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Protect and Repair your Inflatable Boat Dinghy

If you have invested in a good inflatable boat, you’ll want it to last for years, this is for you.

For the purposes of this article we are going to make a distinction between cheap inflatable toy dinghys and good quality inflatable boats. Inflatable toy dinghys are made of plastic that is barely thicker than a balloon, they’re great for kids or to have some fun riding the waves at the beach. However, a toy dinghy will blow away or pop before long, so don’t get your hopes up. They are great fun for riding down carpeted stairs in, if my childhood memories serves me!

toy dinghy

If the rubber is thinner than paper, you can stop reading now.

Hypalon Vs PVC

When you venture into the world of good quality inflatable vessels you will come across mainly 2 materials. The inflatable tubes will be made of either PVC or Hypalon. PVC is plastic material with some good tension, so at a high quality it shouldn’t stretch and should definitely hold air-pressure. PVC is still fairly thin, so it is not impossible to pop and will wear out after not too long. Hypalon is a totally different material, used by the military, much heavier and harder wearing than PVC. Hypalon on the other hand is less air-tight and you may find a significant amount greater loss of air pressure with Hypalon than with PVC.

Using that boat

Obviously the only thing keeping that boat afloat is the air inside and a puncture is all it takes to end your lake trip with a disaster. It isn’t too hard to imagine a fishing hook snagging on that boat and tearing a nice hole through the tubing leaving you with a long swim to the dock! But it’s not only fishing hooks. Ragged rocks and broken bottles floating in the water are just two of many hazards that could seriously dampen your weekend (pardon the pun).

Protection

In an ideal world you could just make the boat material thicker, much thicker and stronger. Adding more layers of protection to the vulnerable inflatable parts of your boats isn’t just a dream. This “paintable” inflatable dinghy cover is for you. You can upgrade your boat with the system used by the US Navy and US coastguard.

Smooth Safety Yellow Durabak on Hypalon

Durabak

With some simple preparation you can easily apply a number of coats of Durabak to your vessel. Durabak is used by the US Navy on their Nuclear Aircraft Carriers and warships so you can be confident. When applied according to instructions Durabak forms an impermeable membrane. It protects your kayak or raft against salt water spray, UV rays and any harsh weather.

You can use a simple paint roller to add as many layers of polyurethane Durabak as you wish. You can chose from 16 colors to create a unique look. Choose textured Durabak for areas of the boat that need extra grip for or extra abrasion and impact protection from rocks etc.

Durabak is totally flexible and is ideal for an inflatable boat as it will help hold in the air. With Durabak you protect the PVC or Hypalon from abrasion and impact to add years it’s life. You can also redesign your raft with your own look from the 16 colors. Durabak is also used as a bed liner where it withstands the impact of tools so you can be confident that your dinghy is being protected well.

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Creating a Regulation ADA Ramp, yourself

These days not only are you helping customers and protecting yourself with an ADA ramp, but it helps business. These days search engines like Google will rank you better for making your establishment more easily accessible to disabled persons. You’ll also make life easier for parents with baby carriages.

The good news is that you can usually do it mostly yourself.

Some Math

An ADA ramp cannot exceed 1:12 incline, that means that for every 12 foot in running length the height of the ramp can increase a foot. So measure the height of the floor level that the ramp needs to get to and times it by at least 12 and you have the length of your ramp. If you want to make the use as easy and comfortable as possible go for a lighter slope like a 1:14.

You also need to make sure that runs are not more than 30” and if the height at the top is more than 6” you will need hand rails on each side. Here’s a graphic that might help.

The ramp needs to be at least 3 feet wide of clear open running space, but better to go wider so that parents can pass each other with their carriages. You can find more details of the minimum requirements at this site

Plywood is a great and cheap material to work with, it’s strong but you can’t take any shortcuts with an ADA ramp. But your ramp will see a ton of traffic, from wheels feet and who knows what else. You will need to both protect the wood and provide a slip-resistant surface across the whole ramp. Ideally the paint would protect the ramp from rain and impact.

