At different trade shows, we are often asked what polyurea is:
“What’s your product? Is it epoxy?”
No, Ma’am. It’s polyurea.
Oh, I see. Polyurethane.
No, it’s a similar product called polyurea.
We will try to demystify polyurea for you.
A brief history of polyurea
Polyurea is a coating that was invented in 1989 by Texaco Chemical Co. Like epoxy, it is made up of two parts: a base and a hardener. It was used for the first time to protect tabletop edges. Because it dries quickly and is very resistant, it began to be used for other applications. It was soon used to waterproof manholes, concrete tunnels and steel truck boxes. It then began to be used to make concrete foundations and roofs. The petroleum industry also uses it to prevent oil tanks from leaking. With a drying time of between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, polyurea cannot be applied using a roller; instead it must be sprayed on with a spray gun. To allow it to be used with a roller and to give it a longer pot life and extended drying time, the original recipe was modified to produce polyaspartic polyurea or simply polyaspartic.
The qualities of polyaspartic polyurea as a coating
Polyurea has several other qualities and advantages: