Floor finish technologies are constantly evolving. In this article, we discuss Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (IPN) Technology versus Densifier-Based floor finishes.
Traditional Densifier Based Floor Finishes
Traditional coatings like floor finish are densifier-based. These products create coatings of urethane and acrylic in which the urethane and acrylic polymers are linked together through relatively weak covalent bonds. Traditional finishes use zinc cross-linkers, while others use silicates.
What are Covalent Bonds in Traditional Densifier Based Floor Finish?
If you were to look at these covalent bonds under a microscope, the urethane and acrylic polymers would look like distinct little tangles held together by relatively weak Hydrogen bonds in a matrix.
Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (IPN) Floor Finishes Use a Totally Different Architecture
In IPNs, long strands of urethane and acrylic polymers are interwoven and then welded together. This “weave-weld” architecture gives the polymers tremendous strength.
How Does Cow-Pathing Occur in Floor Finish?
Cow-Pathing is a term used to describe the worn out strip of floor finish the high traffic lanes, where everybody walks.
Traditional finishes “cow path” because the little tangles of polymer are scuffed from the floor by your shoes when you walk on it. Eventually, this damages the finish to the point whereby you’ll need to polish it, burnish it or recoat it. Because the polymers in IPN finishes are woven and welded together, they are much harder to “scuff off”, so the coating remains glossy and uniform in its appearance for a much longer period of time.
The difference between traditional densifier finish structures and IPN architectures is like comparing cotton tissue with woven cotton fabric.
IPN Coatings Provide Excellent Chemical and Scuff Resistance
The IPN architecture has another major advantage; it’s highly scuff resistant and extremely resistant to chemical and water staining, including ice melt residue.
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