Sherwin-Williams Acrolon C137V2 (formerly Resistex C137V2) is a high performance, fast drying acrylic urethane gloss finish for use where long term exterior gloss and colour retention characteristics are required. Acrolon C137V2 is suitable for use as a final coat(s) in conjunction with epoxy or polyurethane based protective systems for new...
Thermoguard Thermocoat W is a White Intumescent Paint for steel, structural steel and cast iron: Up to 90 minutes’ fire resistance Can be overcoated with compatible decorative topcoat Water-based Low odour Environmentally friendly Cost effective for large projects Certificate of supply available on request Can be applied by brush,...
The ultimate performance shellac-based primer-sealer and stain killer for interior and spot exterior use. Offers unparalleled adhesion to glossy surfaces (including glass) without the need for scuff sanding and blocks stubborn and persistent stains. Available in more than 90 colours from RAL and BS shades (1L, 2.5L, 5L only). • Ultimate...
Rust-Oleum 7100NS Anti-Slip Floor Coating is an easy to apply, solvent based anti-slip floor coating: For foot traffic, interior and exterior Anti-slip additive is premixed in the coating For use on old concrete (>2 yrs), metal and wood Unique uniform appearance, high gloss Touch dry: 6 hours, coverage: 8m² per litre Available in...
Epoxy Floor Paint
Rawlins Paints distribute and manufacture a wide range of floor paints, including specialist epoxy paints and industrial epoxy resin flooring, which are heavy duty and hard wearing, economical surface coatings - most commonly used in the UK to finish concrete floors. These specialist epoxy floor paints offer excellent chemical and water resistance – making them ideal for large-scale industrial use. Mostly, epoxy floor paints come as a two-pack - containing an epoxy resin (base) and a co-reactant hardener (curing agent). The two are mixed together at an exact ratio, allowed to stand for a specified period, and then applied to floors, or other applicable surfaces. It is important that the epoxy coating is applied to the surface within the specified time (per product), and before that time-frame expires.
Epoxy floor paints can be extremely durable, and are suitable for small commercial projects and floor spaces (such as restaurant food storage cellars), but more widely recognised as a floor coating for industrial and factory settings, where its hygienic, durable and easy maintenance qualities come to the fore.
Sikafloor 264 N Thixo is a two part, economic, coloured epoxy resin textured roller and seal coat. This Sikafloor product is solvent free, thixothropic grade for high build textured and structured finishes.
Sikafloor 161 is an economic two-part epoxy primer, levelling mortar and intermediate layer epoxy resin primer for Sikafloor systems and a binder for Sika levelling mortars and screeds. Features and Benefits Moisture tolerant Low viscosity Good penetration Excellent bond strength Easy application Short waiting times Solvent-free...
Rust-Oleum Epoxy Garage Floor Paint Kit is a 2-part epoxy formula for the ultimate garage floor, saving time and providing an easy clean, showroom-quality appearance on concrete floors. Complete DIY kit including decorative chips/flakes, paint paddle, instructions and DVD One kit covers up to 25m² Durable and time-saving one-coat...
Coo-Var Profloor 2 Pack Epoxy Floor Paint is an exceptionally hard wearing water based 2 pack epoxy floor and wall coating. Dries to an off-gloss finish. Seven colours are available plus other colours to order. Aggregate is mixed with paint or sandwiched between two coats for an antislip version. This makes for a very versatile product....
Jotun Jota Armour is a three component, abrasion resistant, polyamine cured epoxy coating specially designed as an anti-skid coating. Suitable for approved primers or directly on concrete substrates - such as helidecks, walkways, ramps, weigh bridge decks, decks in general where abrasion resistance and non-slip properties are required....
Rust-Oleum Powerfloat Epoxy Floor Primer Rapid 3366 is a rapid curing 2-component solvent-free epoxy primer designed to improve the adhesion of coatings to difficult substrates such as power-floated concrete. Overcoatable after just 3 hours: apply primer and topcoat in one day Easy all-in-1 packaging For new and aged power floated...
