EPOXY COATING FLOORING

The beauty of Epoxy Flooring cannot be ignored if you want a perfect glossy finishing in your homes garages, manufacturing facilities, auto workshops etc. They are typically used on concrete and steel to give resistance to water, alkali and acids. It is the specific selection and combination of the epoxy component and the hardener component that determines the final characteristics and suitability of the epoxy coating for a given environment. Epoxy paints and coatings are formulated based upon the performance requirements for the end product. When properly catalyzed and applied, epoxies produce a hard, chemical and solvent resistant finish. Epoxy paints and epoxy floor coatings, coatings are generally packaged in two parts that are mixed prior to application. The two parts consist of:

1) An epoxy resin that is cross-linked with

2) A co-reactant or hardener.

Below are some of the specific areas of application’

Automotive

When it comes to the professional look of any commercial automotive facility, perhaps nowhere is it more critical than that of a fully operating automobile dealership. The overall cleanliness and professionalism of not only your showroom, but all customer access areas such as write-ups walkways, service areas and more will leave an impression with your customers whether new or returning.
Epoxy floor coatings can transform almost any existing concrete substrate into a beautiful finished surface that will withstand the abuses of your particular service environment. Several system variations are available to meet the demands of your business and all epoxy floor coatings offer superior chemical and abrasion resistance to the irritants found in the workplace. Oils, acids, heavy fuels, vehicle traffic and the elements can all be held at bay.

Industrial applications

Your industrial floor coating is no component to take for granted. As a true commercial-grade floor coating system, Epoxy coating flooring system is a silent workhorse that can extend the life cycle of your facility. The floor coating systems provide an environmentally sustainable solution for substrate protection, lower operational and maintenance costs and increased productivity. With Many industrial and commercial facility across Nigeria, epoxy floor coating systems have long been industry proven to protect floors better and preserve floor quality longer.

Food and pharma industry 

In today’s food industry, floor coatings are of paramount concern because flooring impacts an entire facility. Epoxy ‘s floor coating finishes are of the highest standards, and help to comply with industry guidelines for good hygiene practice and efficient production. Food industry floors are typically exposed to contaminants that can cause serious damage to concrete because of their corrosive nature. Additionally, these types of impurities can infiltrate uncoated concrete and wood substrates, resulting in the growth of bacteria and subsequently degrade processed food’s purity. Epoxy floor coatings offer a seamless, impermeable barrier that is easily cleaned and ensures a hygienic surface. The Anti-Microbial (-AM) is a line of floor coating products featuring an additive compound integrated during the manufacturing process. they are mildew resistant, resists mold fungus, resists microbial odor development and retards the growth and action of bacterial odors.

Residential:

When it comes to the overall value and visual appeal of any residential property, one of the most critically measured aspects is that of finished, useable floor space. Epoxy floor coating systems turn dirty and distressed concrete floors into attractive, durable, easy to clean, useful surfaces. The superior protection It provides against deterioration or contamination will greatly reduce the need for floor repairs caused by salts and chemicals that breakdown concrete. Epoxy floor coatings will help beautify and protect virtually any concrete or wood surface and is available in multiple color and finishes to fit any decor. They are water based, allowing residential homeowners to coat interior areas like basements, utility rooms, workshops without the worry of obnoxious odors and flammability issues.

Other areas of applications include’

  1. Flooring for commercial facilities
  2. Epoxy flooring for Hospitality facilities
  3. Epoxy flooring for schools

source http://epoxyoil.com/index.php/epoxy-flooring/

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PAINTS ARE POLYMERS

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Many will wonder how polymer relates with paints, or how polymers (plastics or nylon, which is their foremost knowledge of polymers) are used in the production of paints. Well, there is no need to wonder any longer because I’ve put together this piece to educate you on how paints are polymeric products.

