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.

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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