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Q: How do I apply EpoxyMaster?
A: We are very happy to offer our customers a complete do-it-yourself system. We give you everything you need in one kit to do 380-480 square feet of smooth concrete surface. All the necessary tools are included in our kit. There is no measuring of the ratio for your Part A and Part B. Simply pour all of Part B into the Part A and pour the entire contents onto the floor right away.
Q: Is there an easier way to coat the trim work in my application area and can the application area be coated in sections at different times?
A: An easy way to coat the trim work is to mix a smaller batch of the epoxy material at a 2 to 1 ratio (2 Parts A epoxy resin to 1 Part B hardener) and then mixing the remaining amount of product to coat the entire surface area. The coating may be applied in sections at different times by simply coating up to an existing expansion joint or by taping off the area and immediately removing the tape after applying the coating. There will be no variation in color if the product is applied at different times.
Q: Can EpoxyMaster be applied to side concrete block trim walls and concrete steps?
A: Absolutely. If you have side concrete block trim walls around your floor and/or concrete steps, the best way to coat them would be to mix a smaller amount of the epoxy at a 2 to 1 ratio (2 Parts A epoxy resin to 1 Part B hardener) and apply it as a primer coating over the concrete blocks and/or steps with either a trim brush or a roller cover. You can also apply a second coating of epoxy, if necessary, due to the porosity of the concrete. If the concrete block walls or concrete steps have dirt or stains, you may want to lightly sand them with a good hand-held palm sander with 100 grit pads prior to coating the areas.
Q: Should I coat past the garage door during my epoxy application?
A: We usually do not recommend applying the epoxy past the garage door due to the fact that over time the ultraviolet rays of the sun will eventually cause the color of the epoxy to fade. What you can do is close your garage door, take a black sharpie marker and draw a line where the garage door sits. You will then open the garage door and put a strip of blue tape past the drawn line. You will then apply the epoxy up to that line and remove the tape immediately once finished. You will then be able to close the garage door without having to worry about debris or insects getting onto your newly applied EpoxyMaster floor. If you do decide to coat the outer lip of the garage, we recommend using our non-yellowing EPOXYARMOR High Performance Clear Top Coat to protect the epoxy from the direct ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Q: What is the work time with EpoxyMaster?
A: Once Part A and B are mixed together in the bucket for exactly 2 minutes, we highly recommend pouring the entire contents on the concrete in 60 seconds. You will have around 35 minutes to work with the EpoxyMaster once Part A and B are mixed together and poured onto the concrete. Please view our detailed Instructional DVD to view the process.
Q: Does temperature affect the application of EpoxyMaster?
A: Yes, extreme heat or cold can affect EpoxyMaster during application. EpoxyMaster's polymeric chemical reaction will be accelerated by temperatures above 85°F (29°C), causing the curing process to speed up and making the EpoxyMaster epoxy coating tacky and difficult to apply. Temperatures below 55°F (13°C) will cause the reaction to slow down, thereby increasing the cure time. If you are concerned about your temperatures before your application please contact us before you apply EpoxyMaster.
Q: Does humidity affect the application of EpoxyMaster?
A: Yes, humidity can affect the application of EpoxyMaster. High humidity can condense on the cooler concrete floor leaving a microscopic moisture barrier between the EpoxyMaster and the floor. Since EpoxyMaster epoxy coating is not water soluble it may not penetrate this moisture barrier and therefore the bond between the EpoxyMaster and the floor may not be as good as possible. EpoxyMaster epoxy coating should be applied when the relative humidity is below 75%.
Q: What is the actual cure time for the EpoxyMaster epoxy and when can I begin to walk back on my floor and place objects back on it?
A: Once applied, the cure time for the EpoxyMaster epoxy is normally 8 to 16 hours, depending on humidity and the air temperature once applied. The cooler the air and floor temperature, the longer the epoxy will take to dry. Epoxy is pressure sensitive during the first 48 hours of application. Once the epoxy is fully dry, you may walk on it in 24 hours, place objects back on it in 2 to 3 days and drive on it in 7 to 10 days. Industrial resin-based epoxy normally takes two weeks to fully cure.
