And these are important, no doubt. However, the first and most obvious part of this entire process is to make sure you mix the Epoxy correctly.
It’s important to do it right because this isn’t a process you can just undo. Once Epoxy has hardened, it’s hardened.
So we’re going to take you through, step by step, on how to mix Epoxy for finishing your floors. This can apply to multiple pigments as well as to a single Epoxy color.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are mixing Epoxy is that when you finish mixing your Epoxy, this is not the time to go take a break. Make sure that when you mix it, you get it poured onto the floor.
As soon as you have it mixed, the chemicals are beginning to activate. Trust me, the last thing you need is for it to harden inside the mixing bucket.
Let’s start with a simple mix.
This is reference to video #1, where we are using the Epoxy 100 UV Clear which is mixed at 2 parts A to 1 part B. That ratio is important to keep in mind.
For example, in the video we are using 2 Gallons of A (which are marked in the epoxy kits, if you get one of those) and then 1 Gallon of B.
The initial mixing part is pretty easy, you just pour in A, then B on top of it. Now once you mix in the B component, the Epoxy will begin to activate. This is when it’s critical you begin to mix it (if you are using a clear coat) or add in the pigment, then mix.
If you are adding in a pigment, you want to do 4-6 ounces per gallon. If you’re doing a Flake Floor, it’s not extremely important to get this right (since the flake is going to cover a lot of the floor anyway) but still, if you want to measure that’s how much you need to measure.
Now for more complicated mixes.
This is for multiple metallic pigments, as described in the 2nd video. This video also shows one of our crew applying the epoxy to the floor he’s doing, so it’s pretty handy to watch if you haven’t already.
Everything we mentioned above, do again. If you didn’t read that, here is a synopsis:
1) Pour in 2 parts of A
2) Pour on top 1 part of B
3) Mix for two minutes
Now make sure you mix before you put the metallic Epoxy into this. This is important.
Line up a couple of smaller containers, one for each color of the highlight color metallic pigment you are going to use. For this video, we are use one main color and two highlight colors.
Pour the clear Epoxy into the two smaller containers (use the video as an example) and leave the rest in the bigger container. Then put about 4-6 ounces of the main metallic pigment in the larger container, and separate out the highlight colors into the smaller containers.
It’s not necessary to use the paddle mixer now, but you can if you want to. In the video we just use the spoon we used to pour in the metallic pigment.
Again, after mixing the Epoxy, don’t go and take a break. You don’t want it sitting in the bucket.
Start distributing the main color evenly and randomly on the floor. Once that’s done, distribute the accent colors.
Then all that’s left to do is to spread it across the floor with your squeegee.
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