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Factory Floor Painting

Factory Floor Painting

Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd is a dedicated factory floor painting contractor based in Staffordshire, midway between Manchester and Birmingham.

The majority of our floor painting contracts are in and around Northampton, Coventry, Birmingham, Stoke, Derby, Manchester, Liverpool, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield though we do offer our services further afield.

Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd apply epoxy resin factory floor paint on small, medium and large factory floors including new build, dilapidation and refurbishment projects.

We also install epoxy resin and polyurethane resin screeds.

Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd do not undertake domestic works.

Most of our factory floor painting contracts are in the manufacturing, assembly, automotive and engineering industries.

Other industries where we offer our floor painting service include printing, paper & packaging, food production, warehousing, garages and workshops.

For our commercial clients such as hotels and restaurants this involves the installation of a food grade floor finish in back of house areas such as kitchens, food preparation areas, potwash and other areas of high footfall.

We undertake factory floor painting contracts throughout the West Midlands, East Midlands, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the North West.

Factory Floor Painting

Factory Floor Painting High Build Epoxy Resin

Most of our work comes into the category of “factory floor painting”. Two coats of our epoxy resin floor paint is equivalent in thickness to 14 coats of  floor paint.

FOOD GRADE FLOORING

Commercial Kitchen Flooring

The term ‘Food Grade Flooring’ has been adopted into common usage without having a clear definition within any British Standard or Hygiene Regulations.

SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS FLOORS

Self Levelling Epoxy Resin Flooring Self Smoothing

Self-smoothing high-gloss epoxy resin flooring. Wide colour range. Provides hard wearing surfaces that are chemically resistant, impervious and easy to clean.

ESD (ANTI-STATIC) FLOORING

In industries where static sensitive components or volatile chemicals are involved, static electricity can result in damage, injury and financial loss.

BREWERY FLOORING

Brewery Flooring

Heavy duty polyurethane resin brewery flooring is extremely hard wearing with excellent impact and abrasion resistant properties and is impervious and non-porous.

BAKERY FLOORING

Bakery Flooring

Bakery floors tend to have differing requirements so there is no simple one floor fits all. Oven areas, dry mix, wet mix and storage areas have different needs.

VEHICLE WORKSHOP FLOORS

Vehicle Workshop Bus Garage

High build epoxy resin floor paint is ideal for commercial vehicle workshop floors. They are hard wearing and cost effective with minimal downtime, often installed over a weekend.

WAREHOUSE FLOORS

Warehouse Floor Painting

Health and Safety, operational demarcations, dust, aesthetics, ease of cleaning and light reflection are among the many reasons for painting warehouse floors.

Why paint your factory floor?

Safety. Ensuring that pedestrian walkways, forklift trucking aisles, crossover points and work stations are all clearly delineated aids the safety of personnel and visitors.

Box outlines with single directional hatching should be painted at fire exit doors to ensure that they are not blocked with plant, materials or equipment.

Where safety underfoot is compromised because of liquid or powder spillages an anti-slip finish should be considered. This is generally deemed a requirement where a slip potential will arise on a regular basis and can be anticipated.

Where an unforeseen accidental spillage occurs such as a machine leak an anti-slip finish is generally not required subject to prompt cleaning up.

Factory Floor Painting
Clearly Defined Pedestrian Walkways

Factory Floor Painting
Red Forklift Trucking Aisle & Pedestrian Walkway

Operational Benefits – colour coded floors help to co-ordinate all activities from Goods In to Despatch. An organised workflow where pallets, raw materials and finished goods can be placed and stored correctly is essential. Quarantine areas can be clearly marked out and marshaling lanes or storage bays clearly defined.

Light reflection – a painted factory floor with a gloss finish will reflect more light than bare concrete. This provides greater visibility in your facility promoting safety and reducing the need for auxiliary lighting.

We can restore the most eroded of floors, repair cracks and spalled joints as well as damage from years mechanical or chemical abuse.

Aesthetics – one of the primary reasons to paint your factory floor is the vibrancy and colour that it produces.

 

Employee morale – clean, glossy epoxy resin flooring impact on employee morale and customer confidence. It creates a more enjoyable workplace environment than one that has dull, dirty or bare concrete floors.

