As any coatings contractor will tell you, there's more to the job than just choosing the right coating. It would help if you also had surface preparation, testing, and application equipment that functions properly no matter the task.

One such product is the Power Gun H20 from Clemco.

This lightweight, compact wet-blast tool is ideal for smallscale and touch-up jobs on elevated worksites, hard-to-reach areas, and aboard ships. Operators can quickly switch between wet and dry blast modes, as well as washdown and air blowoff, and the tool itself gives nearly the power of a small pressure blast system.

The new Schmidt brand Trigger G2 Deadman from Axxiom Manufacturing Inc. can switch sides on the fittings, making it an ambidextrous tool used by either right or left-handed users. According to the company, the equipment is perfectly suited for blasting applications using smaller nozzles while providing exceptional ease and comfort. Another notable product feature is a modular design that enables users to switch easily between pneumatic and electric modes. There's also the G2/G2E Deadman, whose design is based on real-world abrasive air blast applications. Another new product from Axxiom is the MiniBRS system, a compact and maneuverable abrasive blaster versatile enough to contain and vacuum contaminants and dust. The new blast/vacuum head features a 40 percent

larger blast pattern, a comfortable trigger-style deadman control, and the ability to blast high-temperature surfaces using an optional adapter/brush. The trigger-style design of the MiniBRS allows operators to use the grip hand to control blasting, leaving the other hand free to be on the blast head and push the G2 safety button. This ergonomic improvement provides a more secure and more comfortable two-hand grip on the blast head.

In other surface preparation news, HOLD*BLAST VAPOR, an alkaline-based surface passivator, is now offered by Borchers CHLOR'RID. The passivator chemically changes the active surface of bare metal to a much less reactive state, enabling inspectors to observe the proper application of the surface passivate through an ultraviolet (UV) light/blacklight. This biodegradable product can be safely added to water and does not leave a film or residue that might interfere with coating adhesion.

According to Matt Valentine, senior account manager for the CHLOR'RID business, this last point was a paramount concern for his customers. "One of the biggest questions. Protective Coatings companies have. Does it leave anything on the surface?" he said. "They don't want it to interfere with adhesion or the performance of their coating systems. So that's where this product came about. We took our original HOLD'BLAST formula and worked in different products to give it a better visual inspection."

Valentine added that the product is mostly used in industrial applications, such as large tank projects, and he recommended its use in various surface passivation applications, such as after dry blasting and all wet blasting applications.

HoldTight is another company in this area, which offers a water quality test kit along with its 102 product that removes salts and prevents flash rush.

WA Clean Heavy Duty is a patented technology from W Abrasives that measure the cleanliness of a steel surface relative to its surroundings. To illustrate this principle, Ian Bouchard, group marketing and communication director at the parent company, Winoa, ascribed to a checkerboard pattern in which square A may appear cleaner when compared to other, darker squares in its vicinity but may not be clean when compared to a square B located on another part of the board.

This tool "will measure the reflection of the light on a surface and its colorimetric values, and that will return an index. The way we work with it is we teach the tool what the index value means," explained Bouchard. This helps the inspector at a facility or job site to identify whether it meets a standard for cleanliness as established by ISO, Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), which is the new name for the merged NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), or any other relevant

regulatory body.

Dew point meters, such as DeFelsko’s PosITector from Gardco. Can measure and record climatic conditions for up to 200 days; many companies are switching to robotic blasting equipment, such as the Sponge-Jet Robotica. to reduce the dangers of confined-space abrasive blast operations.

WA Clean for iOS is a less expensive mobile version of the same technology that doesn't sacrifice anything in terms of computing power or speed. In fact, "it has more features, newer features, and no limitations," said Bouchard. He added that the main difference between the two is that the Heavy Duty device is more likely to be used by engineers while the iOS version is geared toward operators.

DeFelsko's PosiTector DPM L offered direct through the manufacturer and distributed by various companies, including Paul N. Gardner Co. (Gardco), is a dew point meter logger that measures and records climatic conditions, including relative humidity, air temperature, the difference between surface and dew point temperatures, and wet bulb temperature. While attached to a steel structure, the device measures and records environmental parameters independently for up to 200 days, while its internal memory can store up to 10,000 data sets (or 60,000 readings).

