If you are an epoxy flooring installer, cove base may be part of your every-day scope of work. After cove base is applied, it is usually smoothed out using a cove base trowel. However, a cove base trowel often leaves the corners of the cove base “square-looking,” which may be difficult to keep clean. After hearing from several certified Plexi-Chemie contractors and spending over 30 years in the field ourselves, we’ve found a trick that will solve this problem.
We recommend using a soup spoon on corners of the cove base after it is applied. After applying epoxy quartz material to the cove, bend a soup spoon to a 75° degree angle. Use the back, rounded part of the spoon to smooth out the inside corners of the cove base. We recommend a soup spoon rather than a regular spoon because the soup spoon has a larger bowl than a regular spoon. Smoothing the inside corners of the cove gives the cove base a rounded look as opposed to a square look, which we have found to be more aesthetically pleasing. Also, smoothing out the cove base to a rounded look makes the cove easier to clean once the material has cured. After a quick swipe with your soup spoon, your cove base will be instantly transformed.
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of Plexi-Chemie’s cove base trick:
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