What is PAINT? Paint is any substance that is applied as a liquid or paste and dries into a solid coating and decorates, protects and prolongs life of the object or surface to which it has been applied, and acts as a barrier against environmental conditions. Paints are used in every aspect of life both industrial (automobile, marine, pipeline coating etc.) and domestic (houses). Although, I will not be going in details to explain the various application or uses in these aspects.

Paints comprises four major components which are;

  1. Binder (resin) 30%
  2. Solvent 40%
  3. Pigments 25%
  4. Additives 5%

BINDER: this is also referred to as the resin and it is a polymer which forms a matrix to hold the other components of the paints together. It forms a film, serves as the non-volatile vehicle that carries the other components of the paints and it is non-hazardous. The binder contains not less than 30% of the paint’s composition. Examples of polymers that are used as binders in paint production are; acrylics, epoxy, alkyd, polyurethane, vinyl, linseed oil. Paints are named according to their binders, and I will briefly discuss the three most common binders which are; acrylics, alkyd and epoxy.

  • Acrylics paints: these are the commonest paints and also the cheapest of them all. They are also the widely used paints because they are majorly for domestic purposes. Another name or acrylic paints is emulsion paint. They are mostly used for decorative and protective purposes such as painting the inside and outside of buildings. Specific polymers used in this are poly (vinyl acrylate), poly (vinyl alcohol), etc.
  • Alkyd paints: these are commonly known as gloss or oil paints and they are more expensive than the acrylic paints. They are mostly used for metal coating, and can be used for both industrial and domestic purposes (as metals are used in both our homes and industries). Specific polymers used for this purpose are alkyd resin which is gotten from polyol (propane-1,2,3-triol glycerol), dibasic acid (benzene-1,2-dicarboxylic phthalic anhydride) and a drying oil (linseed or soya bean oil); another polymer used for oil paints is polyurethane.
  • Epoxy paints: these are applied as sprays and varnishes. They are expensive and have high resistance to corrosion that is the reason they are used for specific purposes such as the painting an automobile, aircraft, ships, storage tanks etc. they are comprised of epoxides.

SOLVENT: this reduces the viscosity of the paint, keeps the paint liquid but evaporates on application. They are hazardous and it is the reason one needs to dispose paint remnants properly so as to avoid being a victim to this hazard. Chemicals such as kerosene, mineral spirit, toluene can be used as solvent in paint production.

PIGMENT: this provides colour and covering power to the paint. It also gives the opacity and helps in viscosity control. A typical example is azo-compounds.

ADDITIVES: these are chemicals that generally used as stabilizers, dryers, thickeners, preservatives, emulsifiers etc. during paint production. Examples are calcites, titanium dioxide and so on.

Surely it can be said that paints are polymer products and this piece has widened your knowledge about polymers and how useful they are to our environment.

I believe by now knowledge has been impacted to you or your memory refreshed as regards polymers and their products. Kindly do me a fovour by sharing this post on your facebook, twitter, google plus or better still post the link to your whatsapp contacts for them to come over here to benefit from this.

Polymer in Nigeria

Polymer, the word sounds so strange to the Nigerian public. The foremost knowledge of polymer to them being the sachet water “pure water” packaging and the common polyethylene film “waterproof”.

But little does the public know that Polymer is all that gives them their daily comfort (matrass, clothing), beautifies their homes (paint), protect them from the harsh weather (clothing), prevents them from electrical shocks (most insulators), forster their injury recovery (prosthesis), helps in storing information  (paper), package their foods (PS), store their water and liquids (plastics), serve as casing for most of their electronic devices, a component of their DNA and has been the most widely used engineering material of this present generation.

The knowledge of polymers, will help Nigerians to know how to how to make effective use of it and also to help them avoids some of its hazards such as (non biodegradable, carcinogenic etc) although research worked have been carried out in most of these areas so as to curtail these demerits.

This blog will serve as an avenue for every Nigerian to get up close and personal with this material, polymer, therefore, knowing diversified areas of application, recent researches in the field, how to avoid it hazards and so on.