How to apply Metallic Epoxy DIY
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TOOLS NEEDED FOR YOUR METALLIC EPOXY APPLICATION
- Cordless Drill or low variable speed electric drill
- Mixing Wand
- 2 – 5 gallon buckets for mixing
- Roller screen (or paint rolling tray if preferred)
- Spiked shoes (optional)
- Notched Squeegee
- 3/8” Nap Roller cover with 9” or 18” Roller frame.
- Diamond grinder machine (optional)
- Shop vac (recommended) or broom and dustpan
FLOOR PREP FOR METALLIC EPOXY
Fill any existing cracks. Let patch material dry according to product directions. When dry sand/diamond grind floor gently removing any old existing coatings. Sweep up and/or vacuum thoroughly. If you suspect any pre-existing contamination such as; Armor-All and/or other silicone chemistry, oils and/or any other construction chemical contamination feel free to give us a call for further instructions.
PREPARATION BEFORE MIXING:
- Assemble poles, roller frames, covers & spiked shoes. Tape off baseboards at 1/16” from the floor.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Securely attach epoxy installation spiked shoes (optional use*) onto your shoes before mixing.
STEP 1: MIXING BASE COAT PRIMER:
Mix, for no less than 4 minutes, – 2 Parts A to 1 Part B PRIMER (4 to 1 ratio = 1 gallon part A & 1 quart part B).
STEP 2: POUR EPOXY ONTO FLOOR AS DIRECTED AND ROLL OUT:
Once epoxy is mixed place roller screen into the bucket. Using roller frame and 3/8” nap roller cover, dip and roll out a very thin and even coat. MAKE SURE TO ELIMINATE ANY PUDDLES. You have up to an hour to apply. Begin distributing the epoxy from one side of the room to the other and working away from the starting point wall until floor is evenly and completely coated.
DRY TIME: Please Allow approximately 8 to 12 hours before applying the last step, the finish coat of Epoxy Pro Metallic Epoxy Floor system.
Before mixing: Assemble poles, squeegee, roller frames, covers & attach spiked shoes onto your shoes (optional*).
KEEP IN MIND: Mix Parts A & B for no less than 4 MINUTES. Once mixed IMMEDIATELY pour all of the epoxy out onto the floor and then proceed quickly as coating will begin to set up in approximately 30 MINUTES.
STEP 3: MIXING METALLIC CLEAR TOP COAT & POWDER PIGMENT:
Mix – Part A & Part B TOPCOAT (1 gallon part A to ½ gallon part B) for 2 MINUTES THEN ADD 1 JAR of the Metallic pigment powder and continue mixing for 2 additional minutes.
Once mixed IMMEDIATELY pour out all of the epoxy into a long puddle at the furthest point of the room 6 inches from the wall. Begin the squeegee process of pushing the puddle from one side of the room to the other and working away from the starting point wall until floor is evenly and completely coated. Follow immediately with next step.
STEP 4: ROLLER FINISH INTERMEDIATE STEP
Roll out Squeegeed epoxy material until coating is even and to help with self-leveling, and then follow rolling by using a trim brush around the edges. Wait 10 minutes before proceeding to the next and final step.
STEP 5: RANDOM PATTERN MARBLE EFFECT PROCESS
AFTER color pigment topcoat has been squeegeed and rolled, and has been allowed to settle for the approximate 10 minutes; start in left corner and continue with the marbling technique (explained below) across the room (or smaller sections if not using spike shoes) working your way out until finished.
HOW TO APPLY MARBELIZNG TECHNIQUE
Hold the extension pole with roller frame and roller cover with 3/8 inch nap straight in front of you. Create half circle patterns side by side and across the whole floor surface by twisting pole left to right and slightly lifted but still touching material. Work your way across the whole surface of the floor and out of the room until it has all been completed with half circles. Epoxy will naturally cure into a truly unique marbling finish. VERY IMPORTANT!! DO NOT DRAG YOUR SPIKED SHOES! Carefully pick your feet up and down as you move across the floor.
Cure Time: 16 to 24 hours
* PLEASE NOTE RECOMMENDATIONS:
- If choosing to wear metal spiked shoes please securely attach them to your shoes before
- Do NOT walk on wet epoxy without spiked shoes.
- Without the use of spiked shoes and to ensure enough work time – mixing smaller batches of epoxy is recommended so that you can reach across sections of floor to squeegee and roll smaller areas at a time while standing on a solid concrete substrate.
- Check coating surface for tackiness, approximate readiness; Light foot traffic: 12 hours/vehicles: 24 hours.
- After 24 hours it is recommended that you carry and set down – DO NOT DRAG – heavy items/equipment across freshly cured coating.
- Helpful Tip: Before starting your basement or garage project add our phone number into your contacts for quick assess just in case you need us! Need assistance?
Metallic Epoxy Application Residential Kitchen Case Study
Mike, a customer in Texas, was surfing the internet for a new floor option to replace his old, cracked kitchen floor tile and stained grout lines. He was tired of the day to day maintenance of cleaning his tile flooring of miscellaneous spills and stains, in his highly active kitchen, when he learned about EpoxyPRO Metallic epoxy floor coating systems. Mike gave us a call, and after inquiring about our metallic epoxy floor paint he placed his order for several kits, the amount of Metallic Epoxy Kits that was required for him to complete his project, and in his chosen colors of Onyx and Pearl.
