Solving a Flooring Puzzle

The space that houses Inventiv Designs’ studio had been a machine shop, manufacturing plant, and was used for sand-blasting – among other things. This is what the 40-year-old concrete floor looked like when owner Mike McAllister decided it was time for a restoration.

The space that houses Inventiv Designs’ studio had been a machine shop, manufacturing plant, and was used for sand-blasting – among other things. This is what the 40-year-old concrete floor looked like when owner Mike McAllister decided it was time for a restoration.

The space that houses Inventiv Designs’ studio had been a machine shop, manufacturing plant, and was used for sand-blasting – among other things. This is what the 40-year-old concrete floor looked like when owner Mike McAllister decided it was time for a restoration.

The space that houses Inventiv Designs’ studio had been a machine shop, manufacturing plant, and was used for sand-blasting – among other things. This is what the 40-year-old concrete floor looked like when owner Mike McAllister decided it was time for a restoration.

Floor restoration was complicated by the weather and the building’s cinder-block construction. Temperatures in White Bear Lake, Minn., were below zero; temperatures inside around 70 degrees. A two-component epoxy coating designed to control moisture-vapor emission rates was applied, allowed to touch-dry, and was ready for a topcoat within 12 to 15 hours.

Before concrete repair could begin, 20 feet of the old floor were cut with a wet saw to allow installation of a new drain and plumbing for the shop.

Floor restoration was complicated by the weather and the building’s cinder-block construction. Temperatures in White Bear Lake, Minn., were below zero; temperatures inside around 70 degrees. A two-component epoxy coating designed to control moisture-vapor emission rates was applied, allowed to touch-dry, and was ready for a topcoat within 12 to 15 hours.

Penntek’s self-leveling CR Mender polyurea repair material http://www.penntekcoatings.com/systems/repair-systems was used to fill cracks, pits, and spalls, and rebuild missing sections of concrete. Within 10 to 15 minutes of application, the surface was ready for grinding.

Mike McAllister, owner of Inventiv Designs, is a graphic artist. He “drew” the puzzle pieces onto the floor with tape. The blue tape on the wall shows were Penntek’s seamless cove base would be installed.

To create a granite look with a slip-resistant orange-peel texture, the contractor broadcast a blend of blue, orange, and white vinyl flakes; then painted Penntek’s PT 300 Polyaspartic top coat along the puzzle piece’s edges.

Puzzle piece No. 4. After applying Penntek’s blue-tinted Polyurea Shop Floor System basecoat and primercrews broadcast dry sand to the point of refusal for added slip resistance and durability. The crew then applied two coats of a blue-tinted polyaspartic polyurea topcoat to create a vibrant blue, heavy-duty floor suitable for abusive, high-traffic areas.

Puzzle piece No. 4. After applying Penntek’s blue-tinted Polyurea Shop Floor System basecoat and primer crews broadcast dry sand to the point of refusal for added slip resistance and durability. The crew then applied two coats of a blue-tinted polyaspartic polyurea topcoat to create a vibrant blue, heavy-duty floor suitable for abusive, high-traffic areas.

Puzzle piece No. 2. The crew double-broadcast a blend of Penntek’s colored (QB-1020/40-S) Quartz System with a layer of polyaspartic polyurea coating between and as the topcoat. They used paint brushes to apply the topcoat along the edges of the puzzle piece.

Puzzle piece No. 3. To create a marbled metallic finish, crews mixed scarlet metallic powder into Penntek’s low-viscosity Metallic System epoxy and spread it by squeegee. They swirled the epoxy around to achieve a marbling effect, then swirled in splotches of darker red metallic epoxy before applying another layer of metallic epoxy. Final step: clear topcoat.

The final touch: the treatment for each puzzle piece extends up the wall using Penntek’s seamless FormCove, a 2015 World of Concrete Most Innovative Product. The plural-component urethane is mixed onsite with dry silica sand and shaped and spread with a cove trowel.

The final touch: the treatment for each puzzle piece extends up the wall using Penntek’s seamless FormCove, a 2015 World of Concrete Most Innovative Product. The plural-component urethane is mixed onsite with dry silica sand and shaped and spread with a cove trowel.

Inventiv Designs owner Mike McAllister asked a client, contractor and Penntek Surface Coatings formulator Kyle Banes, to restore his company’s damaged concrete floor with a jazzy design. Banes proposed a jigsaw puzzle that showcases Penntek’s four coatings systems.

Inventiv Designs owner Mike McAllister asked a client, contractor and Penntek Surface Coatings formulator Kyle Banes, to restore his company’s damaged concrete floor with a jazzy design. Banes proposed a jigsaw puzzle that showcases Penntek’s four coatings systems.

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