The final metallic floor. The customer wanted more of the darker colors. Picture courtesy: Glossy Floors
Epoxy FX recommends pouring Xtreme FX for metallic floors at a ratio of 35-50 square feet per gallon. Xtreme FX Epoxy has been specifically formulated for thicker pours. In return, your floor will have flow patterns, unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
As always, to ensure proper adhesion, we recommend pouring epoxy on a properly prepared substrate. This means properly grinding or shot blasting the floor to make sure your material will adhere to the floor for many years to come. The properly prepared surface needs to be as clean as possible before applying the material.
Mix 1 container of Metallic 3DFX slowly into 2 gallons Part A of Xtreme FX. Mix well but slow. You want to avoid a rapid mixture that allows air to be inserted through a vortex. Mix for a minimum of 3 minutes. Once mixed, combine with Part B. Mix for 2 minutes. Pour the mixed material into a clean bucket and mix for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Assuming you are using more than one color, start by pouring your first color of mixed epoxy in puddles throughout your room. You can pour in puddles or straight lines. Your second color is poured in the same fashion, but pour in areas that are bare. It is ok to cross paths with your first color. They will eventually get mixed anyway.
If only using one color, simply pour your epoxy on the floor in different sections. This will prevent you from having to move large puddles of epoxy to different sections of the room.
Xtreme FX epoxy for metallic floors can be applied using several different techniques.
The most common technique is to use a lint-free roller, foam roller, or squeegee to “swirl” the epoxy in different directions. Depending on the amount of time you spend swirling your epoxy, this is a great method.
Epoxy FX likes to use the “10-minute rule” for applying Xtreme FX epoxy. Once you start moving your epoxy with your choice of a roller, squeegee, etc., don’t touch it after 10 minutes unless absolutely necessary. This will allow for the best flow pattern once it dries.
Remember, you have an extremely long pot-life with your epoxy. However, your best flow comes with placing material, moving it around, and leaving it alone.