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NE256 Novolac Clear Epoxy Acid Chemical Resistant

Novolac Epoxy Clear NE256 is a two component 97% solids novolac clear coating that can be used either as a coating or filled with paint chips, marble chips, and colored sand mixtures to provide an infinite array of color schemes or patterns.

This product is suitable for medium to high build applications with exceptional resistance to a variety of chemicals, solvents and acids designed for application where splash and spills of acids, chemicals, and solvents occur.  Ability to contain high concentrations of acids and even some chlorinated solvents such as MEK and xylene. Recommended for chemical spill areas, troughs, curbs, and tanks. This product has exceptional chemical resistance and good color clarity.

Available in 1 quart, 1 gallon and 5 gallon kits in a Clear Color (gardner color 2-3).

PRIMER: Recommend the NE527P Novolac Epoxy Primer

TOPCOAT: Optional: none necessary. Multiple coats of this product are acceptable as a stand alone coating or in topocoating over aggregate filled decorative systems with the liquid used as the binder.

 Where is the NE256 used?

  • Chemical process plants
  • Pulp and paper mills
  • Food processing
  • Gas processing
  • Power generation
  • Sewage and water treatment
  • Battery charging stations
  • Mining industry
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Chemical storage areas
  • Areas subject to chemical exposure
  • Warehouse loading dock areas
  • Concrete surfaces subject to chemical spill and splash conditions

Why NE256 Novolac Clear Epoxy Coating?

  • Outstanding Spill and Splash Acid, Solvent, Chemical surface protection
  • Exceptional resistance to wide range of chemicals, solvents and acids
  • Medium to High build for chemical spill areas, troughs, curbs and tanks
  • Use as coating or chip/flake or aggregate systems
  • Excellent adhesion 400 psi
  • Low voc <31 g/L


Solids By Weight 97%   By Volume 96%
VOC  31 g/L
Colors Clear – gardner color 2-3
Recommended Film Thickness 16- 18 mils
Coverage per Gallon 90-100 sq’/gal @16-18 mils
Packaging  1 quart, 1 gallon kit and 5 gallon kit
Mix Ratio (1.5:1 mix ratio) .60 gallons part A to .40 gallon part B
Shelf Life 1 year in unopened container
Finish Gloss (>70 at 60 degrees @Erichsen glossmeter)
Abrasion Resistance Taber abraser CS-17 calibrase wheel with 1000 gram total load and 500 cycles= 27 mg loss
Flexural strength 10,120 psi@ ASTM D790
Compressive strength 9,440 psi @ASTM D695
Tensile strength 6,550 psi @ ASTM D638
Ultimate Elongation 2.9%
Hardness D = 82
Gardner Variable Impactor 50 inch pounds direct – passed
Viscosity Mixed = 700-100 cps (typical)
Adhesion 400 psi @ elcometer (concrete failure, no delamination)


Coverage Per Gallon 90-100 Sq’/Gal @16-18 Mils


Pot Life – (1-1/2 gallon volume) 30-40 minutes
Tack free (dry to touch) 8-12 hours
Recoat or topcoat 14-16 hours
Light foot traffic 24 hours
Full cure (heavy traffic) 2-7 days

APPLICATION TEMPERATURE: 60-95 degrees F with relative humidity below 90%


 Xylene D
 1.1.1 trichlorethane D
Butanol E
Methanol C
Ethyl Alcohol C
Skydrol C
 10% sodium hydroxide E
 50% sodium hydroxide E
 10% sulfuric E
 70% sulfuric acid C
10% HCI D
5% acetic acid D

Rating key: A – not recommended, B – 2 hour term splash spill, C – 8 hour term splash spill, D – 72 hour immersion, E – long term immersion.


PRODUCT STORAGE: Store product in an area so as to bring the material room temperature before using.  Continuous storage should be between 60 and 90 degree F.  Low temperatures or great temperature fluctuations may cause product crystallization.

SURFACE PREPARATION: The most suitable preparation would be a fine brush blast (shot blast) to remove all laitance and provide a suitable profile. All dirt, foreign contaminants, oil, and laitance must be removed to assure a trouble free bond to the substrate. A test should be made to determine that the concrete is dry; this can be done by placing a 4’x4’ plastic sheet on the substrate and taping down the edges. If after 24 hours, the substrate is still dry below the plastic sheet, then the substrate is dry enough to start coating. The plastic sheet testing is also a good method to determine if any hydrostatic pressure problems exist that may later cause disbonding.

PRODUCT MIXING: This product has a mix ratio of 1.5 part A to 1 parts B by volume. Standard packages are in pre-measured kits and should be mixed as supplied in the kit. We highly recommend that the kits not be broken down unless suitable weighing equipment is available. After the two parts are combined, mix well with slow speed mixing equipment such as a jiffy mixer until the material is thoroughly mixed and streak free. After mixing, transfer the mixed material to another pail (the transfer pail) and again remix. The material in the transfer pail is now ready to be applied on the primed substrate. Improper mixing may result in product failure.

For best mixing results and proper blending of parts A and B, recommend a Jiffy Mixer style drill mixer.

PRIMING:  A suitable primer should be used before applying this product. See the front side of this technical data for primer information. If a primer is not used, more porous substrates may cause outgassing and possible surface defects.

PRODUCT APPLICATION: The mixed material can be applied by brush or 1/4″ nap professional grade lint free roller. However, the material can also be applied by a suitable serrated squeegee and then back rolled as long as the appropriate thickness recommendations are maintained. Maintain temperatures and relative humidity within the recommended ranges during the application and curing process. If concrete conditions or over aggressive mixing causes air entrapment, then an air release roller tool should be used prior to the coating tacking off to remove the air entrapped in the coating. This product can be used with various colored sand in a broadcast system or other suitable aggregate can be used in conjuction with this product to achieve a variety of color and application patterns. When using as a broadcast binder, always evaluate performance parameters with a test area which is dependent on aggregate size and thickness, prior to application. Contact your representative for details as necessary.

RECOAT OR TOPCOATING: If you opt to recoat or topcoat this product, you must first be sure that the coating has tacked off before recoating. Always remember that colder temperatures will require more cure time for the product before recoating or topcoating can commence. Before recoating or topcoating, check the coating to insure no epoxy blushes were developed (a whitish, greasy film, or deglossing). If a blush is present, it must be removed prior to topcoating or recoating. A standard type detergent cleaner can be used to remove any blush. Multiple coats of this product are compatible.

CLEANUP: Use xylol.

FLOOR CLEANING: Caution!  Some cleaners may affect the color of the floor installed. Test each cleaner in a small area, utilizing your cleaning technique.  If no ill effects are noted, you can continue to clean with the product and process tested.

RESTRICTIONS: Restrict the use of the floor to light traffic and non-harsh chemicals until the coating is fully cured (see technical data under full cure).  It is best to let the floor remain dry for the full cure cycle. Dependent on actual complete system application, surface may be slippery, especially when wet or contaminated; keep surface clean and dry.


  • Color stability or gloss may be affected by environmental conditions such as high humidity, low temperature or chemical exposure.
  • Colors may vary from batch to batch. Therefore, use only product from the same batch for an entire job.
  • This product is not UV color stable and exposure to lighting such as sodium vapor lights may cause discolorations.
  • Mixtures of chemicals and applications with exposures to chemicals at elevated temperatures should be thoroughly evaluated before applying coating. A test patch is recommended.
  • Substrate temperature must be 5°F above dew point.
  • For best results, apply with a 1/4” nap roller.
  • All new concrete must be cured for at least 30 days prior to application.
  • Physical properties are typical values and not specifications.

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