Finally, also available from Gardco is a modern, fast method of measuring surface profiles — that peak-to-valley difference of the surface — on blasted surfaces.

Another testing offering through Gardco Is Press-O-FllmTestex Tape, which measures surface profiles on blast-cleaned steel.

Dial Thickness Gauge with Press-O-Film Testex Tape. When compressed against a roughened material, Press-O-Film accurately replicates details of its surface roughness. In addition, it can be used with a gauge to measure the surface profile of blast-cleaned steel in the roughness range of 20-115 microns (0.8-4.5 mils).

As Michael Merritt, president of Sponge-Jet suggested,

companies always look for ways to stay on top of trends.

"We are seeing many large companies reducing manual,

confined-space abrasive blasting operations in, for example, tanks, pipes, silos, reaction vessels — and as a result, switching to robotic blasting equipment like the Sponge-Jet Robotica," Merritt said. "We also see higher demand for dust-suppressing abrasives and equipment, to reduce hazardous air pollutants [HAPs|, including heavy metals common to the process. There's no greater recognition of the dangers of arsenic, beryllium, hexavalent chromium, and lead and how they can create adverse health effects from prolonged exposure. Companies are searching for low-dust abrasives that suppress these HAPs at the source of generation, making the blast process easier to manage and contain."

Graco has long been a preferred industry manufacturer of fluid-handling machinery that has an impressive spectrum of uses. Like spray foam machines and industrial sprayers, Graco equipment plays a large role in coating and protecting surfaces of all varieties. 

Check out these top 10 commercial uses for Graco spray equipment that can expand your business.

1. Spray Foam Insulation

Graco is best known for its stunning line of spray foam machines that apply fast-drying polyurethane or polyurea coatings. Therefore, applying spray foam insulation is one of the best uses for Graco equipment.

Varying from low-touch-up jobs to high-industrial outputs, Graco gives plenty of equipment alternatives so that contractors of all scales can find a Graco spray machine that satisfies their needs. Spray foam is used to insulate attics, reinforce walls, strengthen plumbing work, protect commercial roofs, and so much more. Since it has so many uses in diverse structures, this product is in high demand.

Graco Spray Units

Graco does not stop at just spray foam. Coatings like elastomeric, polyester, and more are essential to the structural integrity of buildings. Graco sprayers like the GH 733ES, GH 833, GH 300, and GH 933 can process even the most difficult to become atomized products. Here are other popular uses of Graco spray units beyond spray foam insulation.

2. Paint

Painting the conventional way takes a long time — plus, it can produce uneven results. Graco sprayers make it simple to cover a wide area evenly with interior or exterior paint. Best of all, the job can be accomplished in less time and with professional-quality results. Graco sprayers can also apply primers and protective enamel coatings that are often needed for commercial paint jobs. The only thing you have to do is wait for the paint to dry.

3. Roofing

While Graco spray foam equipment is used extensively in commercial roofing, Graco spray pumps also apply other protective coatings that roofs require. For instance, the Graco GH-300 and GH-833 apply a wide range of materials, including acrylics and elastomeric coatings for commercial roofs. Graco spray machinery can also apply aluminum and asphalt emulsions that are utilized for roofing purposes.

4. Waterproofing Materials

Constructions of all types need waterproofing support, whether it is new construction or an existing structure. For example, a freeway tunnel or bridge should be sealed to be shielded from water damage. Since many structures are formed of porous materials like concrete, and industrial sprayers can comprise a large area with expert waterproofing coatings, it will be stronger.

5. Roads

Graco spray machines can apply fibered and non-fibered asphalt emulsions that are applied to pave and patch roads. Whether you choose fibered coatings that are less dense or the non-fibered type, there is a Graco sprayer that can complete the job to your desired effect.

6. Epoxies

This versatile coating is seen in everything from furniture, to crafts, to basement floors. In construction, epoxy coatings can shield and protect flooring and roofs, offering a durable, attractive, and waterproof surface. Epoxy coatings are also beneficial for areas that need some protection against water, like concrete basement floors. 

7. Contact Cement

A Graco industrial sprayer can apply contact cement, a “jack of all trades” in commercial construction. This flexible acrylic contact adhesive can bond materials like wood, tile, rubber, metal, Formica, plastics, and more. When you need to apply contact cement on a larger scale, a spray pump makes the job faster and easier.

