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Consumers: Please note that some of these questions and answers apply to contractor issues (such as mixing, burning, etc.).

  1. Sealer performance F.A.Q.
  1. 1. Why are two thin coats better than one thick coat?
  1. 2. Why did the sealer fail or peel?
  1. 3. What causes white streaks in the sealer?
  1. 4. Why does the sealer dry gray?
  1. 5. Does South Georgia Sealcoating use a Coal Tar sealer or and environmentally friendly sealcoat product ?
  1. 6. Why does the sealer wear out faster in traffic lanes, entrances and exits?
  1. Application F.A.Q.
  1. 7. How soon I can sealcoat a freshly laid asphalt?
  1. 8. While spraying how do I know if I am applying at the recommended coverage rate such as 0.12 gallon/sq. yard per coat?
  1. 9. What type of striping paints to use and how soon can the lot be striped?
  1. Mix designs F.A.Q.
  1. 10. Can you explain sieve size, % retained, % passing, etc.?
  1. 11. Why should we use sand?
  1. 12. Why use latex?
  1. 13. Why apply two coats, when one coat looks good enough?
  1. 14. How much water can I use?
  1. 15. What happens when you use different additives (different suppliers) in the same tank. The viscosity went haywire?
  1. 16. What is the deal with specifications using excessive amounts of sand, e.g. 18 lb. of sand in one of the FAA Specifications?

 

 SEALCOATING ANSWERS

 
  • 1. Much like paint, sealer applied in two coats dries and cures much better than one thick coat application. Remember sealers are water-based coatings, which cure through the process of water release (evaporation). A thin coat will release water much faster than a thick coat. If applied in one thick coat, sealer will have a tendency to hold water and stay soft for a longer period of time, possibly causing tracking.  back to top

 

 

  • 2. Peeling problems may be caused by sealer not bonding to oil spots or any other surface contaminants like dirt, grease, etc. or oxidized pavements. All the areas should be thoroughly cleaned, oil spots shall be primed with specialty primers. Oxidized pavements should be treated with a specialized primer or a diluted coat of sealer or asphalt emulsion (this treatment does not count as a "coat" in two-coat application).  back to top

 

 

  • 3. Possibly due to incomplete mixing of clays and fillers in the manufacturing process of the sealer. Your sealcoating manufacturer should be contacted to rectify this problem.  back to top

 

 

  • 4. If the problem persists and the sealer does not cure to its normal charcoal black dried color, the manufacturer should be consulted. It is possibly due to higher clay and filler content in the sealer itself.  If the problem is temporary i.e. after a few days in full sun it will cure to its normal color, the initial graying is due to either sealer curing under shaded areas or the surface containing too much moisture. Temporary graying can also be eliminated through the use of specialty additive that helps sealer dry faster and at a uniform rate.  back to top

 

 

  • 5. South Georgia Sealcoating is a distributor of Jennite Products, and we are proud to announce that we use "PaveShield", and environmentally friendly alternative to Coal Tar sealers.

    PaveShield is an Environmentally Friendly product that is a low VOC, non-flammable coating that emits no obnoxious odors or fumes and contains no coal tar to irritate skin. PaveShield does not track or stain tile floors, its superior bond provides a tough and durable surface that last 20% longer than standard coal tar sealers, and unlike many coal tar sealers provides a rich black, skid resistant surface that is sure to enhance any parking lot or property.

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  • 6. It is usually an adhesion problem. The surface aggregates in these areas become smooth (polished) over the years of usage. For any coating, including sealcoatings, to bond properly, it is imperative that surface should by sufficiently rough. Our recommendation is to use a specialty primer to prime faster traffic lanes, exits and entrances. These primers penetrate the smooth polished aggregates and allow the sealcoating to bond effectively.  In very high-traffic locations a third coat may be required on the main drive lanes to equalize wear. back to top

 

 

  • 7. As soon as the surface rids of light oils, through oxidation. To ensure spread some water on the surface. It the water spreads evenly without beading, and shows no "rainbows" from surface oils you are ready. This is also called "water break test". It usually takes about 4-8 weeks, depending on geographical locations.  back to top

 

 

  • 8. The coverage rate dictates the film thickness which can be measured by a simple film thickness gauge, available at most paint stores. Select a 10’ x 10’ area of the pavement and place a 3"x 6" metal plate in the center. Spray sealcoating in this area and lift the metal plate before the sealcoating dries. Use the film thickness gauge to determine the wet film thickness. The reading will be in mils (1/1000 of an inch). Compare this reading with the desired film thickness for 0.12 gallon/ sq. yard coverage which is 21 mils.  back to top

 

 

  • 9. Water-based  acrylic or latex traffic paints. Allow at least 24 hr. after the application of the final coat of sealer.  back to top

 

 

  • 10. Sand or the other aggregates added to sealer must fall within a set of particle sizes, neither too coarse nor too fine. This is ascertained by the sieve analysis which means that sand has been sifted through a set of screens with varying mesh sizes meaning the openings in the screen. Percent retained means how much of 100 grams of sand was retained on the screen and % passing is how much passed through the screen. Use your manufacturers recommended grades.  back to top

 

 

  • 11. Sand is used for traction, skid resistance and also to provide a uniform texture to the surface. Sealcoatings with sand wear longer and are much safer to walk and drive on.  back to top

 

 

  • 12. The use of latex additives is very common. There are many latex additives to impart all types of performance advantages. For example;
  • Rubberizing additives improve flexibility, durability, toughness, etc.
  • Faster drying additives help sealers dry fast.
  • Thickening additives build the viscosity of sealcoating diluted with large amounts of water.  back to top

 

 

  • 13. Appearance is only part of the benefits. The sole purpose of sealcoating is to protect and preserve the asphalt. One coat will possibly provide only half of the protection and wear out in less than half the time. You will have to sealcoat more frequently if you use only one coat. This would be more costly since labor costs for cleaning and surface-prep do not change for a two-coat application.  back to top

 

 

  • 14. Follow the manufacturers’ recommendations. Normally 25-30 gallons per 100 gallons of concentrated sealer are recommended. Higher percentages are usually recommended for mix designs that use additives and extra amounts of sand.  back to top

 

 

  • 15. The viscosity went haywire because the additives were not compatible with each other. Do not mix different additives and stick to manufacturer recommendations. Also the manufacturers’ warranty may be void if you use other additives.  back to top

 

 

  • 16. Those are special sand slurry specifications and not used commonly for sealcoating specifications. The industry recommends a maximum of 8 lb. of sand per gallon. Very high sand loading (18 lb. for example) will result in a coating that will be poor in flexibility, adhesion and chemical resistance.  back to top

 

 

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