Ease of cleaning – polyurethane & epoxy resin floors tend to be easier to clean. Bare concrete floors attract and hold dirt whereas a resin floor paint will provide a barrier that makes clean-up faster and easier. Painting your floor also help keep them dry and safe and reduces the cost of sweeping and scrubbing.

Protection from wear – concrete floors coated with polyurethane or epoxy resin floor paints will last longer than uncoated concrete. Vehicle traffic, particularly when combined with other factors, can wear away the cement matrix of concrete slabs and expose the aggregate. An epoxy resin floor paint will protect the concrete.

Factory Floor Painting
Clean, Bright Working Environnment

Factory Floor Painting
Clean, Bright Working Environnment

Successful Factory Floor Painting

Inadequate preparation, poor mixing and poor application by inexperienced operatives are the main reasons that epoxy resin floor paints can fail.

In many instances it transpires that a combination of two or more of these factors are in play.

Epoxy resin flooring has its own British Standard (BS8204-6) and the industry has a range of NVQ’s covering all stages of laying synthetic resin floor finishes.

Employing a professional factory floor painting contractor, preferably a member of the Resin Flooring Association, will ensure that your project is surveyed and undertaken by an experienced industrial flooring contractor.

At Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd our operatives have extensive experience and all works are undertaken in full compliance with the relevant regulations and manufacturers instructions.

We are members of the Resin Flooring Association and subscribe to their Codes of Practice that require high standards of operation, management, technical service, training, health & safety and business integrity.

The Resin Flooring Association were instrumental in the creation and development of BS 8204-6 that governs the resin flooring industry and we adhere strictly to this standard.

The principal elements of a successful application of epoxy resin floor paint or screeds are:

Preparation

Product selection

Product mixing

Product application

 

 

Preparation for successful factory floor painting

The correct method of floor preparation is critical to the success and durability of factory floor paints.

Floor paints must have a good surface to ‘stick’ onto – this is a combination of being able to penetrate and ‘wet-out’ the pores of the concrete and also having a profile that the paint can grab onto.

Most new concrete floor slabs are finished off by power floating or power trowelling to create a smooth dense surface.

Painting straight onto this type of surface will inevitably lead to poor adhesion with the coating flaking and peeling off because there is neither penetration into the pores nor an adequate profile for the paint to grab onto.

Our principal method of preparing new concrete floor slabs is captive grit blasting, often referred to as shotblasting or vacublasting.

Captive grit blasting is virtually dust free and works by firing fine metal shot at high velocity onto the floor. This removes the glaze from the surface, creates a fine texture and opens up the pores in the concrete. Up to 1,500m2 of floor can be prepared in one working day.

The captive grit blasting system comprises of three components, these being a 3 phase 63a lorry mounted generator, a blast unit and a heavy duty vacuum or dust collector – the dust collector alone weighs almost half a tonne!

The whole system is enclosed and being a dry process produces a floor that is ready for immediate painting.

On occasion we prepare a floor by diamond grinding, particularly when it has thick layers of previously applied paint that will not be removed by captive grit blasting – the thick paint simply acts as a sponge and absorbs the impact of the matal shot.

Again we utilise a similar set-up but substituting the blast unit with a diamond grinding unit. This is a slower sytem than captive grit blasting, up to 500m2 per day, but produces the best result when faced with multiple layers of paint that has been applied over many years.

 

Shotblasting Concrete Floor
98% Dust Free Process on a Flat Floor

No Preparation – Poor Adhesion
Smooth dense power floated concrete – no preparation

Pumatect Epoxy Resin Floor Paint
Heavy Vehicle Workshop Environment

Epoxy Resin Floor Painting
Classic Car Workshop

Factory floor painting – product selection

BS8204-6 categorises floor paints into Type 1 (Floor Seal) Type 2 (Floor Coating) and Type 3 (High Build Floor Coating).

Floor seals (Type 1) are up to 150 microns (0.15mm) in thickness.

Floor coatings (Type 2) are up to 300 microns (0.3mm) in thickness.

High build floor coatings (Type 3) are up to 1,000 microns (1.0mm) in thickness

Our factory floor paint of choice is Pumatect high build epoxy resin floor coating, a Type 3 product.

Pumatect was developed by Yorkshire based Resdev Ltd in the 1980’s and has a proven track record throughout the UK and overseas.

