Most conventional floor systems rely upon a mechanical bond to the substrate surface, ultimately risking bond failure and resulting in delamination. The result can be constant and expensive repair work Acrylicon has an unbreakable chemical bond to the special primers that have penetrated the substrate. This results in a seamless surface without holes, voids or cold joints. The whole topping is truly monolithic and it is impossible to separate the individual layers that make up the system. To remove Acrylicon from a concrete surface you will break into the top zone of the concrete not delaminate it at the Bond Line.
These can be general or defined routes. Acrylicon systems can cope with the continual abrasion and high traffic movements in a defined route. If the forklift routes require additional slip resistance or colour coding for health, safety or production reasons this can easily be achieved at the time of installation or later should the ergonomics of the area change. This is due to Acrylicon’s ability to chemically bond to itself, even after many years. Acrylicon will also produce high tolerance routes (superflat) for those areas involving high racking.
The Floor must be non-porous and free of pinholes, and be capable of withstanding the chemical abuse caused by spillages and cleaning. If the surface breaks down, delaminates or becomes porous the outcome can be slippery or uneven areas, with added hygiene hazards. The floor coatings & painting system must retain its cleanability for life, not just for the first year or two. Acrylicon is 100% solid, resin saturated acrylic. The non-porous, monolithic, impervious Acrylicon surface does not allow penetration by liquids and dirt, or the proliferation of fungi or bacteria. Acrylicon coating Systems are highly resistant to chemical attack, cleaning agents, liquids and foodstuffs. Chemical bonding ensures that the wearing surface remains locked into place for the life of the floor.
Creating an environment that is conducive to high productivity and which reflect corporate values and quality standards is always important. Acrylicon provides a dynamic range of colours that can be blended to meet any requirement of the designer or architect.
When cured, Acrylicon resins have very little combustion risk. Even when burnt they have little risk with the by-product being carbon and water, as opposed to Epoxy and PU which have an extremely high risk and can prove lethal if the fumes are inhaled.
Flexibility to area change
Few factories or production areas remain the same for long. With equipment often being moved or replaced, the general use for the area can often change; wet to dry, production to storage etc. Because Acrylicon resins chemically bond to themselves should the area change, it is easy to change the state of the surface. For instance should a storage area become production, we can add a non-slip surface by simply cleaning the existing Acrylicon surface and applying a non-slip surface on to it. This can be done quickly as well if you consider our 2 hour cure time. Also if the floor was laid with equipment in-situ, when you come to remove the equipment, we can fill the area left and the floor chemically bonds in place, leaving a seamless floor that will not delaminate.
When a conventional resin system becomes ready for overhauling it is necessary to completely remove it from the substrate before starting again, creating disruption, noise and dust. Alternatively the existing system is abraded to create a mechanical key for the new coating, a practice that generally fails and on some systems can be highly dangerous to health. Acrylicon is a special thermo-elastic resin that ensures each layer chemically fuses to the previous one, no matter how old. It is not possible to separate the individual layers that make up the system. Allied to a cure time of just 2 hours, this ensures that maintenance work is both more economic and less disruptive than is the case with other systems.
Chemical Resistance – Oils/Hydraulic
Many degreasers and cleansers used in engineering will chemically attack traditional flooring materials leading to flaking, spalling and delamination of the topping. Acrylicon is not only highly resistant to most degreasers and cleaning materials, but also possesses good resistance to hydraulic fluids such as Skydrol B500, machine oils, petroleum, kerosene and other aggressive materials. See our separate chemical resistance chart for the more common acids and alkalis commonly used in industry on the products page.
Traffic Route Marking
In busy working environments it is often required that areas safe for pedestrian use are clearly marked. The traditional method of using coloured tape to mark the boundaries or laying different floors often cause problems of delamination or wear. Acrylicon can lay these areas in a different colour to the rest of the floor, without adding weak points or joints. Because Acrylicon chemically bonds to itself, where the different floors colours meet, they chemically fuse together. This will ensure that marked areas never wear out or become unclear. We can also lay slip resistant flooring in these areas alone.
Many chemicals if allowed to penetrate the floor surface will eat away or erode the concrete substrate below. It is often difficult to properly repair these areas if they are in constant use. Acrylicon have a special system that is designed to not only repair the concrete, but also cure within 2 hours. It can also be used as a quick curing underlayment to facilitate flooring that has to be carried out in short shutdown periods. All Acrylicon flooring systems chemically bond to it and thereby effectively repair and prevent future damage.
Although Acrylicon Systems have exceptional compressive strength and can resist most impacts, it is inevitable that if there are exceptional heavy loads or impacts some damage may occur. Because Acrylicon chemically bonds to the substrate, should the impact be severe enough to penetrate through the floor, it will not delaminate around the edges of the hole. Therefore the damage will not get any worse over time, and can await an effective repair. Acrylicon can be repaired easily and quickly and therefore proves very economic in the long term.
When a concrete floor is showing signs of abrasive wear the surface dusts and becomes uneven, pitted and a danger to the workforce. If the existing floor is a conventional resin system the effects of heavy wear and abrasion will show in delamination with holes creating a dangerous uneven surface and allow chemicals to attack the substrate. Acrylicon has unique primers, which are designed to achieve high penetration into the substrate. Ultimately it is the strength of the bond line that produces successful floors, and the ability of the bond line to transmit loadings and thermal changes without reducing its grip that creates longevity. The compressive, abrasion, impact and flexural strengths of Acrylicon are generally far superior compared to other painting & coating systems and they do not degrade as the effect of time, water and the working environment take effect. Thereby ensuring that your substrate is protected for many years, saving you money on costly substrate repairs.
Spiked Drug Recovery
In order to determine the clean ability of Acrylicon compared with other systems, a spiked drug recovery test was carried out. First the floor surface samples were abraded to simulate 5 years wear, and then a solution with a known amount of the drug Zydis was applied. The samples were then swabbed to see how much of the drug could be recovered – in effect how much would be removed by cleaning. Recovery from Linoleum was just 28.5% and epoxy 45.6%. From the Acrylicon sample, however, they managed to recover 91.3% of the drug. This recovery value compares favourably with other surfaces like stainless steel and Teflon.
It is important to remember that smell does not mean taint risk. Many resins without smell will taint products. So when we talk about smell, we mean smell – not taste. Acrylicon is a solvent free resin, and the smell is not solvent, but just an unpleasant odour – particularly to those experiencing it for the first time. It is safe and non-toxic, and presents no health hazard. The Maximum Exposure is limited to 50 parts per million in the atmosphere, however the “smell” is noticeable at 1 part per million. At the mixing point or over the floor being laid, it is generally no higher than 20 parts per million. With extraction it is possible and not a problem to stand next to Acrylicon whilst being laid, and this is proved by the many customers we have for whom we lay in the working environment without disrupting their staff or process.
Most resins must be applied in moderate temperatures and traditional resin systems can take days to fully cure. Often other commercial pressures mean that the floor is used too soon after installation, jeopardising the system, resulting in premature damage, bacterial growth and other complications. Acrylicon fully cures, even at temperatures below zero, and can be put into use within two hours of installation. This avoids costly down time and eliminates the pressures to start using the floor too soon with the resulting damage that all too often accompanies the installation of conventional systems with long cure times. Let alone the saving to the company of shutting down production for a shorter time.
Most new floors look good in terms of colour, but many flooring systems show the ageing effect of UV light very quickly, both fading and discolouration. Acrylicon coatings & painting Systems are highly resistant to the ageing and discolouration effects of UV attack, ensuring that the aesthetic qualities of the floor coating & painting are guaranteed for the long term.