As a coating manufacturer in the water/wastewater industry, Epoxytec often encounters opportunities when facilities seek rehabilitative and protective solutions in harsh, deteriorated environments. However, because Epoxytec products are extremely versatile and approved for drinking water, unique opportunities to coat and protect structures outside the water/wastewater industry occasionally present themselves. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, was just that kind of exception. When offered the opportunity to donate a product to coat a tank at this aquarium, Epoxytec jumped at the chance.
Driven by research and education, the scientists at Mote Aquarium are devoted to marine life conservation and are working hard to prepare their facility for a new exhibit featuring orphaned otters. These otters are set to arrive early this year and will be housed in a new 800-square-foot concrete tank.
Service Painting of Florida was involved in various aspects of the rehabilitation projects at the Mote Aquarium. As a certified Epoxytec applicator, Service Painting of Florida has expertise in the functionality of Epoxytec products, particularly Uroflex, a unique epoxy incorporating a blend of novolac and urethane that results in urethane modified epoxy (UME). When cured, the novolac gives Uroflex enhanced chemical resistance, and the increased flexibility, sheen, gloss, and density of the product come from its urethane modification. In addition, Uroflex is environmentally friendly and 100% solid (no VOCs or solvents). Due to these factors, Service Painting suggested Uroflex as a solution to coat the concrete otter tank. Uroflex would provide a safe barrier between the concrete and the otters and would also ensure that the water would not escape the tank.
The project began in late 2015. Once the concrete tank had been constructed and completely cured, application of Epoxytec’s Uroflex by Service Painting began.
The tank’s surface was prepared to ensure that there were no contaminants and that the structure was completely dry before a primer was applied. Uroflex was then brushed onto the surface. A total of three coats were applied over a 10-day period. Typically, Uroflex is a solid tan color; however, to give the appearance of a natural marine environment, brown pigment was intentionally added to the product to give it some streaking and some of the unevenness common in marine environments. The finished product was a natural-looking tank that provides a protective coating and delivers a lasting solution.
Epoxytec is proud to have been a part of this project. As protective coating manufacturers, we feel a sense of responsibility in the coating world to protect and maintain structures. This was a fine example of why coatings are important and how they can keep structures safe.