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Archive for February, 2017

Removing Paint by SMITHing to Preserve Pavements

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Video of the proper way to remove painted markings to preserve pavement surfaces.


SMITH LNX8 AES1 Rotary Eraser outfitted with PM3001 cutter tools powered by SR25 Sulky driver.

Can’t access the above video? Watch below:

The equipment was demonstrated to prove that the pavement surface can be preserved when removing pavement markings.

The equipment removed 95% of an 8 mil (9″ wide) acrylic paint stripe on an asphalt parking surface. Since the cutting tool removes 8″ wide, it required two passes. The final surface profile was an SP #4.

Airborne dust was collected with a SMITH MV5500 HEPA vac with an external wand picking up the remaining debris.

The finished surface was “key tested” by the engineer to determine if the removal process caused any micro cracking, bruising, or dislodgment of any aggregate from the surface. The serrated key scraping against the surface proved the rotary method kept the structural surface in a sound condition without any rock loss. Scarification, water and planing methods would have caused the aggregate to break apart from the surface.

The selection of the PM3001 cutter tools and the LNX8 rotary rotation method with the AES actuator depth controls propelled by the SR25 Power Driver assured the paint removal profile was consistent, leaving the surface intact.

Maintaining surface integrity after pavement marking removal or prep-before-striping is critical to assure safer lasting surfaces and preserve pavements.

Demonstration for: Bill Boyd, 3M – TSSD Application Development Engineer
Date: Feb 21, 2016
Location: 1500 S Dixie Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Pavement Preservation Tools Found at ATSSA

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Pavement Preservation Tools Found at ATSSA

pavement preservation

Thank you for your interest in the SMITH pavement preservation tools found at ATSSA. SMITH tools are designed to improve pavement conditions so markings, overlays, and repairs last longer.

If you attended the workshop, “Perfect Prep in Four Steps,” we broke down the steps to properly prepare and preserve sensitive surfaces using a rotary erasing method. This tool not only removes stubborn surface contaminants and markings, but it creates the proper surface porosity to maximize mechanical bonding, without surface micro-cracking or bruising for successful new applications. Learn more here.

During our demonstration in Phoenix, we removed pavement markings while preserving the integrity of the city’s old pavement surfaces. Here’s a short video on what you may have missed.

SMITH exhibit:
If you visited the SMITH exhibit, this video, “10 ways Stripers and Pavement Maintenance Professionals can Earn More in 2017,” was previewed. We also offered this short 10-question survey to rank contractor performance.

Don’t know SMITH?
In everything we do, all of us at SMITH believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking and acting differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our surface-prep products versatile, simple to operate, and user-friendly. We make the type of prep tools that help our customers earn more on every job using their equipment or a SMITH. The road to SMITHing was paved with potholes. This article reveals how our failures helped our customers succeed.

If you would like to partner with us for safer, sustainable surfaces, or of you want to improve your pavement preservation services, please click here.

We look forward to working with you!


Earn More at the Rental Show by SMITHing!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Start Getting Paid for Loss Rentals!

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ARA The Rental Show

We invite you to visit booth #1747 on Monday, February 27 to learn the secrets of earning more on surface-prep rentals by SMITHing!

rental show

It’s a fact, when surfaces are properly prepared, any coating, repair material, or overlay will last longer! Visit SMITH at ARA the Rental Show to help your customers get the “Perfect Prep” solution.

Speak to the experts, demo equipment, see innovative cutter tools, and get your show specials. Also, pick up your free surface-prep inspection tool, now inside the 2017 SMITH catalog.

Whether you plan to visit or not, please RSVP here. We can’t wait to help you start earning more!


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