy Floors in the Cold – PennCoat

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Epoxy floors are great.  But they can prove challenging in cold areas.

Installing epoxy floors are inherently difficult.   Between getting ratios correct, to thoroughly mixing resins and hardeners, and ensuring that there’s an equal amount of aggregate distributed throughout the material are just a few of the problems that could arise.

But beyond the material, there are issues that can arise from the concrete that’s receiving the coating.  And one of the most common issues is concrete temperature.

Temperature can play an important role in the success of an epoxy installation.  The general rule of thumb is don’t go against the tech data sheet.  Most tech data sheets will vary in temperature.  However, if the TDS isn’t readily available, then 50° F is the most consistent number across the board.

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