Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I NEED TO DO ANY TYPE OF TESTING ON MY CONCRETE BEFORE APPLICATION? +
We recommend testing your concrete for moisture prior to application of the IPOXI system. There are several ways to test, but the easiest is called the plastic sheet test (ASTM-D-4263).
Cut a 16” x 16” sheet of plastic and duct tape it on all sides to your clean, dry and bare concrete floor. Leave it for 24 hours and then peel it up to remove, looking for any condensation or darker areas on the concrete. If none exists, you may proceed with the application of your IPOXI floor.
I HAVE NEW CONCRETE. DO I STILL NEED TO PREP? +
All concrete needs to be properly prepped before applying your IPOXI system. Concrete must be porous for the primer to create the tenacious bond. New concrete needs to cure at least 30 days before application.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY FLOOR HAS CRACKS? +
We recommend filling cracks, pits and pop outs with our CCF-40 crack filler after prep and prior to installing Step 1. Please review the TDS sheet for instructions.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY FLOOR HAS OIL STAINS? +
After you finish the sanding/prep process, use a soapy degreaser solution on your floor. Do not use mineral spirits, adhesive, or paint remover. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. Make sure you rinse completely and allow the floor to dry completely before beginning the priming application.
WILL DIRECT SUNLIGHT AFFECT MY COATING? +
The flake and top coat are both UV resistant.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WAIT BETWEEN STEPS? +
Each layer of your IPOXI system needs to be fully dry before moving to the next step. Dry time will vary with each product. Temperature and humidity will also affect dry time. Please refer to the TDS sheets for information.
HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN DRIVE ON AFTER COMPLETED? +
The top coat is generally dry and cured after 24 hours, but we recommend waiting 72 hours to park on the floor. You may walk on the floor and move items back into the space after 24 hours.
HOW DO I DISPOSE OF LEFTOVER PRODUCT? +
Allow the product to harden and dispose in the trash. These are water based products so it is safe to dispose of them in your general trash can.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY FLOOR? +
IPOXI floors are easy to maintain. Generally rinsing them is sufficient, but you may also use a mild detergent if needed.
WHAT IF I HAVE A BARE SPOT AFTER I HAVE FLAKED? +
This is due to an area that wasn’t fully covered with the gray epoxy coat. After mixing your topcoat, brush a little on the bare area and sprinkle flake there. Proceed with application of top coat over the floor. When you get back to this area, gently spread more material over to encapsulate it.
HOW DO YOU GET THIS OFF YOUR HANDS? +
These are water-based products, washing your hands with soap and water should remove it while the coating is still wet. It is recommended to wear gloves when working with these materials.
WHY DO I HAVE TO MECHANICALLY PREP THE CONCRETE? +
Mechanical preparation is superior to acid etching for many reasons. Mechanical preparation does a much more thorough job in removing bond inhibitors like paint and giving you a proper profile for the epoxy to bond to.
Acid only reacts to concrete. If there is paint, drywall mud, oil, etc on the concrete it will not penetrate through that, which leaves that area not prepared to receive the epoxy coating.
These products are commercial grade. Mechanically preparing your concrete will give you a long lasting, professional installation.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT TIME OF DAY I DO THE INSTALLATION? +
The time of day doesn’t matter as much as the temperature. If installing in the hotter temperatures, it’s best to apply Step 1 late in the afternoon as temperatures begin to fall. As temperatures rise, it pulls vapor out of the concrete and can cause bubbles. Step 2 and 3 are not affected by temperature changes the way Step 1 is.
HOW DO I STORE MY IPOXI KIT UNTIL I'M READY TO INSTALL? +
Keep your kit in a cool, climate controlled environment until ready to install. The hotter the chemicals are, the less working time you will have.