Thursday, July 15, 2021

ArmorThane Is Providing Major Profits During The Pandemic


During the pandemic, we have seen material shortages that have affected a vast number of industries. One sector affected is the lumber industry.  Prices for two-by-fours just last May hit levels that were more than twice their previous record set three years ago.  


Hope is on the horizon, however.  Just two months later and lumber prices have fallen nearly 70% from that record level and are now starting to resemble wood pricing levels before the lockdown cut supplies short and boosted demand. 

 




Despite the shortages of lumber, appliances, and other building materials that led many builders to limit the number of homes they start, total housing starts rose 3.6% in May.  This creates an opportunity for the ArmorThane applicator and their polymers.  As the demand for housing starts to increase, so does the need for protective coatings.  A new home can benefit from open and closed cell spray foam in many ways. ArmorThane's foam acts as an air barrier and insulation in one.


Improved indoor air quality means a healthier home.  It reduces energy consumption for heating and cooling so you can see a return on your investment.  ArmorFoam works its magic between the walls so you don’t see it in a finished home.  But don’t think coatings can only be used for protection.  ArmorThane's polyaspartic roll-on ArmorFloor can top off the garage and make your home complete.  Not only does it add great chemical and skid resistance, but it can also protect the concrete for years to come and you can even add decorative chips during the application process and make your garage truly unique looking.  

 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Speedliner Review: Is it worth all the hype?

 


Speedliner is another good name, but no actual equipment, and very high cost for only one product.

Overall, it has ok strength but requires 1-2 days to cure. Metallic substrates must always be dry and primed with their UltraPrime 450 before applying Speedliner. The price for Speedliner is over $60 / gal plus freight with only 2 & 4-gallon kits. Vapors from Speedliner 1000 contain isocyanates and solvents.

In order to put Speedliners products in prospective I will explain what they offer and how it compares to ArmorThane's ArmorLiner which is a top notch bedliner product you can purchase at a MUCH cheaper price.

ArmorThane's ArmorLiner is a hybrid and Speedliner 1000 is 100% polyurea. Now, most bedliner companies these days, believe that the hybrid product makes the best spray-on bedliner. Here's why: 100% polyurethane (like Rhino's old Tuff Stuff) proved to be too weak of a product for truck bedliners. But, it had great grip. 100% polyurea is strong, but it's way to hard. It does not keep your payload in place and it does not allow for very much impact protection. A hybrid is very strong but still allows for impact protection, and still allows for your payload to stay in place.

ArmorLiner has always been a hybrid however ArmorThane does have 100% polyurea products but they feel like ArmorLiner is a better product for truck bedliners.


Speedliner is solvent based and is not environmentally friendly. (ArmorLiner does not contain any solvents). The solvent in Speedliner is ethyl acetate (EA). EA is EXTREMELY dangerous, its vapors are literally explosive. Speedliner requires a primer to be applied to the truck first. The reasons for this are: 

  1. Polyurea alone does not have good adhesion and 
  2. Speedliner is applied using a brush, roller, or hopper gun at about 90-100 psi which is considered low pressure and 3. Speedliner is not heated which does not lower the viscosity. 

ArmorLiner does not require a primer for truck beds because: 

  1. ArmorLiner is a hybrid and polyurethane has much better adhesion properties than polyurea and 
  2. ArmorLiner uses high pressure at about 2,000 psi which forces the bedliner product into the scuffed surface of the truck bed and
  3. ArmorLiner is heated to about 130 degrees which lowers the viscosity and allows for better penetration into the scuffed surface. Also, I'll mention that Speedliner's primer also contains EA. ArmorThane dealers do have primers available for other applications, if needed.


Regarding DuPont Kevlar:  Speedliner dealers open a little packet of Kevlar fibers and pour it into the "A" side or isocyanate. Well, that's not very scientific. It's very possible that the fibers actually WEAKEN the Speedliner bedliner by interfering with the isocyanate/resin reaction. In order for the Kevlar fibers to actually add strength, it's important how the fibers line up with each other and where they end up in the solution (like top, middle, or bottom). 