That’s why you need to coat the ramp, in it’s entirety, with Durabak.

One of the reasons why the US Navy uses Durabak on the decks of their Nuclear Aircraft Carriers is because it’s incredibly tough and resilient, yet it’s also very grippy and easy to patch up.

Durabak is a polyurethane product which you can apply just like paint. Unlike paint it forms a rubber-like layer of protection on the surface it is applied to. Because the Durabak adheres to steel, concrete, paint and itself it creates an impermeable membrane, almost like shrink wrapping with heavy duty rubber. Durabak is available in smooth and slip-resistant textured finishes with real rubber granules for added non-skid. Durabak is available in 16 colors including safety yellow and bright red and can be mixed or tinted to achieve any color.

It’s easy to apply Durabak you just need to prep the surface and then roll it on. Durabak is one part, so you don’t need to mix in hardener or reducer, color or texture – truly foolproof. You’ll get a really great professional result with rollers and it will last for years and years.

Durabak is used by some of the nations largest retail brands. It’s also suitable for slip-resistant flooring for foot traffic or vehicle wheels where a slip can be costly. Aluminum, Wood, Fiberglass, Concrete, Steel and other materials bond well to Durabak and can be protected for years by a standard 2 coat application.

If you think that Durabak might be helpful for you give us a call and talk to an expert about it today on 303-690-7190

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Protecting and Fixing up Loading Docks and Loading Bays

Loading docks and bays are a magnet for damage. No matter the size or volume, you can’t expect trucks to back into them day after day, hour after hour, and not rip them to shreds. Combine the impacts of hundreds of bumpers and the dropping and bouncing pallet trucks, trolleys and goods and damage is unavoidable.

Worn out and trashed loading docks are not good for business though. Truck drivers need to see the docks clearly, and when the paint has fallen off with the concrete their lives get harder. You also need to make sure the floor on the dock isn’t slippery, regardless of the conditions, or you could be in for even worse accidents.

Different ways to Protect

For these reasons you’ll often see a shiny dock kitted out with diamond plate steel, chromed like a wannabe sports car. The problem is that the steel isn’t necessarily so easy to see, it’s also expensive and can cause damage to the trucks if they make any errors during parking.

Just painting all the concrete and hoping for good drivers is an optimistic plan at best but can leave you with a lot of dust and rubble to sweep off the ground at the end of the day.

What’s needed is something tough yet flexible, something that can be applied anywhere and everywhere it’s needed, easy to patch and bright.

Durabak for Docks

One of the reasons why the US Navy uses Durabak on the decks of their Nuclear Aircraft Carriers is because it’s incredibly tough and resilient, yet it’s also very grippy and easy to patch up.

Durabak is a polyurethane product which you can apply just like paint. Unlike paint it forms a rubber-like layer of protection on the surface it is applied to. Because the Durabak adheres to steel, concrete, paint and itself it creates an impermeable membrane, almost like shrink wrapping with heavy duty rubber. Durabak is available in smooth and slip-resistant textured finishes with real rubber granules for added non-skid. Durabak is available in 16 colors including safety yellow and bright red and can be mixed or tinted to achieve any color.

It’s easy to apply Durabak you just need to prep the surface and then roll it on. Durabak is one part, so you don’t need to mix in hardener or reducer, color or texture – truly foolproof. You’ll get a really great professional result with rollers and it will last for years and years.

Durabak is used by some of the nations largest retail brands to protect the parking bollards from the non-stop impact and stay bright red and highly visible to motorists. It’s also suitable for slip-resistant flooring for foot traffic or vehicle wheels where a slip can be costly. Aluminum, Wood, Fiberglass, Concrete, Steel and other materials bond well to Durabak and can be protected for years by a standard 2 coat application.

