Saturday, January 30, 2010

High Chemical improves cleanliness at Levittown, PA facility

High Chemical Company, manufacturer of Sarapin, chose to improve floor conditions at their Levittown, PA manufacturing facility.
(before picture shown)

Mr. Ito Cancio, Vice President of High Chemical, contacted Legacy Industrial, supplier of epoxy coatings and polymer repair products for concrete floors. He had (2) hot buttons.

  1. Create an attractive floor covering that reflected the outstanding quality and standards High Chemical represents in the product they manufacture
  2. Improve the light reflectivity and cleanliness
Ito chose Legacy Industrial's High Build Polymer Flooring System. This system consisted of an epoxy primer, HD-707LVP, and Legacy Industrial's premier high build coating, HD-707.

Mr. Cancio was very pleased with the end result and was quoted saying "The floor looks so nice, neat, and clean and it should help impress the FDA inspectors when they come for their annual GMP inspection before the end of the year."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Polymer Floor Architectural Specifications

Now, at your fingertips, (5) of the most popular architectural specifications for industrial, institutional and commercial resinous floor toppings known to the marketplace.

  1. Thin Mil Epoxy Coating Floor System
  2. High Build Epoxy Coating Floor System
  3. Shop Floor System
  4. Paint Chip Flake System
  5. Trowel Down Mortar Flooring System
These Microsoft Word documents are easily downloaded for your next construction project.

Coating wood floor with epoxy coatings for AA Patchworks

Recently, we (Legacy Industrial) were approached by "AA Patchworks" with a unique floor substrate, wood. AA Patchworks supplies custom embroidered promotional items. They have expanded their business to a new location in Jefferson, NJ. They needed a larger space to accommodate additional personnel and machinery.

The company's maintenance staff accepted the challenge to transform the new space from outdated and dreary to exceptional!!

We performed a site visit and made our product recommendations as follows:
  1. Epoxy Based HD-139 Primer(1) coat at 15 mils thick
  2. Legacy Industrial's SD , (1) coat at 20 mils thick
Wood floors present two obstacles to floor coatings. They move and they have seams/cracks everywhere!! Wood floors will shrink and expand with changes in relative humidity and temperature. In order to combat this we started with a single primer coat of our HD-139 Flexible Primer. This product will flex slightly as the wood floor moves over time and bridged the cracks nicely. We topcoated with the SD. This product has excellent hiding properties, flows easy and again has a very low smell. This was applied at maximum thickness, which really hid the many imperfections that the wood floor offered.
  1. AA Patchworks owner, Mr. Frank Wagenhoffer commended the performance of the products and had this to say, "Thank you for the high quality floor coatings, guidance and professionalism, we saved at least 60% of the cost of a professionaly installed polymer floor by doing this ourselves, results were outstanding".
    (Finished floor pictured)

    for more information, call Legacy Industrial 908-269-8300

Monday, January 11, 2010

Recoating previously coated floors yourself

Recoating previously coated floors is an easy process if you know what you are dealing with. Before you run to buy floor coatings, let's make sure you are not going to create any problems in the process.

First, you need to examine the floor. Is the original coating peeling, cracking or lifting? Is the floor down tight and not seperated from the substrate(cuts and scrapes are ok). If your examination shows the original coat is "down tight" then you may skip ahead and start profiling your floor for a mechanical bond. If not, you must remove the existing coating. Why? If you do not you may have problems. Your coating job is only as good as the surface you are coating over. Take the extra time, do it right. Rent a scarifier or perhaps a floor-buffing machine with an aggressive sanding head. Once the old coating is removed, you can start the coating process.

If your coating is down tight and you will coat over it, make a good attempt to profile the coating. In other words, scratch it up. A medium grit sanding head on a floor-buffer will do the trick. The objective here is to remove the gloss/shine.

Now, clean the floor with a citrus cleaner. These cleaners are generally made from orange oil and do a great job of neutralizing contaminates. Leave the floor to dry overnight once you have cleaned it, unless you have access to fans or heat.

Lastly, purchase a quality floor coating and go do it. If using epoxy based coatings, roll out (1) thin primer coat for uncoated floors. When the floor has been previously coated you can go ahead and top-coat with a high build or urethane. Generally, you will stay off a minimum of 24 hours. A novice floor coater can create some excellent results with little experience!!