The term epoxy makes reference to a number of basic components attached to cured end products. The end products attached to your new epoxy floor coating originate from epoxy resins. Epoxy resins are also known as polyepoxides. They are also classed as reactive pre-polymers. Polymers basically contain epoxide groups. Epoxy resins are cross-linked with each other through catalytic homopolymerisation.
They can also be cross-linked with a range of what are known as co-reactants. These include what are known as polyfunctional amines, acids, alcohols and thiols. Thiols are also called mercaptans. Co-reactants are also known as curatives or hardeners. Cross-linking reactions are generally referred to as curing. These reactions form thermosetting polymers. These contain favourable mechanical properties as well as producing high thermal and chemical resistance. Ultimately, your epoxy will have a wide range of applications.
These will include metal coatings. They will include use in electronics, electrical components, LEDs, high tension electrical insulators, the manufacture of paint brushes and fiber reinforced plastic materials. They will also include adhesives for structural and other purposes. For the purposes of coatings and paints, two-part epoxy coatings were developed for performing heavy duty work on metal substrates.
They also use less energy than powder coatings cured by heat. Systems are producing tougher and more protective coatings, all of which are indicative of outstanding hardness. One-part epoxy coatings, if required, need to be formulated in an emulsion of water. There is also no need to do cleaning with the use of solvents that could have been damaging to the end product. Because they are more heat resistant, epoxy coatings will be utilized excessively in automotive and industrial applications.
They are also a lot more heat resistant than the traditional alkyd and latex based paints.