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Archive for the ‘Preform Markings’ Category

Airmark Thermoplastic Removal at Airports

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The X-Series pavement marking erasers were use to remove Airmark flame applied thermoplastic pavement markings on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport during an airfield marking symposium.

The Ennis-Flint AirMark marterial is a durable preformed thermoplastic pavement marking material for airside use at Part 139 and GA Airports.

Typically, scrapers and torches are a laborious method to remove this type of gummy, difficult to remove material. Water blasters available at airports are unable to remove Airmark on asphalt without damaging the asphalt surface.  Common drum-style scarifiers and planer machines are ineffective and create deep surface grooves. 

The SMITH X-series Erasers are combination rotating scrapers that lift up and move the materials to the side and not into the pavements like drum-style grinders.  Although the removal took 4X longer than traditional paint markings, the materials were removed without having to hand scrape or flame torch the surface.  

The equipment consisted of an X3 rotary eraser with MV5500 HEPA vacuum outfitted on a Bobcat Toolcat supplied by Burnie Carstens with Bobcat of Broward. A sit down LNX8 Eraser with automatic depth controls driven by an SR25 Sulky.  

The airport appreciated that the final surface was preserved and appeared as if no markings were ever applied.  The surface was left in a profiled SP5 roughness similar to the outlying areas of the untouched tarmac. The SP5 profile is ideal for re-applying preformed thermoplastic markings on this type of asphalt surface. The following day, a new Airmark pavement marking will be applied by Ennis-Flint.

For more information, please contact your authorized SMITH Representative. 

Groove-inlay to recess Markings, Legends and Symbols ATSSA Presentation

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

What does it take to get the surface in the right condition so pavement markings last? Why will clear specifications, qualified contractors and quality inspection practices  assure agencies get a return on their groove-inlay investments?

These are just two of the questions answered at the ATSSA New England Chapter technical committee meeting on March 21 by Steven Smith. 

The ATSSA “Get in the Groove” presentation revealed how surface conditions play a vital role in pavement marking performance. Unfortunately agency specifications fail to address that role.

Agencies can reduce their risk of marking surface condition failure through clear specifications and quality inspection practices to assure the prep before stripe work is done correctly.

For a copy of the “Get in the Groove”  presentation, please contact the ATSSA NE Chapter President.

The following videos demonstrate how one successful striping contractor groove-inlays pavement surfaces to recess 3M pavement markings.  Please share your groove-inlay videos at

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.

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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.

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