Yes. We work closely with a number of specialist contractors. Contact us for a quotation.
They can be applied to a large variety of surfaces. Refer to our guide "General Advice for Application & Maintenance of FS Floor Coatings".
The time you can apply coatings onto new concrete varies depending on the product you wish to apply. See our "Floor Coating Selection Guide" and "General Advice for Application & Maintenance of FS Floor Coatings" in "downloads". Our FS Epoxy DPM Primer can be used prior to applying other coatings, however, generally a water based product such as FS Epoxy Sealer can be applied earlier than a solvent free (e.g. FS Epoxy Coating range) or solvent based (e.g. some Anglo and Rust-Oleum products).
Yes. See our "General Advice for Application & Maintenance of FS Floor Coatings" in "downloads". As for any "decorating" project, preparation is very important in order to achieve a good result. Some Anglo and Rust-Oleum products recommend preparation using acid etch. Their etching products are shown in the "more features" or "you may require" tab. It is important that the floor is clean and dry. If you need a contractor to complete the preparation (or prep and application) we can arrange quotations from specialist contractors.
Refer to the relevant data sheet in "downloads". For FS coatings see our "General Advice for Application & Maintenance of FS Floor Coatings" and "Floor Coating Selection Guide", also in downloads. Generally you will need a paint roller, complete with refills, a roller tray and a mixing paddle. For our own FS coatings we can supply these if required, but for other products you can source from a local DIY store. You should wear gloves and overalls, plus safety glasses when mixing.
Many tool hire companies, such as Brandon Hire, hire floor preparation machines. For most smaller projects an STR machine, complete with carborundum blocks, is suitable. A vacuum can be attached if required but due to the slow speed of the head the dust is kept at ground level and can be vacuumed or brushed up later. For large projects call us and we can arrange a quotation from a specialist preparation contractor.
If you are applying an epoxy coating this should be applied to either a prepared concrete substrate or to an existing epoxy coating that is fully bonded to the floor. For single pack coatings they can normally be applied over similar products, assuming that the existing coating is fully bonded. If coatings are applied to flaking paint they will not adhere to the floor.
A For most products and in most circumstances it is not necessary to use a primer, however in certain instances a primer can be beneficial (e.g. for porous concrete) or even essential (i.e. for green [new] concrete, where a DPM primer is essential). See our "General Advice for Application & Maintenance of FS Floor Coatings". FS Epoxy Primer is a general use penetrative primer, FS Epoxy Primer Fast Cure is a fast curing version of this, FS Epoxy Binder is for use with weak sand and cement screeds, FS Epoxy DPM primer is for use over green concrete, and Rust-Oleum 3333 Super Adhesion Primer is useful where minimal preparation is completed to smooth powerfloated concrete.
Most of the epoxy products we sell are either solvent free or water based and have low odour. They are non-taint and can be used in the food industry (e.g. FS Epoxy Coating [all grades] and FS Epoxy Sealer [all grades]). Many of the single pack products are solvent based and although they are generally low odour they should not be used in the food or pharmaceutical industries unless stated otherwise.
This will depend on the individual product. Refer to the data sheet for each product in "downloads".
See the data sheet for the product you wish to use. This will give the recommended application rate. Note that a number of variables exist, such as the porosity of the floor, the amount of pressure on the roller, etc. We recommend that you mark out the floor with the recommended area for each unit. This will ensure that you do not run out of product or have a lot left over, unless the porosity or unevenness of the floor has a significant effect on this.
For FS branded products we can supply a floor painting kit, spare rollers, paint tray and mixing paddle. For Anglo and Rust-Oleum products you can purchase these items from a DIY store.
It is good practice to pre-mix the coloured part of the product. This should be done with a mixing paddle attached to an electric drill. The smaller container should then be tipped into the larger container and mixed with the drill and paddle until an homogenous solution is obtained. A time of approx 3 minutes is normally sufficient. A stick must not be used as this will not fully mix the product and it won"t cure.
No. Once mixed the product has a pot life and as soon as it starts to cure it can no longer be used.
This is not recommended as the pot life can be quite short and unless you are experienced in working with epoxies we strongly advise against this.
