When Jordan Lyles, a car enthusiast, came to us looking for a floor coating for his new shop floor, he knew three things: (1) He did not want a chip floor system. (2) He wanted something that would be easy to clean and hold up to the riggers of automotive grime. (3) He did not want a long, drawn-out process and wanted it done fairly quickly. After discussing all his desires, we decided that SS Specialties’ newest product, Water Based 40 Pigmented Epoxy (WE40P), would be the perfect match, along with SS Specialties’ Polyaspartic 70% as the topcoat.
Of course, all concrete must be prepped properly, and using this system is no exception. Using WE40P as a prime coat eliminated the 24-hour wait for the concrete to dry after using Surf Prep in the preparation stage. WE40P has the added advantage of its capability to be applied to damp concrete—something not all coatings are formulated for. It also can handle up to 10 pounds of hydrostatic pressure.
Jordan got started in the afternoon on day one on his new shop floor and did the following:
- He used SS Specialties Surf Prep 1-to-1 with water. He sprayed SS Surf Prep on the floor and allowed it to react for about three hours. Then he neutralized with ammonia and water, rinsing the floor thoroughly till all residue was gone.
- He then mixed SS Specialties Water Based 40 Gray Pigmented Epoxy Part A and B in a 5-gallon pail, 2 kits at a time. He rolled this on using a 3/8 nap roller in one direction. Because the WE40P was only used as a prime coat, he averaged 300 square feet per gallon and waited about 6 hours due to the humidity and air temperature.
The next morning, Jordan came in and finished up:
- His final step was rolling out SS Specialties Polyaspartic 70% with SS Color Dispersion White Night Gray pigment pak added, as a topcoat.
The result was a beautiful gray floor with a durable finish done in 2 days and a huge cost savings when compared to a traditional Polyaspartic floor.
We love SS Specialties Polyaspartic; however, the surface must be ground for a proper bond to take place. Using WE40P as the basecoat allows contractors to skip the grinding, which is time consuming and costly. Unfortunately, we hear of contractors thinking that just acid etching the floor in preparation for Polyaspartic is adequate, and this is far from the truth. However, using WE40P as your basecoat does allow acid etching and can be top coated with Polyaspartic. It’s a nice way to save some money and get a really durable floor, just like Jordan achieved on his new shop floor!