Epoxy Resin / Natural or Quartz Coloured Built-Up Flooring System.
abe.®screed QC (quartz coloured) is a decorative solvent free epoxy build-up system with natural or quartz coloured aggregate, nominally 3 to 4 mm in thickness.
abe.®screed QC (quartz coloured) system provides a decorative, slip-resistant, heavy-duty, chemical-resistant and hard-wearing floor finish. Typical areas for use are kitchen, wet and dry process areas where the floor is subjected to heavy traffic, impact and chemical spills.
- Seamless and hygienic finish when sealed, no crevices where dirt and bacteria can collect.
- Excellent chemical resistance to sugars and acids.
- Clean and sterile, low maintenance requirement.
- Non-slip finish.
- High abrasion resistance.
- Solvent-free system; low odour.
Natural (not advisable to pigment epoxy slurry mix – use relevant coloured aggregate).
Natural aggregate can vary in colour, so ensure the same batch or a single blended batch for large visible areas is used.
See available colour range under Packaging
- The substrate must be dry before application. For concrete, moisture content tests must be conducted prior to application of the priming system. Maximum moisture content should be between 4 – 5% (preferably a Protimeter Survey Master or equivalent, or Dynamic Calcium Chloride moisture “weight gain” over 24 hours, or at least a practical overnight “plastic sheet test” is also advisable approximately 1 m² masked down on surface).
- Concrete substrate must have a minimum tensile strength of 1.5 N/mm². Concrete shall be free of all laitance and preferably should be lightly vacuum blast cleaned leaving an open uniform textured surface (with exposed aggregate). All blemishes in the surface such as pop-outs, omegas, blowholes and honeycomb should be patched with epidermix 201. This should be left overnight to cure and shall then be rendered smooth. For a smooth final finish, the surface profile, peak to valley, should not exceed 25% of the coating thickness.
When decanting base from bulk supply, thorough stirring must be accomplished beforehand.
Proper mixing and proportioning of the epoxy binder (base and activator), and filler is essential for good results.
Transfer pre-measured volume of flooring base resin to mixer. Add activator and homogenize.
Where necessary, add relevant filler slowly and mix well.
Note: A slow speed mixer must be used. Ensure that the mixing vanes are below the surface of the mix to minimize air entrapment. The stirrer mixing vane configuration should be such as not to introduce unwanted aeration. Also, for this type of mixing, transferring the base/activator combination to a new container i.e. “re-mixing” will eliminate contamination due to unmixed base which is inclined to cling to the walls of the original container.
Prevailing weather conditions must be taken into account otherwise surface defects can occur (see under “properties during application”).
Priming / Scatter Aggregate
abe.®cote flooring resin (neat) should be applied by first pouring a bead of material in the form of a ribbon on the surface to be coated. Do not leave material in the container too long because it will set faster thus reducing the work life.
Using a 2 mm serrated trowel, spread the applied material at the specified rate. Apply as evenly as is possible, working from left to right, and then back.
Immediately apply scatter aggregate evenly and at prescribed spread rate.
All over-coating times must be strictly adhered to.
abe.®cote flooring resin will not cure if applied at below 10 °C.
Epoxy Encapsulating Mix
abe.®cote flooring resin (mixed with relevant aggregate) should be applied by first pouring a bead of material in the form of a ribbon on the surface to be coated. Do not leave material in the container too long because it will set faster thus reducing the work life.
Using a 5 mm serrated trowel, spread the applied material at the specified rate. Apply as evenly as is possible, working from left to right, and then back until scatter aggregate is just covered.
Aggregate Build (Natural or Coloured)
Broadcast either natural or quartz coloured into freshly applied epoxy encapsulating mix in a “rainfall pattern”. Broadcast quartz to the recommended application rate. Use a Garden Vacuum/blower to level the broadcast aggregate by directing air onto the broadcasted area.
Power float built up system at this stage until a perfectly flat and even surface is achieved and that encapsulating mix only just surfaces evenly – light broadcasting of quartz should compensate for any unevenness followed by power floating.
Sealing (SF Epoxy)
abe.®cote flooring resin (neat) should be applied by first pouring a bead of material in the form of a ribbon on the surface to be coated. Using a notched squeegee, flat squeegee, or trowel spread the poured material at a prescribed rate. Apply as evenly as possible, working from left to right, and then back. Back-roll using high quality mohair nap roller.
abe.®cote PUD should be applied by first pouring a bead of material in the form of a ribbon on the surface to be coated. Using a notched squeegee, flat squeegee, or trowel spread the poured material at a prescribed rate. Apply as evenly as possible, working from left to right, and then back. Back roll using a high quality mohair nap roller.
Cleaning of Equipment
abe® super brush cleaner before setting.
Protection / Maintenance on Completion
Enlist the services of experienced cleaning specialists. Furthermore, the following recommendation will go a long way to maintain the original appearance of the epoxy floor viz.
- Protect from trafficked dirt/grit ingress into coated area by using dirt traps etc.
- Use of a “renewable” clear high wear polymer based floor polish will reduce scratching and “black heel”.
- Encourage frequent maintenance cleaning.
The epoxy floor system will be abe.®screed QC (quartz coloured) system, comprising of abe.®cote flooring resin; Scatter aggregate; Encapsulating Resin/Aggregate blend; PUD top-coat all applied in accordance with a.b.e.®’s recommendations.
Health & Safety
Product safety information required for safe use is not included. Before handling, read product and safety data sheets and container labels for safe use, physical and health hazard information. The safety data sheet is available from your local a.b.e.® sales representative.
This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® endeavours to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot – because a.b.e.® has no direct or continuous control over where and how a.b.e.® products are applied – accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the use of a.b.e.® products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation or information given by the company.
Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total requirements.
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