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Metallic Epoxy Floor System
" Performance Flooring "

Seamless Metallica Flooring

 

Precision Epoxy Products
a division of : Rock Art, Ltd.
4279 Midway Drive
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
Phone : (770) 489-0340

 


Metallica Floor System

    The Metallic Epoxy Floor System uses a special filler of mica nano-particles coated with various reflective organic color pigments to create pearlescent and iridescent effects in the finished floor that mimic the natural look of stone patterns and grains as found in natural rock. These unique pigments are designed to be blended in the field during installation with our special 100% solids MFS-190 Epoxy System to give the floor coating a shine that reflects light in an extremely unique manner to create dramatic color, depth and patterns. The Metallic Floor System is seamless, extremely durable, chemical resistant and offers ease of cleaning as do all our floor systems. It gives a natural stone appearance with a uniquely stylish design and character while offering low maintenance at an economical cost. The best feature of the Metallica Floor System from Precision Epoxy is how customizable it is for the creative applicator that is a true Artist. The 3-step Metallic Epoxy Floor System has a modern look that resembles stained concrete; however, it offers distinct advantages and can be applied in situations where the substrate is not suitable for acceptance of concrete staining.

To create the Metallica Floor System, special application techniques have been developed by Precision Epoxy and Rock Art to suit the needs of this new type epoxy floor coating to achieve the best results while making it ‘Applicator Friendly‘. We have further developed special epoxy formulations that are second to none for this application:

    MBC-200 Metallic Base Coat Epoxy is a pigmented primer/base coat for the Metallica Floor System. It is designed with a lower viscosity for better leveling and can be applied by the squeegee and back roll method or by roller and brush at a thickness of 12 to 14 mils. A higher pigment percentage allows for minimal concrete bleed through in a one coat application.

    MFS-190 Metallic Floor Sealer Epoxy is the color coat of the Metallica Floor System. The metallic colorant is added as desired on a per batch basis and the MFS-190 is applied by the squeegee and back roll method at a 18 to 20 mil thickness. This system also incorporates de-air additives and has excellent leveling characteristics.

    SFC-195 Epoxy is also applied as an optional final clear top coat for the 3-step system at 6 to 10 mils to further enhance the floor system‘s durability and cosmetics. An acrylic urethane may also be used as the top coat in special situations or should a non-gloss or satin finish be desired.

    The solid color of choice for the base coat of MBC-200 has a pronounced effect on the tonal color and appearance of the Metallic Coat. A white or light color (gray, green, blue, etc.) will give the metallic coat a lighter look while a black or darker color (red, dark gray, brown, etc.) will darken the metallic coat. The base color is not obvious but has a slight ‘Bleed Through’ effect to aide in the final floor color appearance. The color coat of MFS-190 has the metallic pigment added during the mixing process on a per batch basis in either a single color or a multi-color blend to achieve the desired results. There is no prescribed ratio for the pigment being added except for how creative or artistic you desire the final floor to be. A back rolling with a textured roller cover, spot rolling in a random motion or swirling are among a variety of the unlimited finishing methods used to create the unique metallic patterns for the final appearance of the floor system. Denatured alcohol can also be lightly sprayed randomly over the metallic coat once applied to create additional unique design effects. The metallic pigment particles are suspended in the thick film coat of the MFS-190 Epoxy, by disrupting the particles into different patterns and levels within the epoxy’s thickness allows the light refraction on the floor to create the unique appearance the Metallica Floor System has to offer.

Installation Procedures

    Surface preparation is always an important aspect of a coating's application and should be given the time and effort needed to complete properly. Ideally, new concrete is the easiest and most predictable application environment for applying the Metallica Floor System; however, any floor can receive this system with proper substrate preparation. Basically the substrate should be clean, dry and free of oils, grease, silicones, waxes, existing coatings, etc. These contaminants are generally saturated into the pours of the substrate and can prevent penetration, limit proper bonding and/or cause 'Fish Eyeing' of the epoxy base coat. Due to the variety of situations that can exist with older substrates and the numerous ways to deal with these situations, Precision Epoxy should be consulted to discuss your individual project to determine the best course of action. For the purpose of these installation procedures, it is assumed that we are dealing with a new construction project.

