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Your Surface-Prep Briefing for October 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Remove Faster News Briefing

Your October Surface-Prep Briefing

for Safer, Sustainable Surfaces

If you haven’t visited Remove Faster News lately, here are some things you may have missed!

Stripers Can Help Save Hector Davila, Road Marks Puerto Rico 

We were hit by Irma on 9/6, and it was not particularly bad except for electric power (no lights since at my home). Then Maria. We were really devastated, but family and (12) dogs are well.

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Seven Surface-Prep Essentials That Belong in Every Striper’s Toolbox

It’s not always easy to figure out what type of surface-prep equipment tools to own. Even for an experienced pavement marking contractor, putting together the right mix of prep-before-marking removal equipment takes thought, time, and inevitably, money.

As a striping professional, you want to make sure the investment you’re making in surface-prep tools is a good one, especially if you are aiming for quality products where costs can quickly add up.

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OSHA Silica-Dust Rule Enforcement Delayed

Even though OSHA’s rule concerning silica dust began on September 23, 2017, it will be another 30 days before any enforcement will happen. The rule is meant to counteract the over 900 cases of silicosis that happen every year.

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The SMITH FS050 Winner Is Announced!

Congratulations go out to Muna Edward, Airport Operations Superintendent at A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam. He is the lucky winner of a brand new SMITH FS050 handheld surfacer! Congrats again, Edward!


Drum and Rotary-Style Eradicators vs. Shot and Water Blasters

Water, shot, or sand blasting are common surface-prep methods. When selecting the right machine for surface-prep work, contractors and agencies are considering rotary and drum style preparators because of lower operational and environmental costs.

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No Shadow Stripe Removal

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

No Shadow Stripe Removal at AMS 

On August 16, 2016, SMITH demonstrated San Fransisco Airfield Maintenance Operations X3 Rotary Eraser removing paint markings on the airfield. When the markings were removed, no residual markings were present, not even discoloration or shadowing. Since no water was used, the surface was dry, clean, sound and properly profiled for new markings.

The day prior, we participated in the Airfield Marking Symposium “Speed Dating Event.” The following is the program’s transcript.

Good afternoon, Airfield Marking Professionals. Welcome to the Airfield Markings Symposium’s main event, “Speed Dating.” My name is Steven Smith. Over the next eight minutes, you will have the information to help you get the perfect prep, assuring your airfield surfaces are safer and sustainable.

In your hands is the most remarkable catalogue, containing the proven SMITH surface-prep solution. Towards the end of our time together, you will be playing the amazing SMITH & Win game.

Are you Ready to SMITH? Lets all open the book and turn to page 2, “My Story.”

I was a former striping contractor working for my father who founded the USA durable marking industry, a thermoplastic material and equipment manufacturer called Perma-Line and Pave-Mark.

I became its President after inventing a product called Hot Tape, a flame applied durable marking that never failed in heavy traffic conditions provided the surface was properly prepared.

In 1990 I took my “making-markings-last-longer experiences” to the next level when I started SMITH Manufacturing with the goal to design, build and deliver the very best tools in the USA to help make the prep-before-stripe experience faster and easier for professionals like you.

On page 5, you will find the answer to the perfect prep. In short, it’s selecting the right tools and cutters, along with the right process that can be achieved in four steps.

On pages 4, 6, and 7, you will find guides in print and also available online that break down the hard work of surface prep so it becomes more manageable.

Now turn to page 19, to the X3 No-groove Eraser, the most amazing pavement-marking remover that you will ever see. Tomorrow, you will witness this machine removing the most toughest pavement markings with a diagonal epoxy seam underneath the stripe. The machine will completely remove the stripe without damaging the seam or the underlying surface. The secret to the X-series removal is the rotation.

Using the X3, you will achieve the perfect prep for an immediate new application of any markings including Airmark which can be installed immediately. You will notice that the surface will be clean, dry, profiled, and sound. But more importantly, if markings were not to be applied in the same location, the surface would appear exactly like the outlying areas, with no ghost-lines, undulations, shadows or moisture.

The SMITH X3 Rotary Eraser equipment is owned by SFO Maintenance Operations. They purchased this machine the year prior because it was the one tool they did not own that can remove thick markings without damaging asphalt. Plus, it removes like a waterblaster, but without water and with better depth of cut precision.

