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Three common beginner mistakes in epoxy resinous flooring

 We all started somewhere, and in this article I want to talk to you about beginner mistakes. Mistakes that I personally have been involved in, mistakes that I am seeing commonly committed by newcomers in the field of resinous flooring. Mistakes that can easily be avoided if we only asked the right questions and did some background research when we first started.
Here are three key mistakes that I am seeing all the time among epoxy beginners:

Rushing through the surface preparation – Surface preparation is the most important phase of epoxy flooring. This phase involves cleaning and preparing the substrate so that the resins will properly bond to the substrate. It is also the messiest and least glamorous part of epoxy flooring. No one wants to be toiling away in the dust cleaning greasy floors. Inexperienced contractors are anxious to complete the surface prep quickly so they can move on to the most fun part of actually coating the floor where the results of your work becomes visible. I consider myself guilty of this mistake.When I first started out all I seemed to care about was seeing the final result 馃檪 (and the fact that customers were also anxious to see the final result didn’t help!) The problem is that if you don’t properly go through the surface prep phase you will encounter all sorts of problems afterward. Problems could be adhesion and peeling of the coating, surface defects, visible cracks etc, the list goes on and on.

Not properly sealing the slab– Bubbles and pinholes can emerge for many reasons and it is beyond the scope of this article to go into all the reasons. But perhaps one of the most common causes are porous slabs that release trapped air when they they are coated over. The worst part is sometime these pinholes will appear in the coating several hours later after you've packed up and gone home. Ensuring that the slab is sealed and well primed is a great way to reduce the risk of bubbles appearing. Beginners often underestimate the importance of sealing the slab properly and assume that the coating will simply cover the concrete and serve as a sealer.

Not understanding epoxy chemistry. Many people working with epoxy for the first time may have a background in other fields like painting, waterproofing or concrete. Often they will enter epoxies with a rather complacent attitude. For example a common mistake I see among beginners is not understanding how two component systems work and end up with uncured coatings. I also see some workers not having a sense of urgency when it comes to understanding the pot-life of two component products. Once you have mixed the two components together, you need to get to work fast! There is no time to mess about (I find that painters tend to commit this mistake) 

Concluding I just want to say no matter how many years you have been involved in construction always adopt a novice attitude when entering a new field or an unfamiliar project. I have seen far too many old school professionals give the “I’ve been working 25 years in construction speech” only to cause a major mess-up a little later. I once had a 'professional' insisting on wetting the concrete before applying the epoxy!