What chemicals are used in specialty coatings?

Specialty coatings are used in many areas of construction, from concrete polishing to exterior finishes. There are many types of coatings available, and each one has unique properties. To understand which coating is ideal for each application, we need to look at how the coatings are created. Read on to learn what the purpose is for specialty coatings and what chemicals are used in specialty coatings. 

What is the purpose of specialty coatings?

Specialty coatings are typically used to protect a floor surface or exterior feature. Sun beams, rain, foot traffic, vehicles, and other elements can wear away at even the strongest of materials. The coatings create a barrier between the surface and the abrasive, providing maximum longevity and preserving aesthetic appeal. 

Chemicals used in specialty coatings

Here are some common types of specialty coatings, along with their chemical compositions:

  • Epoxy coatings: comprised of a resin and a hardener, and is often used as a floor coating because it is resistant to heat, chemical spills, and stains.
  • Urethane and polyurethane coatings: urethane refers to an organic plastic, and polyurethane is a substance containing multiple urethanes. These coatings are typically used for outdoor settings because urethane can stand up to UV rays, rain, temperature changes, and other forces. 
  • Latex or acrylic latex coatings: made of thermoplastic resin, water and emulsifying solvents. Latex coatings can be applied to interior walls, exterior walls, or concrete surfaces. 
  • Concrete densifiers: These water-based chemicals are applied to the surface of concrete to fill in pores, improve density, and boost durability. They can be used on polished or unpolished concrete to seal the surface and protect against stains. 

How to find out which coating is right for you

Not sure which coating you need? The experts here at JK Industries are happy to help. Whether you want a shiny showroom floor or a UV protected exterior surface, we can recommend the ideal specialty coating for your unique needs. Reach out today to schedule an in-person consultation!