More and more auto repair and body shops are realizing the effect television has had on the way potential customers judge the people who work in these businesses.
Programs showing sky-high restorations and custom modifications have created much higher profile for everyone who works on cars.
The old stereotype of mechanics as “grease monkeys” has been shattered. Costs for services have also risen and will keep going up due to the technology required thanks to the need to have computers just to diagnose what’s going on with vehicles customers bring in for work.
Customers have a tendency to equate neatness and organization as habits which say “quality & sophistication” and thus are worth more money. If your shop looks good and does quality work, chances are people will believe that a higher price is buying them a better product from expert people.
Because epoxy floors have no seams and eliminate spaces where mold, mildew, or bacteria can hide and cause problems. When applied correctly, the finished installation can even feature hand troweled coves to bridge the gap between floor and walls, to create a floor that’s easier to clean.
Paint and other coatings don’t stand up well to abrasion and tend to wear out fairly quickly. Unlike paint, epoxy coatings have a useful life of years and years, without loss of good looks. The colors are much more sustainable because they DON’T degrade and special additives – like flakes – can be used to create a three-dimensional pop of color.
Epoxy flooring is naturally stain-resistant due to its basic nature and also because the best installations are often finished with a top-coat of a chemical resistant, resinous urethane. They stand up well to most oils and grease and will even help resist may many common, harsh fluids.
Water penetration is not an issue with epoxy coatings, which makes basic maintenance easy. Simply use a vacuum cleaner and soft brush, followed by thorough rinsing. For tougher jobs, many cleaners and even degreases will do a good job without harming the finish. (That stated, always check labels.)
With proper care and use of cleaners and even degreasers that are recommended for use on this type of floor has a long, long life.
After a careful review to make sure that the concrete floor to be coated is strong enough and in good shape, the process for installation normally requires a three-day process. The floor must be properly prepared prior to application by diamond grinding or shot-blasting.
After that, coats of epoxy are applied, often top-coated with a CRU Chemical Resistant, Resinous Urethane finish coat, which is very hard and also resists abrasion with added slip resistance when necessary. The total time for the application is normally 3 days (cure times may vary). The freshly installed epoxy floor should not be heavily used (especially by vehicles) for a few days, although the surface is normally sufficient for foot traffic in 24-36 hours.
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