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Epoxy is a common adhesive and coating material used in many professional applications. Flooring contractors across the nation are learning that working with epoxy is a massive boost to their profits, and results. It’s used for DIY projects, flooring finishes, countertops and more! In order to get the best results, it’s important to know how to work with epoxy like a professional In this article, we will provide a few tips that will help contractors do just that!
Epoxy is a beautiful resin resource that’s easy to use. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some helpful tips that you can learn from the professionals!
Top 5 Tips for Working With Epoxy
Getting the Right Tools for Working With Epoxy
It’s essential to have the right tools to get the job done quickly and properly. For starters, you should always wear protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, and a respirator mask. For the installation itself, a good contractor needs to have the right kit. This includes a grinder appropriate for the job, high quality resin, mixers, buckets, proper application tools, spiked shoes and more.
The EpoxyETC online store will have everything you need, from the smallest tool, to the largest grinders. Talk to one of our professionals through the number on the bottom of this article if you need more guidance!
Perform Thorough Preparation of the Surface
An epoxy resin’s success depends on the quality of the surface you apply it to. From grinding to cleaning, surface preparation might be one of the most looked-over parts of an installation. But that doesn’t mean it’s not essential!
As long as the surface you’re working with is too rough, uneven, or has previous coatings applied to it, you’ll need to grind it down. Also, any installation job requires that you clean the floors exhaustively. That’s because imperfections on the surface of the floor will be highlighted by the final epoxy coat. They can even cause the failure of the resin to bond with the surface itself!
Mixing Epoxy Resin Components Properly
Accurate measurements are essential when working with epoxy. It’s important to measure out the precise amount of resin and hardener you require for the job.
Depending on your preference, you can ratio out the resin mix by weight, or by measuring cup. Epoxy is relatively flexible, but it’s still critical that you accurately ratio the mix. Equally critical, stirring the resin and hardener should be done carefully, so as not to introduce any air bubbles into the resin. Above all, an improperly mixed resin will cure prematurely, if it even cures at all.
Working With Epoxy, Patiently
One of the most essential traits in any contractor working with epoxy is patience. From patience in terms of getting your preparation done thoroughly and efficiently, to patience with the epoxy resin itself, it’s critical to be patient.
Epoxy, depending on the resin you use, can take anywhere from 8-24 hours to dry. If you’re working a job that requires multiple coats or layers, you need to remember that you’re working on the epoxy’s time. Take your time and schedule your jobs around these drying and curing times! Epoxy can sometimes take even days to cure, so keep your time, and the epoxy’s, in mind.
Learn to Install Flake Epoxy Garage Floors
Lastly, it’s important to get good practice in. Flake epoxy garage floors are one of the most in-demand flooring contractor jobs on the market right now. While the square footage might not be impressive, flake epoxy jobs are easy to do, and great practice for when you decide to scale your business up. They also bring in an easy profit for relatively low investment!
Beginner contractors should prioritize garage epoxy floor jobs to get more familiar with working with epoxy resin. Also, flake epoxy installations teach you how to apply multiple layers of resin, broadcasting, surface preparation and more! You can even do your own garage as a DIY epoxy job for practice.
Get an Epoxy Certification Today!
The best way to learn a new trade is with hands-on training from professionals. Our 5-day Epoxy Classes epoxy certification course offers you the chance to get exactly that! So, what are you waiting for? We aspire to give you everything you need to forge your own success in this ever-growing industry! Also, when you complete the course, you’ll even receive an epoxy installation certificate. We’ll teach you:
- Evaluating, grinding and preparing your surface
- Mixing & working with the epoxy resin components
- Installation of an epoxy floor from start to finish
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Follow these helpful tips and begin your journey from aspiring contractor, to professional epoxy installer! When you learn the fundamentals, you build the foundation for your success in the future. And you’ll install more beautiful floors, too!
Are you a contractor and need help navigating working with epoxy? Our team of veterans is always available at (954) 287-3797! From beginner & DIY epoxy kits to high quality professional resources, the EpoxyETC online store sells it all at affordable rates!