Epoxy Floor in a San Diego Kitchen Wows Architect

Westcoat Liquid Dazzle concrete floor tiger stripped.

Photos courtesy of Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems

This wild floor design in a San Diego home should tame the outdated notion that epoxies are only for airplane hangers and garage floors. Marc Di Zinno, a technical architectural representative for Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems, used Westcoat EC-38 Liquid Dazzle to make the pattern, with the help of Sean Wilson, owner of Concrete Technology Inc. in Fallbrook, California.

After Westcoat made a presentation to San Diego-based McFarlane Architects, one of the firm’s lead designers, Cecilia Caputo, expressed interest in the potential of epoxy and arranged to have this work done in her home kitchen. Westcoat developed nine Liquid Dazzle colors in 2004, then introduced nine more because the product was so popular. “Three years ago we developed the assembly to splash separate epoxies on top of wet solid colors,” Di Zinno says. “That system is called Dazzle Effects, and that’s what we used here.”

Westcoat Liquid Dazzle tiger striped concrete floor

This job entailed grinding the floor, then repairing cracks with Westcoat epoxy gel. “We double-primed it with a 10 percent solid epoxy and then applied the first coat of Liquid Dazzle in a color called Café, a metallicized 100 percent solids epoxy.” Then a color called Mocha was splashed on in a north-south direction for consistency. Atop that went a splash of Ruby. “This is an immediate application,” Di Zinno says, “all within the hour. Then we watch the drift and movement of the products. This provides a very custom, unique look.”

Satin-finish clear polyurethane was applied over the top of the finished system. The client loves it, Di Zinno says.

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