Rust-Oleum 5421 Epoxy Floor Primer Rapid is a fast curing primer for use on new or untreated porous mineral surfaces, like concrete to bind weak and friable substrates - can be overcoated with any Rust-Oleum Mathys epoxy floor paint or polyurethane coating. Overcoatable after just 4 hours: apply primer and topcoat in one day Easy all-in-1...
Rust-Oleum 5500 Solvent Free Epoxy is a high build, solvent-free epoxy floor paint for garages, warehouses, showrooms, corridors, indoor car parks, workshops etc. Optimal protection in only one or two layers. High build coating (150 microns), very durable Suitable for frequent (chemical) cleaning Excellent resistance against immersion...
Rust-Oleum 5130 Primer DSP is a super-high solids two pack epoxy resin primer designed for the suppression of vapour pressure effects. Creates a barrier to stop rising moisture and vapour pressure Prevents blistering For use on asphalt and concrete Very low solvent content High build system Coverage Calculator
Rust-Oleum B95SL Flexible Self Levelling Epoxy is a virtually solvent free, two component epoxy flooring system, with a convenient 1:1 mixing ratio. It should be used on cleaned, horizontal concrete, asphalt-concrete, or other floors where flexibility is required. The coating offers protection against abrasion and impact and can be applied up...
Rust-Oleum 5400 Self Levelling Epoxy is a self levelling, two component epoxy mortar and coating in one for concrete floors: Offers outstanding protection against high humidity and moisture, frequent spillage of chemicals, heavy abrasion, impact, heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic Delivers a smooth and seamless finish to concrete...
Rust-Oleum 5401 Epoxy Impregnation Primer is solvent free and improves adhesion on concrete and other porous, mineral surfaces: Primarily intended for roller and brush application Provides a good key for adhesion on porous, mineral substrates Impregnation of porous and brittle floors Can be applied on slightly damp surfaces Also ideal...
- Surface Preparation – Cleaning and Concrete Repair Work
- Checking for damp problems in the concrete, and more
- Different Types of Epoxy Paint
- Solvent Free 100% Solids Epoxy
- Solvent Based Epoxy Paints
- Water Based Epoxy Floor Paint
- Winter Grade Epoxy Paints
- Two Pack Paints
- Domestic and Industrial Uses
- Other uses for epoxy resin paint
Rawlins Paints stock a wide range of epoxy floor paints, from manufacturers including Rust-Oleum, Sika, Coo-Var, Blackfriar, Jotun and more in a wide range of colours. Each product will contain approximate coverage rates. These floor paints can transform a showroom floor with a new, striking colour and finish in a single weekend – ideal for the look and longevity of the surface, its chemical resistance and durability, as well as the cost of a major upgrade to your flooring system.
Please read the technical information on each resin floor paint product page, and download the datasheet to check that the paint is suitable for your requirements. When the two packs are properly catalysed and applied to the floor, they will produce an industrially hard finish that is both oil, chemical and solvent resistant. Each product listed here will have different drying and curing times, as well as some being more heavily textured than others.
Surface Preparation – Cleaning and Concrete Repair Work
A correctly prepared surface will ensure the successful application of an epoxy paint coating – but there are some checks that need to be done first, namely the condition of the surface which is being painted.
For warehouse floors, or heavy vehicular use areas which have succumbed to oil spillage, water pooling and general surface wear and tear, it is advised to assign sufficient surface preparation time. It could take up to a day for larger square metre flooring to have its oil spots removed, with a high-quality cleaning/degreaser product.
Small square foot concrete floors may need adhesion promoting primers, or etching with a mild acid, before the surface being thoroughly scrubbed clean. It is generally recommended by manufacturers that concrete floors are prepared using methods including shot-blasting or diamond grinding. There is a very informative article on our knowledgebase blog which details professional floor preparation methods:
“This article aims to outline some of the most common principles of surface preparation when preparing a substrate to receive a resin flooring system. Whilst outline information on the methods and equipment used to prepare surfaces is included within this guide, it is recommended that advice is sought from specialist surface preparation companies.”
