Water Based Epoxy Flooring
Water based epoxies are used on concrete floors as a sealer, a primer, and optionally as the complete floor coating itself.
Water Based Epoxies generally have a low VOC (Volatile organic compound)
Like most of the 100% solids floor epoxies, Water Based Epoxy is almost odourless (no worse than latex wall paint) and offers good chemical and abrasion resistance.
It has good adhesion and is less affected by UV yellowing than the other epoxies.
Water based Epoxy finish will be much thinner than even a single coat of the 100% solids epoxy.
Water Based epoxies have several other advantages:
- they can be tinted
- safe for the environment
- low maintenance
Being water based, the Epoxy will soak into porous surfaces such as concrete, before it cures, resulting in a strong bond. This is probably stronger than the "surface only" bond achieved with 100% solids epoxies Epoxy Flooring, so it makes an excellent primer under 100% solids epoxies.
Anti Slip & Decorative Floors
Water Based Epoxies offer a wide range of anti-slip and/or decorative treatments:
- one coat (sometimes two coats) is generally thin enough to let the original (anti-slip) texture of the concrete to remain
- the epoxy coat is also thin enough to allow the use of our very fine anti-slip additive (note: in thicker coatings the anti-slip additive disappears into the coating), which gives a sandpaper like finish
- however, the epoxy coating is also thick enough to permit the use of our much larger anti-slip additive
- it will also accept the broadcast of coloured sands and/or vinyl chips onto its surface.
Water Based Epoxies can be applied by brush, broom, nap roller or by texture spray gun.
Water based epoxy requires two coats. In commercial applications three coats, are recommended.