Polyurea protective coatings are widely used because of the following properties:
- Excellent Abrasion Resistance
- Corrosion Resistance
- Chemical, Environment or Atmospheric Resistance
- Decorative enhancement
Fast Cure Times: For decades, traditional materials such as paints, epoxies, urethanes, polyurethanes, and acrylics have all been used to perform these various types of protective coating applications.
Polyurea coating technology has in fact been around and in use for almost three decades now. Polyurea is newer and more advanced than these traditional coating systems and offers many advantages to the owner, specifier and contractor.
These advantages come mainly in the form of achievable physical properties, and its fast cure and return to service characteristics. It can be applied over a variety of materials including concrete in a wide range of temperature and humidity environments. Like all protective coatings, polyurea should not be installed unless the surface is properly prepared and all necessary precautions are taken.
One of Polyurea’s main benefits is its fast curing nature. A coated area can generally be returned to service 10 times faster than a traditional coating of similar thickness and durability, allowing the owner to put the area back in use within hours not days thereby eliminating down-time, and returned trips to the jobsite. Down time for maintenance and coatings, on parking garages, showrooms, restaurants and businesses costs the facility owner a great deal of money since these areas must be taken out of service while other coatings are applied and left to dry.
Applying a Polyurea is often done with a sprayer or roller, so it is fast to apply and accurately proportioned and mixed. This application style allows for virtually any mil thickness to be applied in one or multiple passes. Additional characteristics such as slip resistant additives and surface textures can also be incorporated, UV stable colors can be achieved. Almost no coating can compare to polyurea when it comes to attainable physical properties. Polyureas can be formulated to achieve a tremendous range of properties from high elongation to superior tensile strength to hard or soft, all based on how the materials is formulated and correctly applied.