Q: Can my epoxy product be salvaged if it has been exposed to colder freezing temperatures?
A: If the epoxy has been exposed to colder freezing temperatures for an extended period, you can simply place the epoxy in a warm environment for 3 to 5 days to allow the epoxy to reach a 72°F (22°C) standard room temperature prior to using the product. Do not introduce a heat source to the Part A resin and Part B hardener. Be sure to also pre-mix the Part A resin prior to adding the Part B hardener to it.
Q: Can I apply an additional coat to my first coat of EpoxyMaster?
A: EpoxyMaster is an outstanding high build epoxy coating. A second coat can be easily applied after 24 hours of the first coat. You must simply lightly scuff sand the first coat with 100 grit sandpaper and vacuum the surface thoroughly. This will create a profile for the second coat to adhere to. Adding an additional coat will create an even stronger surface and increase the longevity of the surface.
Q: What other types of surfaces can EpoxyMaster be applied to?
A: EpoxyMaster can be applied to concrete, metal, wood, ceramic tile and stone as long as the surface has been properly prepared prior to coating.
Q: What is the best way to apply EpoxyMaster to wood surfaces?
A: We recommend removing all sealers, waxes and other contaminants by sanding the entire wood surface with 100-120 grit sanding discs or pads. You should also fill any seams, holes and imperfections with a good flexible acrylic caulk product prior to sanding. Due to the porosity of certain types of wood, we recommend applying two coats of epoxy. This will give the surface better coverage with an overall uniform finish. Using hard plastic baseball cleats instead of spiked shoes will prevent puncturing the wood during application.
Q: What is the best way to apply EpoxyMaster to existing tile?
A: When coating over existing tile, we recommend machine profiling the tile with an orbital diamond grinder to scarify the tile or an upright floor sander that uses 40-60 grit sanding pads in order to create a good surface profile for the epoxy to adhere to. You can also apply two coats in order to hide any remaining tile grout lines. EpoxyMaster is a high build product and may be applied over itself many times.
Q: Can I use EpoxyMaster as an epoxy primer?
A: Absolutely. Using EpoxyMaster as a primer will create an excellent vapor barrier between the concrete and the second coat, eliminating any fish eyes caused by outgassing air bubbles. We recommend adding 15-20 ounces of acetone to the Part A epoxy resin of the kit and pre-mixing it prior to adding the Part B hardener. The ratio is 8 to 10 ounces of acetone for every 1-Gallon of Part A epoxy resin. You will then mix both Parts A and B for 2 to 3 minutes and pour the mixed epoxy onto the surface. Using only the application squeegee, spread the epoxy throughout the surface without rolling it. This method will fill in 95% of holes, cracks and other imperfections. After the epoxy dries in about 12 to 16 hours you may sand any high spot areas or imperfections and apply a second coat of epoxy. This will allow you to achieve a beautiful smooth finish.
Q: When is the best time to remove any blue tape that was applied prior to applying EpoxyMaster?
A: We recommend removing the tape immediately after applying the epoxy. It will make your life much easier if you remove it after you finish your application. If you wait until the epoxy dries, then you will have to take a razor blade and cut the tape away from the cured epoxy.
Q: What is the best way to prevent any uncured areas on my epoxy floor?
A: Uncured areas are the result of the improper mixing of the Part A resin and the Part B hardener. Be sure when you pour your Part B hardener into the Part A resin not to splash on the sides of the bucket. If any of the hardener is left unmixed, then it will not cure and cause tacky and soft areas on your floor. We also recommend not placing the bucket upside down to use up any remaining epoxy on the bottom of the pail. Leaving the bucket upside down in order to use up the remaining material could result in a risk of unmixed hardener that may be on the sides of the pail dripping onto the flooring area. If you do have an area of uncured material, simply scrape off the uncured material and scuff sand the area with 60-80 grit sandpaper and then recoat the area.
Q: Do I have to recoat with EpoxyMaster every year?
A: No, EpoxyMaster's hard, durable surface will last for many years under normal circumstances.