If you think that Durabak might be helpful for you give us a call and talk to an expert about it today on 303-690-7190

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Protect the Wood on an enclosed trailer

If you have an enclosed trailer which is suffering from the abuse of heavy cargo this article will tell you exactly what you need to know to get it sorted.

Wearing Out Wood

Wood is a great material, not only is it cheap (literally grows on Trees) but it’s also strong, hard and easy to work with. Wood is really lots of cells that have dried and are now holding onto each other biologically and mechanically in the best way possible, the way Nature designed them. Now we have all seen trees snap and topple in high winds, but think of the abusive and harsh weather that wood goes through for tens or even hundreds of years!

Unlike the wood on a tree, the wood in your trailer isn’t protected with an ablative layer of bark. The bark is a brilliant design by nature to protect the wood underneath from abrasion and wear. As you surely noticed, bark is relatively easy to break off and is soft enough to cushion the tree from impacts. The plywood or chipboard in your enclosed trailer doesn’t benefit from this, what you are left with as a very hard material without the layer of protection it grew up with.

Different types of wood panels are made up of tens of thousands, even millions, of fibers, cells, splinters or chips. The chips, although held in strong with glue (natural or man-made) will eventually lift, chip off or fall off after repeated impact and abrasion. This will lead to worn out, scratchy, splinter giving, and all round nasty enclosed trailer floors and walls.

Protecting the Wood

The best way to protect the wood is to add a protective layer coating it in all areas where it will be hit, scratched, chipped or go through any abuse or abrasion. Ideally a protective layer will bond strongly to the wood, but also repel any and all chemicals and liquids from seeping through and weakening the wood’s structure.

Wood experts, namely woodworkers with decades of experience know all this and choose to protect wood they work with to avoid these issues. The very best way to protect wood is not with waxes, oils or varnishing, but to embellish them with a layer of rubbery polyurethane.

Durabak is recommended by woodworking veterans who recognize it’s unique array of features. Durabak will seep into the wood panels to embed in them a layer of rubber like protection, and layers on top will bond to form an impermeable membrane to protect the wood from any and all contaminants.

Durabak for the enclosed trailer

Durabak forms a substantive layer of protection over surfaces, and it’s hard wearing surface will keep the trailer in great condition for many years. Durabak is available both in textured and smooth variants. That means that if you want to add some grip inside your trailer to prevent cargo or equipment from sliding around too much you can go with Textured Durabak which has actual granules of rubber in it. If you just want a smooth and easy to clean surface that still offers plenty off grip for your boots you should go with Smooth Durabak.

Durabak is super easy to apply by yourself. On a wooded surface all you need to do is clean it thoroughly to remove any spills or contaminants, then sand it down with 60 grit and finally wipe it all down with Xylene or Solvide. As soon as that’s dry you can roll on the Durabak, and as soon as the first coat is tough dry you can roll on the second coat and likewise for further coats.

Durabak makes your life simple as it’s sold with texture, color, and hardener all in one can so no mixing or measuring required. It’s also available in 16  mixable colors, or you can save money and use the indoor product for your enclosed trailer available in 12 colors.

 

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Upgrade your CM Truck Bed

If you have a flat bed truck bed from CM Truck Beds or anyone else, this article is for you.

Unlike standard truck beds that either do or don’t get a lot of use and abuse, flat beds are there for a reason. No matter what you haul around, your flat bed is getting a lot of wear and maybe even tear. Flat beds are great for their strength and flexibility, they increase storage area and have hundreds of advantages. However, after a few years of heavy loads, sharp and hard cargo and exposure to the elements the fine shine of powder coat can start to lose the fight.

Better Protection

If you’re interested in upgrading the protection of your truck’s flatbed this article is for you. If you want to maintain the metalwork and keep it rust and scratch free for your truck or a whole fleet then read on.

