By David Kates | 06 August 2018 05:22:26A lot of people have been doing it for years, but the idea of cleaning your asphalt before it dries is a new one.
For the last two decades, the world’s biggest asphalt cleaner has been using a spray to get rid of the dead skin cells from the surface.
But now, Australian-based company All American has launched an all-in-one product called Sunland Acrylic Cleaner which promises to do the same job for less money.
The new product, which costs $100, is meant to be a cheaper alternative to traditional, chemical-based cleaners, such as the old-fashioned ‘paint and wax’ method.
All American CEO and founder, Matthew Gellman, said that it was important to get out of the “gut” of cleaning the asphalt, as he called it, as much as possible.
“The way you do it in the United States is you go down the road, you spray it with paint thinner, then you just wipe it off,” Mr Gellmann said.
“We’re saying, let’s get rid [of the dead] skin cells.”
He said that when the spray was applied to the asphalt at a certain time, it removed the dead cells, which were stored in the paint and wax.
“So it’s like a super-saturated paint and then it drips down,” Mr Poulter said.
All Americans has developed the product using a technique called ‘molecular spray’ which allows for the removal of as much of the surface surface of asphalt as possible, leaving only the “surface skin”.
“We spray a liquid in the form of a gel on the surface, which gets dispersed through the air and then we spray it on the asphalt,” Mr Kates said.
Mr Gellamans first idea was to use a spray of paint thinner on the top of a paint can and use that to cover the whole surface of the asphalt.
He said he initially thought this would be the easiest way to go, but after experimenting with different formulations, he eventually decided on the Sunland.
“You can make it more complex than just spraying it in a spray can,” he said.
But Mr Gollamans main concern was that the spray would leave behind the “dead skin cells” on the road surface, so the spray needed to be diluted before it could be applied.
“I wanted to use it to remove dead skin cell from the asphalt surface, but I didn’t want to do anything to it,” he explained.
“It’s really, really hard to make that stuff in a chemical process, it’s really expensive.”‘
If you can do it, I can do more’While the spray is expensive, Mr Poultter said it was a relatively easy process.
“If you don’t have to do it that much, if you can get the solvent out of it, then it’s cheaper than it might be for some people,” he says.
“A spray that’s only a few millimetres is not going to do much, but it’s still cheaper than a lot of chemicals.”
Mr Gollams team used a specialised technique called a ‘liquid-initiated diffusion’ to apply the spray directly to the surface of a concrete slab, which was then sprayed with a mix of oil and water.
“Our technique is really easy and fast, it can be done on a day to day basis,” he added.
“What we’re doing is we’re trying to make it as simple as possible so we can do the most efficient, cheap and environmentally friendly process possible.”
The company has also designed a “numerical paint roller” that uses a laser to determine how much paint is left on the pavement.
“Asphalt can be a very expensive material, we’re really happy with the results,” Mr Bowers said.
“The process itself is super-simple, it requires very little chemicals and it’s very easy to apply.”
Mr Kates says the spray should be used for less than $1 per square metre.
“My main concern is that it’s going to dry out and it’ll smell a little bit, but there are so many people using it that I can guarantee that they won’t smell any,” he told ABC Radio National.
“Most people think they can get rid all of the oil and it just turns out that the paint is still sitting on the slab, so we’ve got to try and get rid the paint as quickly as possible.”
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