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Here at Epoxy Depot Chicago, we want to make sure that you have all the information you need about your decorative concrete flooring project. Browse our FAQ section below for answers to the most common questions that our contractors ask us.

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Common FAQ

It is recommended that you wait 28 days for your concrete to fully cure before applying any of our flooring systems.

The time it takes for things to dry varies depending on the temperature and air circulation. If you’re working on an interior project, it’s advisable to come back the next day and pick up where you left off.

Most of our systems can be installed in 1 or 2 days with next-day return to serivce.

Avoid applying coatings when the temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit or when temps are 95 F or higher. Ideal bonding set times may not be possible on blazing hot or ice cold surfaces.

Use a fold and stir blade to mix the ingredients for 3-5 minutes or until the texture is smooth without any clumps.

The only things you need to clean your tools/drill are a water hose and nozzle.

Design Tape is a reinforced concrete tape that can be used for concrete decoration designs.

Depending on the type of stain you want to make, the methods vary. For example, if you want to make Rustic Concrete Wood Stain, mix 1 part stain concentrate with 4 parts water. However, if you’re going for a “Natural Mineral Stain”, first mix 1 part “Mixed Resin” with 3 parts water and then add mineral pigments into that mixture. For more specific instructions, please contact us.

Metallic Epoxy Flooring Installation Guide

1. What is metallic epoxy flooring?
Metallic epoxy flooring offers a durable and long-lasting solution, blending metallic pigments to craft a distinctive and visually striking finish. This flooring option boasts a high gloss and chemical-resistant surface, combining both resilience and aesthetic appeal.

2. How do I prepare the surface before installing metallic epoxy flooring?
Prior to commencing any task, it is crucial to verify that the substrate is dry and clean. Eliminate any grease, dust, or debris from the surface through grinding or shot blasting to attain a surface profile ranging from 60-80 grit or CSP3. Address any cracks or voids in the concrete substrate by employing Epoxy Depot’s E4E-Urafill or Quickpatch.

3. What primer should I use?
Utilize Epoxy Depot Chicago’s AR-MVB Primer, a premium two-component epoxy primer offered in various colors or clear options. Ensure thorough mixing of the components for two minutes, then apply using a squeegee and back roll with a 3/8″ roller. Allow the primer coat to cure for a minimum of 12 hours for standard curing, 6 hours for Fast curing, and 1.5 hours for Ultra-fast curing.

4. How do I apply the epoxy coating?
Once the primer coat is dry, prepare the epoxy coating by blending Epoxy Depot Chicago’s E4E-100 or E4E-100xr Coating, a two-part epoxy system. Thoroughly combine the components for two minutes, then apply using a squeegee or roller. Work methodically in sections for uniform coverage. Apply the epoxy in puddles, lines, or layers, using a squeegee to work it into the concrete surface.

5. Can I add decorative additives to the epoxy flooring?
Yes! Explore a variety of decorative additives by Epoxy Depot Chicago to elevate the aesthetics of your client’s epoxy flooring. Whether it’s decorative flakes or glow-in-the-dark metallic pigments, you can craft a distinct and personalized finish. For further details, contact us today.

6. How do I apply the finish coat?
After the epoxy coating has fully cured for 12 hours, proceed to apply the final coat utilizing Epoxy Depot Chicago’s premium E4E-Urathane, a top-notch two-component urathane system. Ensure thorough mixing of the two components before application, using an 18″ roller or spray system. Let the coat cure for a minimum of 24 hours prior to foot traffic and 72 hours before subjecting it to heavy traffic.

7. Why should I choose Epoxy Depot Chicago products for metallic epoxy flooring installation?
Epoxy Depot Chicago presents a range of premium products tailored to various surface types and industry requirements. Our offerings boast exceptional bonding, durability, adhesion, and resilience. Furthermore, our proficient support team guarantees precise product selection and expert guidance during every stage of your epoxy flooring installation journey.

