KEY LARGO — Equal parts artist and scientist with strong knowledge of lacquers, emulsifiers and curing time, epoxy artist Brian Bourne has launched a new high-gloss business, Keys Designer Coatings.

By moving and drying paints, Bourne transforms floors into a bird’s-eye view of the coastline. With light to dark blue gradients, he makes the floor seemingly recede into the horizon over the bay.

Keys’ native Bourne offers epoxy resin art with or without inlays, metallic floors, chip-flake industrial garage coating systems, bar tops, countertops and “any surface.”

“People can get a totally unique design that cannot be replicated and it’s about half the cost of tile and a fraction of the price of stone,” Bourne said.

Bourne’s artistic side captures movement with gestural paint strokes while he remains focused on resin clarity, luminosity, depth and for flooring, the right amount of aluminum oxide mixed into the compound for a non-skid surface, which “turns out beautiful.”

With more than 20 years’ experience in flooring and tiling, Bourne said the success lies in the preparing the surface.

“There is extensive prep work. It’s the hardest part of the whole job. For flooring, I grind it down, treat any cracks, fix any imperfections and level the floor,” he said. “Then I go to work.”

Keys Designer Coatings offers free estimates.

“I need to see the condition of the concrete or to see the countertops and talk to the homeowners,” he said. “I have a high-end grinder that is completely dustless, which is a plus. People are worried about grinding concrete in the house.”

If it’s a garage, cars cannot be driven on it for three days. “The epoxy needs time to cure,” Bourne said. “I watch a lot of paint dry.”

Bourne mixes the paints and resins on site as they immediately begin to cure. There’s a 24-hour period in between coats and most jobs are turned around in three to five days. He also guarantees his work and customer satisfaction.

Bourne last week finished up a two-story, 2,100-square-foot home in Marathon with two different colors and two different color schemes.

He also just finished resurfacing the countertops for Wendy and BJ Cole.

“We love them,” Wendy said. “What a difference between before and after.”

Bourne also recently made an outdoor concrete kitchen countertop look like the ocean.

“Beaches are one of the hardest things to do. You have to anticipate a liquid that moves, so it’s a series of techniques,” Bourne said. “So depending on the size of the floor, I’m pressed for time. I have one hour from the mixing the materials to applying it.”

Family names or logos can be embedded into concrete.

“We do cement overlays. We can replicate tile or stone in cement. A little bit of metallic pigment is mixed with the epoxy to give it 3-dimensional affect. It adds depth,” Bourne said.

It was Bourne’s wife, Katie, who inspired him to segue from tile to epoxy. Bourne said he has taken courses to master techniques and is constantly learning about new products on the market.

“I take major pride in my work and I love working in my community,” he said. “I was raised down here and it’s the community I’m raising my family in. I’ve made professional relationships here and have built a client base. I know flooring. I’ve been doing that for the last 25 years.

Keys Designer Coatings is licensed and insured, and provides services from south Miami-Dade to Marathon.

For more information, call 305-896-6538, email him at keysdesignercoatings@gmail.com or find Keys Designer Coating on Facebook.

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