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Concrete Dec 2017

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COATINGSPRO CONCRETE COVERED 2017 39 Achieving the perfect floor. It's what you're hired for, and it's what your customers expect. Yet it's not as simple as putting down a coating and waiting for it to dry. Creating a floor that meets your custom- er's precise needs requires following a process, from surface prep to final coat. Step 1: Define Needs & Expectations Know what your customer wants and how the facility will be used. W hether it's a jet aircraft hangar, auto dealership, warehouse, or a restaurant, every job has different needs. Ask customers about expectations for the floor's look and finish, its durability, and how quickly it needs to return to service. e more you know, the better promises you can make. Step 2: Know the Whole Picture W hat are you dealing with from an application standpoint? If the concrete is new, has it cured long enough? If it's old, does it have water, oil or other contaminants pushing up from below the surface? W hat's the installation environment, especially the temperature and humidity? Are there other tenants or build- ing occupants that might be affected during application? Step 3: Prepare the Surface Is there old concrete that needs to be repaired? New concrete that hasn't cured? How much mechanical abrasion does the surface need to accept the desired coatings? Doing surface prep right help assure a good job goes well. Coatings for Industry, Inc. 319 Township Line Rd. Souderton, PA 18964 (215) 723-0919 (215) 723-0911 - fax info@cficoatings.com www.cficoatings.com Making the Right Floor Step 4: Choose the Right Primer What primer you use depends on the application and environment. • For general/industrial applications, a quick-drying penetrating epoxy, such as WearCOAT 1020, is usually best. • For moist environments and green concrete, use a moisture vapor tolerant epoxy, like WearCOAT 1080. • If you need a robust coating that covers physical imperfec- tions or existing chemical spills, use a polymide epoxy such as WearCOAT 490. Step 5: Choose the Right Topcoat to Meet the Need Follow the below chart to select the right topcoat for any specific need: Characteristics Topcoats Low Odor UV Resistance Abrasion Resistance Chemical Resistance Quick RTS Gloss Satin W-491 Solvent-Based Epox y ü W-440 100% Solids Epox y ü ü W-2020/2035 100% Solids Polyaspar tic ü ü ü ü ü W-100 Solvent-Based Aliphatic Urethane ü ü ü ü ü W-570 100% Solids Novolac Epox y ü ü ü W-2330/2340 95% Solids Hi-Wear Urethane ü ü ü ü ü ü Step 6: Choose Texture & Color Select the broadcast media and color to complement the topcoat selected above and to meet the performance needs of the floor. Coatings are offered in flake, metallic, pigmented top coats, and dozens of colors of quartz. For more detailed information about concrete floor coating options for specific applications, contact CFI or go online to get our Floor Coatings Brochure for Professionals. It's free. The final Topcoat in any flooring system ultimately provides the protection sought by the customer. Above is a quick synopsis of coating characteristics. For a full version, contact CFI for a free brochure, or visit cficoatings.com. Company Profile: Coatings for Industry, Inc. SPONSORED CONTENT

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