  1. Only Speedliner brand primer can be used.
  2. Manual mix only, cure takes 2 or more days.
  3. No 5-gallon pails, drums, or discounts.
  4. Gun is the same as Wall-Mart model called Spraying Mantis at a higher price than retail.
  5. The pressure pot is like a Graco but requires premixing with no known method of cleaning it or purging hoses & guns.
  6. This pressure pot is not a plural component pump.
  7. The spray air needs to be less than 5% relative humidity as it leaves the gun.
  8. A 3-in-1 refrigerant dryer for your compressor is mandatory.

We suggest you stay far away from this bedliner vendor!





Speedliner Equipment:

Speedliner 1000 Pressure Pot

Speedliner 1000 Pressure Pot – $1,375.00

·         The spray air needs to be less than 5% relative humidity as it leaves the gun.

·         A 3-in-1 refrigerant dryer for you compressor is mandatory.

·         Air membrane dryer is mandatory.

·         Requires air compressor dedicated to this equipment.

Basic Speedliner Hopper Equipment

Speedliner Hopper Gun – $127.00

The recommended hopper gun for Speedliner is their gun, but at a higher cost than same Wallboard guns available online and through major hardware stores. 


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Scorpion Coatings Franchise Review


 


Scorpion offers basic equipment at inflated prices.

Priced at $45.00 to over $80/ gallon depending on the quantity (plus freight)


Companies like Scorpion try copying the model of Line-X, but without true national name recognition, they wind up  “pretending” to have the same recognition. Result: Lookalikes charge more wholesale for their bedliner, more for equipment, or must bind dealership startups into buying “only their proprietary” formulas or spray-rigs. While that’s not unethical or dishonest, it made competing with ArmorThane, Rhino  & Line-X more difficult. Scorpion will continue to be a small Line-X wannabe charging too much for junk products.

We give a hard pass on this company!



Scorpion Bedliner Equipment:

EG570 Electric Spray Gun

The
EG570 Electric Paint Gun – $350.00 – Sold as a gun for polyurea

Promoted as Scorpion Coating product line, but is a Wagner Flexio Sprayer 570 readily available from $80-$129 from Amazon to Home Depot. Unfortunately, the EG570 has numerous complaints. Before considering this, check out the Top Negative Amazon Reviews to avoid a costly mistake.






“Large Volume” Spray Gun

“Large Volume” Spray Gun – $140.00 (approx.)

Standard spray gun from Scorpion used high volume use with a 2-gallon hopper. In reality, this is available from Wallboard. It is a ceiling/texture gun for approximately $75.00. Similar hoppers from Graco are much higher quality for much cheaper pricing.

Generic Low Volume Spray Gun



The “Al’s Liner” Spray Gun – $59.00

Smaller jobs like standard truck bedliners use this with this 1-gallon hopper. This can be found at local tool retailers, Harbor Freight, or online for as little as $20. …

Al’s Liner is the “DIY” version of Scorpion Coatings, which is itself a DIY system. Al’s is a higher-priced, scaled-down version of Scorpion.

Scorpion ASC6/7000



Scorpion ASC6/7000 – $16,995.00

This system is called a high-pressure system because it uses a high-pressure plural component proportioner. The pump systems cost significantly more than using XO2, but it is a fast application, no mixing, and dries fast. Payback on these kinds of systems can require significant time unless the volume is high. Some larger shops, dealerships, and commercial applicators have these volumes and can afford more high-priced expenses. At $20,000, an actual Graco E-10 HP or EXP1 or 2 becomes more logical than this unit. Graco has manufactured these for over 30 years for near the same price and offers a much more reliable product.

Cartridge Systems

 

It seems they support the theory, but do not have an actual system.

All Cartridge systems use a LP polyurea inserted into cartridges for a low-priced pneumatic cartridge gun. Cheap replaceable spray tips called Static Mixing Tubes must be replaced each time you spray. Cartridge guns were intended for applicators that need faster dry times but can’t incur the high cost of a Graco system on very small jobs.




Tuesday, July 6, 2021

What makes ArmorThane the best bedliner?



ArmorThane bedliners will be the first thing that you notice. They look gorgeous and really put that final touch on any new vehicle. ArmorThane is a well-known brand that has been in business for over 30 years. Their look has been refined and every applicator is trained in the most effective, modern application techniques. You will get the same smooth, beautiful look.

A Few Key advantages of ArmorThane's bedliner. They are very w to fit your truck bed. 

