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What’s happening in this video…floor coating installation – 100% solids epoxy floor coating [Tigerbond™ 221 Ultra] finishing application with a 1/4″ hair nap roller on an aircraft hangar floor.
This epoxy floor coating was applied to resist jet fuel and other lubricant leakage from aircraft. The epoxy floor coating is designed to protect the concrete floor from heavy impact from vehicular traffic.
Frequently asked questions about aircraft hangar floor coatings
What are some of the considerations when selecting a coating for an aircraft hangar floor?
There are many considerations when selecting floor coating installation services for aircraft hangar floors.
One is impact resistance since the airmen that work on the aircraft are obviously dropping tools that are very heavy onto the garage floor or they are just placing tools down on the floor.
To answer the needs of in-service use of coatings in this environment the industrial flooring selection should have a high Shore D reading. The Shore D is an ASTM test method.
Typical Shore D values should be in the range between 74 and 80. This will afford good impact resistance to the flooring.
Installation test methods
Compressive strength is very, very important. This test method is ASTM C109. It is important to make sure the epoxy coating system has a high compressive strength. The other is the chemical resistance factor since anything from acetone to Jet A Type three, the fuel used in aircraft is part of the environmental process in aircraft hangar maintenance.
Even when the aircraft building is extremely well maintained, as they most often are, hostile products will come into contact with the floor and these products get on the floor and they can attack a floor and eat concrete floor coatings pretty quickly. Sometimes novolacs are used in those areas.
If it’s just an intermittent splash and spill and their maintenance program is of high caliber, you can get away with a really nice aliphatic urethane top coat which would be adequate enough to resist these types of chemicals in the environment.
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