It’s very common to find people using epoxy primers for flooring jobs, but did you know acrylic primers get the job done with huge reductions in time and money, not to mention the added health benefits and the fact they don’t need specialist transport and storage.
Concerns about bond strength?
We know that the main concern contractors will have about switching from an epoxy resin primer to an acrylic floor primer is bond strength. A strength rating of 1MPa is required for residential applications, with 1.5MPa required for industrial projects.
Whilst we can’t speak for other acrylic primers on the market, weberfloor 4716 easily achieves a bond strength of 1.5MPa to suitable substrates.
First of all, we’ll look at the primary thing we’re all thinking when looking at the bottom line of a project – cost. Epoxy primers are the go-to at the moment when preparing a flooring system particularly for industrial projects, but acrylic primers can do ten times the coverage at the same cost.
That means you’ll be getting 10m² for the price of 1m² when you switch to an acrylic primer – serious savings we love to see!
We all know time is money, and what if you could start working on the same day rather than needing to come back the next day after an epoxy floor primer has dried?
Well, that’s typical for acrylic primers. Our weberfloor 4716 for example dries in just 3-5 hours as opposed to 24 hours for a standard epoxy floor primer.
Transport & storage
Epoxy resins come with several caveats such as their flammability. They can be irritants and corrosive and may give off dangerous fumes. Due to the warning labels found on epoxy primers this means they need specialist transport and storage.
Couriers will often charge more for this as they can be viewed as hazardous materials, and storage considerations need to made – for example, epoxy primers need to be securely stored away from heat sources.
The same considerations do not apply to our own acrylic primer weberfloor 4716 which has no hazard warning CLP label and therefore requires no specialist transportation requirements. Simply store in a room where the floor temperature is above 10°C and the relative air humidity is below 70%.
Health & safety
Due to the fact acrylic primers are less hazardous than their epoxy counterparts, it’s much better for your general health. Epoxy resin primers can cause horrible allergic reactions and skin irritation – so much so that it needs to be mentioned on the materials safety data sheet for the product
In contrast, our weberfloor 4716 acrylic floor primer is non-hazardous and water-based.
Let’s talk about it
If you currently use an epoxy floor primer we understand reading all these great benefits of acrylic primers might not immediately fill you with optimism, but having a talk over with an expert may get rid of any doubts you have.
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