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Archive for June, 2015

Shave up to 50% Off Your Polishing Time

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

SMITH can help you shave up to 50% of the time it takes to condition your concrete surface prior to polishing

If you are a diamond-grinding contractor, please read on…

Contractors know saving time is money. Experienced diamond flooring contractors know that using a SMITH Diamond Shaver prior to polishing will cut up to 50% off of their prep time.

FS351 for polishing concrete

A SMITH Shaver simply removes more concrete faster than a diamond grinder with changeable tooling. A SMITH Shaver gets the floor to level while keeping the surface sound without micro-cracking.

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To prove SMITHing is faster, we are offering, through our dealer network, a free 10-minute shaving demonstration on your next polishing job. If you don’t see the savings, lunch is on us!

To take advantage of this no-obligation offer, please let us know.


Why SMITHing will save your life!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

SMITHing is a Lifesaver

If you want your new-borne coating system to live a healthy, safe, and productive life, simply SMITH the surface prior to delivery. Yes, SMITHing will save the life of your coating… and here’s why.

SMITHing could have prevented this

Coating failure due to lack of proper surface preparation

Everyone expects the best outcome when the job is performed. Yet, in less than a year, all hopes and markings fade with the passing of winter. Starting with the beginning of life, when the binder system has just been compounded and ready to be delivered on the surface, the newly formed marking may appear bright and strong early on, but look underneath the stripe. Then ask yourself, am I really doing everything I can to help it survive, and last its entire engineered life?

SMITHingLike proud parents protecting their newborn child from danger, the specifier and contractor must also protect their creation. A traffic cone may by properly placed to protect the coating from being trampled on by hot tires and footprints until its fully cured. A broom or blower is commonly used to clean off the ugly surface dirt from the tracks of the newly applied coating. But as ‘parents,’ are we doing enough to go beyond just birthing, and actually giving it all we can so our coating lasts?

Here’s why SMITHing first will help the coating stand the test of time.

SMITHing the surface first assures the installed coatings have the best chance for survival past the first year. SMITHing conditions the surface to the correct profile, so any coating – from paint, epoxy, urethanes, and polyurea, to cold and hot plastics, preform tapes, and others – will bond permanently.

SMITHing assures the surface is not just clean and dry, but also profiled and sound. Those are the missing elements which need to be specified on each contract to assure your new-borne coating survives.



There is no faster way to end the life of a surface coating or pavement marking than to shortcut surface preparation. To learn how you can save a life by SMITHing, please contact your SMITH Representative today.

Rock and Hammer Inspiration The Stonecutter’s Creedo by Jacob Riis

Monday, June 15th, 2015


Stonecutter's Creedo, Jacob Riis

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”  The Stonecutter’s Creedo – Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis was a Danish immigrant who knew what is was to be poor. Fortunately, for Riis, he had the ability to write, leading him to employment in the world of journalism. He became a police reporter for the New York Tribune, working in the worst slums of the city. As a result of his experiences, Riis went on to become one of the early reformer journalists. Yet, it was the invention of flash photography that changed his life. The flash allowed Riis, and his friends, to photograph the tenements of New York City and capture life in the slums via images, as opposed to just describing what they saw to their readers. However, due to the nature of publishing in the late 19th century, Riis was forced to take little steps to shed light on the subject: first by giving lectures, then by writing a magazine article, and finally, by writing his life’s defining work – How the Other Half Lives, taking the title from François Rabelais: “one half of the world does not know how the other half lives”. This was Riis’ personal Battle with the Slum.

So what does this have to do with the SMITH organization? SMITH embraces a unique perspective on surface-prep work. And even though Steven Smith would be the first person to say that surface-prep work is not of the same importance as livable housing for the poor, he believes that the stonecutter’s quote was a different way to get everyone to think about things differently.”

May it inspire us all to do the same.

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