Information about epoxy recoat window
Once your first coat of epoxy is applied, you will have a general window of 10 to 24 hours before applying your second coat. This is based on optimum temperatures. These times can change by a few hours depending on temperature. Always check with the manufacturer for recoat times.
There are exceptions, however, with certain types of coatings. Some polyurea and polyaspartic coatings can be recoated in as little as one hour. Other coatings such as RockSolid Polycuramine allow for up to 7 days to recoat.
You can test the epoxy to see if it’s ready to recoat by using the thumb print method. Do this by pressing your thumb down onto the surface. It should not leave a thumb print or feel real tacky to the touch. If it does then it is not ready for a recoat yet.
If you are doing a top coat on the color coat, be careful about trying to get on the floor too soon. Unlike the thinner primer coat, the color coat is a high build coat and if you are out on the floor too soon, you can leave marks all over the floor.If you wait longer than the prescribed recoat window, you will need to rough up the surface of the coating before applying another coat. You can do this by using 120 grit sandpaper on the surface and then wiping it down with denatured alcohol.
Horizon Epoxy Floor, as a company of many years of experience in this field, has been doing the best to make the customers happy and satisfied. In case you are interested or you have any question we will be highly glad to hear from you.