8. Block Filler

Graco spray pumps can also apply block filler, a useful material that can be applied under epoxy, polyester resins, and latex topcoats. It is also useful in preparing masonry. If this material is in high demand in your industry, a Graco pump can create high-quality applications that save you time.

9. Enamel Spray

When your coat of paint is dry, Graco spray equipment can apply clear enamel spray coatings to make a fantastic finishing touch. This transparent finish provides your paint the protection and sheen to make it complete. The beautiful gloss finish looks great on wood, concrete, and metal too.

10. Sealing

Graco spray machines can apply various seal coatings, such as mastics, which can be used in air ducts. When you need to cover a vast area and want the job done evenly and quickly, a spray pump can maximize your productivity.

Note: If you have a material in mind but want to make sure the sprayer can manage it, contact an ArmorThane Equipment and Supply expert today.

Graco Spray Equipment for Sale at ArmorThane

ArmorThane offers the latest spray foam equipment, training, and comprehensive customer support. If you are interested in Graco spray equipment, speak with their sales team today.

Polyurea is a spray-applied plastic coating that is applied with unique devices and training. However, this article is entitled "Preparing for Polyurea" because, as a pond home builder, you more than likely won't be using it yourself. The devices and training required normally run in between $100,000 to $150,000 and sometimes more. With that type of investment and training, you will need to be a polyurea spray professional, keeping the devices operating as typically as possible, to get a return on your financial investment. Paired to that is the upkeep and maintenance. Letting the equipment set for long periods of time between tasks is costly.

Tech Specs

Polyurea is a two-part system provided to the surface to be coated at approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit and 2,000 psi by a specialized set of pumping equipment, heated hoses and a spray gun. The two parts (polyurea solids and isocyanate) are heated and metered together by the pumping system, reaching the spray gun through heated hose pipes that can be a number of hundred feet in length.

Polyurea waterproofing

Polyurea enables waterproofing of shapes like islands and actions (middle and right) that can not be achieved with liner.
There are many polyurea formulas on the market for use in various circumstances and applications such as truck bed liners, roof, decking, blast defense and armor plating, waterproofing, water containment, structural security and more. A lot of these solutions have plasticizers that offer specific chemistry for a specific application. The formulas utilized for water containment are typically pure polyurea solutions without any plasticizers.

The beauty of using polyurea in pond building and construction is that it can be applied over practically any shape or structure within reason, without any wrinkles or folds, and has an elasticity of roughly 400 percent. It can support lots of boulders without leak and roots can't grow through it.

When used over bare dirt, an underlayment is put down initially with the polyurea applied over it. Polyurea is likewise an ideal surface area coating when cold joints in between various sections of concrete come together or when other structural products such as piers or islands are in play. Indoor water features along with features that come close to or incorporate the structure of a structure are prime uses.
Polyurea is not glued! It has a "Band-Aid stick" to a lot of surface areas and needs to be mechanically secured to all penetrations, just as you would when utilizing an EPDM liner. Pond-type skimmers, bottom drains pipes, mid-water drains pipes and returns are all produced with clamping flange faces for liner. These are ideal for polyurea. Leading edges can overlap and be caught by the top cap or stone, just as you would with liner. Edge treatments can be achieved with a ledge around the top, just as you would a plant ledge with stacked rocks and stones hiding and securing the edge.

Nearly nothing sticks to polyurea. In setups where tile or vertical stone requires to be applied up the face of a surface or wall, a stainless-steel lath is merged onto the face to create a grid surface for the mortar to bond to.

When considering polyurea, believe and develop around what the specialist needs to accomplish your goal. Build in a "polyurea-friendly" manner. Corners ought to be radiused and not left as a sharp, 90-degree shape. It can be challenging to shoot into sharp corners, so even a slight radius of a half-inch is an improvement. Penetrations must be 10 to 12 inches far from corners, floorings or other structures to allow room for the spray gun assembly to be navigated. Columns and structures should be at least 18 inches apart and shallow troughs need to be at least 18 inches broad for clearance. If a deep trough is developed it needs to be even wider so the specialist can control the devices properly.

Polyurea is usually applied in a number of passes to accomplish a density of around 80 mils. The spray gun requires to contend 90 degrees to the surface, spraying "head-on" and not at an angle, to get an even coat. Spraying at an angle can trigger runs, leaks and an unequal coating.