"Hello EpoxyMaster team, Our project went very well and the tech support was very helpful with providing installation tips. We decided to do our entire office using the Metallic Pearl Effect Epoxy system in a beautiful Bronze Caffé mix over a Beige Basecoat. Once the second coat of metallic epoxy dried we applied your EPOXYARMOR High Performance Clear Top Coat for added protection. We couldn't be more pleased with the transformation. We are definately going to using your very easy to use products in the future."
"Hi there everyone, I wanted to show you what I have accomplished with my brand new kitchen concrete countertops! I applied two coats of your Countertop Epoxy in the Beige color and on the second coat of Beige I applied a Dark Silver Metallic Pearl Effect color as my vein design and it came out perfect. Once the second coat dried I applied your EPOXYARMOR High Performance Clear Top Coat for added protection. I couldn't be more pleased with the results. Not only do I have very strong concrete counters, but they look equally amazing using your very easy to use products. They look and feel like marble for a fraction of the cost. Thank you for the great customer service and making me feel so comfortable in doing this all on my own."
"Hello EpoxyMaster, I wanted to let you know that I have completed my initial phase of my kitchen remodeling project by applying two coats of your Countertop Epoxy product. I have to say that I love the way it turned out. I did an initial coat of the Black color as my basecoat with a second application of a beautiful Platinum Metallic Pearl Effect color. Being a first time applicator of this product, I must say it was very easy to apply and the shine is just amazing. My old formica countertops now look better than granite or marble and I saved thousands. I will definitely be using more of this product for future projects I'm planning. Thank you again for your great customer service and wonderful products."
"Hello EpoxyMaster, I just completed applying your Tan color epoxy floor coating kit to my garage floor. It looks “Great” and best of all I saved myself over $1,000.00 in doing the work myself. This is definitely a great product and sales support to go with it. I would highly recommend your product to all my friends in the Villages, Florida. Thank you and please see the photos I have attached."
"Hey guys, I wanted to show you my newly completed garage floor project using your epoxy product. I absolutely love it and I couldn't be happier with the results. I chose a beautiful Black color with a very custom blend of Mica Metallic Silver/White/Granite color decorative fleck pattern and it really sets everything off nicely. To protect everything I applied your EPOXYARMOR High Performance Clear Top Coat for added protection and it made it even more shinier. The garage is easy to keep clean now and there is so much more light reflectivity in there regardless that the color is darker. I want to thank your staff for guiding me through this entire application process and I will definitely be doing this to all my future concrete projects."
"Hello Marc and EpoxyMaster staff, I hope this testimonial will find you very well. You can see in the photos that I have supplied to you of how great of a look your product has achieved for my large garage space. I chose to use the Dark Gray color with a medium broadcast of the decorative fleck, as well as sealing the entire floor with the very easy to use EPOXYARMOR High Performance Clear Top Coat. The shine is incredible and I truly appreciate your patience and your incredible knowledge in helping me complete this large project. I will be using your products not only for my home, but for my business as well. Keep up the excellent work."
"Hello EpoxyMaster team, I just completed my garage floor project with your awesome product. We closely followed your advice and thoroughly prepped the floor (used a DIAMABRUSH concrete grinder from Home Depot). Tony on the customer service team is terrific. At some points during the process we called him multiple times per day and he was a wealth of information and a big help. Give him a raise! Below is a photo of the finished product."
"Dear EpoxyMaster staff, As promised I have sent you an image of our newly remodeled tropical themed spare bedroom in a brilliant True Blue metallic over a French Gray basecoat. I was a first timer using your product, and needless to say we were nervous and didn't think it would be as easy as in the video. It turned out better than our expectations!! Now we are planning to use the Metallic Pearl Effect Epoxy system on our 900 square feet great room floor! Thanks for making a great product and the support was great."
"Hey guys, I'm proud to say that I'm finally all done with my garage floor project! I wanted to personally thank you guys for all the help you gave me! The Dark Gray color that I chose matches everything perfectly. I love the way the floor has turned out and I can't wait to be able to walk on it. EpoxyMaster is a great company and they also provide great customer service throughout the entire process. I will definitely recommend you guys to all my friends and family."
