How long does epoxy resin floor take to dry? Having the right temperature when laying epoxy resin is very important to the cure time. Generally, epoxy cures faster when the air temperature is warmer. In addition, by reverse when the room temperature is too cold, the resin will take far longer to cure.
Does Epoxy Dry Better In Heat Or Cold?
How long does epoxy resin floor take to dry? Most resin mixtures require two components – Resin as well as a hardener / activator. To enable the epoxy resin to cure to its maximum hardness, it needs to be laid to temperatures above 10 degrees centigrade. Obviously in the winter months it’s important that an additional heat source is provided by the client to achieve this.
Epoxy Resin – What Is Inter-Coat Adhesion?
Inter-coat adhesion is the attachment of layers to each other and/or the substrate.
When laying epoxy resin there are multiple factors to consider. For instance, layer compatibility, temperature, humidity, surface preparation and application manner. Each coat of resin must achieve inter-coat adhesion to the previous layer or substrate in order prevent delamination.
The first coat of resin / DPM must be laid onto the substrate which has had adequate surface preparation. The surface preparation can be done by either shot blasting or diamond grinding of the substrate surface. This removes all dirt and opens up the surface in preparation to receive the resin.
Additional coats / topcoat needs to be laid within 24 hours to have inter-coat adhesion with the first coat and become one.
Engineering And Manufacturing Flooring
576 SQM Flooring For Beakbane Ltd – Kidderminster
Beakbane Ltd one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of machinery protection systems based in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. The area they requiring a coating was a 576 square metre concrete floor. Previously it had been in use for metal pressings. In addition, it had had no previous floor coating system except for worn demarcation lines that we would need to remove.
Furthermore, a moisture meter reading showed that the moisture content in the existing concrete slab was above the normal level. So, it was recommended that a DPM epoxy primer be applied before any flooring system was installed.
Prepping The Floor
When prepping a floor that has been used for metal pressing, it is vital that the floor surface is thoroughly cleaned. This is in order to remove any failed floor paint, clean and prepare existing concrete surfaces. In this particular case, the floor was given a medium shot-blast using a totally enclosed shot blasting machine. Additionally, the edges were ground back using a totally enclosed handheld 110v diamond grinder. The area was then vacuumed clean. After that, repairs were made to localised damaged concrete, holes, joints, and cracks using epoxy mortar compound and epoxy resin screed.
Two Coat, Resdev Pumatect High Build, Epoxy Resin Flooring System On 576SQM
A DPM epoxy primer was applied to ensure no rising damp from the concrete substrate. After that, two coats of Resdev Pumatect high build, epoxy resin flooring system was laid in the clients chosen colour – light grey. The first coat was allowed to cure for approximately 18 hours to ensure it was dry before the 2nd / top coat was laid. Consequently, allowing for good Inter-coat adhesion with the first coat.
The work was completed in just 4 days on time and on budget. The two coat, Resdev Pumatect high build, epoxy resin flooring system fulfilled the client brief of hard wearing yet easy to keep clean.
Mr. Bob Haycock, Operations Manager for Beakbane Ltd said:
“We are so pleased to get this project completed – the floor looks fantastic. With significant initial investment in the building, we believe continued investment by installing the correct type of floor is money well spent.”
For Industrial Flooring Services Contact PSC Flooring
PSC Flooring are a leading UK company offer an extensive range of industrial flooring services. Are you looking for epoxy resin floor installers for your warehouse or other manufacturing space? Get in touch today, Call us on 01562 702047. There are many things to consider when making this decision, such as how long the epoxy resin floor will take to dry. Therefore, with our knowledge, we can help you discover the best time to have a flooring refurbishment or installation.
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