There are basically two types of flake on the market in Australia. There is an acrylic paint flake and a PVA or polymer decorative vinyl flake chip. We choose to use the PVA flake for numerous reasons. We are more comfortable using this flake as it tends to ‘crumble’ less meaning that it spreads more consistently across your floor.
The PVA flake we use is UV stable (non yellowing) and is flexible in the areas it can be used. We have also found there is less waste on your floor so the flake goes further. We have also found that the top sealant coat (most often polyurethane) tends to suck in less to the vinyl PVA flake and therefore produces a better looking finish with more polyurethane on the floor rather than in the flake.
Flake Finish Variations
For each flake colour, there is a standard base coat epoxy colour that seems to suit well. However, not only can the base coat colour be different, the level of how much flake is scattered across your floor can also vary.
Most customers will opt for the full 100% coverage but for the look to be more subtle, a customer can opt for, say, 50% flake coverage. What this does is highlights more of the base coat colour with the flake ‘breaking up the floor’. Flake is quite a versatile product, comes in a large range of sizes and colours and can be worked into projects to create certain looks. It constitutes a lot of our work.
Metallic epoxy is not new globally but is relatively young in Australia. When we undertake a metallic floor (or tabletop, splashback or wall feature…yes it is all possible and looks brilliant), we consult heavily with the client and compile numerous sample boards. The product has so many possible combinations, design aspects and application possibilities that this is an art in itself within the resin epoxy industry.
To a large extent, the finished look will depend on your substrate (mostly concrete). As the metallics we typically use are self levelling, any undulations in the floor can either be levelled first or, the metallic epoxy can be left to flow and create its own effect. The results can be spectacular and highlight much body and character within a floor.
On its own, epoxy is not UV stable. An additional coat of polyurethane or polyaspartic would need to be added to protect the colour from yellowing off over time.
The colour within the epoxy comes from either a liquid pigment or powder. Both can work well. In the end, a seamless floor is created and can be durable and long lasting if looked after and maintained.