Novolac Epoxy – Specialty Protection
Broad Spectrum Chemical and Elevated Temperature Resistance
- Used to provide secondary containment in chemical storage environments
- Ideal for battery storage, refilling and recharging stations
- For splash spill, short term and long term immersion services
- High abrasion resistance and may be combined with aggregates for higher build
- Common choice for food processing environments
Novolac epoxies are specialty resins and hardeners that exceed the chemical, heat and abrasion resistance of general epoxies. Typical areas of use are:
- Hazardous material vaults & chemical storage rooms
- Food processing
- Battery recharge and storage
- Chemical processing plants
- Pulp and paper mills
- Manufacturing involving solvents and caustic materials
Novolac Epoxy Coatings Examples
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Novolac epoxy does cost more and is often placed at a thicker film thickness than traditional epoxies and urethanes.
Minimal thickness is often 40 MILS, but most Novolac floors are installed with sand reinforcement. Typical thicknesses are 60 to 125 MILS (1/16″ to 1/8″ thickness).
The Environmental Protection Agency has minimum requirements established in conjunction with The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The requirements pertain to the containment of hazardous waste and chemicals. When these materials are stored in primary holding tanks or containers, the persons storing the materials must take precautions to contain the materials with a secondary containment zone in case the primary tanks or containers fail. The secondary containment area must be able to prevent migration of any chemicals or liquids from within the secondary containment area into surface water, ground water or soil. It must be able to control the liquids or chemicals for a minimum period of 72 hours, which is the estimated amount of time necessary for removal and cleanup of the spill or leak.
Secondary containment is protection from a leak or spill of the primary container. Immersion service is where continual contact with a chemical or liquid is the norm – whether repeated splash spills or long term immersion. They are different requirements, although some Novolac systems may function fine for both functions.
Novolacs are often used in troughs, spill areas, mix stations due to the need for short term or long term immersion service against acids, solvents and other chemicals.
- Cheese Processing
- Beverage bottling
Novolac epoxies provide varying degrees of protection against many chemicals. The following list is not all inclusive and the degrees of protection vary by the Novolac epoxy product used (we use materials from many United States manufacturers).
Our Novolac epoxy protects the floor during the cheese making process. – Mechanicsburg, PA