When the bedliner has been sprayed in, your truck bed will be free from any bubbling as well as sliding cargo.        


ArmorThane's anti-skid properties are despite its rough texture. It can store cargo well. The rough surface can be difficult on the knees and hands for some people. Because of this, you may need to kneel down and rummage through your bed.


A quick overview of the Armorthane bedliner: The ArmorThane truck bedliner is rugged, dries quickly, and looks amazing!


If you prefer to reduce the surface texture, you can request customization. This will smooth the surface but it might appear less glossy. 


ArmorThane's main competitors are Rhino Lining and Line-X. They claim that a hard surface provides more durability and wear resistance.


The application process for each product is fairly similar. However, cargo can be damaged by hard surfaces, especially wooden crates. The ArmorThane bed liner is an excellent choice, and no one seems to regret it.


The final decision is whether you are willing to compromise comfort in favor of ruggedness.





Pros Of ArmorThane

ArmorThane's tensile strength is higher and it has a harder surface which makes it more resistant to wear. ArmorLiner is their latest, modified and updated flagship product.

ArmorThane has the ability to absorb sound.

It fits perfectly in your truck bed, so it is easy to install.

Once it is applied it dries in about 3-5 minutes.

Spray-on bedliners create a permanent bond with the truck bed.

Truck bedliners that are spray-resistant to chemicals like gasoline and diesel also resist chemical agents.





Rhino Liner

The main difference in this ArmorThane vs. Rhino vs. LineX liner battle is the texture. Rhino is more soft and less durable.


Rhino truck bedliner are thicker than ArmorThane and are not as rough. Rhino's bed liner is the better choice between them both. These two will protect your truck bed but not your cargo.


Rhino's bedliner has the best anti slip functions. This can vary depending on what finish you choose. A glossy liner will be more slip-resistant than a matte one. A matte-like look is required if you want a better anti-slip.


Rhino Lining is thicker and more effective than Line-X in dampening vibrations while you are hauling cargo. This is a great benefit for people who enjoy a calm ride. 

Rhino linings are also soft and may not last as long as harder materials. But it protects against corrosion and impact as well as weather and abrasion. Rhino also offers a lifetime guarantee, which will put your mind at rest.


The protective coating should be applied only by an experienced Rhino Linings Dealer who has the appropriate equipment. The quality is better despite the higher cost.


Pros Of Rhino Liner

The Rhino liner has a soft texture that feels better than ArmorThane.

The thicker liner works to reduce sound and impact.

Rhino lining's soft surface makes it more convenient for cargo. It is much easier than other bedliners with rough surfaces. Although it is more expensive, you can obtain UV-resistant, waterproof and non-flammable coating protections.


What is the Commonality Between the Three?

We now have a better understanding of the differences among each brand. Let's look at the most striking similarities. The comparison of ArmorThane vs. Rhino Liner vs. LineX Liner wouldn't be complete if we didn't discuss the common ground between them.


No matter which brand of bedliner is chosen, it will perform the task if properly installed

UV radiation can cause damage to truck bed liners. It is important to have UV protection in any truck bed liner. ArmorThane offers products that can reverse any fading.

While the chemicals in the ArmrThane, Rhino, and Line-X truck spray bedliners are very similar, it's the way the bedliners are installed that will determine their quality. 

Larger manufacturers offer a nationwide lifetime guarantee.

Clean and prepare your truck bed before applying bedliners.

The liner finish can vary slightly but the colors are the same.

It is nearly the same cost to hire a professional and for the bedliner.

You now have a better idea of the strengths, weaknesses, and commonalities of each liner brand. This will make it easier to choose the best DIY mattress liner.


These features protect your truck bed by providing anti-skid and weatherproof protection. Your truck bed will be protected from water, chemicals, and corrosion.



Conclusion

The choice of the best truck bedliner can be difficult. It's important that you consider the benefits of the bedliner for both you and your truck.


You want a smoother look that's not too rough on your joints. Do you frequently haul large and sharp objects, which could damage your bedliner? These are just a few of the factors that influence which bedliner is the best. 


No matter what product you choose to use, we will never forget the quality and safety of the applicator. ArmorThane's 30+ years of experience in the business has allowed them to develop their techniques and products. This is yet 


Friday, July 2, 2021

What is Yield strength?


Definition - What does Yield strength mean?