Concrete Prep.
When using polyurea over concrete, the surface ought to have a "pathway" surface. Trowel the concrete surface as smooth as possible or parge the surface later to fill all the holes, spaces and imperfections. Polyurea will appear like the surface area it is applied to, so make it look great, just as you would "Bondo" the body work on a car before painting. Utilize a product that will become extremely difficult and not grainy or weak when applied thin. Some parge coatings can have a chain reaction with polyurea and pinhole terribly, causing a huge amount of extra time to handle. My personal favorite is Gray Bond-Kote by Super-Krete products. Constantly check with your polyurea applicator of option before you use any parge coating system.

The flanged surfaces of your penetrations of choice will have a variety of screw holes that you will need to find later to connect the clamp ring. Place a surface nail in a couple of holes, leaving the others open. Filling all the holes with nails makes removal and preparation for the ring hard because polyurea is strong and tough to cut. Cutting just a couple of nails out with a razor knife is much easier, and when the very first number of screws are in location the other holes are indexed through the holes in the clamp ring. The screws will go right through the poly and into the holes in the flange quickly. If the skimmer face is supplied with nuts and bolts or machine screws put a number of screws in for indexing and cover the other holes with tape or paper dots. To set up the faceplate, set up the very first two and mark the other holes to be cut out afterward.

Communicate for Best Results.
Always be in contact with your polyurea specialist before the job begins. Getting ready for polyurea implies developing a job that the applicator can coat without a lot of difficulty. You are less most likely to be charged for additional prep time by the polyurea specialist if you do your job correctly. Ensure you enable the prep time in your quote. On gunnite or shot-crete ponds, let the crew know ahead of time what you anticipate from them. They are used to shooting around protruding piping that gets cut off later by the pool plaster crew. They will presume you desire a rough surface area for a plaster coat unless you define otherwise. Ask if they can have a couple cement finishers on hand to trowel the surface area as smooth as they can and be prepared to pay for that. Otherwise you will be parging the whole surface area yourself after they leave to get the finish surface area smooth enough for polyurea. This will be pricey and lengthy. No matter how nice they make the surface, there will always be some preparation to do around the penetrations and some nitpicking of small flaws.

When ended up, the task will be waterproofed for an amount of time far longer than any other coating presently offered. After you've experienced polyurea you'll begin finding r that you can use it on and broadening the method you develop.

Polyurea garage floor coatings are among the best options to choose from for concrete floor protection. It's a very advanced, curing, and fast hardening technology that will prevent your floor from gas, oil, or harmful chemicals. With this floor coating, you can get yourself a floor that looks new every time after being repaired. If you want to know more about polyurea garage floor coatings, this article is for you!

Frequently asked questions about polyurea garage floor coatings.


Is Polyurea better than Epoxy?

Not only can Polyurea withstand any harsh weather, but it is also stain-resistant and can be easily cleaned. What's more, polyurea UV stability is something to consider if you desire long-lasting flooring. However, one of the shortcomings is that it needs a professional as it has a limited pot life. Hence, for a polyurea garage floor coating DIY, it might not be suitable. Good news for the DIYers! With single part polyurea floor coating, you save yourself the stress of hiring a pro. Not only is it easy to apply, but it also possesses an unlimited pot life. On the other hand, Epoxy is less costly, but the color tends to change when exhibited to UV.


What is Polyurea floor coating?

Polyurea garage floor coating is a floor protection technology. The blend of the chemicals and their formulations produces a good hard surface. This surface coating will provide you with a high-class gloss finishing and an attractive look. One of the best polyurea garage floor coatings for more perks, a single-part polyurea coating garage floor kit, entails a single clear component. This means there is no need for mixing elements. Likewise, you don't have to apply the primer. How best can you save those extra bucks and energy, if not with single-part polyurea garage floor coating.


Another important reason to choose polyurea garage floor coating is its ability to resist UV rays and high heat tolerance in summers. Moreover, with this floor coating, your floor will be safe from chemical damages and scratches. If you are someone that goes messy with all the oil spills or chemical while working in your garage, Polyurea is a great floor protector.

How much does it cost to coat the garage floor?

