One of the most crucial steps in applying any floor treatment is mixing the epoxy. To begin the chemical reaction that starts the hardening process, you must mix your epoxy unless you are using a 1-part system, in which case mixing is not necessary. Simple epoxy resin and a hardener or catalyst make up epoxy at its core. We’ll go through some general rules to adhere to when preparing your epoxy mixture.
READ THE GUIDELINES
Read the directions at least twice before you ever open your cans or boxes to have a clear knowledge of how the paint should be blended. If you are using a multi-layered system, be sure to name each layer and separate each one so they don’t become confused (we suggest using stickers or a sharpie to draw of them).
INSTALL / SETUP AREA
Choose a location that you can use for both setup and disassembly. If the project is indoors and does not permit this, pick a position closest to the door exit so you can make your way out. Ideally, you will want to have this outside of the area you are coating. To prevent any spillage during mixing, place a plastic sheet and red rosin paper or cardboard on top of it.
WHEN POURING YOUR PAINT, USE MIXING CUPS.
While this may add a step to the process, it is crucial to make sure the right ratio of epoxy to hardener is used. Observe the mixing ratio recommendations. Once the proper portions have been added to the cups, you can combine the two cups into one larger bucket (plastic or metal). Always remember to mix tiny amounts of epoxy rather than too much at once.
MIX THE EPOXY
In order to ensure that all of your paint is evenly mixed, we’ve discovered that using a metal mixer that is connected to a power drill works best. If you don’t have one, a mixing stick will serve; just be careful to stir it extra thoroughly. Any unmixed paint won’t cure correctly when applied and could eventually cause the floor to break.
NON-SKID ADDITIVE ADDITION
Some non-skid additives require for it to be blended directly into the paint rather than being thrown onto the floor depending on the type of system you are using. You should keep in mind that most non-skid mixing additives are hefty and will tend to sink to the bottom of the bucket if you use them. If you don’t mix it up right away, your non-skid may wind up being distributed unevenly around the floor. To prevent having to travel back and forth to mix the epoxy, we advise pouring all of the mixed paint on the floor before rolling out or squeezing (depending on the method you are using).
Always use gloves when mixing; you don’t want epoxy on your skin since you are combining chemicals. If you do manage to get paint on yourself, you can remove it with paint thinner while it’s still wet by using a rag or paper towel. Avoid overdoing it because it might seriously irritate your skin. We always appreciate hearing from our readers if you have any more recommendations or original mixing ideas. Please feel free to contact us or to leave a remark below.
Have fun mixing!
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