The United States military relies heavily on nonskid coatings for the decks of their aircraft carriers to keep personnel safe from slips and falls under the most extreme conditions. Non skid coatings have been engineered to withstand heavy traffic; from forklifts and steel-wheeled vehicles to jets and helicopters. Rapid-cure slip resistant coatings use a complex coating system containing aggregates that help provide a slip-resistant surface in walking or traffic areas. They combine abrasive mixtures made up of aluminum oxide, barium sulfate, and epoxy resin. Given the characteristics of these aggregates, non skid coatings are typically applied with a roller after mixing by hand. But with average deck sizes for aircraft carriers ranging around 1,000 feet long and 250 feet wide, this will prove to be a time consuming project.
With that being said, C.H. Reed would like to introduce the industry to a new method of applying non skid coatings by using the Graco M680 Mortar Pump to spray it on rather than rolling. The M680 pump applies the material significantly faster than rolling allowing you to cover more surface area with extremely consistent mill builds, less material waste, and improved quality. During test sprays, C.H. Reed and APC Equipment Rental were able to spray 4’ x 8’ surface areas as fast as 3.9 seconds.
Aside from being a profitable shortcut to hand rolling, the Graco M680 Mortar Pump is engineered to withstand the grittiest of materials, including the abrasive elements found in nonskid. Its high velocity flush is often all you will need to clean the pump and prevent build-up in the lines. The quick knockdown for easy cleaning only adds to your labor cost savings. To learn more about the M680 and how it can help you save time, increase your profits, and improve your coating quality, contact C.H. Reed Today.