It is manufactured to order and in accordance with ISO 9001. Every batch is tested before release and control samples retained for 12 months.

Pumatect is an industrial grade heavy duty epoxy resin floor paint designed for application in areas that are heavily trafficked.

A two pack system combining a liquid epoxy resin base and hardener, Pumatect has excellent chemical and abrasion resistance and is ideal for areas of heavy footfall, regular pallet/pump trucks and frequent forklift traffic.

It is available in a wide range of colours and has a thickness equivalent to 12-14 coats of leading single pack floor paints.

Pumatect has a smooth gloss finish and is applied in two coats, usually on consecutive days.

Areas of up to 1,000m2 can be prepared and applied over two working days with a third day for curing which means that the floor is ready for light traffic on day four and heavier traffic on day five.

Application and curing temperatures are important because the curing of epoxy resins is retarded at low temperatures.

The ideal slab temperature for application is between 10-20oC although it can be applied down to 5oC.

Factory floor painting – mixing epoxy resin floor paint

Correct mixing the epoxy resin floor paint is one of the most important tasks in applying any floor coating. Incorrect or inadequate mixing will cause the floor painting project to fail.

Work Station

The work station will be located close to the point of exit, clearly defined and taped off from other trades. Plastic sheeting will be laid onto the floor in an area sufficiently large enough to provide three separate and distinct sections.

Section 1 is storage of the materials where the lids are removed and the epoxy resin base and epoxy resin hardener containers laid out ready for mixing.

Section 2 will be the physical mixing station where power drills (mains and/or battery) will be used to mix the epoxy resin floor paint. This will have cardboard on top of the plastic sheeting to absorb drips and spillages and will be replaced as necessary.

Section 3 is a storage area for empty epoxy resin floor paint containers.

Packaging

In most cases epoxy resin floor paints consist of two elements, a base resin (often pigmented) and a liquid hardener. The ratio between the two components is critical and the packs are never split.

Other thicker epoxy resin systems (screeds) will also have a third component with a blended powder filler that may or may not be inert.

Read the Instructions

No matter how often we have applied any particular epoxy resin floor paint or screed we will re-read the instructions to ensure any changes in packaging or mixing are taken into account.

Mixing the epoxy

We use an electric or battery operated slow speed drill and paddle mixer to thoroughly mix the epoxy resin base and epoxy resin hardener components. This ensures that the chemical reaction occurs fully and uniformly.  Unmixed epoxy resin paint will not cure properly when applied and is likely to create no more than a sticky mess on the floor.

 

Mixing Epoxy Resin Floor Paint
with electric paddle mixer

Pumatect Epoxy Resin Floor Paint
Squeegee Application of First Coat

Pumatect Epoxy Resin Floor Paint
Backrolling after Squeegee Application

Factory floor painting – application

BS8204-6 categorises floor paints into Type 1 (Floor Seal) Type 2 (Floor Coating) and Type 3 (High Build Floor Coating).

Floor seals (Type 1) are up to 150 microns (0.15mm) in thickness.

Floor coatings (Type 2) are up to 300 microns (0.3mm) in thickness.

High build floor coatings (Type 3) are up to 1,000 microns (1.0mm) in thickness

Our factory floor paint of choice is Pumatect high build epoxy resin floor coating, a Type 3 product.

Pumatect was developed by Yorkshire based Resdev Ltd in the 1980’s and has a proven track record throughout the UK and overseas.

It is manufactured to order and in accordance with ISO 9001. Every batch is tested before release and control samples retained for 12 months.

Pumatect is an industrial grade heavy duty epoxy resin floor paint designed for application in areas that are heavily trafficked.

A two pack system combining a liquid epoxy resin base and hardener, Pumatect has excellent chemical and abrasion resistance and is ideal for areas of heavy footfall, regular pallet/pump trucks and frequent forklift traffic.

It is available in a wide range of colours and has a thickness equivalent to 12-14 coats of leading single pack floor paints.

Pumatect has a smooth gloss finish and is applied in two coats, usually on consecutive days.

Areas of up to 1,000m2 can be prepared and applied over two working days with a third day for curing which means that the floor is ready for light traffic on day four and heavier traffic on day five.

Application and curing temperatures are important because the curing of epoxy resins is retarded at low temperatures.

The ideal slab temperature for application is between 10-20oC although it can be applied down to 5oC.