Commonly Asked Questions About Polyaspartic Coatings:
The term “polyaspartic” refers to an “aliphatic polyurea”, used in such applications as spray-down truck bed-liners and tank coatings.
Polyaspartic coatings were introduced in the early 1990’s by one of the world’s leading chemical companies, Bayer Material Science. This new technology was first employed as a protective steel coating, offering corrosion prevention for bridges and other harsh environment applications. Eventually the material was modified for additional types of applications including resinous floor concrete coatings.
Standard solid color industrial floor coatings, Seamless Flake and Monolithic Quartz flooring systems are commonplace with polyaspartic coatings. Recently, new decorative concrete floor coating applications such as dye, seal and metallic floor coating systems have been developed with polyaspartic coating technology.
Yes, most polyaspartics are UV stable and are suitable for exterior applications.
Generally any type of an environment where a resinous floor coating is called for a polyaspartic coating system may be used. This includes heavy traffic, industrial and commercial flooring as well as residential, garage floor concrete coatings.
Polyaspartic coatings may be applied with a squeegee, seal-coat broom or even a simple 18” long 3/8” nap roller. Common methods include the “Dip and Roll” method as well as the “Ribbon and Roll” method.
Yes, polyaspartics may be applied within extremely low temperatures below 0º Centigrade.
Polyaspartic coatings are designed to exhibit rapid curing capabilities, and may dry in a matter of hours or less. Often these concrete coating systems provide for next-day return to service.
Polyaspartic coatings systems are high performance materials that should always been installed by a certified commercial coating contractor.
Yes! Based on empirical testing data, polyaspartic coatings will offer abrasion resistant capabilities that far exceed those of typical epoxy systems.
Yes, polyaspartic coatings exhibit superior inter-coat adhesion vs. epoxy coatings. For old epoxy floor coatings that are still well adhered to the substrate, an installer can apply a new polyaspartic top-coat over that area. The process for doing so includes first, mechanically profiling the existing epoxy floor by sanding it. Following that, excess dust is vacuumed up and the area is wiped with an appropriate solvent or adhesion promoter to clean the surface. The area is then properly prepared for a fresh polyaspartic top-coat.
Polyaspartic coatings are not suitable applications for every type of environment. Avoid using these materials in situations where a breathable concrete sealer is specified. These applications include over exterior-stamped concrete or driveways. Polyaspartics are high performance polymer coatings designed for protection. They will not breathe and can exhibit moisture challenges over time if not used properly.