Working with Metallic Concrete Coatings

With an exotic and warm aesthetic, metallic concrete coatings are used in commercial and residential properties. Because the installation process is similar to a traditional overlay or epoxy coating, the application of metallic concrete coatings is relatively easy for someone with decorative concrete experience. However, for superior results, you should leave the work to the professionals at Concrete Coatings Unlimited.

Important Information about Metallic Concrete Coatings

Application Options – With almost limitless possibilities, metallic concrete coatings are a popular choice in homes, as well as businesses. These surfaces are commonly seen in foyers, kitchens, hotel lobbies, nightclubs, restaurants, retail stores, and hair salons, among others. Being vibrant, contemporary, and unique, these coatings create a “wow” factor.

Surface Preparation – Before metallic concrete coatings are applied, the surface must be dry; clean; and void of oil, grease, dust, dirt, debris, foreign matter, and curing agents to ensure proper adhesion. To promote strong bonding, the concrete surface is mechanically abraded. To prevent a distorted look, the surface should be perfectly leveled.

Primer Application – To improve coating adhesion and provide a solid background of color, priming the concrete surface is strongly recommended. Based on the desired aesthetic, the color of the primer is varied.

Mixing and Application – By adding pigments separately, the experts with Concrete Coatings Unlimited produce unique color combinations and effects. Since epoxy coatings flow and self-level, they are spread in a random back-and-forth motion using a roller, trowel, or squeegee. For a glossier and more scuff-resistant surface, a clear topcoat is applied following curing.

Special Effects – Using different techniques and tools, all types of special effects with metallic concrete coatings are possible. For instance, to disperse pigmentation, denatured alcohol is sprayed on the surface soon after applying the coating. Using the right equipment, swirls of color can be created over select surface areas.

Interior and Exterior Surfaces – Typically, metallic concrete coatings are used indoors since being subjected to harsh UV rays may cause discoloration. However, for high-traffic areas, concrete floors with metallic pigmentation are ideal.