Sealcoat Mix Design
Smart Sealcoating Starts with the Mix Design
Smart Sealcoating starts with a proper mix design of sealer, water, sand, and additive. The mix design may vary slightly depending on the sealer solids, weather and the surface of the pavement. But in every case the applied sealer should have the proper amounts of water, sand and additives. Sealer simply is not designed to be applied without water, sand, and additve. Too much or too little of any of these components and you go from Smart Sealcoating to Senseless Sealcoating!
Why Use Sand and Additive with Your Sealer?
Did you know that both manufacturers' and the general Pavement Coatings Technology Council's (PCTC) general application instructions state that pavement sealer must have sand aggregate and sealcoat additive added before being applied to a surface? It is not meant to be optional; sealer simply does not perform as it should without sand and additive!
Smart Seal Coating using the proper amounts of sand and additive produces the very best results and will keep your customer's coming back to you.
Protects against UV Damage
UV rays from the sun contribute to the oxidation process of the asphalt binder. Quality additives assist in protecting the sealer and pavement against the UV oxidation process. Without additives the asphalt binder loses its black color and becomes brittle quicker.
Fortifies against the Weather Elements
Quality additives insure longer lasting protection of the surface from the degradation caused by rain, snow, ice and even wind.
Less Susceptible to Fuel Damage
Asphalt binder is a derivative of petroleum. As a result, petroleum products (such as motor oil, gasoline, and diesel fuels) dissolve the binder and its stability. Quality additives in sealer provide extra protection to the pavement from petroleum damage.
Faster Dry Time
Both sand and quality additives assist and accelerate the drying process of sealer. Faster dry time means less traffic disruption and a more efficient application for you and your customer.
Reduces Steering Marks
Quality additives and proper sand mix firms up the sealer faster, reducing the tendency to push or tear when vehicles prematurely drive on freshly sealed pavement.
Reduces Appearance of Surface Cracks
Sand aggregate also acts as filler for small surface cracks, creating a better appearance and extending the coverage rate of the sealer mix.
Reduces Slip and Fall Hazard
Sealer, like any untreated coating, reduces traction of the surface. This is only magnified in wet conditions. Sand aggregate provides the necessary resistance to minimize the slip and fall hazard. Slip and fall lawsuits are more prevalent than ever, so if you use sand for no other reason, use it for this one!
At Professional Pavement Products, we take Smart Sealcoating very seriously. We know that not using the proper quantity and quality of sand and additive in the sealer mix will cause premature wear, take longer to dry, take more raw sealer, appear worse, and cause unsafe conditions for pedestrians and motorists.
No Sand + No Additive = Upset Customers!
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