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.

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