Metallic Epoxy Tips of the Trade
The use of clear epoxy or polyaspartic base with colored metallic powder creates a glossy floor with beautiful, three-dimensional depths. The variety of colors and visual effects are endless. Your floor comes to life with the look of waves, ripples or craters. With metallic epoxy, the mica pigments are distributed in a fashion that gives the appearance of a seamless floor. This look is used in nightclubs, business establishments, garage floors and automobile showrooms.
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Using this epoxy gives such benefits as:
- Seamless floors – no grout lines
- Endless color options
- Simple clean-up and upkeep
- Highly durable
- No experience needed
- Beautiful glass finish
- Easy to apply
- Top coat and base coat
In addition to looking beautiful and vibrant, this high-level epoxy, or polyurethane resin with a high solids content level, is especially strong and good for floors. It resists oil, salt, chemicals, water, acid and wear just as well as other epoxy floors. This treatment is easy to maintain but slippery when wet.
Metallic epoxy application
There are several ways you can apply metallic epoxy. One way is to use a leaf blower (without solvent) to spread the metallic epoxy and create a unique look. The best way is to pour lines of the metallic epoxy using a bucket or watering pot. Once it is poured, use a squeegee trowel to spread it. For the best effect, use two colors rather than one. Pour the colors in opposite directions, and never use one on top of the other.
The one-stroke backroll method gives your floors an acid-stain look. Never over roll it, or the colors will blend too much. When the products begin to lose dimension, you can use different solvents to freshen it up. Some are:
- Methyl ethyl ketone
- Denatured alcohol
- Isopropyl alcohol
Different solvents give different effects.
The best way to seal your floors is by using a polyaspartic or polyurethane topcoat; this is easy to clean and provides UV protection. You can also use it as a base coat (for two-coat applications), because it dries faster and solvent can be applied immediately afterward.
Never be afraid to experiment with this epoxy. There is no set method to using it. The overall effect begins with you. Want to learn more about decorative concrete applications and how-tos? Check out decorative concrete trainings on our website.