Installation Tips for Epoxy Metallic Flooring
When installing epoxy metallic flooring, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, always make sure the surface you’re working on is clean and dry. Next, mix the epoxy according to the instructions, and then apply it evenly to the surface. Finally, use a roller or brush to smooth it out and remove any air bubbles.
The first step is to make sure the surface of whatever you are installing your epoxy metallic flooring on is clean and free of dirt, dust, oil, wax, or other contaminants. Scuff-sand the area with rough sandpaper if necessary. Make sure the surface stays dry throughout this process.
Mixing Your Epoxy
Epoxy that has already been mixed will have instructions for the recommended ratio of hardener to resin. You should always use these ratios when using pre-mixed epoxy. If you are working with two components, however, mix them thoroughly in a mixing container before applying it to your surface. To avoid inhaling harmful vapors from the chemicals during this, always wear safety glasses, a respirator, and rubber gloves.
Applying Your Epoxy
When it comes to applying your epoxy floor coating, make sure you use a roller or brush to apply the epoxy in one direction (it does not matter which way) to help ensure even coating. Apply an even coat over the whole surface, then let it sit for the recommended amount of time in order to both set and dry. Generally speaking, the thicker you want your epoxy metallic flooring system, the longer you will have to wait for it to dry. Use a clean roller or brush when applying epoxy metallic flooring in an area with corners or other tight spaces where you cannot easily reach with a large roller. Again, always remember to wear safety gear when using chemicals! Once the epoxy metallic flooring has dried, you can begin to apply your sealer.
Sealing Your Epoxy Metallic Flooring
Finally, after reading the instructions on the sealer you have chosen for your metallic epoxy flooring, it is time to begin applying the sealer. Remember to always start at either an edge or a corner, and let your roller follow along this initial path as you work outward. Make sure there are no air bubbles in your sealed epoxy metallic flooring. If you run into any little imperfections, use a plastic squeegee to smooth out these areas. At this point, you can turn your attention towards removing all of the dust that was stuck to your installed epoxy metallic flooring.
Removing the Dust
When you are finished applying your epoxy metallic flooring, it is time to remove any dust that has settled on the surface. Any kind of broom or brush will work for this purpose, but never use a vacuum without an attached HEPA filter. This could be very dangerous if done improperly. Alternatively, you can cover the surface with an oily material like mineral oil. After about 12 hours, blot up any excess oil and repeat if necessary. Note that some sealers cannot be applied over oiled surfaces!
Once everything is clean and dry, it’s time to enjoy your brand new epoxy metallic flooring! Have fun with it! If anything seems unclear throughout this process, however, always refer back to the instructions included with your epoxy metallic flooring system.
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