Polyaspartic coating is a form of polyaspartic aliphatic polyurea that is popularly applied to floors. Initially developed by Huntsman Chemical Company (formerly known as Texaco Chemical Company), these polymer resins are usually a two-part system, i.e., it should be mixed with a base resin and a catalyst.
Since then, this type of adhesive has been a useful tool as a corrosion-resistant coating and floor repair material. Using polyurea has its perks, and it has been gaining a lot of attention in the construction community.
Here are some essential things to remember during and after applying polyaspartic coating on your home’s or office’s floors:
Things to Remember During Application
After scraping the surface using a machine grater or diamond grinders, applying the coating will be the next step. During this step, the floor should be vulnerable to acid stains and colored with an acrylic water-based initial coating to prepare the polyurea that will be applied. A test area of the flooring should be arranged first to ensure the proper grip of the chemical compound to guarantee a positive reaction between the stain and the top coating. It is essential to look for areas where bubbles may emerge or parts of the floor where the stain is not reacting well with the polyurea coating, which results in delamination.
In this part of the coating process, it is imperative to work with a professional installer. If you’re looking to DIY your floor, consider undergoing proper training. Handling polymer resins may trigger physiological effects to some people since it may produce a strong odor. It may also affect the skin in some ways.
Any trained professional applying the product on the floor should wear proper protection throughout the procedures. After the initial coating, the stain should be checked for bubbles and delamination interfering with the layer. Later, the professional installer should apply a couple of polyaspartic coating until you achieve the desired consistency.
The professional installer should also check if the floor is ‘wetting’ or was able to absorb the solution properly. The primer coat and the bed coat typically have different shades of pigment, so it is imperative to check it precisely if the color matches during the procedure. During this time, there are options to play around with creative ideas when it comes to floor coating that you prefer. Some installers and homeowners prefer adding sheet-like vinyl chips, quartz sand, bricks, stones, or even coins to make their flooring artistic and creative.
Things to Remember After Application
After the floor bedding had been completely cured and solidified, the installer should polish the surface and scrape the coating for remaining bumps. The ideal consistency for the flooring should be smooth, and the topcoat should be clear, has a clarity of up to 3 to 18 millimeters depending on thickness, thinness, and saturation of the coating.
Having a trained professional to work with polyaspartic coating is best if you have little to no experience coating your floors. Chemicals should be dealt with seriously since it may affect our bodies in specific ways. Nevertheless, Polyaspartic had been a proven, more comfortable option to work with compare to other types of floor coatings in the market. Nevertheless, polyaspartic had been proven comfortable to work with, whether you hire a professional or you prefer to DIY a project.