Tips on Anti-Slipping Additives For Epoxy Coated Floors
Anti-slip additives are used to create a non-skid surface because epoxy flooring can be very slippery when wet. Different additives are recommended by manufacturers, from sand to aluminum oxide or a small polymer-based grit like Shark Grip.
Surface of epoxy, polyurethane and polyurea can be smooth given that the resinous garage floor coatings are non-porous. In some cases, it is as smooth as grass, which means it becomes slippery on wet conditions after introduction of water, mud, oils, or snow.
Here are tips on using a non-slip additive
1. Determine if you need one: First, you should consider the climate you live in to determine if you need non-slip additive. For instance, non-skid additives when the garage epoxy floor coating is in an outdoor environment. Snow and ice don't mix appropriately with coated garage floors. Non-slip additives on metallic epoxy floor paints may not be necessary if you live in a arid place, for instance.
2. Plan of using the floor: If you will be using the floor on projects where oil, anti-freeze, chemicals or other things are involved, that may create slip fall hazard. In this case, anti-slip additives on garage epoxy floor coating, metallic epoxy floor paint material are necessary.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can clean the spills immediately to avoid accidents by not engaging a non-skid surface.
3. Type of floor coating system: If the floor does not have paint chips or quartz or other media, the resulting surface will be very smooth. This creates conducive environment for a slippery floor when conditions are wet.
A floor could end up with an irregular texture, and which gives an additional grip under wet conditions. For instance, if it has a ¾ to full color chip application, there will be an irregular texture.
Also, do not fall to unwarranted claims about epoxy and other coatings developing a static charge during application and curing process. It is claimed that the coating lasts for a few days or so.
The charge draws fine dust particles from air and this will make it slippery.
Also, new floor coating might be smooth after installation hence becoming slippery when wet. It may increase grip after some use especially if there is a huge traffic.
You can slightly scuff the floor with a pink or white buffing pad in order to create microscopic scratches in case you do not want traffic to develop these scratches naturally. Note that it will remove some of the gloss of the floor.
4. Recommended additives: Ground polymer grit such as Shark Grip is the most recommended additive to create a non-slip surface for epoxy, garage floor paint, and other garage floor coatings.
It has very small micronized polymer beads. These beads are soft he feet and skin. When added to a coating, it becomes translucent. Also, it creates very small bumps for grip when mixed into final top coat of the floor.
This grit works great for thin floor coatings such as polyurethane because it is so small. It will also work for a thinner water based epoxy like Rust-Oleum and Quikrete products. These can be bought from home improvement centers.
You might also need slightly larger polymer grit if you are working with a thicker top coat such as 100 percent solids epoxy or a polyurea product.