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CLEAR TOP COATS FOR EPOXY FLOORS

A dirty little secret  withheld from the public

 

clear top coat for floors

 

Most epoxy floor kit vendors offer a clear topcoat option due to market demand. They count, however, on unsuspecting, poorly informed, customers to just accept whatever clear topcoat product they offer. In order to keep their floor coating kits price competitive they need to 'go cheap' on the clear topcoat.

 

 

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What you need to know about clear topcoats for epoxy floor paints
 


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INTRODUCTION:

 

Many folks wanting an epoxy or painted garage floor also want it be to shinny. Such floors decorated with colored paint chips are also prime candidates for a clear topcoat over the colored chips. Finally, epoxies all tend to yellow and suffer UV damage. UV blockers cannot be added to thermoset resin systems like epoxies. They can, however be added to other solvent based coatings. Automobile clear coat is the classic example. Note however, adding UV blockers in clear coat products is the exception rather than the rule due to the high cost of these additives.  Note that water based epoxy floor paints don't seem to yellow as much as 'regular' epoxies. This is due in part to excessive pigment amounts needed to provide hiding coverage with such a thin coat product.

Most epoxy floor kit vendors offer a clear topcoat option due to market demand. They count, however, on unsuspecting, poorly informed, customers to just accept whatever clear topcoat product they offer. In order to keep their floor coating kits price competitive they need to 'go cheap' on the clear topcoat, focusing the customer's attention instead on the epoxy base coat (even there they tend to keep the facts fuzzy --  i.e. differences between water based and solvent or solvent free epoxy paints, issues of" induction" or "set time" just as a few examples). More on epoxy floor paint kits.

At the bottom of the clear coat picture are water based acrylics, followed by solvent based acrylics. Serious professional folks that use these topcoats know that they need to be recoated on a regular basis. Homeowners aren't told of this.

A clear urethane or polyurethane is the next step up. Consider it just a coat of clear paint. It's not exactly a product that matches the high end properties of the epoxy it covers, but it looks nice for a while!

The real professional clear topcoat products are linear polyurethanes (called LPU coatings - google LPU), which are two part, high solvent (cannot be sold in certain parts of the country), very smelly and very thin coatings. Again automotive paints and auto clear coat come to mind.  In the over priced 'marine/boat" market these clear or pigmented LPU coatings can sell for $300 to $500 plus per gallon. Even in the 'real world', non yachting marketplace, these LPU coatings are expensive and would raise the cost of a DIY epoxy floor with clear topcoat kit well beyond what the DIY epoxy floor kit shopper would consider spending when comparing other DIY floor kits. LPU coatings come in two types, acrylic polyurethanes (very similar to auto clear coat), and the harder and tougher (and more expensive) polyester polyurethane. You cannot do better than a high quality polyester polyurethane, but keep in mind that even a clear acrylic polyurethane is head and shoulders above any non LPU coating. The very best experts in floor coatings ONLY want polyester polyurethanes as their clear topcoat (perhaps a little bit of snob appeal here).

Here at Progressive Epoxy Polymers, Inc., we're more honest and upfront with you. We do offer two clear non epoxy (remember that epoxies yellow) topcoat options for use on our different epoxy floor products. Both are LPU coatings. Our Acrylic Poly UV plus is an acrylic polyurethane with expensive UV blockers and UV absorbers added to it. It is used to keep epoxy floors from yelllowing and to provide a high gloss surface. Our Polyester Poly is one of the highest quality clear polyester polyurethane you can buy. Like almost all clear coat products, it doesn't contain any significant UV protection. Ideally customers would seal their paint chip (or non paint chip) epoxy floor with one or two coats of the UV protecting Acrylic Poly UV Plus (1 gal covers 250-300 sf). For an optionally tougher topcoat they would then topcoat the Acrylic Poly UV plus with one or two coats of the Polyester Poly. The special UV additives in the Acrylic Poly UV Plus raise its cost to approximately the same as the Polyester Poly.

 


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Clear Floor Top Coat Rip-Off - options
What you need to know about clear topcoats for epoxy floor paints


WHY ALMOST NO UV PROTECTING CLEAR COAT PRODUCTS:

Two reasons why there are few clear coat products available with UV blockers. One is cost. These additives for clear coats are expensive. Second, most clear coat products go over pigments coatings that are not epoxy and do not yellow (but might still fade a bit!).  Simply the top coating of epoxies with a clear coat is a small market, that few address (except for our Acyrlic Poly UV plus mentioned above.). So, if some vendor tells you they have an special clear top coat for epoxy surfaces and it doesn't really mention special additional uv blockers etc. added to it (don't think there are any), they you already know they are stretching the truth because the product wasn't designed with epoxies in mind. Some vendors just 'forget' to mention epoxy yellowing entirely. LET THE BUYER BEWARE.

 


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Epoxy Resin Floor Coatings - Sampler Kits

1) NEW Epoxy Floor/ Deck non slip coating  (ROUGH COAT (TM) FLOOR EPOXY) Check out the  8 oz test kit of Rough Coat (tm) - a tan colored  solvent based epoxy floor coating with non slip grit already mixed in. Standard unit size is one gallon which covers about 160 sf. Texture is suitable for bare feet. Use on boat decks, garage floors, shower areas etc.  This product is featured on the GreatThings4u.com website.

2) Solvent Free Industrial Floor Epoxy - 48 oz test kit of IFF in beige or light gray. Tired of the low end stuff sold in mass market box stores or hard sell epoxy flooring web sites run by a marketing major and staffed with ex-shoe salesman just interested in your money? Check out our industrial - commercial (you can buy 15 gallon units), solvent free, Industrial Floor Epoxy (even the product name is simple, no frills labeling). Use with or without chips (order separately - picking colors and percentages), and with or without clear epoxy or poly intermediate or topcoats. Shop like a Professional - where you pick and select what you need. This product is featured on the Best Epoxies  website.

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Epoxy Quartz Floor - BROADCAST FLOOR

Acid Etching - ACID

Epoxy Paint Chip Floor - CHIPS

Epoxy Paint vs. Floor Epoxy Paint - EPOXY PAINTS

Epoxy Paint - SURFACE PREP

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