If sufficient surface preparation is not undertaken, it may result in an unsuccessful application of epoxy floor paint. Please contact us for additional technical support for concrete floor surface preparation, or leave a question on the linked-to knowledgebase post.
Once the floor has been successfully cleaned and prepared, it may be time to fix cracks and small holes, ready for the application of the first coat of epoxy paint. Be sure to clean the surface after holes and cracks have been filled in – vacuuming or sweeping away dust and debris from concrete surface repair work.
Checking for Damp Problems in the Concrete, and More
It is important to check for damp problems in the concrete before applying epoxy floor paint. If there is dampness in the concrete, (coming either from the ground or a freshly laid slab still drying out) not all epoxy floor coatings will be suitable. In these circumstances, it’s best to seek advice from our Technical Department to see what options are available for damp proof primers, epoxy systems that can be applied to newly laid concrete, etc.
Drop a small amount of water on to the floor to check the density of the concrete (check whether water beads up when applied to the surface). This must be dealt with appropriately, regardless of which system you intend to use.
The moisture content of a substrate should always be checked prior to application. Various methods can be used but we would recommend a combination of digital moisture meters, core samples and an easy initial test with no expense is to tape down a small sheet of plastic to the concrete floor for 24 hours. When removed, if it is dry underneath, then moisture content is low. However, if there are moisture droplets under the plastic covering, there is a potential damp issue, which pressure could break the bond between the coating and the floor. This should give a good indication of whether further investigation needs to be done or primers, etc. need to be used.
Newly laid concrete (slabs) as a rough guide should be left up to 1 month per inch of concrete laid for the floor to fully cure and be dry enough for the epoxy coating to be applied. However we have various systems that can be applied sooner depending on requirements.
Further application directions will be contained within product datasheets – such as air temperature and exposure from weather conditions.
Different Types of Epoxy Paint
Solvent Free 100% Solids Epoxy
Generally, the best epoxy coatings available and mainly used by professionals, Solvent Free 100% solids epoxy coatings do not contain any evaporating solvents, making their layer thickness much higher build, extremely hard wearing, very fast curing, low odour and very chemically resistant to name but a few advantages. Because there is no solvent to escape during the drying process, solvent free 100% solids epoxy coatings mean that whatever thickness you apply the coating at wet, will be the thickness it dries at.
Solvent Based Epoxy Paints
Solvent based epoxy floor paints’ solvents (VOCs) can be potentially hazardous and it is recommended that these products are used by professionals, or experienced operators. Personal protective equipment is essential when handling these coatings – respirators can be purchased from here. If, for example, solvent based epoxy floor paints are being applied to a garage floor, the area must be well ventilated and any person in the vicinity must also wear respirators.
Solvent based epoxy floor paints are primarily used in heavily industrial facilities, and major manufacturers include Rust-Oleum, Jotun and Sika. Typically, these solvent based paints contain between 40 to 60 percent solid epoxy – to be mixed with the curing agent.
Water Based Epoxy Floor Paint
Water based epoxy resin floor paints, or water dispersed epoxy resin floor paints as they’re sometimes referred to, are considered by many users to be the best floor painting application system. One of the main reasons for their tag of being one of the best floor paints is that they contain little or no VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Due to this, the paint can be applied in ‘occupied’ work areas, such as on factory or warehouse floors. They are also not sensitive to naked flames, which has led to them being very popular in garages which conduct welding work.
Suitable for a range of flooring, from domestic to industrial, and light traffic up to commercial heavy vehicular use properties, water based epoxy resin floor paints are an industry favourite for their wide range of uses, low cost and high performance.
The ‘build’ of a coating refers to the thickness of the dried epoxy film, and most water based epoxy will require two coats to be applied. Higher solid content epoxy coatings will give a higher build.
Epoxy crack filler is also available for small cracks and holes, or spalled areas.
Winter Grade Epoxy Floor Paints
Winter Grade epoxy floor paints should be used during the colder months of the year to ensure good drying times and product performance is maintained. Also, ideal for use in lower than average temperature areas such as walk-in freezers, cold storage facilities, etc. (predominantly for food production and packaging factories).
