Floor Painting FAQ’s

 

Always read the appropriate product data sheets and carry out a test on a trial area before coating the whole floor.

Preparation

The substrate should be clean, free from laitance, oil, grease or other agents which may impair adhesion or drying.
Power floated floors should be etched or blast-tracked to create a key. Previously painted surfaces in a hard and good condition should be cleaned and abraded thoroughly.

Air Drying Products

These are usually supplied ready for use from the tin. Thinner may be added with some products if necessary (eg. to act as a primer/sealer on bare concrete or to aid application in low temperatures when the paint is thicker).

Thoroughly stir the paint (and thinner) paying particular attention to the sides and bottom of the tin. A slow speed electric drill with stirrer attachment is recommended.

Two Pack Products

Pour the activator hardener into the base. There is usually enough room in the base tin to pour the hardener in for mixing. If you don’t need to use a full pack you can mix a smaller amount as long as the base:hardener mixing ratio is maintained.

Thinner may be added with some products if necessary (eg. to act as a primer/sealer on bare concrete or to aid application in low temperatures when the paint is thicker). Thoroughly mix the base and hardener (and thinner) paying particular attention to the sides and bottom of the tin.

A slow speed electric drill with stirrer attachment is
recommended. Some two pack materials require to be left standing for an induction period (usually about 10mins) before application. Consult the data sheet for this information.

Self Levelling Products

Please call to discuss using these products as they are more involved and should only be applied by competent  contractors.

Application

Most products are easy to apply by brush or roller. Coverage rates depend on a number of factors including the porosity and texture of the surface. A minimum of two coats is usually recommended. The first coat may usually be thinned to act as a sealer.

Apply in thin coats and well ventilated conditions to give a good drying and curing cycle. Thicker coats are NOT always better!

Take note of the pot life of two pack products. This is the time you have to apply the coating before it becomes unworkable and remember that this will be reduced in warmer weather.

Drying & Curing Times

All figures are approximations at 20°C given as a guide and dependent on variables such as temperature, humidity, air circulation, etc.