CONCRETE (#1 RECOMMENDED)
Untreated concrete surfaces are the more prominent and usually first choice when applying epoxy coatings
. Concrete must also be fully cured (and prepared)
before you apply epoxy
. Be sure that there are NO previous coatings or existing surface applications remaining. The key to prepping concrete surfaces is using concrete preparation equipment
, such as concrete floor grinders
, which are suggested for both large and small concrete flooring projects. Concrete floor grinders
are specifically designed to grind and profile concrete surfaces using a combination of power and aggressive concrete tooling
. These concrete tools
are available in sets and will firmly connect to the bottom of the concrete machine by utilizing custom-made magnetic plates
that act as adapters for securing these tools under the concrete equipment
Our selection of concrete tooling
, also called metal bond diamonds
are powerful tools designed specifically for the refinement process of concrete surfaces, efficiently grinding, and profiling these hard surfaces. A powerful vacuum cleaner system
for dust extraction
is always required when you operate robust concrete equipment
. These dust collectors
are built to gather the remaining silica dust, dirt, and debris, which is extremely harmful to our health. Smaller-sized equipment such as hand-held angle grinders
are also available for projects with lesser coverage, and also used for edge work (edging, prep)
, and other types of non-flooring projects. Concrete tools
are also used in conjunction with this concrete refinishing equipment
to assist with adequately profiling the surface before application. Overall, any true epoxy expert will agree that concrete resurfacing
is by far the method that is the most highly recommended hard surface material for applying epoxy coatings
with the highest success rate for longest-lasting finishes, thus far.
MARBLE or GRANITE
Both marble and granite surfaces are considered a natural beauty in many industries, implementing a classy and elegant atmosphere to your residential and commercial spaces. These premium-grade surfaces are made from a combination of rock materials, crystals, and different types of minerals that provide the perfect hard surface for applying epoxy coatings
. Generally, these gorgeous surfaces are not intended to be covered up because of their high-class appeal. However, they do still experience weathering, and surface scratches are inevitable. This will eventually strip away the glamorous shine causing your surfaces to look dull and much less appealing.
By simply applying a clear coat of epoxy (no pigment additives)
, overtop of your marble and granite surfaces to help restore their dazzling shine, renew their natural beauty, and bring LIFE back to their appearances. This helps to eliminate any concern about having to cover up their luxurious appeal and charm. Easily prepare these surfaces for application by thoroughly cleaning and scrubbing them with a chemical solution that is specifically made for cleaning marble and granite surfaces. Scrubbing pads are available too, designed with specialty fibers that will not damage your natural stone surfaces. Once thoroughly cleaned, finish your preparation by lightly sanding or grinding them either with a gritted sheet of sandpaper or by using hand-held angle grinders
to create a profiled surface for the epoxy
to properly bond to.
TILE (NOT Recommended)
A true veteran of the industry, tile surfaces have been favored longer than most contemporary flooring options available today. However, the modernization of flooring materials arose a new demand for decorative, long-lasting, and seamless surfaces, like epoxy coatings
. Tile surfaces are compatible for applying epoxy coatings
, however NOT always recommended for everyone. Though the majority of tile surfaces can be coated with epoxy
we do not always recommend it for everyone because frankly tile resurfacing is not an easy job to perform, especially for those newer individuals to the industry that may be inexperienced. Resurfacing tile(s) with epoxy
entails more materials than just the coating itself, and an extensive background applying epoxy coatings
applications. The additional materials you will need require products like crack and grout fillers
as well as cementitious overlays
oftentimes referred to as micro-toppings
. These fillers and engineered cement materials are necessary for completing this application. The self-leveling properties in epoxy coatings
require a flat, consistent, and uniform surface for the material to bond properly. Achieving this kind of uniformity over tile surfaces can only be done using crack and grout filler products
to fill in all the cracks between each tile BEFORE
preparing for the application. An alternative to these filler products is a much thicker material called engineered cement
that can be applied directly over the existing tile to create a fresh coat of cement that is flat, leveled, and consistent enough for the epoxy coatings
to be applied over.
