Watco 4-Hour Epoxy Primer prevents ‘air entrapment’ bubbles forming when high build coatings are applied to open textured surfaces. It is a highly penetrative, two pack, virtually solvent free primer, especially designed to reduce the porosity of bare, porous, or open textured concrete and high suction floors.
Watco 4-Hour Epoxy Primer also binds together and strengthens weak and friable surfaces ready for painting and it offers significant benefits over traditional water-based primers; not only because of its exceptional binding properties but also how deeply it penetrates into the substrate and how rapidly it cures. This rapid curing, high performance formulation allows the floor to be primed and coated in the same day.
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Features & Benefits
- For priming bare, porous, or open textured surfaces prior to applying a high build floor finish
- Porous, bare, concrete, sand & cement screeds, bricks, and blockwork.
- The moisture content of concrete should be less than 75% RH.
- Ready to be over coated in only 4 hours
- Virtually solvent free two pack epoxy resin – safe for use in confined areas
- Binds weak and friable surfaces
- 100% solids epoxy offers major benefits over traditional water-based primers – highly penetrative, exceptional binding and strengthening properties and rapid curing
Bare concrete – remove surface laitance, dust and any light dirt or grease deposits using Watco Etch & Clean. Flush with clean water and allow the surface to dry thoroughly and for as long as possible to allow Watco 4-Hour Epoxy Primer to penetrate. For the removal of heavier deposits of oil and grease we recommend Watco Concroff, again, flush with clean water and allow the surface to dry thoroughly.
New concrete – as a guide, new concrete should be left for eight weeks to dry. The surface should then be prepared using Watco Etch & Clean and thoroughly rinsed away and left to dry prior to using Watco 4-Hour Epoxy Primer.
Remove the two inner tins from the tall outer tin. Stir the contents of each tin thoroughly and pour all of the contents into the outer tin (scrape around the inside of the tins to remove any residue). Mix the components together thoroughly using a spatula or similar wide bladed tool (a piece of wooden batten is ideal). Continue mixing until an even colour and consistency are obtained. Do not mix more than one pack at a time. If a paint stirrer fitted to an electric drill is used, also use the spatula to blend in any unmixed material from the sides and bottom of the tin.
Important – once the contents of the pack have been mixed, a chemical reaction takes place which creates heat, and the product should therefore be used immediately.
Best results are obtained in warm (minimum of 15°C), dry conditions with good ventilation. Apply one coat with a medium pile roller, (not foam), working well into the surface of the concrete.
Do not exceed the maximum coverage rate (see section headed ‘Coverage’ for further information).
As a guide, Watco 4-Hour Epoxy Primer can be over coated with a high build coating when it is touch dry (generally 4 – 8 hours) but should be applied within 48 hours. If more than 48 hours elapse, the primer should be lightly abraded to provide a key.
- Abrasion Resistance ISO 5470-1 - 147mg
- Flexibility ISO 1519 - 2mm
- Adhesion Test EN 1542 - 2.8MPa/Nmm2
- Water Permeability EN 1062-3
Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire - primed the surface of their lion enclosure before overcoating with an ultra-hard-wearing topcoat to withstand the wear and tear of the area, whilst also having the ability to tolerate lion urine.
Commercial vehicle servicing and repair company in Cardiff - new floor installed in their workshop, which would inevitably be subject to oil ingress and heavy wear and tear. Initially the surface was primed with 4 Hour Epoxy Primer, then after 24 hours it was given one coat of Epoxicote High Build