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VIDEO TUTORIALS, STEP 7: Basecoat & Chip Application

Applying your Basecoat & Color Chips

What you need:
• Basecoat (Parts A & B)
• 3/8" Nap Roller
• Threaded Broom handle
• Paint Brush
• Painters Tape
• Spike Shoes
• Color Chips
• Latex Protective Gloves
• Paint Stick or Jiffy Mixer

Norklad WB is a two component water based epoxy coating. It is low odor, eco friendly, non flammable and has excellent adhesion with a long lasting finish. This high gloss epoxy color coat is formulated for excellent hide as well as abrasion resistance.

To begin, slowly add Basecoat Part B to Basecoat Part A. After the two parts are combined; mix well with slow speed mixing equipment such as a jiffy mixer or paint stick until the material is thoroughly mixed and streak free.

Be sure to also scrape the sides of the can to ensure thorough blending. Mixed material is usable for only the allotted pot life.

After the material is thoroughly mixed, apply the base coat from the container in thin ribbons onto the concrete until the container is empty and then turn the container upside down to allow remainder of material to drain onto the substrate.

Prior to painting, you also have the option to tape off sections along your baseboards so you won’t get epoxy on unwanted areas.

After you are finished cutting in, start painting in the corner furthest away from the exit of the room. Use a clean 3/8” short nap roller to roll the material out onto the floor surface. New rollers must be free of loose fibers and can be removed by holding a strip of duct tape and rolling the roller up and down until all loose fibers are removed.

After painting approximately 500 square ft from the starting point you should have a separate person on spike shoes begin to apply the color chips. If you purchased multiple colors of chips, they should be mixed together in a separate container prior to beginning the application.

The chips are applied by tossing them upward toward the ceiling; allowing them to float down into the wet base coat. We recommend very small pinches of chips at a time in a “feeding the chickens” type broadcast to ensure excessive amounts aren’t placed on the wet epoxy at one time. This also allows the chips to float down, spread out and disperse in a uniform coverage. We also suggest using spike shoes during the color chip broadcasting. This allows you to walk over the wet epoxy without disturbing it. Spike shoes provide you with the ability to fill in any missed or bare areas so you have a uniform coverage.

Continue painting onto the adjacent sections and broadcasting chips until entire floor is complete. Be careful not to drop chips in handfuls directly down onto floor, once chips are placed they cannot be moved. They can be painted over, if you apply chips unevenly.

If you chose to topcoat this product, you must first be sure that all of the solvents and water have evaporated from the coating during the curing process. Usually you are able to recoat after 8 hours.

You can test this by pressing on the coating with your thumb to verify that no fingerprint impression is left. If no impression is created, then the recoat or topcoat can be started.

When the end of the pot life has been reached, you will find that the material becomes hard to apply and will actually tend to roll back up onto the roller. Do not try to continue application when the coating has reached this step. Applications made at different times with differing environmental conditions, may show slight variations in gloss.

Before recoating or topcoating, check the coating to insure no epoxy blushes were developed. You will notice a whitish, greasy film or deglossing on the coating. If a blush is present, it must be removed prior to topcoating or recoating. A standard type detergent cleaner can be used to remove any blush.

Next Video: Step 8 -Clearcoat Application