See colour charts, where available in "downloads". Where a particular BS or RAL colour is available this will be stated. If there is no colour chart shown for this product you can enter the relevant BS or RAL number into your browser and you will get results to give an approximation of the colour. Note that each computer screen will look different and any colour shown, in whatever media, should only be regarded as an indication of an approximate colour. Colours will fade over time and different production batch colours will also be slightly different. For reasonable quantities of FS Epoxy Coating we can produce a number of custom colours. The cost of these will be 15% to 20% extra.
A number of products include aggregate to give a slip resistant finish. The level of slip resistance is dependent on many things, such as the size of the aggregate, how thick the coating is applied, and what spillages are going to occur on the floor. We supply FS Epoxy Coating Anti-Slip, FS Epoxy Coating Anti-Slip Fast Cure, FS Epoxy Sealer Anti-Slip, Anglo Floor Paint Slip Resistant Grade and Rust-Oleum 7100NS. Epoxies will give a considerably longer service life than single pack coatings. We can also supply FS Epoxy Coating (including Fast Cure, XtraBuild and XtraBuild Fast Cure options) and you can purchase aggregate separately in order that you can customise the level of slip resistance. Note that the more aggregate used the more difficult the floor will be to clean.
Yes. Providing you follow the instructions, application is fairly simple. Read our "General Advice for Application & Maintenance of FS Floor Coatings" prior to purchasing.
Yes. We work with a number of specialist contractors and would be happy to arrange a quotation for you. Note that we do not complete domestic applications.
We supply Rust-Oleum"s EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating. This is a kit with everything included and is particularly intended for domestic use.
We can supply several products. Single pack polyurethane coatings are generally more durable than alkyds. Anglo Floor Paint is a very good example of a polyurethane coating. There are 3 versions, the standard version - Anglo Floor Paint, one that has been reinforced with epoxy ester - Anglo Floor Paint Epoxy Ester Grade and Anglo Floor Paint Slip Resistant Grade which contains slip resistant aggregate. Rust-Oleum"s 7100 and 7100NS (slip resistant version) are alkyd paints and are suitable for foot traffic. Both of these ranges are solvent based but are low odour, particularly when compared with many competitor"s products. We can also supply Rust-Oleum water based floor coatings where solvent based products can"t be used. These are EpoxyShield Ultra and EpoxyShield Sealer (clear coating) - note that despite their names these are not epoxies and should not be confused with water based epoxies.
This will depend on temperature and the proposed use of the floor. The individual data sheets will give an approximate cure time at 20°C but this time will extend for lower temperatures. FS Epoxy Coating will cure down to 5°C, FS Epoxy Coating Fast Cure to 3°C, FS Epoxy Sealer to 10°C and products shouldn"t be applied below these temperatures. The cure time will be significantly extended for all products at lower temperatures. If timing is critical consider FS Epoxy Coating Fast Cure, but note that the useable pot life is considerably restricted and speed of application is essential.
The floor can be cleaned with a scrubber drier with standard brushes or non abrasive pads, with a scrubber and separate wet pick up or with a mop and bucket.
Epoxies are intended for use indoors. Some single pack coatings can be used outside and we supply Anglo Tarmacoat and Anglo Asphalt Restorer for tarmac and asphalt substrates.
Yes. All figures shown on data sheets are for a temperature of 20°C. For higher temperatures products will cure more quickly and for lower temperatures more slowly. There are minimum temperatures that products can be applied at and you should refer to the relevant data sheet for these. If the temperature is particularly hot products may cure very quickly and reduce the pot life (working time).
With most systems 1 coat per day is applied, so for a two coat system it will take 2 days and a 3 coat system will take 3 days. However this will depend on the size of the area, temperature etc. If timing is critical it is possible to apply 2 coats of our FS Epoxy Coating Fast Cure (including anti-slip and XtraBuild fast cure options) in one day. Additionally FS Epoxy Coating XtraBuild or FS Epoxy Coating XtraBuild Fast Cure can be used as a single coat system to allow the project to be completed in one day. Note that 2 coat systems are better than a single coat.
