Top Secret Coatings Blog – Important information about floor paints and coatings.
Not all floor paints and coatings are created equal and today choices abound. You can choose between water based and solvent based floor paint products, however solvent based products dominate the market. The water based epoxy and acrylics are newer technologies, but in general terms they are always inferior to solvent based floor paint systems such as those offered by Top Secret Coatings. Tests have shown that they are durable and VOC levels are often far less giving them the edge in many markets.
We at Top Secret Coatings only recommend solvent based floor paint and coating products, however, there are certain applications where water based products may be preferable. These are the products that are used in institutions where strict air quality standards or health concerns allow only the lowest odor products to be applied. These often include kitchens, nursing homes and hospitals. When considering water based floor paint and clear products for these applications we recommend Aquathane (TS-6990) floor finish. This level of product quality is not typically available at home centers or paint stores but they are available from us on our website at www.topsecretcoatings.com.
Here’s a hint: When you buy floor paints and coatings at a home center or paint store the clerk will shake the can before sending you home with it. This mixes up the pigments in the paint so that the final finish is uniform. That part is good but shaking cans immediately before use can be a mistake because shaking injects lots of air into the resin. These tiny air bubbles don’t always go away before you apply the finish or before it dries leaving permanent bubbles in the finish. We recommend stirring the product with a paint stick instead of shaking. The proper way to stir is not to go round and round like you might stir coffee. For best results you will want to pull the stick from the side of the can towards the middle while lifting the stick up. The lifting action pulls up thicker components from the bottom of the can and brings them back into suspension. If you mix your product like this for about one minute and you will get good results.
When applying urethane or epoxy floor paints and coatings we recommend non-shedding lambs wool applicators or mohair rollers. This is what professional garage floor coating and hardwood floor finish contractor’s use. Either applicator is available from Top Secret Coatings and most paint stores and home centers. You will want to brush the edges and roll or use the lambs wool applicator in the larger areas. The lambs wool applicator is only intended to apply urethane to wide open spaces. You also need to work fast, especially if it is warm and there is significant air movement. Failure to keep a wet edge will show up as streaks and lap marks. It is helpful to have someone do all of the brush work in front of the applicator while one person progresses across the floor non-stop with the applicator.
Subsequent reapplications of floor paints and coatings must be made within 48 hours or sanding will be required. Vacuum up the dust before you do each coat. Before applying the next coat you will want to wipe the surface down with a rag saturated in paint thinner or mineral spirits to remove every trace of dust.
TS-6990 Aquathane aromatic polyurethane