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Many people are first made aware of metallic epoxy floor coatings because they find a picture on the internet of a beautiful floor that looks elegant and unique, or see the coating in a nice restaurant or showroom. Some may be puzzled by what material is being used, and some may be wondering if a metallic epoxy floor is right for their needs.

metallic-epoxy-flooring-1What is a metallic epoxy floor coating?

A metallic epoxy floor coating is quite simply a low yellowing epoxy, with a metallic pigment mixed within. In other words, tiny, almost glitter-like pigments are mixed into an epoxy resin and then poured onto the floor or substrate. When these pigments become agitated with a paintbrush or roller, they gather, separate, twist and turn to reflect light at different angles. Eventually, the epoxy hardens and the metallic pigments are locked into place and give a three dimensional, swirly look. The installation technique is what determines the final look of the floor and is a critical part in attaining the desired look.

What are the advantages of a metallic epoxy floor?

metallic-epoxy-flooring-2These coatings are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also have many other advantages. Metallic epoxy floor coatings can be customized to be extremely durable, low yellowing, seamless, antimicrobial, slip resistant, and chemical resistant. Not only will these floors look beautiful, but they will meet all of your performance needs. They are great for places like waiting rooms, show rooms, restaurants, galleries and more.

Want to know more?

Protective Industrial Polymers’ DecoSpec line of flooring systems includes LumiSwirl Decorative Metallic Pigments. For more information on DecoSpec systems, click here.

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Tom Vath Jr.

R&D Lab Technician at Protective Industrial Polymers
Tom Vath, Jr. is an R&D Lab Technician at Protective Industrial Polymers, a company that manufactures high-performance resinous floor coatings for industrial manufacturing environments, which has a keen focus on developing unique solutions for managing electrostatic, microbial, chemical, explosion and safety risk concerns. He has nearly a decade of field, quality-control and lab experience. Tom works closely with PIP staff and application contractor partners to test product, develop samples, technical literature and training materials. You can follow Tom on LinkedIn, email him at, or contact Protective Industrial Polymers at 866-361-3331.
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