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About Metallic Pigments

What are Metallic ColorPiments™?

Metallic ColorPigments are special effect pigments composed of mica nano-particles coated with various organic and inorganic pigments to create pearlescent and iridescent effects that mimic the natural look of stone and rock formations. These unique pigments are designed to be field blended with a 100% solids clear epoxy binder. When the metallic particles are mixed with epoxy they give the coating a shine that reflects light and creates and eye-catching dramatic color.

Metallic ColorPigments Advantages
• Natural stone appearance
• Completely customizable
• Extremely durable coating
• Easy field blending & installation
• Multi-dimensional color hues
• Suitable for many environments
• Stylish, unique design
• Low maintenance system
• Economical & cost-effective
• Flooring artisan friendly
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The application instructions are intended to provide guidelines for installation of the Metallic ColorPigments™. There are no set rules for applying these pigments, as they are merely a creative component to the overall system. The basic steps for a successful flooring installation with Metallic ColorPigments™ are as follows:
1) Surface Preparation
2) Primer / Basecoat
3) Metallic ColorPigments™ Coat
4) Clear Topcoat (optional)
Step 1: Surface Preparation
The surface preparation method is dependent upon the existing condition of the substrate and the guildines from the manufacturer of the primer/basecoat you apply. In general, however, surface profiling should be achieved using a floor grinder machine, such as a diamond grinder or shot-blaster, which is designed for such preparation.
Step 2: Primer / Basecoat
An opaque pigmented primer/basecoat MUST be applied to serve as a canvas for the translucent metallic coat. It is important to note that the color of the basecoat will influence the overall appearance of the floor since the metallic coat is translucent. For example, a white or light basecoat will create a lighter final appearance than a black or darker basecoat, which will darken the metallic look.
Step 3: Metallic ColorPigments Coat

Once the primer is dry the metallic pigment coat can be applied. The Metallic ColorPigments™ packs are designed to be added to either 1, 2, 3 or 4 gallons of 100% solids epoxy coating, depending on the kit size. The recommended application rate is 80-100 square feet per gallon. This thickness will ensure the Metallic ColorPigments™ work their magic. Once the epoxy is applied, the pigments start to move and create their patina.

Application is best achieved using using a 1/4″ notched squeegee to ensure the product evenly coats the substrate. After the coating is evenly spread over the surface, backroll with a lint-free roller cover to ensure even coverage. Once the coating evenly covers the substrate it is time to freely swirl the roller in a random figure-eight motion to mimic the look of natural stone or rock formaitons. At this point, denatured alcohol may also be spritzed randomly over the surface to create other unique metallic effects.

Step 4: Clear Topcoat(s)
For enhanced durability, smooth texture and/or a semi-gloss or matte finish, the dried Metallic ColorPigments™ coating surface can be lightly screened or sanded and a clear topcoat may be applied.
Metallic ColorPigments System Specifications
Typical System Lab Tested Resin Compatibility
• Epoxies
• Methyl Methacrylates (MMA)
• Moisture Cure Urethanes (MCU)
• Polyaspartics
• Polyureas
• Polyurethanes
• 100% Solids systems
• Solvent-borne systems
• Water-based systems
• And others…

There have been no known resin incompatibilities withColorPigments™. However, Torginol® recommends unknown resin compatibility testing prior to use when working with unconventional floor coating chemistries.
Natural ColorMicas Application
Coverage Rate Guidelines (Square Feet per Unit)
Sizes Mixed Coating Material Coverage Area
4 oz unit 1 gallon 75 – 100 ft²
8 oz unit 2 gallons 150 – 200 ft²
12 oz unit 3 gallons 225 – 300 ft²
16 oz unit 4 gallons 300 – 400 ft²
Coverage rates vary depending on customer preferences and application techniques.  Torginol® does not guarantee exact coverage rates. For more information, please consult with your coating system manufacturer.
Metallic ColorPigments Recommended Application Enivronments
• Airports
• Art Centers
• Auditoriums
• Auto Dealerships
• Banks
• Banquet Halls
• Bars, Pubs & Taverns
• Boutiques
• Casinos
• Churches
• Concourses
• Corridors
• Countertops
• Country Clubs
• Department Stores
• Financial Institutions
• Foyers
• Galleries
• Garage Floors
• Gentlemen’s Clubs
• Hotels
• Kitchens
• Lavatories
• Lobbies
• Lounges
• Museums
• Nightclubs
• Office Buildings
• Restaurants
• Retail Stores
• Salons
• Shopping Centers
• Showrooms
• Spas
• Sunrooms
• Supermarkets
• Universities
• Vestibules
• Wineries
• And more…