Some of the best selling truck beds in the country are powder coated which makes them look great and even withstands a certain amount of abuse. Yet if you want to upgrade the bed and make it last way longer, add grip to hold your load in place and add real scratch resistance you need Durabak.

Durabak

Durabak is a unique one part polyurethane coating which is applied just like paint. Durabak is not paint tho. Durabak cures to form a thick “rubberlike” surface that protects the truck from corrosion, saltwater spray, inclement weather, rust, scratches and even dents. Durabak is so tough that it’s used by the US Navy on the decks of their Nuclear powered Aircraft Carriers!

The Durabak 18 is UV resistant so it will last whatever the weather, plus it’s available in 16 colors so you can not only change the look of your truck, but you can even design something awesome and unique! Textured Durabak does a great job of gripping onto your cargo to prevent it sliding across the bed, it’s also helpful when you need to walk on it when wet and don’t want to take a tumble.

Application

Durabak is super easy to use, anyone ca achieve professional results with it. When you purchase Durabak you pick the color and texture, so that you don’t need to add anything in the can. Durabak is one part, so you don’t even have to pour in hardener or reducer, it is moisture cured and will set all by itself with exposure to the air.

Durabak bonds to most materials including metal, aluminum, wood, fiberglass and painted surfaces. For your truck bed you’ll just need to clean it up with a thorough wash, use Spic and Span or another non-chlorinated detergent, then sand it down with 80 grit and wipe down with Xylene. That’s all the prep that’s necessary. Once the Xylene is dry and the bed is perfectly clean you can roll on the Durabak yourself. After an hour or two the first coat will be touch dry and you can apply the second coat.

Give it a whole day to dry and then wait another 4 days before you start the heavy use. After 4 days the Durabak will be locked into your bed and won’t lift, chip or peel for many many years. Lengthening the lifetime of your truck or the entire fleet.

 

To speak to a Durabak expert about how much Durabak you need or any other question give us a call on 303-690-7190 or chat with experts live on our website nonslipcoating.com

 

 

 

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Do It Yourself RV Roof Repair

If you’re like most people you don’t want to be stuck at home all year long. You probably like to travel and change your scenery once in a while. There are two ways to do that, you can either be a spoilt yuppy and go to hotels and motels, or you can bring your beds with you. The best way to do that is to get an RV or a 5th wheel trailer or even a camper.

Holidays are best in an RV, but

The thing is that RVs are actually way more expensive than hotel rooms! The trick is buying something older and fixing it up, and then having the freedom to travel wherever whenever you want.

However, RVs are not built like cars or even trucks. Whilst they often share engines, driveshafts and transmissions with other big selling vehicles, it’s the body panels which can be a weakness.

Over the years, travelling often in hot and dry weather or withstanding some rough campsite storms the parts of your RV can start working themselves apart and then the trouble starts. Ask anyone with an older RV and they’ll tell you that leaks are an unavoidable part of life. Whilst you don’t need to worry about leaks so much in the Arizona Summer, you probably don’t have a big enough garage to keep that thing dry the rest of the year.

Keeping it dry

The secret to a long lasting RV or 5th wheel trailer and hassle free ownership begins with a well sealed and protected vehicle. The difficulty is that you want your RV to look good, colorful and eye-catching. Not just for the attention, but it improves safety when other motorists and even Bears can spot you from a distance. Just caulking all the gaps is miserable and ugly, not to mention that it doesn’t really last properly.

The better alternative is to coat and protect your RV or camper with Durabak. Durabak is a military spec. polyurethane coating used by the US Navy on the decks of their ships and aircraft carriers. Durabak comes in a can and can be rolled on just like paint. Unlike paint, Durabak is a super tough and resilient coating which cures to form an impermeable layer that can encapsulate the whole RV. People compare using Durabak to coating your whole RV in a tough layer of rubber.

