Metallic Colors are special effect pigments composed of mica nano-particles coated with organic and inorganic pigments to create pearlescent, iridescent, and translucent finishes that mimic the natural look for stone and rock formations. These unique pigments are designed to be field-blended with a clear, high solids resinous floor coating, creating a pearlescent finish with dramatic color effect through light interference and light absorption.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS EPOXY123®:
Bulldog Epoxy recommends consulting your floor coating system manufacturer regarding specific instructions, coating recommendations, and application methods. These application instructions are designed to be general guidelines that will vary depending on the specific coatings you choose.
STEP 1: Pigment Preparation In order to avoid unwanted streaking or comet trail effects, Metallic Color should be pre-mixed into the resin component of your coating system 24 hours prior to application, using proper mixing procedures to avoid adding air into the coating while mixing. After mixing is complete, let the mixture rest for at least 24 hours to allow the small pigment agglomerations to properly disperse in the resin.
STEP 2: Surface Preparation As with all high-performance floor coating systems, recommends mechanical surface preparation for optimal coating adhesion. In most cases, proper surface profiling can be achieved using a diamond grinder or shot-blaster.
STEP 3: Metallic Color Coat After the primer/basecoat is fully cured, the metallic pigment coating can be applied. The Metallic Color packages are designed to be added to either 1, 2, 3 or 4 gallons of 100% solids epoxy coating, depending on the kit size. The recommended application rate is 75-100 square feet per gallon. This thickness will ensure the Metallic Color evenly coat the desired surface. Once the epoxy is applied, the pigments begin to shift and create the desired pearlescent patina effect.
STEP 4: Clear Topcoat For enhanced durability, smooth texture, and a semi-gloss or matte finish, the dried Metallic Color coating surface can be lightly screened or sanded and a clear topcoat may be applied.