HOW TO INSTALL GARAGE FLOORS FROM A TO Z
(NOT 1, 2, 3)
BY DONALD EUGENE SANDERSON JR - HOUSTON TEXAS USA
THE BOOK ON GARAGE FLOORS
Solvents are liquids that are added to epoxy or urethane in order to "brake it down" in order to make it easier to work with as a solution and to extend the working time of the material. In the case of water based epoxy, water would be the solvent. In the case of oil based epoxies xylene, mineral spirits, acetone, MEK, etc would be the solvent. If you do not use the correct solvent type for a specific polymer then the polymer will not dissolve (brake down) into a smooth flowing solution.
Pot Life - The amount of time you have before epoxy hardens in the bucket after being mixed or the amount of time you have before a single component urethane hardens in the bucket after being opened.
Concrete Surface Profile - The degree of roughness in an otherwise level surface
Flash Point - The amount of time it takes for a thinner to turn into vapor and dissipate
Xylene- A moderately fast drying thinner. It has a low flash point because it takes a low amount of time for it to turn into vapor when you pour it out of the container and on to the ground.
High Flash Naptha - A very slow drying thinner. It has a high flash point because it takes a high amount of time for it to turn into vapor and dissipate after you pour it out of the container and on to the ground.
Catalyst - A substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.
Urethane is stronger than epoxy because it has a greater tensile strength. Urethane has 6,400 psi of Tensile Strength vs Epoxy which only has 3,527 psi of Tensile Strength.
Urethane sticks better than epoxy because it has a higher adhesion strength. Urethane 425 psi Adhesion Strength vs Epoxy 300 psi Adhesion Strength.
Urethane is more resilient than epoxy which means it can return to its original shape after experiencing stress to a greater degree than epoxy can.
Urethane is 100% UV stable which means the light will not brake it down and change its color while epoxy is UV unstable.
Pigments are made of Chrome and or Titanium. The word color comes from the greek word chroma.