Durabak has other advantages too, first of all it’s easy to work with, it’s one part so you don’t need to mix in hardeners, and reducers. Durabak is also available in a range of 16 colors and you can mix those colors together to get the look you want. Durabak colors have another advantage over inferior Polyurethane coatings in that they are UV resistant. With Durabak you can be confident that the Sun won’t fade out, dry or crack the material in the coming years and they’ll stay looking fresh and bright.

Durabak on your RV Roof

One of the reason people fall most in love with Durabak is the option for a textured finish. If you like to go up on the roof of your RV and don’t want to slip off, you want to go for Textured Durabak. It’s embellished with crumb rubber granules inside the material, they add a ton of grip and give you sure footing at 14 ft of the ground. Combine that safety with a material that fully seals and secures your camper for many many years and you know that you’re onto a winner.

A con of smooth Durabak 18 will cover 75 square feet in 2 coats and help seal up the roof. Durabak adheres to Fiberglass, Metal, Painted surfaces, Aluminum, Plastic, Rubber and more so you can just roll it on across all the various parts and sections in one go. The Durabak bonds with itself really well too which improves the sealant effectiveness of the coating.

Dan H. from Upton Kentucky has this to say about Durabak – he coated his entire 30 year old motorhome with Durabak in 3 colors and couldn’t be happier.

An older motorhome that does NOT leak! All of these seams are sealed! This thing gets LOTS of attention. It is 30 years old and like most older RVs the enemy is not milage or mechanical, it is water and leaking. These things are basically aluminum siding screwed together, and over time every seam starts to leak. Not mine! Durabak flows into every seam, and has sealed it totally and every RV owner who has seen it had basically the same comment. That is genius!

Dan coated his RV with Brown, Tan and Cream Textured Durabak 18

Designs

Although this classic 3 tone design looks great on Dan’s motorhome you can be more creative. Durabak has nice bright colors including bright and brick red, safety yellow, bright and sky blue, Orange, Military Olive and Forest green and more. Just use 3m Blue Painter’s tape to tape off the design and you’re only restricted by your imagination.

So, don’t wait, order some Durabak now and make your RV great again!

 

 

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Easy RV Roof Repair and Restoration with Bed Liner

Ask anyone with an RV camper and they will likely tell you that the roofs can be troublesome. Not only are they susceptible to leaking, but it often seems nearly impossible to get a grip on it. Thankfully, with the right sealant, it’s possible to perform easy RV roof repair and restoration without any experience. Stay tuned to find out how Durabak can meet your RV roof needs with ease.

RV roof repairWhy Do RV Roofs Leak?

There are several reasons you encounter leaks to your RV roof. Here are some of the most common culprits.

  1. Worn out caulk – on the roof of your RV, you have many skylights, vents and other elements that cut into the ceiling. Everywhere this occurs, it’s vital to have a watertight seal. This is done with the help of caulk, but over time, the caulk inevitably dries out. As it dries, it also shrinks away from the seams. Once this happens, it starts to crumble and your roof begins leaking.
  2. Roof racks – while the roof rack is a handy piece of equipment, it also leaves your RV vulnerable to leakage. You will notice water coming in where the screws are located if this is the culprit.
  3. Ladder mounts – in the same way the roof rack leads to leaking, you will find the same occurrence with ladders. They are necessary for gaining easy access to the roof, but the mount points leave your RV open to water exposure.
  4. Damage – if you encounter a falling tree branch or suffer hail damage, it’s likely that the roof has been compromised. Anything that has any amount of weight can hurt the RV roof and lead to water infiltration.
  5. Age – just as our body ages and deteriorates over time, so will the roof or an RV. As the roof becomes older, the materials start to weaken. Freezing temperatures, sunlight and excessive precipitation only make matters worse.

aluminum RV roofWhat is the RV Roof Made of?

If you want to maintain and repair your RV roof, it’s vital to know what it’s made of. There are three common materials you will find on the roof of an RV.

