The oils, greases and chemicals inherent to the sector can have an adverse effect on the cleanliness, safety and appearance of the automotive sector, with the floor being at the forefront of this. Automotive chemicals can affect unprotected concrete or any coating that is not able to withstand corrosive substances, as they will eat into the finish and weaken the surface. A bright, seamless, impervious and chemical resistant surface is therefore required to ensure the site can remain unblemished and hygienic.
These contaminants are not just an aesthetic issue; they can also be a dangerous slip risk. Floors with a textured, anti-slip finish need to be installed in areas prone to slippery conditions to help minimise the threat of painful and costly accidents.
The floor area will also more than likely come under attack from physical impacts (such as dropped tools), heavy point loading (from cars and equipment), foot traffic and cleaning sessions.
Flowcrete has developed a wide range of resin coatings ideally suited to the demands of the automotive market due to the non-slip, greaseproof, exceptionally robust and chemical resistant nature of these floors. These include the hardwearing epoxy resin coating Flowcoat SF41, the self-smoothing Flowshield SL and the heavy duty polyurethane coating Flowshield LXP.
Many of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers, sellers and repairers have worked with Flowcrete to design floor plans that incorporate texture, bright colours and signage to enhance traction underfoot, create navigational walkways and highlight hazardous areas. Considering the appearance of the floor from this perspective can help make the site a considerably safer and more effective working environment.
Flowcrete recommends the following systems for use in automotive environments…