Coin floor under epoxy
You’ve probably already watched a contagious video that showed floors, bars and countertops made of coins. As you could see, the idea caused the excitement and everyone wanted to have their gender of coins. We decided to share a workshop in which we will tell you how to do it.
What you need:
- Transparent epoxy resin.
- Black grout for joints.
- Rubber scraper.
- 2 buckets.
- Resin distribution paddle.
- Protective gloves, goggles, clothing.
- Coins - calculate how many you need them and decide, what you need - old, glittering or mixed up.
For this workshop we decorated a floor imitation - in your case, make sure that the floor is absolutely flat and clean.And you can get started!
Coins, coins and many more coins
First, apply a line of glue, then start laying the coins on it next to it. Take a comfortable position in which you can work for a long time. Continue laying Coins until you cover the entire surface. Now let the glue dry well (ideally all night).
Now using a scraper with a rubber nozzle to cut the coins with black grout. The mixture should be in the spaces between the coins (right up to the baseboard). Give she is a bitharden. Remove excess grout with a cloth. Please note that grouting to a certain extent can serve as abrasive material. Therefore, if you want to emphasize the oldness of the coins, you should not rub too hard. Then leave the floor until the grout is completely set and then remove the excess material with a vacuum cleaner.
Calculate the amount of epoxy resin and prepare it
To find out,how much resin you need, you first need to calculate the floor area accurately. For a floor covered with coins, the minimum recommended epoxy thickness should be 2 mm. You need to have 2 buckets for mixing. To work with the resin, you need to wear protective clothing, gloves and goggles. Separately calculate the required amount of pure epoxy resin. And calculate the amount of hardener for it. Mix the epoxy resin ingredients thoroughly in the first bucket. Pour the mixture into the second bucket and mix again. It is recommended to mix no more than 5 kg of resin at a time. And if you need more, repeat the process. This allows you to accurately calculate the amount, and carefully mix and disperse the resin before it begins to harden noticeably.
Epoxy resin pouring and dispersion
Now you can start pouring the floor with epoxy resin. We start from the far corner and help it spread with a spatula. Most epoxy resins do not form gas bubbles. But if these appear, it can be removed with a hair dryer. If there is not enough resin on the surface, then you can repeat the process and pour the required additional amount on top of the treated surface. After the floor surface is completely covered, leave it to cure (according to the manufacturer's instructions).
When the floor is completely solid, you will see a beautiful surface that looks like glass. The time spent on work depends on the area of the surface to be covered plus extra time for drying and freezing.
You can apply a similar technique to the top of the table top or bar, furniture, trays, coasters for hot dishes. You can fill the resin with bottle caps, broken glass, stones, wood, and many other things. Small scratches are easily removed with abrasive paper and polishing compounds. However, the surface should not be exposed to an open source of fire or heavy loads.
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