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Jun

The Perfect Metallic Epoxy Coating: The Hows and Whys | Blog Post #2

What is Metallic Epoxy?

Metallic epoxy is a novel take on an already fascinating material. Much like a prehistoric mosquito trapped forever in amber, the material consists of metallic pigments suspended in a liquid epoxy compound. When the compound cures and sets, the pigments are permanently trapped in place. An enterprising artist may thus create marvellous designs by manipulating the pigments before the epoxy fully cures, forming patterns that scatter light in beautiful ways.

Gold Veins on Light Khaki Mixed Marble Design
Stone Marble Themed Design
Orange Gold Swirls on Snow White Design

Applying the epoxy and its prerequisite layers, on the other hand, is a craftsman’s endeavour. It takes years of training and many dozens of projects to achieve the technique required to install epoxy with a perfectly even finish and no bubbles, leaks or peeling of any kind.

Poor workmanship and non-levelled epoxy application
Scratches and patchy finishing epoxy application
Improper application techniques, and low grade epoxy products leading to popping and stains

Our Certification

Metallic Epoxy Singapore has teams of such craftsmen. Our Leggari-certified installers undergo rigorous training at Leggari headquarters in Pasco, Washington, USA, before they are certified to conduct installations to Leggari’s top-notch industrial standards.

Legarri USA Training. ©LegarriUSA
Legarri USA Training. ©LegarriUSA
Legarri USA Training. ©LegarriUSA

Here at Metallic Epoxy Singapore, we adhere strictly to Leggari’s industrial practices while incorporating our own proprietary design methods. The result is a wondrous array of design options and near limitless possibilities for customisation.

Official Leggari USA Installer Certification
Legarri USA Training. ©LegarriUSA
Legarri USA Training. ©LegarriUSA

How We Do It

Metallic epoxy coating is most frequently used for floor installations. Every step of the coating process is essential in achieving an aesthetically pleasing and fully protective metallic epoxy coating.

Step 1: Clean Room Environment

The first step involves cleaning the area thoroughly to minimise the presence of dust and debris. The creation of a “clean-room” environment is critical in the process of Metallic Epoxy applications.

A "clean-room" environment works best
Laying protection to prevent damages to appliances

Step  2: Sealant Application

A layer of sealant is then applied to every inch of floor to seal off cracks and holes, thus preventing air or water from entering beneath the finished coating. Air can cause oxidisation, and moisture from the water will greatly increase chances that the Epoxy will warp or pop!

This is only required for Floor Applications.

Sealant application ©Shutterstock

Step 3: Primer Application

Next, a healthy coat of primer is evenly applied over the sealant. It is a milky suspension that, when applied, serves primarily as a bonding layer between the sealant and the epoxy in the next step, while absorbing any remaining oil, moisture, or dirt. It also serves as a neutral base colour, much like a blank canvas to full showcase the colours of the final design.

Laying the sealant over the substrate

Step 4: Epoxy Application and Design

The metallic epoxy resin can now be applied. A pre-calculated mixture of resin and pigments — based on the client’s chosen design — is poured and spread over the floor. The artist or designer steps in at this point and employs the company’s proprietary methods to create the desired patterns in the metallic epoxy. A fast and sure hand is necessary in this step, as there is limited time before the mixture hardens and fixes the pigments in place.

Precise measurements are required for epoxy application
Pouring of Epoxy is an art itself
Colour combinations are limitless

Step 5: Top Coat Application

Finally, one of three types of top coats are applied over the epoxy. Clients may choose between the mirror, gloss, or matte finish, depending on their preferences and needs. Once this final layer dries, the epoxy coating is perfectly water-proof and damage resistant, protecting the design and floor beneath it. For other applications, like countertops and furniture, the same process is used with a number of adjustments.

Gloss Top Coat Finishing
Matte Top Coat Finishing
Matte Top Coat and Mirror Finishing

Ultimately, the proper installation of metallic epoxy coatings is not a job for amateurs. From assessing the installation site to the pouring and design of the metallic epoxy, years of specialist training and project experience are absolutely crucial to achieving a beautiful, fault-free coating that will last you and your family a lifetime.

To find out whether you’d best benefit from a floor, countertop, or other interior surfaces, stay tuned for next Thursday’s post on the benefits and options for each of the three coating installations.