  1. Rubber – this is one of the most common materials. It is available in two different formats: EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) and TPO (Thermal Polyolefin).
  2. Fiberglass – this is hard to the touch, costs more than a rubber roof and adds extra weight as well. They do require less maintenance than a rubber roof.
  3. Aluminum – rarest of the three materials, it requires minimal maintenance but adds substantial weight.

RV Roof Leak Inspection

Prior to starting any easy RV roof repair, you’ll want to thoroughly inspect your rig to see what kind of damage you are looking at. Here are some tips that will steer you in the right direction.

  • Inspect all the body and roof seams carefully.
  • Keep your eyes open for discoloration or soft spots. Check the roof vents, ceilings, plumbing vents and any other areas where there are openings in the roof.
  • Watch for wrinkles or discoloration to the wallpaper. You can feel the soft spots in these areas as well.
  • Find your furnace, water heater, portable water fill, outside shower, or any other location where water is involved. Match up their position inside and check the walls surrounding those items for leakage.
  • Open the overhead cabinets and inspect where the walls meet the ceiling for any signs of water leaks.
  • Inspect your outside storage compartments for water damage.
  • Some Class C motorhomes suffer from leaks in the bed area over the cab. Make sure you inspect under the mattress.
  • Watch for delaminating. This is caused when water gets between the sidewall and fiberglass. You will notice that the fiberglass begins to separate from the sidewall.

handing over credit cardHow Much Does RV Roof Replacement Cost?

If you find yourself in need of a new RV roof, you are looking at a substantial amount of money. Estimates range above $10,000 to have a 40’ RV roof replaced, and that’s on the conservative side. It doesn’t matter if you drive a Winnebago, Holiday Rambler, Keystone, Coachman, Fleetwood or Jayco, you have a massive bill on your hands if you need to replace the roof.

That’s why it’s imperative that you maintain and care for the roof of your RV regularly. Preventative measures always bring more benefits that you could imagine. Compare it to brushing your teeth; keeping your mouth in tip-top shape costs you less than having cavities filled. Your roof deserves preventative maintenance and protection to avoid costly repair bills in the future.

DIY RV Roof Repair

If you’ve neglected your RV roof, you might have no choice but to repair it yourself. If you find yourself in this predicament with your Gulf Stream, Coleman, Lazy Daze, Thor or other motorhome, simply follow these steps.

  1. Clean the roof. You can’t allow any dust or dirt to remain.
  2. If there is existing sealant on the roof, then you need to remove it with a knife. Make sure you take a clean cloth to the surface for a complete clean. Make sure your roof is dry before proceeding.
  3. If the leak is small, you can use a sealant. Make sure you wear gloves and liberally apply sealant to the leak area. Brush it to make sure you cover the entire area.
  4. If you have a large hole that can’t be repaired with sealant, you will need to take more drastic measures. Sometimes, you can get away with using fiberglass repair tape for RVs. Just spread the sealant over the hole first, then cover it with the tape. When you are finished with that, you will need to apply a little more sealant and allow it to dry.
  5. There are times when caulking is required. If the leak occurs at a joint, this is typically a good way to repair it. Apply the caulk liberally and allow it to dry.
  6. Once you’ve finished repairing the RV roof leak, it’s time to coat and protect it. Not only will this provide a uniform appearance, but it also protects your roof from further leaks.

RV at the beachSealing an RV Roof

When it comes time to coat and seal your RV roof, many people turn to paint to give the rooftop nice curb appeal. This works fine if all you want to do is cover up the nasty scars from your repair, but it won’t do anything to protect the roof from further damage.

You want to think about more than just the aesthetics of your RV roof. It’s also vital that you protect it from the weather, prevent rust damage and make sure your repairs last a lifetime.

That’s why choosing the right coating is so essential. When you plan to tackle easy RV roof repair, it doesn’t get any simpler than using Durabak.

