The Important Roll of Water based Epoxy Primer for Concrete

The Important Roll of Water based Epoxy Primer for Concrete

Why Your Garage Floor Needs an Epoxy Primer: Get a Water based Epoxy

When it comes to upgrading your garage floor or really any other floor you may be apply resin to, the right foundation makes all the difference. Epoxy floors are renowned for their durability, resilience, and aesthetic appeal. However, the secret to maximizing these benefits lies beneath the surface — in the critical first layer known as the epoxy primer. Sometimes this step is left out, perhaps to save time or perhaps to save money. But here's why we say not to skip this step.

The Essential Role of Epoxy Water Based Primer

Why Primer is a Must According to Industry Standards

  • Foundation for Durability: A primer ensures that the epoxy coating adheres properly to the substrate, preventing peeling and cracks.
  • Enhanced Substrate Penetration: It penetrates deeply into the concrete, sealing pores and creating a stronger bond and reduces the chances of bubbles.
  • Moisture Barrier: Some can acts as a sealer against moisture, crucial for preventing epoxy delamination.

The Magic of Water-Based Epoxy Primer

  • Low VOC, Low Odor: Water-based primers, like Epoxy Plus's EP-E300, offer an eco-friendly option with minimal odor, making them suitable for indoor use without extensive ventilation.
  • Versatility in Application: Available in various colors, including clear, these primers can be tailored to your aesthetic needs, doubling as a standalone coating that outperforms traditional paint in durability and chemical resistance.

Installation Techniques for Optimal Results

Preparing the Surface

  • Proper surface preparation is key — clean, dry, and free of any oils or debris to ensure the primer adheres well.
  • Mechanical abrasion, such as diamond grinding, is recommended for achieving an ideal surface profile.

Applying the Primer

  • Mixing: Follow the two-component system precisely to activate the primer's properties.
  • Application: Use rollers or sprayers for an even coat, ensuring full coverage without pooling. Some choose to pour, squeegee and back roll. There are many ways to apply it, the important point to note is that you are looking for thin even coverage without puddles. 

Curing and Top Coating

  • Allow the primer to cure as per the product's guidelines before applying the epoxy topcoat.
  • The right cure time enhances chemical and abrasion resistance, providing a solid foundation for the topcoat. The good news is that our primer dries quickly allowing for additional coats in the same day, or for coats of another product such as a metallic epoxy or urethane coating.

The Advantages of Epoxy Plus EP-E300 Water-Based Epoxy

A Superior Choice

  • EP-E300 is not just a primer; its formulation allows it to serve as an exceptional stand-alone coating.
  • Its waterborne nature ensures deep substrate penetration and an excellent bond, elevating the floor's resistance to abrasions and chemicals.

Aesthetic Flexibility

  • The variety of colors, including clear, offers creative freedom to match any garage interior design.
  • The clear option is perfect for those who prefer the natural look of their substrate with the added benefits of an epoxy coating.

Summing Up Waterbased (WB) Epoxy 

In the world of epoxy flooring, the selection of the right primer and coating system is pivotal for achieving long-lasting durability and aesthetic excellence. The Epoxy Plus lineup, particularly our waterborne epoxy primer and two-component water-based epoxy, stands out as a superior choice for professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike, tackling concrete floor renovations with unparalleled efficacy.

The water-based epoxy primer serves as an exceptional foundation, providing excellent adhesion to a variety of surfaces including concrete, wood, or masonry. Its role as a primer coat for epoxy is critical, especially on new concrete or surfaces that demand substrate penetration. When considering the curing process, our waterborne primer exhibits superb chemical resistance and characteristics that rival solvent-based products, making it a game-changer in the coating industry.

For those seeking a high-performance floor coating, our EP-E300 is a two-component water-based epoxy coating that exhibits excellent properties. This versatile formulation can be used as a primer or a standalone coating, offering flexibility for projects requiring multiple coats. It's especially recommended for priming or coating concrete surfaces where low VOC are priorities.

Understanding the critical role of surface preparation cannot be overstated. Ensuring that the concrete surface is clean and free from any contaminant is the first step toward guaranteeing the adhesion and effectiveness of the primer and subsequent layers. Whether you're working on a large project or a smaller, detailed task, the ambient temperature and high humidity levels are crucial considerations that can affect the outcome and durability of the floor epoxy.

For those exploring options for concrete epoxy, our 2-component system, available in a convenient 1.25 gallon (4:1) kit, provides a solid foundation for a myriad of applications. Whether applied to previously color-coated floors or porous substrates requiring good coverage, our products ensure deep penetration and a seamless bond that sets the stage for the final topcoat.

Moreover, our water-based epoxy not only serves as an efficient primer coating but also offers the aesthetic flexibility with its clear variant — though it's important to note, clear is not water clear, providing a subtle but significant enhancement to the natural beauty of the substrate.

In conclusion, Epoxy Plus's waterborne epoxy primer and two-component water-based epoxy represent the zenith of floor coating solutions. With their excellent adhesion, superb chemical resistance, and environmental benefits, these products are suitable as topcoats including multiple layers for enhanced durability and aesthetic appeal. For those in need of inspiration or looking to embark on their next project, request a quote or visit our website. Remember, the success of your epoxy floor coating lies not just in the quality of the product but in the meticulous preparation and application processes that Epoxy Plus champions. Visit to explore our EP-E300 and other epoxy solutions tailored for your needs.

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