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Old 05-31-2011, 03:20 PM   #1
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Default Chemical testing scrap epoxy flooring

I have several pieces of scrap Epoxy-Coat flooring that I had to scrape & peel off of my slab due to it setting to fast on a sun heated slab. I will be conducting chemical exposure experiments and posting before & after photos of each test. I want everyone to chime in on what chemicals they would like me to tryout and how long you think each exposure should be. So far on the list are the usual chemicals found in a garage, Gasoline, motor oil, brake fluid, starting fluid, WD40, beer, stomach acid, stomach acid w/beer. Lets hear it!!!
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:13 PM   #2
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Epoxy is pretty tough stuff and is resistant to most nasties, but some will soften it over time. Try brake fluid after 4 hrs and then after 48 hrs. What about Coca Cola for short and long exposure? Try possum piss, but make sure it is male otherwise you might end up with a garage full of them.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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why? Unless you have it adhered to a piece of concrete?
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:49 PM   #4
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My intent here is to test for any drastic changes to the color or wet looking finish. I'm not worried about any changes in it's ability to adhere to the concrete. I have already established that it adheres onto the slab quite well and these pieces still have some attached. As for opossum piss I'll have to wait untill this winter for that test I only catch them in the winter around here. I'm sure dog piss will be coming sooner.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:53 PM   #5
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A combination of brake cleaner and dirty oil can shred some very expensive coatings.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:53 PM   #6
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salt, whatever that crap they spray on the roads in the winter(supposed to be pretty nasty stuff).....i cant think of anything else right now
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:14 PM   #7
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I already have a sqaure with brake cleaner & oil in process.

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Old 05-31-2011, 07:17 PM   #8
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Road salts are not a commonly used chemical in Bama.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:38 PM   #9
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CRC Brake cleaner (green can)
Dog pee, probably female
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:13 AM   #10
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How about rusty nut loosener, that stuff seems quite aggressive.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:51 PM   #11
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Road salts are not a commonly used chemical in Bama.
We Minnesotan's would still appreciate this type of test!
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:06 PM   #12
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I am curious to see the results of your tests! On another note, we have heard regular old yellow mustard is rough on epoxy too!
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:08 PM   #13
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How about fire?

Not sure if you can do that test or not, but I suspect my floor will likely see melted rubber bushings on fire, the odd rag, sparks from the MIG, whatever catches on fire during my car/bike restorations.

Maybe slag from a melted bolt?
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:17 PM   #14
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I am curious to see the results of your tests! On another note, we have heard regular old yellow mustard is rough on epoxy too!
Ok, no more kids with hot dogs in the garage!


I'd definitely like to know what road salt does to it - I'm in trouble here if it's a problem though.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:01 AM   #15
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Road salt is not a problem. We are in Michigan and know all too well about road salt.
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:41 PM   #16
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I am going to revise my posting of photos to include only those tests that produce an adverse affect on the Epoxy-Coat finish. I have completed several 24hr exposure tests with no affects at all from these chemicals. Motor oils-4 & 2 cycle; engine degreaser; starting fluid; WD40; Liquid Wrench; carb & choke cleaner; brake cleaner; Corona Extra & A/B+blood (mine). Posting photos of tests without negative results would be a waste of space on the site. More tests to come in the future.

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Old 06-03-2011, 04:26 PM   #17
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I am going to revise my posting of photos to include only those tests that produce an adverse affect on the Epoxy-Coat finish. I have completed several 24hr exposure tests with no affects at all from these chemicals. Motor oils-4 & 2 cycle; engine degreaser; starting fluid; WD40; Liquid Wrench; carb & choke cleaner; brake cleaner; Corona Extra & A/B+blood (mine). Posting photos of tests without negative results would be a waste of space on the site. More tests to come in the future.
Did you get a chance to try out brake fluid?
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:13 PM   #18
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I used Chemtool to clean stuff off my epoxy floor - never did anything but shine it a bit.
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I am going to revise my posting of photos to include only those tests that produce an adverse affect on the Epoxy-Coat finish. I have completed several 24hr exposure tests with no affects at all from these chemicals. Motor oils-4 & 2 cycle; engine degreaser; starting fluid; WD40; Liquid Wrench; carb & choke cleaner; brake cleaner; Corona Extra & A/B+blood (mine). Posting photos of tests without negative results would be a waste of space on the site. More tests to come in the future.
thats great info hobbit, looking forward to more results
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So, eitehr you cut yourself to test the floor or you have supplies of your own blood incase you need it, or youre a vampire.
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