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Colorizing Pavements

Although color-coatings have been used for sports and recreational surfaces for many decades, their use on mainstream pavement surfaces is relatively new. In the past, asphalt and concrete surfaces were coated with colorized asphalt or pigmenting concrete that were, well… sort of unattractive. The best possible base materials that provided any kind of durability in a coating system were dark and could only be tinted up to muted earth tones at best. Brightly-coated sports surfaces leaned toward more traditional paint formulations that lacked the durability needed under pedestrian or light vehicular traffic.

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The Economics of Crack Sealing

Crack sealing is highly cost effective and a lot less expensive than other preventive procedures like an overlay, which can cost 8 to 26 times as much. It’s also great for slowing down the reappearance of secondary cracks (caused by problems within the base course) like reflective cracks.

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Some Sealcoating Performance Issues are Really Caused by Pavement Defects

Sealcoatings are wonderful for protecting and preserving asphalt pavements. For optimum performance though, it is imperative that sealcoatings be applied on structurally sound pavements that are clean and free of defects. Defects in asphalt pavements can interfere with the sealcoat’s performance. While examining sealcoating failures, it’s important to look at the pavement itself and ask from where the problem is originating. Property owners have to be made fully aware that the sealcoatings are not repair products and their performance depends on the condition of the pavement.  

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Traffic Marking Paints: A Technical Review

Although traffic markings serve the same basic purpose (clear delineation of traffic lines), they differ profoundly in their composition, properties and durability. Some traffic marking are suitable for temporary markings while others can be expected to last months.

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Evaluating and Forecasting Environmentally-Responsible Sealcoatings

In recent years there has been a deliberate attempt by manufacturers to label their products as “green.” This tag is often too far fetched and doesn’t even come close to being true in regards to sealcoatings though. I purposely refrain from using the “green” when describing the new generation of sealcoatings that are under development – I would rather use a more accurate term, “ER” (Environmentally Responsible). If you are curious as to what is developing in this field, here is a peek into the direction that the sealcoating industry is heading.    
Logically, ER coatings should be durable, contain renewable and recycled materials, and have minimal impact on the environment both during application and after it has abraded away.
 

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Best Sealcoating Practices: Eliminating Bonding Problems

Through years of research, I have concluded that the majority of sealcoating failures (e.g. premature wear, flaking, and peeling) happen due to bonding problems between the sealcoating and pavement surface. While sealcoating manufacturers are meticulous in detailing the aspects of material and surface preparation prior to sealcoating and urge the applicators to comply, it’s still not always possible to cover everything considering the myriad of pavement types, ages and conditions. In this article we will review the causative factors and remedies that are practiced as good sealcoating practices.  
The #1 rule in most sealcoating rulebooks is that the pavement should be clean – free of dirt and debris, free of surface defects, and suitable for sealcoating.

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Traffic Paints: Specifications and Common Application Practices

Traffic paints, which are also known by other names such as striping, zone and line marking paints are a group of specialty paints and coatings that are used on both concrete and asphalt pavements, serving the basic purpose of delineating pavements for safety in visibility, traffic control, regulation compliance and warnings. Traffic marking paints and coatings are represented by a comprehensive range of products: specialty paints (both solvent- and water-based), thermoplastic, epoxy, pre-formed tapes, etc.

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A Checklist to Winterize Your Sealcoating Business

As winter rolls around, it’s time to conclude the sealcoating season and prepare your equipment for the next year. When you button up your shop for the season, your main focus should be on thorough cleaning and proper storage of all your equipment and materials.

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