Why use Polyavastic instead of other binders and sealers?
Outdoor UV-Resistant Epoxy: Do you enjoy fairytales?
Have you heard the one where the brave and strong epoxy successfully thwarted the evil UV rays and lived happily ever after with nary a discoloration?
We’re sorry to tell you that it really is only a fairytale. UV resistant epoxy is a myth.
If used outdoors where sunlight can get to it, all epoxies will yellow. It’s a chemical reaction of the epoxy to ultraviolet light.
The chemical make-up of epoxy is simply not stable when exposed to UV light. Sure, there are all sorts of epoxies out there that claim to be “UV-Resistant” or “non-yellowing”.
That’s because they add stabilizers and UV absorbers to the mix. These will slow down the chemical reaction that causes the yellowing, but once these additives have reached the end of their limited lifespan, they reach their maximum tolerance level.
Then the yellowing begins.
Our proprietary 2 component aliphatic polyavastic won’t yellow like epoxy. With our superior product, the surface you choose will not be marred by UV degradation. We’ll banish UV discoloration from your kingdom because we want your outdoor flooring to look as good as the day it was installed—for years.
What about aliphatic polyurethane?
Polyurethane works well if you want weatherability and only use a thin film coating. Apply it too thickly, and you get foam.
If foam is what you’re shooting for because you are a foam manufacturer, aliphatic polyurethane is definitely what you want!
However, if you’re looking for a binding agent, keep looking, because aliphatic polyurethane will make bubbles all during the curing process, leaving your surface porous and unsightly.
Polyaspartic? To solve the foaming problem of aliphatic polyurethane as a binder, polyaspartic was invented as an aliphatic resin that can be used as a binder. It can also be used in thicker layers than polyurethane.
To prevent bubbles from forming, polyaspartic has a faster curing catalyst. But by solving one problem, they created two more.
- Polyaspartic can’t be used as a trowelable binder because it has too little working time
- Polyaspartic cures so fast that it doesn’t have time to create good adhesion to either the substrate, or the pebbles or granules it’s mixed with. A resin needs to have time to be absorbed into a substrate before it cures in order to have good adhesion. Polyaspartic essentially is just lying on the surface like a sheet, but lacks adhesion because it did not have enough time to “bite” into the concrete. If it cannot saturate into the material then it will have a weak bond.
If your binder can’t stay wet enough to be troweled and won’t stay wet long enough to saturate into the material it needs to bond with, why would you use it?
Is a 1 part polymer the answer?
There are many one part epoxies and polyurethanes on the market today. If you value ease of preparation over quality of product, this will work.
One part polymers are designed to be user friendly. The manufacturers were kind enough to remove the necessity of mixing 2 components. They were also kind enough to substantially reduce the quality.
By “precatilizing” the product (starting the reaction between part A and part B in the factory, and then stopping it by using additives to keep it from hardening in the can), and by adding inert fillers, they essentially compromise the overall quality of the end product.
Water Based? You can lower the cost of and ruin almost anything good by just adding water to it.
Help! Doesn’t anything work?
The answer you’re searching for is Everlast Outdoor Tough weatherproof flooring. Everlast Outdoor Tough weatherproof flooring uses a proprietary 2 component aliphatic polyavastic.
At Everlast Epoxy Systems we have a company philosophy: We believe that our customers are intelligent enough to blend the part A and part B resins themselves with our easy to follow instructions.
We feel that our customers hold quality and longevity in a flooring product much higher in importance than the convenience of not having to blend 2 ingredients.
The quality of our products enables us to attract quality customers—like you!