Factory Floor Painting
Factory Floor Painting
Factory Floor Painting
Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd is a dedicated factory floor painting contractor.
Whilst the majority of our contracts are in the West Midlands, East Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, North West and Yorkshire we do offer our services further afield.
At IFT we apply epoxy resin factory floor paint on small, medium and large factory floors including new build and refurbishment projects.
We also install epoxy and polyurethane resin screeds.
We do not undertake domestic works.
The majority of our contracts are in the manufacturing, assembly, automotive and engineering industries.
Other industries in which we work include printing, paper & packaging, food production, warehousing, garages and workshops.
For our commercial clients such as hotels and restaurants this generally involves the application of a food grade floor finish.
These are installed in the back of house areas such as kitchens, food preparation areas, potwash and other areas of high footfall.
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.
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.
Pumatect Factory Floor Paint
Our factory floor paint of choice is Pumatect high build epoxy resin floor coating.
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 of 400 microns for a two coat application – this is equivalent in thickness 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.
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/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 or an adequate profile to grip onto.
Our principal method of preparing new concrete floor slabs is captive grit blasting, often referred to as shotblasting.
Captive grit blasting is virtually dust free and works by firing fine metal shot at high velocity onto the floor which removes the glaze from the surface, creates a fine texture and exposes 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 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.