"Hello there, Our project. From a glued wood floor to the finished project you are seeing now. Included a crowbar and hammer to get up the wood flooring. Overall the hardest work was with the prep work. Putting the epoxy down was easy."
"Hi there EpoxyMaster, Being a first timer at installing your products I must say it was a little challenging at first feeling under the gun to get everything spread out before it hardened. I have to say I am extremely happy with the final results. I chose the Dark Gray color with a custom blend of your decorative fleck, followed by an application of your EPOXYARMOR High Performance Clear Top Coat. My garage now looks and feels like a showroom/man cave. I think the next time for my wife's garage I will mix smaller amounts so as not to feel as rushed. Thank you for providing excellent support and great products."
"Hello EpoxyMaster team, I am very pleased to say that we have finally completed our new office project using your Metallic Pearl Effect Epoxy system in a Platinum over a Black basecoat and sealing the entire area with your EPOXYARMOR High Performance Clear Top Coat. We occupy over 15,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space and we wanted something that really stood out and was very easy to keep clean. Pictures do not do it justice. We couldn't be more happier with not only your products, but the amount of professionalism and the incredible customer service you provide. We will definitely be using your company for any of our future flooring needs."
"Hello everyone, As promised I have attached a set of photos of our newly remodeled bathroom showing the floor from different angles of the camera. My wife Lynn helped me tremendously and did as much, if not more of the work than I did. For those of you who are wondering we put a Metallic Pearl Effect Epoxy system in a Caffé/Bronze mix over a Black basecoat and it all went over the top of OSB plywood. We absolutely love the way it turned out. Thank you for making such great quality products and assisting us step by step through this great labor of love."
"Tony and EpoxyMaster Staff, Per our discussion here is a picture of my recent project I have completed. I chose a classic Light Gray color with a light application of the decorative fleck. The floor came out great and I couldn't be more happier with the results. Thanks for all your assistance and in helping me understand the entire process from start to finish. Your customer service is by far the best I've ever experienced."
"Hello EpoxyMaster staff! We have finally completed our race themed walkout basement project and we couldn't be more happier with the results. I have attached a few photos of my project using the Metallic Pearl Effect Epoxy system in a French Gray basecoat with a Silver White/Platinum Metallic mix. As you can see, the results speak for themselves. The reflection is incredible and I get compliments from everyone who sees it. Thank you for providing an amazing product as well as your guidance throughout the entire application process. I plan on using EpoxyMaster products on any and all future projects that I have."
"Hey guys, I have used your products on a few of my garage projects and I must say I am very pleased with the results. My first project was a Denver Bronco themed garage. It was done in a special order Orange color and I used around 12lbs of custom decorative fleck, and I sealed it all with the EPOXYARMOR High Performance Clear Top Coat. It turned out beautiful. Another garage was done with EpoxyMaster's products using the French Gray color with custom decorative fleck as well. Easy to use and looks great!"
"Hello EpoxyMaster, Just got done with my basement floor. We did a Caffé/Bronze Metallic Pearl Effect Epoxy system with a Beige Basecoat with the EPOXYARMOR High Performance Clear Top Coat. It turned out so great! Thank you for all your assistance and taking the time to making sure we had everything we needed to achieve the floor we've always wanted."
"Dear staff, I have just finished my EpoxyMaster garage floor and I have to say I absolutely love it. A great product and fantastic customer service!! If some of you are wondering, the answer is yes I did it all by myself. It is very easy to do and don't be afraid to tackle a project like this yourself. The results will speak for themselves. I look forward to recommending your products to everyone I know."
"Hello staff! I would like to thank you EpoxyMaster for all of your expertise and quality products. I have finally completed my garage floor epoxy job recently and I am very happy with the results! I have attached my "Show Off Your Epoxy" contest photo for everyone to see. Again thank you and I will highly recommend you."
"Hello Team EpoxyMaster, I must say that I absolutely love their product. Their customer service and technical support is by far the best there is. For my project I chose to do the Metallic Pearl Effect Epoxy in a Bronze Caffé mix over a Beige Basecoat. I have attached a photo of the office we just completed."
