FLOOR COATINGS APPLICATION, PREPARATION & HANDLING

FLOOR COATINGS APPLICATIONS

PREPARATION AND HANDLING

Many High-Performance products are two component catalyzed or unique curing systems that demand strict adherence to all technical data and guidelines.

Below is a routine checklist of sound practices and procedures:

 1) Before beginning, review all project specifications closely and read all technical data thoroughly.

2) Stage all materials before starting and double check that all the proper products, components, and quantities are on hand.

3) Make certain that all products are within the usable shelf-life dates.

4) Carefully follow all mixing instructions.

5) observe all mixing ratios, rates, and order of addition – i.e., Component B is added to Component A.

6) Provide efficient and thorough mixing of all products and allow for proper “sweat-in”or induction time.

7) Only mix enough material to be applied within the recommended working time or pot-life of the product.

8) Measure temperatures and make sure they are within allowable application ranges and note where cold or hot temperatures can slow or accelerate performance/application parameters.

9) If using thinners – only use recommended thinning agents.

10) Once the coatings are prepared make sure that the recommended application tools employed are high quality, clean and in good working condition.

APPLYING FLOOR COATING SYSTEMS METHODS:

Flooring system applications can be broadly grouped into two types; thin film (5-8 mls) and thick film (13-20 mls) systems.

Thin film applications are usually 2 coat systems; penetrating epoxy sealer/Pre-Prime and clear coats like moisture cure urethane finishes and lend themselves to brush, roll (3/8”nap max) and spray.

Thick film applications are normally 3 coat systems comprised of penetrating epoxy sealer/Pre-Prime, intermediate coat, and finish coat.

Tool requirements include brushes, squeegees and a variety of roller types; lambskin, phenolic core and porcupine.

Always refer to the technical data sheets for application recommendations for specific products and systems.

OPTIMAL 3 COAT – THICK FILM SYSTEM FIRST COAT – PENETRATING SEALER

The reaction of the epoxy sealer with the bare concrete performs a very important function of preventing “outgassing” with the subsequent topcoats.

Outgassing is a phenomenon where a liquid coating/topcoat reacts with unsealed concrete and gas is generated causing bubbles to form that become trapped in the finished film.The primer/sealer coat is poured or sprayed onto the floor and then evened out by brush, roller or squeegee.

All new or bare properly prepared concrete should receive a 100% solids epoxy Pre-Prime to provide a beginning foundation that forms a chemical bond within the concrete, satisfying the thirst and porosity of the substrate.

INTERMEDIATE AND FINISH COATS

Pour ribbons of the mixed coatings onto the floor then spread with squeegee, roller, lambswool applicator, or phenolic core roller. Lightly backroll with lint-free phenolic core roller perpendicular to the original squeegee orientation.

Avoid over rolling as it may cause appearance uniformity problems. Since many flooring systems are multilayer coats on large expansive areas, spiked shoes are routinely used by applicators so that they can walk into freshly coated areas to re-roll, even-out, lap, blend-in or broadcast aggregate or other materials into the finish while wet.

Porcupine rollers are used to smooth the surface coat and release entrapped air in the finish. Notched squeegees and rakes are used to apply high solids/ high build finishes at evenly controlled wet film thicknesses.

NON-SLIP SURFACES

Hand broadcast aggregate to recommended profile approximately 2 lbs per 100 square feet up to one hour after application.

The Following items can effectively be addressed using the information provided in this article:

Water tower coatings and paints / Epoxy Floor Coatings / Rustoleum Polyurea / Metalic Floor Coatings /  Polyaspartic Floor Coating / Zero VOC / Zero HAP / NeverWet / XIM – X-I-M / Krud Kutter / Anti-Slip Floor Coatings / Rust Prevention / Rust Removal

Acid Spill Containment for Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia

Acid spill containment systems are very similar between the different manufactures.   Some manufactures have products that can be used on existing battery installations without having to remove the existing racks, others you must remove the racks and install the spill containment before reinstalling the racks.

HPP has acid spill containment systems which allows us to provide for both new installations and existing installations with the best solutions available.