If you have time, you can also read how Will Kirk, a professional contractor who selected the SMITH X3 because it was the most reliable and cost-effective tool he found to remove airfield markings on one of the most remote airfields on earth.

When you turn to page 22, you will see a list of all 7 surface-prep essentials to determine if your operations, like SFO, owns one or all 7 tools.

 

Lastly, In a foldout in the back of the catalog is the 10 surface profile inspection tool. These photos and these pads are actual representations of profiles created on asphalt or concrete with rotary and drum style prep tools listed on the flip side. Use this tool to confirm the surface profile conditions before and after your surface prep work.

If we don’t have any questions, lets review the rules for the SMITH & WIN game.

You spin and land on any profile number you win a reflective slap band ruler and a chance to be the grand prize winner announced soon. If you land on profile #9, you lose – and so does your asphalt surface by selecting water blasting for stripe removal.

Let’s now spin the profile wheel and play SMITH & WIN.

To learn more about how to successfully rotary erase pavement markings on airfields, roadways and parking decks, click here.

The grand prize winner is Mr. Edward Muna, Airport Operations Superintendent with A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority in Guam. Please click here within 2 weeks for details on claiming your prize.

Perfect Surface-Prep Conversation Starter

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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Why Display this Banner?

It’s sometimes hard to break the ice with customers that walk into your store. That’s the reason we created the SMITH “Perfect Prep” Banner to serve as a conversation starter. When a customer walks into your business and notices the SMITH banner, amazing things happen that can lead to new business opportunities!

Let’s break the banner down to 5 easy conversation starters:


#1 – Perfect Prep in 4 steps


Many users of scarifiers, shavers, grinders, planers, or line removers use their equipment just to remove what’s in its path without taking the proper care to correctly prepare the underlying surface.

By starting the conversation with, “we can help you get the Perfect Prep in 4 steps for your concrete flooring or pavement surfaces.” Then reveal how the SMITHing process gets the right surface profile for safer and sustainable surfaces. You can be certain to have a lively exchange with your customer.


#2 – SMITH Lineup

When customers see the complete SMITH equipment lineup in your stock, they’ll be impressed! Of course, if you don’t have all machines on hand, the SMITH banner and website will bring out their inquiring minds.  

You may hear a flooring contractor say “I bet this drum-style SMITH with shavers will give us the perfect prep for concrete”.  A pavement striper may remark, “the rotary-style SMITH with erasers will meet my removal needs on pavements.”  There will be no end to the conversation once you engage your customer on prep.


#3 – The Profile Chart

The profile chart is the change agent to new opportunities. Getting the right surface profile is is an important value-added service and critical “first step” when installing any new marking, coating, repair material, or overlay. But not everyone knows how to get the right profile, so you this banner to guide them through the process.

Point to the 10 profiles on the banner then invite your customer to visit online the selection guide, prep equipment, cutter tools, and finally the 4-step surface-prep process. When these steps are shared, good things happen.

Starting with a contract change order to include a specified surface-profile number so the work can be performed then paid for to everyone’s satisfaction. And when the prep work is completed, everyone benefits with the installed materials lasting longer for safer, sustainable surfaces.


#4- SMITH Cutters

Notice the array of cutters in the center of the banner? These are just a few of the essential prep tools that agencies and contractors will specify and purchase.

Now it’s your turn to ask, “what drum or rotary style machine do you own?” Followed by, “let me show you the ultra-premium-life cutters, shafts and drums that will help you remove faster leaving the perfect prep finish.” Take them to the SMITH website to show the supplies they need prior to starting their next job.


#5- Surface-Prep Challenges

One of the reasons a customer walks into your store is because they believe you have what they need. Specifically they have a prep challenge and are looking to you for a solution!

On the bottom of the banner lists the 20 common surface-prep challenges that can be accomplish with a SMITH. Identify their challenge and discuss how the solution can be as easy as the right rotary or drum-style SMITH machine, cutter tool and SMITHing process. Your customer will judge for themselves how an investment in a SMITH will help them meet the challenge on-time and on-budget!

If you would like to get your conversation started with your own SMITH banner, contact your SMITH Representative for details today!

 
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