Epoxy is not actually garage paint or flooring paint, it’s a high tech liquid that is combined in two parts to create an extremely durable and long lasting coating that is perfect for many types of commercial, industrial, retail and consumer applications. We use the highest grade epoxy material for all type of flooring.
To get a little technical, epoxy is actually a “copolymer” which is formed from two different chemicals. The first part is referred to a as a “resin” or “compound” and the second is a “hardener” or “activator”. The resin consists of material you have probably never heard of , namely: like monomers or short chain polymers with an epoxide group at either end. Many common epoxy resins are created from a reaction between epichlorohydrin and bisphenol-A or by a by similar chemicals. The hardening liquid consists of one of several kinds of polyamine monomers. When we mix these two types of liquids together, the amine groups react with the epoxide groups to form a “covalent bond”. At the end of mixing the resin with the activating hardener, the resulting epoxy liquid is thus rigid and strong.
In layman’s terms, the process of polymerization is called “curing”, and can be controlled through temperature, type of resins and and/or activator, and/or or the ratio of materials mixed. The process can take minutes to hours. Some formulations benefit from heating during the cure period, whereas others simply require time and ambient temperatures. One thing is for sure, once we active the epoxy mixture, the curing process starts immediately and your epoxy flooring contractor only has a matter a couple hours to properly apply the coatings.