Can we stain Epoxy?
Epoxy has exceptional resistance, so oils and fluids cannot penetrate its surface. In addition, epoxy is resistant to chemicals. There are however some substances that are likely to stain your epoxy floor, such as animal urine, cola or soft drinks. Finally, the sun can in the long run yellow epoxy.
How safe is it to use epoxy resin?
Even when using modern solvent-free epoxies such as ours, it is still possible to become sensitized to the epoxy components. Sensitivity usually manifests itself as a type of dermatitis with red sores appearing on forearms, wrists and hands. To avoid sensitization, we strongly recommend you take safety precautions when using epoxy. Please contact us if you require further advice or clarification.
Why does the epoxy go white when I spread it out?
Air bubbles in the epoxy make it look white, but this is only temporary. The bubbles disappear as the epoxy cures. The main cause is working the epoxy too much, that is, spreading it backward and forward and then smoothing it out before having yet another go at spreading it. It is generally nothing to worry about.
Can I use the epoxy in cold weather?
Yes, as long as the epoxy is warm. Building in cool sheds is not unusual but the epoxy should be kept off a cold concrete floor or, better still, be placed over a gentle heat. When the job is finished for the day the bottles should be put in a box and placed in a warm place such as a boiler room or an airing cupboard. If it is very cold, rather than heating the entire shed one should heat the wood with a gentle heat source.
Do I need to purchase some more epoxy if the resin has solidified?
Not usually. If the epoxy resin gets cold it will become viscous and, eventually, crystallize. The problem with this is that it cannot easily be dispensed and is rather difficult to mix. The resin can be brought back to a usable state by warming the bottles and contents but this can take several hours.
How do I repair cracks and scratches in epoxy?
Cracks and scratches in the paint or varnish are unattractive but not usually harmful. If the damage has gone deeper than the epoxy layer, then the wood is not being afforded any protection. To repair the damage, remove the paint or varnish in the area of the crack and lightly sand the epoxy until it has a matt white surface. After removing the dust, the area can be coated with epoxy and then painted or varnished.
Can you get a UV stable epoxy?
Some of our epoxy resins contain a UV inhibitor which helps to slow down the harmful effects of UV damage. Ultraviolet light exposure eventually causes yellowing, brittleness, chalking, and then failure.
Are Epoxies safe for health?
Other liquid and partially cured epoxy can give off potentially harmful chemical fumes, but fully cured epoxy poses few health risks. All TO / GO epoxy products are made in Canada and are 100% solids: solvent free and low odor, with excellent physical properties and a high gloss finish. This system has been approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Unmatched durability, 100% solid TO / GO epoxy resists tires, oils and gasoline. This self-leveling epoxy for indoor use is the solution to protect your concrete floors from chipping.
On what type of surface can we use Epoxy?
An epoxy coating provides a protective and aesthetic layer to any hard surface such as metal, tile, concrete or vinyl. We recommend using it on concrete. Please test the humidity level of your concrete prior to the application.
Why has my epoxy coated wood turned yellow?
Over time ultra-violet (UV) light causes unprotected epoxy to turn a yellow color and degrade. To avoid this the epoxied surface should be protected from UV light by coating it with either paint or varnish. As well as protecting the epoxy, varnish improves the look of the wooden surface.