The Importance of Surface Prep for Decorative Epoxy Flooring

One of our customers in Florida, Artistic Surfaces, is a prime example for how important it is properly prep your concrete before putting down a coating – whether it be an epoxy, overlay, etc. Below are four different epoxy jobs that their crew completed recently, courtesy of Sam Godbey, the Director of Operations at Artistic. The pictures don’t do them complete justice, but it is very evident surface preparation played a major role, and we were happy to have a part in that.

Charcoal Metallic Floor

This 3,600 square foot charcoal floor is owned by a high profile client. It’s a private residence, used to store the owner’s cars, sports memorabilia, and other appropriately coined “toys”.

Artistic prepped the surface with an HTC 800, Ermator T8600 and 25 grit HTC diamonds. This is a grey epoxy with a combo of Sterling, Onyx and Quick Silver metallic pigments.

Harley Quinn-esque Floor

This blue and pink metallic floor looks like cotton candy. It is located in a residential dressing room. Artistic partnered with Coastal Construction for this job.

They prepped the surface with an HTC 500 and 25 grit HTC diamonds. It’s an epoxy with black pigment base and metallic pigment colors Surfs Up and Merlot.

Black & Aluminum Striped Bar

This black and aluminum striped floor is located in a 5,500 square foot bar called the Escape Lounge. The epoxy was poured with a black base and then the aisles were taped out in a curved design and colored with Aluminum metallic.

An HTC 800 and 25 grit diamonds were used to prep the surface. Artistic also used CTS Rapid Set TRU self-leveling overlay in the back of the bar. The black portion of the epoxy floor was pigmented with Jet Black metallic and the stripes were pigmented with Aluminum metallic.

Intricately Designed Office Floor

Artistic recently re-did their 1,300 square foot office floor. They cut off the old white overlay and transitioned it to an epoxy metallic floor. They kept the same detailed saw-cut design work.

To prep the surface, Artistic used a 60 grit screen and floor buffer. This epoxy floor required a myriad of metallic pigment colors for all the intricate designs: Copper, Butterscotch, Merlot, Mother-of-Pearl, Surfs Up, Rose, Maui and Jet Black.

After putting down the metallics, they used a regular blade and v-blade to re-cut the saw-cut designs. Then they filled the cuts with black grout. And finally, they re-sanded the floor and put down 2 clear coats of epoxy.

About Artistic Surfaces

Artistic Surfaces was founded in 1989 by Harvey Namm after 25 years’ experience in flooring. The Company soon became an award winning flooring contractor in the Florida market installing flooring in stores like; Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Burdines, and Saks 5th Avenue. Luxury hotels, Art Galleries, Airport Terminals, Performing Arts Centers, Sporting Arenas and other venues were added as the years passed.

In the winter of 2009, Artistic Surfaces launched a new division for decorative concrete. This new division will capitalize on the emerging demand for interior and exterior decorative concrete flooring. This new division marked the company’s entry as the area’s most experienced design applicators for decorative concrete concepts.

*All photos and information courtesy of Sam Godbey – Director of Operations at Artistic Surfaces. Reach him at SamG@artisticsurfaces.com.

Spartacote Applicator Inter Tech Offers Texas Motor Speedway High Performance Flooring Built to Last

The Texas Motor Speedway.

There’s a reason they call it the Great American Speedway.
Fastest mile and a half NASCAR track.
24-degree banks on the turns.
1500 acres for you and 190,000 of your closest friends.
Four Cowboy Stadiums fit inside the infield.
Home of Big Hoss TV – the world’s biggest high-def video board.

Everything about the place says “high performance.”

And just in time for NASCAR’s Triple-A Texas 500 Tripleheader Weekend, Texas Motor Speedway partnered with Austin-based Inter Tech Flooring, Laticrete Supercap and SPARTACOTE concrete coatings to bring a whole new, high-performance floor to the garage areas and technical inspection bays.

Inter Tech Flooring’s crew applied SPARTACOTE Resinous Coatings and moisture mitigation to give Texas Speedway participants over 22,000 square feet of Texas pride right inside the commercial garage bays.