Yield strength is a measure of the maximum stress that can develop in a material without causing any plastic deformation. It is the stress at the which a material exhibits a specific permanent deformation. This is an approximation to the elastic limit.

It is crucial to consider yield strength when designing structural engineering. When designing a component, for example, it must withstand the forces incurred during its use and must not deform. Also, choose a material that has sufficient yield strength.

It is the highest limit of forces that can be applied to a part without causing permanent damage. The yield strength is used often to calculate the maximum allowable load. There are many yield criteria for different materials.

When a material is stressed, it can deform in a way that can still be recovered. The material's yield strength refers to the amount of stress that occurs after its deformation is complete. A stress higher than the yield strength will cause irreversible deformation. Due to the linearity of elastic distortion, yield strength can also be called the maximum level of stress that can reasonably be achieved without any deviation. There is a direct relationship between strain and stress. You can observe large deformations beyond this point without any increase in the load applied. Yield strength can be expressed as N/m2 (or pascals).


An explanation of Yield strength

It is important to know the material's yield strength when designing components. This usually indicates the maximum load that can be applied. For controlling the production methods of many materials, such as rolling, forging and pressing, yield strength is crucial.

To determine a material's yield strength, a tensile test can be used. The stress-strain curve is plotted to show the test results. The stress at which the stress-strain curve is not proportional to the material's yield strength is called the yield strength.

The yield strength is used in design applications as an upper limit on the amount of stress that can be applied a material. This is particularly important for material applications that need to maintain exact dimensional tolerances in the face of high stresses or loads. You can fine-tune the yield strength by changing the dislocation density, grain size and impurity levels (in crystallized materials). Materials without a clearly defined yield point are usually described as yield strength. This is the stress at which there will be a permanent deformation of 0.2% or more of the original dimensions.

In the construction of structures, yield strength is crucial. It should be able to perform in elastic regions under normal servicing conditions. The plastic region of the material is crucial when the material is subject to unexpected impact loads like fires, explosions, or natural disasters. This is because a large percentage of the energy that the material absorbs under these circumstances is due to the plastic area. A material with a greater toughness means that it can withstand unexpected loadings for a longer time, allowing for more safety measures to be taken.

Yield strength generally increases with strain rate and decreases with temperature. If the former is not true, the material will exhibit a yield weakness anomaly. This is common for super-alloys and can lead to them being used in applications that require high strength at high temperatures. The "yield stress anomaly" is another name for the yield strength anomaly. It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly when yielding starts. This is why proof stress is often used. This is the point at which stress causes a certain amount of strain. This is what is used to determine the yield strength.


What is tensile strength?


Definition Of Tensile Strength

Tensile strength refers to the material's ability to resist a pulling force (tensile force). It is also the material's breaking strength when a force is applied that can simultaneously break many strands at the same time, with a constant rate/load. It is usually measured in units per cross-sectional area.

Tensile strength refers to the material's ability to withstand a certain amount of stress or load before it breaks down. Tensile strength, as the name suggests, is the material's resistance against tension caused by mechanical loads. Material used in structural applications must be able to resist breaking under tensile stresses. This property is widely measured.

Tensile strength refers to the maximum amount of tensile stress a material can withstand before it fails. However, the definition of failure will vary depending on the material's design and type. An increase in ductility or brittleness is associated with an increased corrosion rate. This can lead to material failures that are more serious than a ductile one.

Tensile strength is a key concept in engineering, as well as in the areas of materials science and mechanical engineering. Brittle materials are more important than ductile ones.

An Explanation Of Tensile Strength

Tensile strength is the maximum amount that a material can withstand before it fails (such as breaking down or permanent deformation). The point at which a material can go from elastic to plastic deformation is called tensile strength. It's the minimum amount of tensile stress per unit area required to separate the material.

A metal rod that measures one square inch in length can resist a pulling force up to 1,000 pounds, but will break if the force is increased, has a tensile strength equal to 1,000 pounds per square inch. For structural steel, the tensile strength is 400 megapascals (MPa), while for carbon steel it's 841 MPa. Different densities of steel have different tensile strength values.

There are three types if tensile strength.