8. What are the benefits of metallic epoxy flooring?
Metallic epoxy flooring exemplifies durability, aesthetics, and low upkeep. With its high-gloss sheen, and resistance to chemicals and abrasions, it not only elevates the appearance of any area but also stands the test of time.

9. Is the installation process difficult?
Although the installation process may appear challenging, it is quite straightforward when you adhere to the correct steps and utilize the appropriate materials. By following the instructions outlined by Epoxy Depot Chicago and leveraging our premium products, you can attain professional outcomes.

10. How can contractors deliver high-quality epoxy flooring?
Contractors can achieve top-notch epoxy flooring by following the steps detailed above and utilizing products from Epoxy Depot Chicago. Proper surface preparation, precise application techniques, and observance of curing times are vital for a successful installation. Benefit from the support and guidance provided by Epoxy Depot Chicago.

11. How should I maintain metallic epoxy flooring?
To uphold the integrity of metallic epoxy flooring, it is vital to adhere to some fundamental maintenance procedures. Regularly sweeping or dust mopping the surface eliminates loose dirt and debris. Swiftly address spills by using a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner with a soft mop or cloth. Refrain from harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that could compromise the epoxy finish. Periodically, consider a thorough cleaning using a specialized epoxy floor cleaner recommended by Epoxy Depot Chicago.

12. Can metallic epoxy flooring be installed in any space?
Yes! Metallic epoxy flooring is versatile, fitting into residential, commercial, and industrial spaces alike. Ideal for garages, basements, retail stores, showrooms, and restaurants, it offers a sleek finish. Nevertheless, vital factors like substrate condition, temperature, and space usage must guide your choice of epoxy system.

13. How long does metallic epoxy flooring last?
Proper installation and maintenance are key to maximizing the longevity of metallic epoxy flooring. Factors impacting its lifespan include material quality, installation procedures, and maintenance levels. Epoxy Depot Chicago’s top-notch products and installation instructions play a vital role in enhancing the durability of the flooring.

14. Can I install metallic epoxy flooring myself, or should I hire a professional?
Although metallic epoxy flooring installation may seem like a feasible DIY project, engaging a skilled professional contractor with expertise in epoxy flooring is advisable for superior outcomes. Professional installers possess the essential tools, expertise, and insights needed to guarantee meticulous surface preparation, appropriate product selection, and precise application techniques.

15. Can metallic epoxy flooring be repaired if it gets damaged?
If your metallic epoxy flooring sustains damage, repairs are possible. Minor cracks or chips can typically be fixed with epoxy fillers or patches. For more extensive damage, replacing the affected section may be required. It’s advisable to seek advice from a professional or reach out to Epoxy Depot Chicago for guidance on repair techniques and appropriate products.

16. Does metallic epoxy flooring require special care during installation?
When installing, it’s crucial to take precautions for optimal outcomes. This involves adhering to the suggested temperature and humidity levels, following product-specific guidelines for mixing and application and observing appropriate drying intervals between coats. Working in segments and ensuring consistent coverage is key to attaining a uniform and visually appealing result.

17. Can metallic epoxy flooring be customized?
Yes! Metallic epoxy flooring provides extensive customization options. At Epoxy Depot Chicago, a variety of decorative additives such as decorative flakes and metallic pigments are available. These additions enable the creation of exclusive patterns, designs, and effects on the flooring surface. The customization possibilities are limitless, and collaborating with Epoxy Depot Chicago allows you to delve into diverse creative avenues.

18. Where can I find more information and purchase Epoxy Depot Chicago products?
For more information on Epoxy Depot Chicago products, installation guidelines, and purchasing options, you may contact us.

*Remember, for the best results and a successful metallic epoxy flooring installation, it’s vital to adhere to the recommended guidelines, utilize premium materials, and enlist professional help if necessary. Epoxy Depot Chicago is dedicated to delivering top-notch products and assistance to guarantee a satisfying experience for contractors and their clients.