It’s the commercial bay garage first floor of its kind at any NASCAR track. Beautiful. Tough. Durable. Professional-grade. Ready for action.

They’ve got a saying out there – No Limits. And with LATICRETE and SPARTACOTE, there’s no limit to flooring design possibilities, nor to what you can accomplish.

With over 40 high-performance cars being worked on, this vast, NASCAR garage will be chock-full of power tools, floor jacks, hot tires and hotter torches that leave abrasive dirt and debris everywhere. Add to that – grinders, solvents, engine fluids and cleaners, and your concrete floor better be ready for some serious punishment.

SPARTACOTE concrete coatings offer commercial-grade garage areas customizable colors and textures, excellent protection against abrasion and chemicals, and fast return to service. This concrete coating system is up to the NASCAR challenge. No Limits.

SPARTACOTE coatings also offer flexibility in line striping for safety areas. Designers required black and yellow zebra stripes for the NASCAR inspection bays, deep cherry red SPARTACOTE metallic coatings in the walkways, and over 90 feet of Texas-size Speedway logos embedded in those cherry-red spaces.

This floor design needs exacting measurements and precision equipment to make sure every line and stripe ends up straight and even.

On the walkways, a base coat of SPARTACOTE black goes down first over the concrete to guarantee an extra-rich, deep cherry metallic top coat.

The stripe design in the NASCAR inspection bay starts with the same solid black Spartacote base coat. A rich yellow mid-coat covers the black base. The end result captivates—right through the door and into the hall.

And to lock-in every stripe, sparkle and letter in place, the SPARTACOTE resinous flooring system is finished with a clear top coat, giving it a spectacular, rock-hard, slip-resistant finish that’s ready for anything the world’s top race car drivers and mechanics can throw at it.

Inter Tech Flooring, LATICRETE SuperCap and SPARTACOTE concrete coatings systems: teaming up to give you the “Official Garage Flooring System of Texas Motor Speedway.”

**This post was originally published on HP Spartacote’s blog**

Inter Tech Flooring
1106 Smith Rd # 100, Austin, TX 78721
Phone: 512-385-4574
info@intertechflooring.com

TRU PC Polish Job by National Concrete Polishing & Grinding

National Concrete Polishing & Grinding out of Richfield, OH just completed a polish job in Madison, WI at the new Under Armour store. The National Polishing crew put down 8,000 square feet of TRU PC, a polishable overlay material from CTS Rapid Set. Check out the results. They polished this floor up to a 1,500 grit.

Rapid Set TRU PC Polished Concrete is a professional grade, hydraulic cement-based, self-leveling topping. It can be ground and polished to expose the aggregate and simulate the appearance of polished concrete. TRU PC levels rapidly, maintains workability for up to 20 minutes, produces a dense surface, and has high bond strength. TRU PC is ready for foot traffic in 2 to 3 hours. As an interior product, TRU PC is durable in wet and dry conditions.

National Concrete Polishing & Grinding Inc. uses the latest technology in polishing equipment and dust control systems, coupled with the highest quality diamond tooling to ensure they are meeting and exceeding their clients’ expectations. Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty are the life blood to National’s success, working closely with world class companies who entrust them to help improve their image. National also takes great pride in their image and reputation for running a clean, crisp operation, with uniformed employees, and logoed trucks.

Exposed Aggregate, Polished Garage by Paul Rogers Group

Paul Rogers out of Michigan just did a gorgeous exposed aggregate polish on this garage floor. See how well it turned out and the machines, tooling and chemicals he used below…

Machines Used:
The Process:
  1. 40 grit HTC metal bond (with adapter plates)
  2. 80 grit HTC metal bond
  3. 150 grit HTC metal bond (for applying GM3000)
  4. 100 grit Husqvarna transitional copper bond
  5. Ameripolish 3DHS densifier
  6. 200 grit Husqvarna transitional copper bond
  7. 400 grit resin
  8. 800 grit resin
  9. 1500 grit resin

For more information on how to properly polish with Husqvarna tooling, check out this infographic. If you have any additional questions about these products or the process, please let us know. You can contact us here.