No. This is a highly specialised job. We work with a number of contractors who can install these systems and would be happy to arrange quotations for you.
Empty containers should be treated as hazard waste, as should all paint products. Please dispose of waste responsibly.
We can supply ecotiles. These are PVC tiles that interlock, like a jigsaw puzzle, to form a very durable floor. It is available in a number of colours and finishes so that walkways and other features can be completed in different colours. All that is required to fit it is a rubber mallet. Tiles can be cut if required in order to fit tight to walls or machinery. In oily environments the tiles can be glued to the substrate to ensure that oils and coolants don"t penetrate underneath. The tiles are 500mm x 500mm and therefore 4 tiles make up 1 square metre. Edge ramps and corners are also available. They are suitable for many manufacturing, engineering, warehouse and retail environments and there is even a "comfort" version which is ideal for sports facilities
You can use any line marking tape, various spray aerosol systems or a floor paint. We supply two very good tapes - FS Permaline and FS Resilient Tape and a range of anti-slip tapes (see the "anti-slip" webpages). The best solution for a paint system is a solvent free epoxy paint such as our FS Epoxy Coating XtraBuild. This is thicker than many epoxy coatings and will give better coverage in a single coat. See our advice sheet "General Advice for the Application of FS Line Markings"
For tape one person should fix one end to the floor and another should pull the tape out to the full length of the line required, pull it tight and gently lower it to the floor. A small roller, like a wallpaper roller, can be used to run the length of the tape to ensure it adheres well. For a coating system low tack masking tape or duct tape should be used to mark the line required in the same way as for tape, with two lines put down in parallel. Once all tape is applied mix the paint and apply, removing the tape as you go. Failure to remove the tape as you go will result in some bleeding of the paint under the tape.
For tape the floor should be thoroughly clean prior to application. For paint it is best if this is applied the following day to the application of new floor coatings, as it is extremely difficult to prepare the floor properly to apply line marking paint. The paint used should be compatible with the floor coating, i.e. use an epoxy for an epoxy floor, a polyurethane coating for a polyurethane floor and an alkyd coating for an alkyd floor. If applied to an older floor ensure the floor is spotlessly clean prior to application, perhaps giving it a wipe with a solvent to remove any oily deposits and allow the solvent to flash off prior to applying the coating.
Epoxy repair mortars are more durable than cement based products. Our FS Epoxy Repair Mortar is very durable and comes in standard, fast cure and cold cure versions. See our advice document "General Advice for Repairing Floors with FS Repair Products".
Rust-Oleum"s EpoxyShield Fine Crack Repair Mortar is ideal for this.
It will depend on the level of repair required. For very large areas of "tired" concrete a cementicous pumped screed can be considered (we can recommend a specialist contractor for this) or for smaller areas we can supply Anglo Speed Screed. For patch repairs our range of FS Epoxy Repair Mortars are ideal. Once repaired it may be beneficial to coat the floor with an epoxy coating, such as FS Epoxy Coating to improve the appearance and help to preserve the floor finish.
Our FS Epoxy Binder will penetrate the surface of the screed and strengthen this. Consider the traffic and loadings that will be on the floor. If the floor has a very heavy duty application it may be better to remove the screed and replace it with structural concrete. This can then be protected with an epoxy coating.
The most permanent solution is to fit anti-slip stair treads. These have a very good slip resistance. They can be both glued and screwed and are suitable for use inside or out. We can also supply anti-slip stick on cleats which work well indoors, although are less durable, or one of our slip resistant coatings. Coatings will most likely mean that the steps or stairs need to be kept out of use for a couple of days which can be inconvenient.
They can be glued or screwed. We recommend doing both for maximum safety. The adhesive will provide approx a 12 metre bead for each 310ml tube.
Yes. If you provide written sizes by email we will cut to size and pre-drill and countersink holes for fixing. There is no charge in most instances, however if multiple cuts are required we reserve the right to charge.
They are 4mm thick. This conforms with DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) and is not regarded as a trip hazard.
