There is vast confusion among epoxy paint and epoxy coating? Is there a difference? If so, which is best? The easiest way to figure this out is to learn the difference between the epoxy paint, and epoxy coatings, to eliminate all the confusion and be able to make an informed decision.
The first misconception that we shall address is that an epoxy coating does not paint. Many of the well-known paint manufacturers do offer paint with a small amount of epoxy in the mix and refer to them as 1-Part epoxy paint which allows for better adhesion and durability than standard acrylic color, but it is probably not an epoxy product.
Epoxy is a two-component product consisting of one-part epoxy resin and one-part polyamine hardener. Both are mixed prior application. After mixing there is limited time and temperature as to how long it takes to apply it. With colored epoxies, it is the resin that is tinted to give the epoxy color. If it is not tinted, then it goes on as a transparent coating. Epoxy coatings cure and do not dry like paint does. Unlike paint, the mixing of the two components starts a reactive process that creates cross-linking of the elements while it cures.
The ease of application and thickness of the epoxy is also dependent on the volume of solids content. This is always displayed as a percentage. In other words, 100% solids epoxy means that you have 100% of the product on the floor after it cures. 50% solids suggest that you will have 50% of the product remaining on the floor after it has cured. The reason for this is that the carrier agents (water or solvents) which are used in the lower solids product evaporate out as the epoxy cures.
The epoxy coating could be applied to the walls and the ideal in Commercial and Industrial sectors due to the longevity and working environment. On the contrary, Epoxy coating for the floors could be anywhere from Residential garages, basements to Industrial, commercial sector floors.
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- Temperature Resistance