Successful H.I.S. Concrete Polishing Job by Kent Companies

Kent Companies out of Michigan just completed a polish job at an H.I.S. facility. To prep the surface, the first step was removing mastic from the floor. The Kent crew used HTC metal bond diamonds to do this. Then they used Metzger/McGuire Rapid Refloor and L&M Durafloor TGA for patching and repair work. During this construction process, Duracover protected the substrate. The crew ran Ermator vacuums and HTC tooling under HTC grinders.

 

About Kent Companies

Kent Companies, Inc. is a full-service concrete construction firm with 55 years of experience in all aspects of commercial concrete applications.  As a 3rd generation family-owned business, they are deeply invested in the communities in which they operate.

Gorgeous Middle School Polish Job by Applied Flooring

Applied Flooring just completed a gorgeous polished concrete flooring job in Dearborn, MI at Woodworth Middle School. See the finished floor below…

 

The Applied Flooring crew wet cut with HTC metals and STI terrazzo pads. Then they polished the floor with STI FL-07 pads, densified, stained the floor with Ameripolish classic dye, guarded the floor with Prosoco LSGuard and burnished with STI Spin-1 pads.

About Applied Flooring

Applied Flooring, Inc. has been repairing concrete floors since the early 1970s. The company thrives on developing long-term relationships with repeat customers. The epoxy flooring profession has seen tremendous advancements over the last 50 years and Applied Flooring has always been at the leading edge of the industry. Applied Flooring’s knowledge in concrete resurfacing is extensive with qualified technicians and well-trained applicators.

Case Study: A Successful TRU Overlay Job in Sioux Falls, SD

Dan Knuth, our technician and training specialist, assisted on a TRU job a few weeks ago in South Dakota for Custom Concrete Creations. There were some issues with material flow and color application, so he helped troubleshoot and in the end assisted in producing a successful overlay. Read on for the details of what they did and how they combatted various problems.

 

The floor layout was too wide to complete in one pour, so it was divided into three 10′ wide areas. The three areas were sectioned off with weatherstripping. We did this to maintain a 3/8″ depth throughout the entire floor. The wider the area is, the more difficult it becomes to get a consistent depth of at least 3/8″ because the material wants to flow as more material is placed in front of it.

The first 5 bag batch of TRU was mixed for 2.5 minutes and was too fluid. This was apparent when the mixing material was poured through an 1/8″ classifier screen to catch any unmixed material – it went through the screen like water. Fortunately, the floor had a trench that was 1-1/2″ in depth, so we just poured the material in the trench as an “underlayment.” We took 16 oz of water out of the next mix, mixed for 2.5 minutes and it was still too “watery” so we poured the second batch in the trench as well. We took another 16 oz (32 oz total) out of the third mix, mixed for 2.5 minutes and it resulted in the desired flow we were looking for, so at that point we began pouring the floor.

The next day the first order of business was to cut and fill the control joints. Control joints in the substrate were fairly straight, so we marked them on the wall prior to pouring so they could be recut. This was the first order of business because we were only going to use one metal-bond diamond and it is recommended to fill control joints right before your last metal-bond. We then began cutting the floor with medium soft 80 grit metal-bonds underneath an HTC 800 Classic and an HTC 800RX.

After the first cut, the skin was removed on 95% of the floor and we had good sand exposure. However, a second cut was completed with the same diamond to achieve more consistent skin removal and sand exposure. 100 grit HTC Fenix pads were then used to remove the 80 grit scratch and worked well on the three head 800 Classic, but the four head 800RX had to switch from the Fenix pads to the 100 grit HTC Big Blocks to remove the 80 grit metal-bond scratch before using the 100 grit Fenix pads. 200 grit Fenix pads were used, the floor was scrubbed, then Ameripolish’s 3DHS densifier was applied. Husqvarna’s Overlay Flex Polishing Pads were used to polish the floor (400 grit – 3000 grit) after densification was completed. Finally, a guard was applied and burnished to complete the project.

Custom Concrete Creations specializes in polished concrete flooring. They service industrial, commercial and residential clients throughout the Midwest. Other services include acid staining, sealing, joint filling and floor prep.