For the floors there are a number of slip resistant coatings. Depending on the level of spills our standard slip resistant finishes may be sufficient or you may wish to use a larger aggregate. For the most slip resistant finish consider our FS Epoxy Coating XtraBuild with coarse bauxite aggregate. This can be more difficult to clean. It is necessary to prepare the floors adequately prior to coating. For more details see our "General Advice for Application & Maintenance of FS Floor Coatings". We can also supply anti-slip plate that can be fixed to the floor.
We can supply flat plate with a sandpaper like finish which can be fixed to concrete, wood or chequer plate or thick fibreglass gratings where spills are more excessive (see our Fibreglass Gratings section). We can also supply tread covers (with the same sandpaper like finish) or mesh stair treads for access to the platforms (see our Fibreglass Gratings section).
We can supply Step-to-Safety Infill Antislip Strips for timber decking. These are 50mm wide and fit between most decking timber. We also supply surface mounted strips for flat timber.
We can supply Step-to-Safety Surface Mounted Convex Antislip Strips for flat timber surfaces. These are 50mm wide and conform to DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) requirements. Do not confuse these with the infill strips for timber decking.
Yes. We can supply a number of products specifically designed for walls. Our two part FS Epoxy Wall Coating is a water based product and is an economical solution if a durable two part system is required, alternatively Rust-Oleum Biosan Aqua Plus includes BACTRON to assist in the control of superbugs. There is also a single pack version, Biosan Aqua that is also very good. Rust-Oleum 8300 system, consisting of primer and topcoat is a mould resistant system and can be used down to -10°C.
Mathys Durbocem is particularly designed for use on damp walls and cellars.
Two pack resin products are the most durable. We can supply FS Epoxy Wall Coating or Rust-Oleum Biosan Aqua Plus (this contains BACTRON for the control of superbugs).
We can supply Rust-Oleum Biosan Aqua or Biosan Aqua Plus. Both of these products contain BACTRON which helps to control superbugs and are therefore ideal for hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical use, etc. Biosan Aqua Plus is a two pack epoxy coating which makes it particularly durable when cleaned very regularly.
See the relevant data sheet for the product to be used, however generally the walls should be clean and dry with no flaking paint and should be lightly sanded to give a key. As with any decorating project good preparation will help to ensure a successful application.
We supply peelable coatings for both walls and floors. These are CTS C200 for the walls and CTS C240 for the floors. They should be peeled off and replaced at least once a year.
We can supply Mathys Secco Super which is a colourless water repellent coating that is water vapour permeable.
We can supply Mathys Murfill Waterproofing Coating. This is permeable to water vapour, is 400% elastic and will bridge minor cracks.
Mathys Noxyde is an excellent coating for this. It is water based and spray applied. The spray will turn to powder within a metre of application so that cars etc will not get sprayed and damaged. This is a specialist application and we can recommend a contractor to apply this if required. Alternatively Mathys Peganox has a similar formulation but is generally brush or roller applied. Either product can also just be used for edge lapping as this is the area where Plastisol begins to fail. These products are also suitable for roofs.
A simple quick solution is to rub the fencing down with a stiff metal brush and ensure it is clean and dry and apply Rustoleum CombiColor. This is a very good single pack metal paint, available in "smooth", hammertone", "satin", "matt" and "wrought iron" finishes and gives good coverage in a single coat. There is an extremely good range of colours in "smooth". For greater longevity it can be primed with Rustoleum CombiPrimer or two coats can be used. For small areas it is also available in aerosols.
This will depend on the type of metal, the degree of corrosion (if applicable), the location of the building or structure and the life you wish to get out of the coating. Some coatings can be applied over surface rust, some over new or slightly rusted steel and some over new or blasted steel. More protection is required on properties close to the coast or for structures within or adjacent to chemical plants. Refer to individual product details or call us for advice.
Use of a primer will generally extend the lifetime of any coating and is therefore recommended if time and costs permit.
Yes. However it will depend on the type of metal as to which is the most suitable and whether a primer is required. Some will require anti-rust primers, adhesion primers, zinc primers, etc. Refer to individual product details for more information or call us for advice.
Yes. Mathys Noxyde and Peganox are both water based and can be used for a wide variety of applications.