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Your Surface-Prep Briefing for August 2017

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Remove Faster News Briefing

News for Safer, Sustainable Surfaces

August 2017


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SFO Airfield Marking Symposium Invitation

Remove markings without damage or water! Join SMITH at the San Francisco Airfield Marking Symposium, August 15-16, 2017. Read more.


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The Power of Surface Prep

When we shine a light on the value of specifying, performing, inspecting, and paying for proper surface-prep work, everyone benefits. That’s the power of surface preparation work. Read more.


Barn Grooving Done Right

Barn grooving is an important, cost-effective way of preventing cows from slipping, falling, and getting hurt. The grooves catch hooves before they slip, and the channels are ideal for moving standing water. Read more.


SMITH Red Tag Savings Event

During our annual inventory count, our sales team asked if we can offer our customers something special this summer.  

Introducing our Red Tag inventory event going on now!  We have red tagged SMITH cutters, drums, cutter drum assemblies, machine parts (new and used) and more that we’re going to GIVE AWAY. Why? Because we can! Read more.


APWA Public Works Expo Invitation

We invite you to visit us at APWA booth #1309 August 27-28, and see how SMITHing creates safer, sustainable surfaces on your walkways, bikeways, and roadways. Read more.


The Power of Surface-Preparation Work

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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The Power of Surface Preparation Work

Surface preparation doesn’t start with a broom, air blower or power washer. Surface-prep work starts with a drum or rotary-style wet or dry impact device.
 
Impact equipment of scarifiers, grinders, blasters planers, erasers, or shavers are tools used to alter the surface condition, whereas a broom, air, or power washer simply cleans the surface of accumulated dust, dirt and debris.
 
Changing the surface condition to an acceptable state for whatever is planned “next” is the objective of proper surface-preparation work. Next can be the applied coatings, markings, overlay, or repair materials. Next can also be just improving the conditions of the existing surface conditions, then leaving it alone.
 
The use of an impact tool outfitted with the right tools operating in the “impact zone” will get the surface prepared to the right surface profile (SP) condition without causing the surface to micro-crack or bruise. When the surface is properly prepared at the highest level, a condition we call SMITHing, anything applied to that prepared surface will last longer.
 
 
Surface-preparation work requires specialized equipment, manpower, and time to complete the work properly. Allowing coatings, overlay, or repair materials to be applied to a surface that is too porous or too smooth results in premature bond failures and unsafe surfaces.
 
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Always remember that an impact device will NOT be used on the job, if
(1) the job doesn’t clearly specify its use, or 
(2) it’s not a final surface condition requirement.
 
When the surface-prep work is clearly specified, it details what the final surface profile conditions will look like and follow a process like this 4-step.  After the profiling work ends, the final step before application is surface cleaning with a brush, blower, or power washer. 
 
To assure surface-prep work starts with profiling and ends with clean-up, all parties should agree:
  • The work will be clearly defined in contracts
  • The work will be given a pay consideration
  • The work requires agreement as to what the final SP surface conditions will look like

 

Proper preparation work can be a rewarding experience for the applicator, the client, and anyone who walks, bikes, rides or uses the surface. When we shine a light on the value of specifying, performing, inspecting, and paying for proper surface-prep work, everyone benefits.
 
That’s the power of surface preparation work.
 
 

SFO Airfield Marking Removal Symposium Invite

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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SFO Airfield Marking Symposium Invite

We want to help you remove pavement markings without surface damage or water.

Join SMITH at the San Francisco Airfield Marking Symposium sponsored by Sightline, August 15-16, 2017 and see how.

SMITH will be removing airfield markings with the same machine used by SFO maintenance operations, the  SMITH X3 Dry Rotary Eraser. You’ll see markings being removed without surface grooving, micro-cracking, or water for same day marking re-application. 

Please let me know you would be interested in learning more or will be attending by clicking here.

Hope to see you on the tarmac!

Best removal,

Steven Smith 

P.S. Here’s a 2 minute video from the FLL Airfield Symposium. Enjoy!


 
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