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Archive for the ‘Surface Preservation’ Category

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.

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.
 
 

Your Surface-Prep Briefing

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Remove Faster News Briefing

News to help you Create Safer, Sustainable Surfaces


Visit Your SMITH Stocking Resellers

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SMITH partners with top pavement maintenance and concrete flooring maintenance dealers and resellers with a proven track record of delivering high-performance solutions to their customers. Read more here.


Marking Removal – Drum or Rotary?

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On March 22, 2017, Steven Smith presented Marking Removal 101 at the ATSSA How-To Conference to help stripers decide which style of pavement-marking remover (drum or rotary) is better.

This presentation will help the user select the right equipment to remove and replace pavement markings cost-effectively without ghost lines or grooves. Read more here.


Perfect Prep Conversation Starter

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When a customer walks into your business and notices the SMITH banner, amazing things happen that can lead to new business opportunities! Read more here.


Surface Prep Inspection Tests

To confirm the profiled surface is properly prepared, the inspector conducts the following field tests: Key ScrapeTape PullSurface Profile, and Cut DepthRead more here.


July 4th Holiday Hours

The fourth of July is the day we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. On that day 241 years ago, the Second Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation – the United States of America. 

In celebration of our nation’s birth, we will be closed on Monday July 3rd, and will reopen for business on Wednesday July 5th.

If you need help, you can be sure that we will reply promptly. Contact us.


 
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