Two Pack Paints
The two parts (base and curing agent) that are mixed together must contain the correct proportions, and be allowed to stand for the recommended time – in which the co-reactant will begin to harden the epoxy resin, ready for application. If you require any technical support with the mixing, or standing time of epoxy paint, please contact Rawlins Paints prior to attempting to mix the two parts.
Most epoxy paints leave a smooth finish which is easy to clean and maintain high levels of hygiene. To create a non-slip or anti-skid coating, paint additives can be applied to ‘break-up’ the smooth surface by the addition of anti-slip aggregate. This is a common process for floor areas that may get wet or slippery – such as in kitchen or food preparation areas, floor surfaces exposed to the elements, and where there may be chemical or oil spills – such as in garages and warehouses which use forklift trucks.
Domestic and Industrial Uses
Workshop, garage, warehouse and showroom floors would benefit considerably from the use of epoxy floor paints as opposed to standard medium use floor paints, especially if there will be vehicular use on the floor spaces. If you have recently painted the flooring of your facilities and are needing a heavy-duty coating, that is water and chemically resistant, epoxy floor paint can be directly coated over many existing surfaces – always check the datasheets for suitability on existing floor coatings.
Once cured, some epoxy floor paints are perfect for commercial food preparation areas. There are certain products that specialise in food safe versions which will not taint or ‘pollute’ unwrapped products.
Epoxy resin floor paints are not UV stable, and will require a UV stable topcoat if used externally or internally, but open to the elements. Externally, under UV light, epoxy paints 'chalk' - this means they will begin to lose their colour, fading with a white stain appearing on the surface. After going through the full process of applying epoxy floor paints externally, finish the job professionally with a UV stable topcoat (usually polyurethane).
Other Uses for Epoxy Resin Paint
Rawlins Paints also distribute other epoxy paints, and not simply for floors. Epoxy paints could also be used, for example on larger scale projects, they can be used on pressure vessels, pipes and recreational equipment – roller coasters and park benches for example.
Also known for being used as a ‘plastic’ laminating resin, epoxy coatings are also used in the automotive industry, on aircrafts and boats – acting as a primer that improves the adhesion of top coats. Considered a primary construction material, they can be used as a sheathing applicant for hulls, or to replace water-damaged polyester resins on high-speed boats.
As epoxy paints are rust-resistant, they can be found on metal cans, white goods, golf clubs, skis, moulds and master models, casting, fixtures and other industrial production aids.
For more information about health and safety when using epoxy resin paints, please contact Rawlins Paints’ technical support team.
Painting floors with high-quality commercial or industrial coatings is much more cost effective and less disruptive to a project than using cheaper substitutes. Larger projects require some form of ‘guarantee’ for the client and/or building owner to provide peace of mind that the coating system applied to internal or external flooring will last for an agreed period of time - if correctly maintained.
Using our products, it is possible to decorate and protect concrete, tarmac, asphalt, wood or metal floors, both improving its life expectancy for greater periods of times, and delivering waterproofing and protective properties that can lower the risk of major repair and costly maintenance work. Achieve long-lasting results, with the wide range of floor paints and coatings available at Rawlins Paints today.
We offer systems that are available in virtually any colour and finish - including colour matching existing decorative or company colour schemes - in our light to medium (pedestrianised) right up to heavy use (light to medium vehicular activity) coatings for a wide range of interior or exterior substrates and surface materials.
A trained member of our Technical Support Team will visit your site and carry out a full inspection, write a tailored specification to meet your requirements and offer an approved contractor for the application. We will never offer a contractor that we have not trained and approved, all our contractors have successfully completed specific product training on the systems they apply and are monitored regularly to ensure the highest standard of quality is achieved.
By using one of our nationwide approved contractors for our products you enable yourself to take advantage of our guarantees, life expectancies and warranties. This means if we say our system is going to last a certain amount of time, or perform in a certain way and it doesn’t, you’re covered.
If you’re a contractor and would like to become an approved installer of our systems please contact us on 0113 245 5450