Deck, Ramp, and Studio Floor Coating - Armorpoxy II and ArmorTex - Part II of II
December 18, 2011 - Following up on the work we started last week, this week we finished using the Armorpoxy products on both the exterior wood surfaces and the studio floor. ArmorTex was used to coat the wooden decks and ramp while Armorpoxy II was used on the studio floor. Both products were easy to apply, and we are confident will provide us with years of great service.
We covered the application of the ArmorTex product in our previous blog entry, so in this one we will focus on the Armorpoxy II product. This is one really tough product, so it is easy to see why it is most often used in military or heavy industrial applications. We were glad we had all the right tools on hand as a result of ordering their "Job on a Pallet" kit. We also took advantage of their free technical phone support by asking several questions we had during the installation process.
So what came on our custom Job on Pallet Kit? Our order included the following:
- ArmorEtch concentrated etching solution for proper floor prep
- Armorpoxy II Industrial Self-Priming Epoxy
- ArmorUltra Military Grade Protective Topcoat
- UltraWear Powdered Metal additive
- 18” industrial roller frames
- 18” industrial epoxy roller pads
- Spiked shoe bottoms for walking on the wet epoxy
- Mechanical mixer(s) (for our drill)
- Mixing buckets with disposable liners
Armorpoxy II is a 2 layer floor coating system that is not like floor paint. It uses a special self-priming Armorpoxy II Industrial epoxy, and a second layer of ArmorUltra Military-Grade 2-part protective topcoat.
The Armorpoxy II system also includes a special extremely hard, powdered metal additive called UltraWear which gets mixed into the topcoat giving it extreme durability to wheeled and foot traffic. It also gives the floor non-skid protection, but still allows for easy cleaning. The UltraWear greatly extends the life of the floor as well. Armorpoxy II is designed to withstand heavy forklift traffic and industrial use.
In our last blog entry we showed you how we began by thoroughly cleaning the studio floor surface using a power washer. Next, we applied the ArmorEtch to properly prepare the floor. We apply the ArmorEtch to the floor with a broom, and then rinsed the floor well. We let the floor dry overnight – you can’t paint a wet or damp floor!
With the floor completely dry it is time to apply the Armorpoxy II. Armorpoxy II comes in two parts – A & B. Pour equal parts of both in a bucket. We will use the mixer that came with our order to insure we had it mixed properly. Then we poured the Armorpoxy II onto the floor used 18” rollers with ¼” nap and end caps to completely coat the floor. We kept the doors open and had some fans blowing during this process to remove the epoxy fumes.
We used the Spike Shoe Bottoms so we could walk on areas of the floor that have been coated. Once the floor has been completely coated, let it sit overnight to fully cure.
The next day it was time to apply the ARMORULTRA Military Grade Topcoat. We begin by pouring the two part coating into a bucket. The proper ratio is 2:1. Here we are mixing 2 gals of Part A to 1 gal of part B. To this mix add in the ULTRAWEAR HWF HIGH WEAR NON SKID ADDITIVE. We used the paddle mixer to blend the three products together. We poured the mixture into an 18” roller pan, and rolled out the topcoat to fully cover the floor.
We let the floor cure overnight. The next morning we checked it out and it looked great. Since the studio floor will be painted many times when in use, we laid down a coat of white primer paint on the Armorpoxy II. We let that dry for a day, and started moving the equipment back into the studio. The floor really turned out awesome!
Next week we will tackle the lighting grid. This is the last major part of this project, and we have a plan on how we intend to build it which is very special.