It depends upon the type of coating you are using for the garage floor. Apart from that, the size and the quality of your floor also matters. If you are using a high-quality floor coating, then it will be costly. It is important to bear in mind the protection of your floor from scratches, chemicals, UV rays, and much more. With a single-part polyurea floor coating, you are guaranteed a high gloss finish. If you are going for the cheaper one, then it has to be adequately maintained. You are wondering where to buy polyurea floor coating? Different companies and manufacturers have polyurea garage floor coating for sale in the markets and various shopping sites.


For Polyurea, the per square foot cost starts from $4.50 to $7.50. In case you are buying 1 gallon with 100 percent of Polyurea, it will cost around $35 to $38.


For Epoxy, it ranges from $3 to $7 per square foot. In case you have a garage floor with a space of a couple cars, it will cost around $1320 to $3080. If the number of layers you used for coating are more, then the cost will increase accordingly.

What is the difference between Polyurea and polyaspartic?

The Polyurea garage floor coating is made when resin combines with a catalyst to make a curing reaction. It's a subcategory of polyurethane, which is something comparable to Epoxy. What makes this product popular is its no VOCs and fast cure rate. Also, the reason why people prefer polyurethane to polyaspartic is that it is less expensive.


On the other hand, Polyaspartic is an aliphatic polyurea, which is also good in the first cure rate. Hence, it can be said that the polyaspartic coating is much alike Polyurea but not the same.

What is the best Epoxy paint for garage floors?

Among all, the best Epoxy paint for the garage floor is Rust-oleum. It is because it saves your garage floor from the oil spill, hot tire pickup, gasoline, and road salts. It's a long term investment.


How long does Polyurea last?

The polyurea garage floor coating lasts for almost 25 to 30 years. This is because it is made with mixed properties, making a hard bond with concrete, and providing toughness. Apart from this, it has UV resistance quality; it's scratch-proof, which gives it a longer running capability.


Is an epoxy floor slippery when wet?

Yes, the epoxy floors are very slippery if there is water or any other liquid material on the floor. Hence, if you live in an area prone to spills, then it's a bad idea to choose epoxy floor coating.


How do you apply polyurethane to a garage floor?

Before applying the polyurethane on the floor:

  1. Make sure if the floor is totally clean.
  2. Start from the corner of the room.
  3. With a lamb's wool applicator, apply it gently parallel to the wall.
  4. Continue with it till the floor is fully coated.

What is polyaspartic Polyurea?

When polyisocyanate reacts with amine-terminated polyester resin, it forms Polyurea. Polyurea formulations are of 2 parts, and when mixed, it generates a reaction that helps in hardening the surface. But when we react to the aliphatic polyisocyanate by a diamine, it produces a Polyaspartic Polyurea substance. It can also be called Polyaspartic.


How much does it cost to pour a 24×24 slab of concrete?

The per square ft. market cost for a 24×24 slab of concrete starts from $3,058 to $5,944. In case you want to buy a simple concrete slab, it will cost around $4 to $8 square ft.

How long does an epoxy garage floor last?

It Concreis believed that a simple Epoxy garage floor will last 2 to 6 years only. Moreover, your floors' maintenance is also an important factor in determining how far it will last. The good thing about this garage floor is that it is affordable and the quality is good.


What is the best flooring for a garage?

You will find several options like Epoxy flooring, Rubber tile flooring, and concrete flooring for a garage. The related information of these flooring is given below. Choose the appropriate one according to your needs.


  1. Polished Concrete Flooring

The best thing about this garage flooring is that they are the heaviest and hardest of all. It can also bear heavy pressure without damage.

Epoxy Flooring

With the availability of several different colors, the epoxy flooring is very feasible and tough. It is also perfect for all floor types, and it will last longer if properly applied.

Rubber Tile Flooring

The interlocking patterns are the uniqueness of this flooring, which provides it strength and stability. It can be installed with ease, and it needs less maintenance.


Choosing the best garage floor coating is a hectic task as there a number of them are available in the market. But from all of them, the Polyurea is the best one. The polyurea garage floor coating lasts for too many years and helps your garage floor protect from UV and other harmful damages. 

If you would like to buy a tried and true product for floor protection, we recommend going with ArmorFloor. ArmorFloor is a product produced by the company ArmorThane and has been a proven-to-work product for decades. 

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