1st Day

1) A location is selected to set-up your epoxy mixing shop. The mixing shop should be as close to the work area as possible to stage and mix epoxies, to access application tools and to prepare and cleanup as needed. The shop should be in a controlled environment and large enough to spread out materials and tools and to accommodate crew members. Plastic and cardboard
should be laid down first as a sub-floor to protect existing flooring from spills and/or splatter. If an adjoining room is not available, in some cases, a trailer parked outside an access door can be used. Your mixing shop should not be set-up outside and/or exposed to the elements.
2) The entire area is sanded using a rotary floor buffer with a sanding attachment and a 20-3˝ grit paper. This will knock down concrete protrusions, trowel marks, spackle splatter, residue, etc. The sanding is not intended to polish the concrete but to smooth down flaws and profile the concrete with a slight roughness. For older, oily or problematic substrates, consult with Precision Epoxy for proper preparation techniques.
3) All debris and dust created by sanding is removed. Generally this is accomplished by sweeping and pick-up of the bulk debris followed by a detailed vacuuming.
4) The concrete is closely inspected and all spalling, depressions, holes and chips along with stress fractures, cold joints or shrinkage cracks are filled with the SG-25 Epoxy System. This is done with a margin trowel, spackling blade or putty knife. The SG-25 should be tooled as smooth as possible to avoid additional sanding later. In some deeper fills, sagging can occur and a second application may be necessary. Correcting these flaws will add to the cosmetic value that the Metallica Floor System has to offer. The SG-25 Epoxy System has a mix ratio of 1:1 / A:B by volume and no more material than can be applied in 30 minutes should be mixed at a time.
5) Excessively rough or pitted substrates may need a filler coat or slurry coat epoxy primer to smooth for proper final results of the overall floor system finish.
6) Note: In cold weather locations, the IG-100 Flexible Penetrating Primer may need to be considered as a primer coat to absorb thermal movement in the substrate. This will be needed for applications in areas that are exposed to exterior ambient air temperature. The IG-100 can be omitted in controlled environment areas that remain at a constant temperature year round. Apply the IG-100 Epoxy Primer System as described in the TC-200 Broadcast Floor System.

2nd Day

1) An inspection of the SG-25 Epoxy filler work is made to determine if it has been tooled smoothly or if sanding of these areas is deemed necessary. If sanding down any rough toolings is needed, this can be performed using a 7" hand disc grinder or the rotary floor buffer with sanding attachment. All grinding mess will then require vacuuming to clean up.
2) Now you are ready to apply the MBC-200 base coat of the Metallica Floor System. The MBC-200 Epoxy is mixed at a 2:1 / A:B ratio by volume and can be applied by brush and roller or the squeegee and back-roll method at a rate of 125 square feet per gallon. The squeegee and back-roll method is preferred and allows for a more controlled coverage at a faster application rate. The recommended batch size is properly mixed and immediately poured evenly onto the floor. It is then pulled to the desired thickness with a special application squeegee. Using spiked shoes, you can then walk out onto the applied epoxy without disrupting the film integrity and back-roll with a dry roller to ‘Lay-Out’ the epoxy into a smooth, even finish.

3rd Day

1) The color coat is applied over the base coat with no additional preparation needed. The base coat can be sanded if needed to correct and flaws; however, care should be taken not to sand through and thin spots to expose the substrate or a second base coat application my be needed.
2) The MFS-190 Epoxy System is used for the 2nd coat and has a mix ratio of 2:1 / A:B by volume and is applied at a rate of 85 square feet per gallon. Application is by the squeegee and back-roll method only (see recommended batch sizes below). The desired amount and color of the metallic pigment is added during the mixing process.
3) After application to concrete, the MFS-190 Epoxy is allowed time to 'lay-out' or flow smooth to level out roller ridges and lap marks. This will generally take 10 to 15 minutes depending on the application temperature. Then wearing spiked shoes, the area is texture rolled, spot rolled or processed as desired to achieve the desired color texture and appearance.

4th Day

1) In some cases the Metallica Floor System is complete without applying a final top coat. Most installations however, will require the top coat for added durability and to achieve the desired appearance.
2) The floor is now sanded with a rotary floor buffer and sanding attachment to smooth any imperfections and to profile the surface. This sanding process is generally quick and fairly light while using a more aggressive technique on any rough or flawed areas.
3) The floor is then detailed vacuumed to complete the cleaning process. Sweeping or blowing alone will not be adequate to clean the floor properly. A final tack-ragging with denatured alcohol is recommended to achieve the optimal cosmetic results.
4) The top coat of SFC-195 Epoxy is now applied by brush and roller at a rate of 225 square feet per gallon. No more material than can be applied in 25 minutes should be mixed at a time (see recommended batch sizes below). The SFC-195 can be thinned up to 12% with Xylene to increase pot life and to allow for better flow when applied. You should be applying the SFC-195 with one dip of the roller in material being applied as one roller stripe on the floor 6 to 8 feet long. The SFC-195 Epoxy is mixed at a ratio of 2:1 / A:B by volume. This coat can also be applied using the squeegee and back roll method which is generally faster but uses slightly more material to complete. Consult with Precision Epoxy for more information on this procedure. This will complete the Metallica Floor System.

