METALLIC EPOXY COUNTERTOPS
Tru Lustre Metallics are special effect pigments composed of nano mica-particles coated with various pigments to create pearlescent, iridescent, 3-D metallic effects that can be used to create a multitude of special effects on most surfaces. These unique pigments are designed to be field blended with 100% solids clear epoxies such as TI Epoxy HP or similar high-performance coatings. When the metallic particles are mixed with a suitable coating they give the coating a shine that reflects light and creates an eye-catching dramatic color. The finished surface is a smooth, almost glass-type finish that implies incredible depth with unique reflective qualities. The great thing about metallic is that they can look very different if using a light primer color under them than a dark color as normal. It is a good idea to experiment to see the differences and how you can use them.
Tru Lustre Metallic Pigments are used on a variety of surfaces such as concrete flooring, concrete countertops, prepared laminate countertops. Real-world examples are showrooms, garage floors, restaurants, lobbies, dance floors, casinos, churches, entertainment centers, museums, retail store floors, malls, big-box floors, basements, and rec rooms. Anywhere that a unique lustrous finish is desired.
Metallics are the most artistic flavor of the decorative concrete world.
Our Tru Metal Pigments are designed to be typically added to gallons of 100% solids epoxy coating at a standard rate of 2 ounces per gallon. In the case of TI Epoxy HP, a typical kit is a 3-gallon kit, so 1 unit or 6 ounces will be appropriate. The standard application rate of epoxy is 75 -100 square feet per gallon. This thickness will ensure the Tru Metal Pigments can work their magic. Once the epoxy is applied, the pigments start to move and create their patina in a matter of minutes.
Though epoxy is the most typical coating, the Tru Metal pigments can be used with great results with many other coatings. These include polyaspartics (PolyKoat), polyureas, polyurethanes, MMA sealers, solvent AND water-based acrylics, water-based acrylics, and water-based epoxies. Bear in mind that the thickness of the coating greatly determines the density and 3-D effects of the coating. What that means is that a typical acrylic sealer is applied at approximately 225-250 sq ft per gallon. To get the same density and a typical metallic epoxy application at say 75 sq ft per gallon, you will three times as much Tru Metal pigment (6 ounces per gallon) for a similar effect. If the sealer you chose gets a coverage rate of 150 sq ft per gallon, then you will need twice, or 4 ounces of pigment per gallon.