"Hello Team EpoxyMaster, I cannot begin to tell you how many friends and neighbors have commented on my new floor. First of all, my neighbors were all asking me why all the contents of my garage were out on the driveway for almost a week. Then, once they saw the results they were amazed. They are asking “ When are you going to do my home??" Thank you again for your great customer service and your quality products."
"Hello Team EpoxyMaster! Here are a few pictures of the solid Brick Red color with added Metallic Pearl Effect Platinum epoxy swirls. I am very happy with how it turned out. Thanks for all your help and I can't wait till the next time I can use your product so I can perfect the few minor mistakes I've made."
"Hey guys. I needed an opportunity to brag to someone about the results! The garage is part of our new home we purchased in August and the garage floor just didn't look like a nice garage should. That has all changed now! Our family and friends are so impressed they are considering doing the same thing."
"Hello Team EpoxyMaster. I just wanted to say thank you! We're absolutely thrilled with our new basement floor!! I've attached some pictures for those who might like to see the outcome."
"Hello EpoxyMaster staff! I have just finished my 576 square foot garage flooring project here in Michigan and I must say it went extremely well. I would like to thank you for all of your assistance in the preparation and application of my epoxy and top coat."
"Hello Team EpoxyMaster! Below are the last couple epoxy projects I have done using EpoxyMaster. I absolutely love the product."
"We did a great deal of research on products and companies before choosing EpoxyMaster for our garage floor. The primary reason for our decision to go with EpoxyMaster was the positive customer support reviews versus the negatives for the competition. We did test each out with "i need advice" phone calls before purchasing. Let me just say the negative reviews of the competition were very accurate. Turns out we couldn't be more satisfied with the service, enthusiasm, encouragement, expertise and helpfulness from the EpoxyMaster staff. Super fast delivery was incredibly appreciated, too! Thank you for always answering our calls and questions so quickly and providing the excellent support that you did regardless of the time or day. You're awesome. I really appreciate you not making me feel like an idiot with my questions you've no doubt heard a hundred times. Short story...We highly recommend EpoxyMaster and their products."
"Hi EpoxyMaster! I finished the second application of epoxy and the matte satin finish EPOXYARMOR High Performance Top Coat. I appreciate the phone calls I had with you regarding my floor. The floor looks amazing!"
"Hi guys. I wanted to send you a few pictures of my project. I used your product on my family room floor and into a laundry and bathroom. The Metallic Pearl Effect is really nice and the stuff went on smoothly."
"Hello Team EpoxyMaster! I do apologize for not sending these photos of my project sooner, but here's a few. The floor turned out absolutely fantastic."
"Hey guys, just wanted to send a couple pics of our finished floor and let you know that your product and kit worked great. We are very pleased with the outcome."
"Thank you taking the time to answer all my questions on the EpoxyMaster floor coating. My wife and I followed your instructions and watched your video. It seemed simple, so we thought we give it a try. The first day was the hardest removing all my items from the garage. Wow, we did not think I had so much stuff. We proceeded to wash and clean my floor as instructed. The next day the floor was dry and ready for the epoxy application. It honestly was as simple to do as your video explains. If two retired people can do it, anyone can. My wife and I are so proud of the work we did in such a short time. Everything is clean, organized and is like a showroom. Our neighbors even asked what company we used. I have shared my pics to my friends and they too will be purchasing EpoxyMaster."
"Team EpoxyMaster - wanted to say up front THANKS!!! We put down 1200 square feet of the Metallic Pearl Effect in a Bronze Caffé mix over a Beige Basecoat and it turned out AWESOME! I've attached some pictures...I only have one "before" picture, sorry I got ahead of myself. There are plenty of after pictures. I've installed the baseboards and it looks even better."
"Just wanted to drop you guys at EpoxyMaster a message and let you know how satisfied I am with your overall service and product. The quality of service I received was far better than I could have imagined, from placing my order early so I got it on time, to making sure I got it on the day that was discussed."
"We bought the 3-Gallon Epoxy Kit - Dark Gray, EPOXYARMOR High Gloss Clear Top Coat and Decorative Fleck. It is amazing! I have only had it for two months so far, but have had countless compliments! You can just tell it is quality. I have a new build, so preparation was easy but still important."
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