Applying Chemical Resistant Coatings

There are numerous chemicals in the world, some natural and others man-made. While there is no doubt that the majority of them add value to our lives, it is equally certain that chemicals have a negative side-effect, one of the most common of which is the corrosion that they cause on things, whether wood, metal, or concrete, to name just a few substances. Much effort has been taken to battle the corrosion caused by chemicals; one of the most common is the manufacture of chemical resistant coatings. Among these many coatings is epoxy, and it is important to know that there are wide variations of epoxy, each made to tackle a specific need. Before mentioning specific examples of the use of epoxy as a chemical resistant […]

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Epoxy Concrete Paint Ad Nauseam

I know, we have written about the before, but its the number one thing we receive emails about, and everyone wants more clarification. So, here you go. As you know, epoxy concrete paint is a popular product for treating concrete floors. Epoxy, itself, is twice as strong as concrete, waterproof, and seamless. Additionally, its strength, durability, and beauty make it an ideal resurfacing choice in garages and basements. What makes this system unique is that it is a two-part coating that cures on the concrete through a chemical reaction. The product is spread on the surface in a thick coating so that minor imperfections in the surface are covered up to leave a glossy, hard finish. Larger problems such as cracks in the concrete must be […]

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Epoxy Resin Countertops Deliver the Goods

Epoxy resin is one of the most durable countertop materials available on the market, and they made it that way for a reason: it is most frequently used for laboratory countertops and work surfaces. For those looking for the strongest and most chemically and thermally shock-resistant countertop, epoxy resin is the most natural choice. A polymer substance often composed of epichlorohydrin and bisphenol-A (in some epoxy resins, the bisphenol is replaced by similar compounds), epoxy resin can credit the strong covalent bonds between its molecules for its extreme durability. First synthesized by a Swiss and an American professor in 1936, after roughly a decade of attempts, epoxy resin has sold very well worldwide since its pre-wartime debut. It is now almost ubiquitous in every educational and […]

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Making Sure Your Epoxy is Waterproof Epoxy

Is epoxy completely waterproof? More than once, I’ve heard from people working on projects, be it a boat, a patio, whatever… that end up complaining because they have been told that epoxy is this miracle product that will prevent any type of corrosion or damage. That it is essentially bomb-proof. My first question always runs something along the lines of “are you sure you were using an actual epoxy product?” As in, “this isn’t some cheap knockoff product pretending to be epoxy, right?” And for the most part, people get that part of the equation right. But the bigger picture, and this extends far outside the realm of epoxy is that the tools are only as good as the artist allows them to be. What does […]

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The Pros and Cons of Epoxy Mortar

A lot has been made of epoxy mortars over the past few years. A growing dissatisfaction with mold and mildew, and new understanding of the havoc that they can wreak on bathroom construction has led many to search for new and better alternatives to the traditional tile grouts that line many bathrooms. Additionally, a great deal of research has been done with respect to the myriad health risks that one takes by allowing mold to fester in one’s home. So, what can be done, and is an epoxy solution the right one for your project. We’ll be using bathroom projects in the article, simply because they are one of the more common areas where you might encounter the need for epoxy mortar, but assume that this […]

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Using an Epoxy Sealer

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to try to become more active on the blog, and plow through a bunch of post ideas that have been brought up to me, or that have occurred to me. Today, we’ll tackle epoxy sealers, how to pick a good one, and what to be aware of going into any project  involving them. For years, I have done the standard Thompson’s treatment on my various decks and patios in the homes I have lived in. It should come as not surprise, though, given the nature of this blog, that I have been itching to try something a little more robust, a little more… epoxy-like. So, naturally, I began my latest outdoor wood treatment project by seeing if there were […]

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Review: Quikrete Epoxy Garage Floor Coating

Well, this is one of those reviews, like many others, that is a bit of a double-edged sword. A couple of months ago, while we still had a little sunshine up here in the Pacific Northwest, I set about to coat my garage floor with epoxy. It’s important to do this job while the sun is shining so that you can have your stuff outside for a few days. Make no mistake, unless your garage is barren, you’re going to have to keep a few things outdoors while your flooring cures. So, I got all set up. Tool bench outside. Bikes and other sporting equipment outside. Everyone is well aware that there will be no cars parked indoors till Tuesday. I went to the hardware store […]

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Bar Top Epoxy to Make Your Counter Shine

If there is one aspect of maintenance that restaurants and other commercial concerns have over the average household, it is the strength of material necessary to handle massive abuse. The next time you saddle up the bar at your favorite watering hole, take a minute to note the bar top itself. If it’s wood, and looks a lot better than your counter top at home, take another minute to ask yourself: why? Bar top epoxy is one of the coolest innovations to come out of the adhesive and coating industry in a long time, and for some reason, it has been largely confined to commercial interests. Now, I understand that the common home doesn’t take nearly the abuse that a restaurant might on a day to […]

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How to Remove Epoxy

A better title for this post might be: Can you really remove epoxy once it has cured? Because it is not easy. The most popular method out there right now seems to be acetone, which is a lot like rubbing alcohol in that it is colorless and very flammable. The belief out there is that rubbing some acetone on to cured epoxy will loosen it up and allow one to scrape the epoxy off. Now, acetone might be all well and good for thinning epoxy BEFORE it has cured, but best of luck to you if you are attempting to use acetone to clean off a surface that has already been treated with hardened epoxy. Epoxy is tough. That’s why you coated whatever you’re working on […]

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The Right Epoxy Garage Floor Coating for Your Home

So, you’re ready to apply an epoxy garage floor coating. You’ve got the necessary supplies, and it’s time to take the plunge. Here are some helpful hints to get you going on your way to that professional look that you’re after for your home within your home. To begin with, we’re going to assume that your current surface is concrete. Now, what kind of things should you consider? Well, for one, give some thought to how long the concrete has been down. If it was poured within the last month, hold off for now. The concrete will continue to emit water vapor for quite some time, and laying down a coat of epoxy paint will not be successful during this state of concrete curing. Now, for […]

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