Summary

    You must realize that a good job is the result of careful attention to detail, following the products mix ratios and recommended batch sizes and the following of the application instructions. Viewing of the TC-200 instructional video and all the products technical bulletins is recommended to fully understand the handling, measuring, mixing, application and clean up involved when using all the epoxy systems required during the Metallica Floor System's installation.

Do Not:
1) Alter any product's mix ratio for any reason.
2) Apply any coat beyond its recommended coverage.
3) Wear work shoes or use power cords with oil or grease on them.

    Expansion joints are dealt with in different ways depending on the type you may have; consult with Precision Epoxy for options for your situation. When renting a floor buffer for sanding, always check the underside housing for grease or oily residue before accepting the unit for use. Some older units can have worn grease seals that allow bearing grease to be slung out during operation onto floor. Contamination on housing surface will generally be dust covered and not easily visible; rubbing surface with finger will better reveal contaminants. When sanding between coats, should sand paper become gummed up easily, additional curing time will be needed before proceeding. The Metallic Floor System can be applied at any temperature; however, at cooler application temperatures, additional curing time between coats must be allowed.

All tools and equipment needed for the floor system installation are available on the shop check list.

    An Epoxy's solid state properties can only be achieved by thorough mixing of Parts 'A' and 'B' at the proper mix ratio. Higher application temperatures will accelerate reaction time reducing pot life, open time and cure time while making the viscosity of the product thinner. Lower application temperatures will make reaction time sluggish extending pot life, open time and cure time while increasing the viscosity of the product.

Recommended Batch Sizes:
(Brush and Roller Method for one 9 inch roller set-up )

Prep work:    SG-25 Epoxy    Mix @ 1:1 / A:B as needed

1st Coat:    MBC-200 Epoxy (Ratio 2:1 / A:B)    Mix 8 cups Part 'A' to 4 cups Part 'B'

2nd Coat:   MFS-190 Epoxy (Ratio 2:1 / A:B)    Mix 8 cups Part 'A' to 4 cups Part 'B'
                                                       with 3 oz unit of metallic pigment

3rd Coat:    SFC-195 Epoxy (Ratio 2:1 / A:B)    Mix 4 cups Part 'A' to 2 cups Part 'B'
                                                                     with ˝ cup of Xylene (@ 8 ± %)

Note: (1 cup = 8 oz.) Precalibrated measuring sets available
Stir all batches with a drill and mix blade for a timed 2 minutes (not guessing)
Avoid whipping air into material when mixing
Small batches of SG-25 can be mixed by hand

Smaller batches than above can be mixed when needed using the proper mix ratio.

Recommended Batch Sizes:
(Squeegee and Back-Roll Method)

Prep work:    SG-25 Epoxy    Mix @ 1:1 / A:B as needed

1st Coat:    MBC-200 Epoxy (Ratio 1:1 / A:B)    Mix 2 gallon Part 'A' to 1 gallon Part 'B'

2nd Coat:    MFS-190 Epoxy (Ratio 2:1 / A:B)    Mix 2 gallon Part 'A' to 1 gallon Part 'B'
                                                                     with 12 oz unit of metallic pigment

3rd Coat:    SFC-195 Epoxy (Ratio 2:1 / A:B)    Mix 1 gallon Part 'A' to ˝ gallon Part 'B'
                                                                     with 2 cups of Xylene (@ 8 ± %)

Note: Precalibrated measuring sets available
Stir all batches with a drill and mix blade for a timed 2 minutes (not guessing)
Avoid whipping air into material when mixing
Small batches of SG-25 can be mixed by hand

Smaller batches than above can be mixed when needed using the proper mix ratio.


Important for the Do-It-Yourselfer

    Every reasonable precaution is taken in the manufacture of all products and compiling of data to assure that they comply with ROCK ART'S exacting standards. Reliable tests and field experience of these products indicate there utility as described herein. The suitability of a product for an intended use shall be solely up to and the ultimate responsibility of the user/purchaser of that product. You must determine your reliability as an applicator for your specific application. We are not responsible if a product should be used by the user/purchaser in a manner to infringe any patent held by others.

    We assume no liability for damages of any kind and no guarantee of results using these products or data that is given because every possible variation in the method of their use or conditions under which they are applied cannot be anticipated.

User accepts product "AS IS" and without warranties, expressed or implied

 

 

All our Professional Installations are backed by a one year materials and workmanship warranty.

Click here to see the Metallic Color Chart

The Metallic Color Pigments we use in all our professional installations are also
in stock and available for the Do-it-Yourselfer



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