  1. Yield strength is the amount of stress that a material can withstand with no permanent deformation.
  2. Ultimate strength - Maximum stress that a material can withstand
  3. Breaking strength – The stress coordinate on a stress-strain curve at rupture's point

Tensile strength refers to the limit of tensile stress at which a person can fail.

  1. Ductile failure – Yield is the first stage, followed by some hardening and breakage in the second stage.
  2. Brittle failure is a sudden breaking of one or more pieces in a low stress environment

You can use tensile strength to measure engineering stress or true stress.

A tensile test for metals can determine the length of an alloy before reaching its ultimate strength. It will also reveal how heavy a piece of metal can withstand before it begins to lose structural integrity. It is crucial to understand the tensile strength and safety of materials for construction.

Tensile strength, along with elastic modulus or corrosion resistance is an important parameter in materials used in structures and mechanical devices. It is used to specify building materials like alloys, composite materials and ceramics as well as plastics, wood, plastics, and plastics.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Enhance Your Construction Equipment With Polyurea



Construction services is a term that is an all-encompassing term for all aspects of a job in construction. Construction is the process of building something new. The most common construction job is for erecting buildings. There are many steps involved in a construction project unless you've got a magical genie that is willing to make a building appear from thin air. Let's say you are a project manager or a contractor responsible for building the project from scratch. In this case, Polyurea coatings are a must for all your heavy-duty and small-sized vehicles.

ArmorThane has developed a durable, reliable, and strong coating that will protect your vehicles, tools, and equipment. Polyurea coatings not only protect what you spray but also extend the life of your equipment and increase its aesthetic value. We'll be discussing how polyurea coatings can enhance your construction services. Get in touch with us today to get started!


HOW TO ENHANCE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES WITH POLYUREA

COAT YOUR VEHICLES

Although this may seem obvious, you'd be amazed at how many subcontractors, project managers, and construction companies forget to do so. Your vehicles, from your pickup truck to your trucks for hauling dirt and dust or trailers, could all benefit from polyurea coatings. ArmorThane's coatings are super fast. This is just the beginning. You can forget all about them once they are applied. They will protect your vehicle from scratches, dents, and moisture that could lead to corrosion. You can also choose a cool-colored polyurea coating to make it easy for you to pick up at your local hardware store.

COAT YOUR HARD EQUIPMENT

We discussed the benefits of using a polyurea coat on heavy equipment in our last blog post. Many project managers and contractors view heavy equipment as indestructible. They are heavy, weighing thousands of pounds. They could be damaged. They could be harmed by the same elements as any other piece of machinery. The threat does not change in size, but it may be smaller. Your backhoe will use more oil and gas than your pickup truck. Some many chemicals and fluids can damage heavy equipment. It's crucial to stay vigilant. ArmorThane's polyurea coating could almost eliminate this threat.


COAT YOUR POWER SYSTEMS

Your power systems are another piece of equipment often forgotten that is essential for job sites. Your power systems are everything you need to provide electricity for your job site. These systems include generators, air compressors, and lighting. These machinery pieces are essential to your job site, especially if you need them for night work. They often spend long periods outside in the elements. ArmorThane can protect all of this machinery. You can apply a layer to protect your entire system against moisture, rain, and snow in one easy step. Windy days can cause debris to blow and damage your power systems. A protective coating can help you avoid costly repairs after a strong storm.


COAT YOU TRAILERS

Trailers are required to transport heavy equipment, particularly if it is tracked and not on wheels. Trailers can also take a lot of abuse. They must haul thousands of pounds worth of machinery, and they are also outside exposed to the elements. People use their trailers to store heavy machinery. You'll often see skid steers and dozers on trailers at job sites, especially if they need to be moved within a few days. ArmorThane has the best polyurea coatings available, so you can coat your trailer wherever it is needed. When you transport heavy equipment, your trailer will be protected from road debris and other debris. This will prevent erosion and provide a non-slip surface that your equipment can grasp onto. The best, most durable, and longest-lasting polyurea coating is recommended for construction trailers.

CHOOSE ArmorThane TODAY

ArmorThane has been developed over 50 years and is the most effective chemical formula for protecting your vehicles, trailers, power systems, and heavy equipment. Spray-on polyurea coatings have been tested for fire, flood, fungus, and safe walking surfaces. It's hard to imagine all the uses for our top-rated coatings. ArmorThane is available to help you with polyurea coatings in your construction company.