Basically if your battery system has 50 gallons or more of electrolyte,  whether it is wet or in gel form as in a VLRA battery, then you are required to have an acid spill containment system installed. This applies even if it is an existing battery system .The spill containment system will need a 4 inch lip with acid adsorbing/neutralizing  pillows inside the containment field to meet current regulations with some type of protection for the floor, whither it is an epoxy paint or a liner. In California the spill containments and pillows must be serialized to insure that you are keeping fresh pillows in the system and for disposal purposes. The neutralizing pillows have a shelf life of about 5 years, they will be required to be changed out and replaced with new ones after this time.

Another item that your facility should have, is what we call an acid spill kit. The kit is for use when working with batteries and an acid spill occurs that needs to be cleaned up and neutralized. This can happen when replacing batteries and a battery has a crack in the case and leaks acid out. The kit consists of a container of acid neutralizer and protective clothing. These kits can be in a small pail for smaller installation or in a drum for larger installations. Also the kit can be mounted in the battery room in a cabinet for easy access.

  • Acid Spill Containment / Anti-microbial Coatings / Cement Crack Repair /
  • Chemical Containment / Coatings for Cooling Towers / Coatings for Wet Areas / Cold Weather Coatings / Concrete Patch / Epoxy Flooring / Epoxy Coatings / Fiber Reinforced Linings / High Heat Coating / Noxyde / Protective Coatings / Quick Dry Concrete Patch / Rustoleum & Rust Corrosion Protection /
  • Rust-Oleum 9100
  • Rust-Oleum 9800
  • Rust-Oleum W9200
  • Tank linings
  • Thermal shock resistant floor coating
  • Vinyl ester
  • Tank linings
  • Thermal shock resistant floor coating
  • Vinyl ester
  • Wastewater treatment coatings
  • Waterproofing
  • Zinc rich coating

 

Bridges & Tank Coatings – Industrial Coating, Painting, Sandblasting and Sealants

Bridges are not your average paint job. Traffic control, safety requirements, containment, are all factors that go into successfully painting a bridge or overpass. Alpine has completed thousands of painting and sandblasting projects including repainting structural steel supports, pedestrian walkways, overpasses and bridges.

More than any other project, bridges have the strictest deadlines. When bridges need to be shutdown there are concerns with traffic control, which can impede business for nearby shops and driver convenience. Alpine has the experience to work efficiently to get the job done quickly and safely.

Our Professional & Experienced Contractors has the experience to help you choose the best paint system for your bridge or overpass. We have vast knowledge about the various protective coatings and chemicals that can be used on each structural project. Our expert recommendations will insure that your bridge will withstand all weather conditions and look aesthetically pleasing for years. We can handle small cosmetic touch-ups or large scale projects that require sandblasting, power tool cleaning, sealant applications, welding and industrial paint systems.

We offer epoxy coatings, urethane coatings, plural component coatings, fire resistant coatings, and standard architectural coatings to protect and extend the life of your structures. We excel in complicated rigging access environments, blast media containment, and fast turnaround time projects.

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Structural Steel, Ceiling Beams, Plant & Factory Supports – Rust, Corrosion and Protection

Structural Steel, Ceiling Beams, Plant & Factory Supports – Rust, Corrosion and Protection – Advice from Contractors in Louisville Kentucky and Southern Indiana:

Iron and steel are the most commonly used metals in exterior structures. They are usually chosen not for their corrosion resistance but rather for their strength, cost, and ease of fabrication. Unfortunately, when unprotected, iron and steel rust in almost all environments, and rust extremely quickly when exposed to harsh chemicals, atmospheric salt, corrosive solutions, caustic solutions and moist environments like waterfront areas, chemical facilities, oil refineries, power plants, pulp & paper plants, and dock facilities — to name a few.

We are painting contractors that will analyze your project and give coating recommendations with various options so you can make the best value decisions based on exposure, longevity and cost.

We offer epoxy coatings, urethane coatings, plural component coatings, fire resistant coatings, and standard architectural coatings to protect and extend the life of your structures. We excel in complicated rigging access environments, blast media containment, and fast turnaround time projects.

If you are looking to protect your investment by coating your steel structures, cargo cranes, container cranes, dock cranes or bridges, look to at Our Professional & Experienced Contractors,  qualified industrial painting contractors with a track record of performing.