EpoxyPRO Metallic Floor Paint Coatings are unique and aesthetically pleasing. They are the perfect “permanent solution” for floor replacement in your kitchen, the heart of your home.
Adding character and style to your home and decreasing the workload of cleaning your floors is easy to do with any of EpoxyPRO’s Do–it-Yourself Epoxy Floor Coating Kits. Our USDA approved food grade formula is perfect for use anywhere in your home and manufacturing facility. It’s smooth non-porous surface will not stain (a word of caution, it is always best to wipe up spills immediately for safety from slipping) and our epoxy coatings are non-porous which eliminates dust from building materials so it will not build up as it does on most other porous floor coverings, and therefore, making your cleaning chores easier and faster.
EpoxyPRO Kits are made out of the best highest quality resin materials available and not only will its high gloss finish turn your kitchen floor into a showstopper, it will provide a flooring that holds up against any normal wear and tear conditions.
Mike, our Texas customer, as a first time metallic epoxy installer prepared his floor as instructed and then once the concrete was profiled and just before he began the application process, he gave us a call, as many of our customers do, for some technical support, and I must say always a bit of a pep talk thrown in as it seems helpful and much appreciated for our metallic epoxy installation newbies to help them feel confident about what they are about to do for the first time. At EpoxyPRO, we are always available to answer questions or give application process tips to our customers anytime, and as often as they need us, we are there for them. Whether it is before purchasing our Kit, or before the epoxy application begins, during, and/or after the installation is complete, it does not matter, call us we are always happy to assist and speak with you.
Back to our Texas customer; the result of Mike’s first-time metallic floor project was absolute perfection and we are not just saying this! We have pictures from him to prove it! Mike, sent us his floor’s “after” photos, and as a first time Do–it-Yourselfer, we as professionals have to say that Mike’s kitchen floor turned out as good as any professional floor contractor. Mike was so excited and stunned at the ease of use of EpoxyPRO Metallic floor paint coating system, and of what he had accomplished that he has since pursued looking for more flooring projects, not just the contemplating each and every floor belonging to family or friends, but to even consider starting up his own epoxy decorative concrete preservation and restoration business to install epoxy flooring in Texas using, EpoxyPRO Epoxy Floor Coating Kits.
Mike is the perfect case study for EpoxyPRO Metallic Epoxy Floor Paint Kits. With their uniquely marbleized and visually modern look, our coatings brought Mike a quick and easy, and much needed makeover to his home, as well as how easy he found our epoxy application process to be! A job well done, and another happy (and valued) customer!
Important Note: If you see or suspect any pre-existing contamination such as oils, grease and/or any other chemical contamination remove stains with EpoxyPRO’s Oil Stop Primer or feel free to give us a call if you have any further questions or concerns.
FIRST STEP WHEN APPLYING METALLIC EPOXY
After removing the old floor covering, tile, as it was in Mike’s case, he followed the concrete floor prep instructions beginning with filling any existing cracks and holes in his concrete substrate. Then Mike used a diamond grinder to create a profile for optimum metallic epoxy adhesion, and to clean the concrete floor to remove any old existing concrete slag or glue residue. When he was finished he swept and vacuumed the kitchen floor space thoroughly to remove all dust and debris before applying the primer coat application.
Before mixing: Mike set up his work station area where he assembled his poles, squeegee, roller frames, and covers & attached spiked shoes onto his boots/shoes.
Next, he mixed the epoxy primer (4 to 1 ratio = 1 gallon part A & 1 quart part B) and once mixed and using a roller tray in a bucket and a roller frame with and 3/8” nap roller cover, Mike rolled out a very thin and even coat across the concrete substrate, making sure to eliminate any puddles and distributing the epoxy from one side of the room to the other, within an hour time frame, all the while working away from the starting point until the floor was evenly and completely coated.
Mike waited 8 to 12 hours before applying the last step, the finish topcoat of EpoxyPRO Metallic Epoxy Floor Paint Coating System.
SECOND STEP DURING APPLICATION
Again before mixing: Mike set up his work area where he assembled his poles, squeegee, roller frames, and covers & attached spiked shoes onto his shoes.
Mike mixed the topcoat and added the powder pigment (additive) as directed – Part A & Part B of the clear epoxy TOPCOAT (1 gallon part A to ½ gallon part B, a 2 to 1 mix ratio) with the 4 oz jar of metallic color pigment powder.
Once mixed, Mike IMMEDIATELY poured out all of the epoxy into a long puddle at the furthest point of the room and begin the squeegee process until floor was evenly and completely coated. Mike immediately began the roll out process and once this was completed he followed up the rolling process by using a trim brush around the edges.
AFTER color pigment topcoat has been squeegeed and rolled, Mike started applying the marbling technique to give that space a unique interior design finish.
How Mike applied the marbling technique
Holding the extension pole with roller frame and roller cover with 3/8 inch nap straight in front of him he created half circle patterns side by side and across the whole floor surface by twisting pole left to right and at the same time slightly lifting the roller up out of the epoxy but still touching the epoxy material. Mike worked his way across the whole surface of the floor and out of the room until it had all been covered with half circles. That’s it! Epoxy will naturally cure into a truly unique marbling finish!