Both of these solutions will require surface preparation
to create the proper surface profile epoxy
will stick to. This can be accomplished after the chosen product has finished settling and fully cured by lightly sanding or grinding the surface with hand-held angle grinders
. We also do NOT
recommend using heavy pressure concrete grinding equipment
when resurfacing tile because the force and intensity of these machines could damage your tiles or loosen them, resulting in unfitted, unsteady, and unsecured tiles. Epoxy coatings
are designed to cure, which hardens the material altogether so they are NOT
able to withstand any type of bending or flex caused by tiles that are no longer secured to the substrate beneath it. The severity of flex or any other form of movement occurring beneath the applied coating is going to undermine those chemical properties in epoxy
. As a result, this will destroy the adhesion that is securing the epoxy
to the tile subsurface. The whole application will then fail completely, causing it to delaminate soon after. Tile resurfacing
is a meticulous process that requires major skill and experience with installing epoxy coating
applications. Otherwise, the end result is wasted time, materials, and supplies.
Ceramic is a material with brittle, strong, and hard properties combined which creates a hard surface option. Also, ceramic is known to be made of various inorganic, non-metallic, often crystalline oxide, nitride, or carbide materials. Ceramic can withstand chemical erosion caused by the harsh properties that are inside other types of resurfacing materials. It is also able to withstand very high temperatures and sometimes will be referred to as "porcelain". Ceramic surfaces can be prepared for the application of epoxy coatings
by cleaning them with a chemical solution that is specifically made for cleaning this type of surface. Once thoroughly cleaned, finish preparing your ceramic surfaces by lightly sanding them with a gritted sheet of sandpaper or by grinding them with hand-held angle grinders
to create a profiled surface that epoxy
can chemically bond with.
WOOD (NOT Recommended)
Theoretically speaking, wood surfaces can be applied with epoxy, however certain types of wood can cause the epoxy not to stick properly. Occasionally, a specialty product like wood primer can be used on the surface to help achieve better results, but even still there are NO guarantees. Wood surfaces can be a real wildcard in the world of resurfacing with epoxy coatings, especially for those who are new to the industry or just simply inexperienced. Wood surfaces have to be sturdy and firmly in place with NO existing loose panels, gaps, or signs of buckling so the epoxy is able to adhere properly. This means the entire sub-surface beneath wood surfaces have to be non-expandable, unable to move, solid surfaces for the application to work.
Even though epoxy
has been known for successful applications over wood surfaces, there is still plenty of concern from our experts regarding wood resurfacing
procedures and the labor involved as well as the experienced craftsmanship necessary for applying epoxy
over wood. Though it's doable, our epoxy experts
recommend choosing wood surfaces for applying epoxy coatings
. This type of work should be left in the hands of the professionals who handle wood for a living, including businesses that install hardwood, plywood, and other types of wood-related materials. Without any professional guidance, you are at high risk for the application to fail, resulting in wasted time, materials, and supplies. Please note that existing epoxies are available in the market specifically made for and recommended to apply over wood applications however, Xtreme Polishing Systems
does not supply epoxies for wood.
3 Surfaces Epoxy does NOT stick to:
- PLASTIC: Materials like epoxy are designed with special chemical properties, and once applied over top plastic, such as polyethylene, polycarbonate, and other plastic containers the entire consistency of the plastic begins to change, which naturally breaks it down. Furthermore, most plastics are not considered hard enough surfaces to be able to properly modify and prepare their surfaces, as needed to apply epoxy properly.
- METAL: Even though epoxy will stick to different types of metals, our experts do NOT recommend applying our material over any type of metal surface. The chemical bond between our epoxy and the metal surface is rather difficult, and it usually requires using a metal primer of some sort, as well as using a specialty epoxy that is designed specifically for metal surfaces.
- GLASS: Glass surfaces are made from natural and abundant raw materials, like sand and limestone. Once melted at very high temperatures, it forms a solid material, glass! Epoxy will sometimes bond to glass at first but will eventually peel off. Special epoxy glass epoxy coatings will have to be used over most glass surfaces.
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Concrete is something that literally exists all around us, shaping the world we live in round-the-clock. Primarily engineered for toughness, concrete has a very high global demand for major economic developments, and has been for centuries. By reassuring us with a complete sense of structure, stability, and overall safety we are granted the ability to continue improving our vital ways of living to meet the highest expectations for complex living. Concrete delivers exceptional durability, requires low maintenance, and offers beautiful style finishes, so it has been long dominating our economy and the industries that were created because of it, particularly concrete flooring. The experts at Xtreme Polishing Systems
understand that every concrete surface will variate in properties, therefore must be treated accordingly. Your plan of action for restoring concrete is circumstantial to the surface itself, so in other words, it is based on that surface alone, and not compared to that of another. We are here to assist you by properly guiding you in the right direction, based solely on your project elements, the actual surroundings, and your personal appeal for surface texture and design finishes.
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