Not only can you brush it on, roll it and spray it, but it applies to a multitude of surfaces with ease. It’s suitable for use in any weather condition and climate. Durabak won’t fade in the sun, is waterproof and salt-resistant as well. This is great if you plan to camp near the ocean regularly. The non-slip properties of Durabak also help you when you want to climb up on the roof for regular inspections.

Durabak comes in over 18 colors choices, so you can completely customize your look however you desire. Furthermore, the U.S. Navy trusts our product, so you know it’s good enough to go on your motorhome roof.

We Are Here To Help

Not only do you want to find an easy RV roof repair solution, but you want it to be the best. With Durabak, your investment remains protected. This allows you to continue enjoying family vacations and adventures without worrying about water damage.

If you want some guidance on how to protect your RV, or you want to discuss the best option for your camper, we are ready to help you. Give us a call at 303-690-7190 to discuss your next project.

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How To Respray Your Car for Cheap.

If your getting bored of the color of your car, or your paint is looking old and tattered, this article is for you. You may be dreaming of a paint booth with a professional respray but that might end up costing more than your car is even worth! If it still runs but it’s embarrassing to be seen in, there’s good news. You can completely refresh the look of your car with extremely high quality paint for under $200! Yes! Under two hundred dollars.

Old Paint job

You car may have looked gorgeous and shiny when you bought it but has now become an eye-sore, but why? Most cars have either Metallic or Non Metallic paints on the bodies, these paints are sprayed onto the car and polished in many layers, with many layers of clear coat for added shine. Both types of paint dry to form a hard and brittle layer on top of your body panels. Powder coating uses electro-magnetism to attract the paint particles to your cars’ metal surfaces. The painted parts are then baked in the oven until the paint is literally baked on.

The problem with these brittle paints is that they don’t flex and can often snap or crack on impact. They are also fairly thin despite all the layers and due to their hard and brittle nature they can scratch easily. What then happens is that a pore opens up in the paintwork which allows moisture and water behind the paintwork straight to the body panels underneath. Now water can either cause the body work to start to rust or just start seeping under the rest of the paintwork, causing it to discolor and eventually lift and peel off completely.

A brand new paintjob can last for 8-10 years, but once the completeness of the seal has been compromised the entire paint job can look like a nightmare in just a few years. The ugliest parts tend to be the parts that sit horizontally when water can sit on them and swell up under the paint. Heat from the Sun or engine can expand or even boil that water, physically breaking off the paint work.

Out with the Old

Your old paintjob had many layers. First the car’s body panels should have been roughed up with some light grit to allow a primer coats to strongly bond to the metal, they then added a few layers of color and smoothed those layers (like wet sanding) to get a super smooth job and added a couple of layers of clear coat on top of that. This process varies between brands and models, but the basic idea is the same just the number of coats used in each part will be different. The clear coat is applied onto an extremely smooth layer of paint and is also smoothed between each progressive coating. In the end the top layers are just sitting on lower coats with no mechanical bond.

In order to get rid of the problem of a coating that is just going to flake off you need to take a 100 grit sander and remove all the clear coat. Keep going till the shine is completely removed from the car. You don’t want to get all the way down to bare metal unless whatever paint there is just peels right off. Sandpaper will set you back $10 for this step.

Dealing with Rust

Areas with rust need to be cleared too. remove any loose rust and sand down any rust until you get to the hard metal which might be corroded, but certainly not flaky. You will want to treat the corroded metal with a chemical rust neutralizer or something like Rust Stop by SEM. It just paints onto the Rust and turns it into a blackish color which is no longer rust. Make sure all the rust is totally covered so that it can’t continue growing. Rust converter’s will set you back $12 for this step.

Dents and Bumps

If you’re already fixing up your body work you might as well go all in. Using a body filler like Bondo is surprisingly easy and with enough attention you can get fantastic results. Spend an hour on YouTube watching some videos for Bondo tips and tricks – there are some great and informative videos out there. Bondo will set you back $16

Pre-paint Prep

So you’ve sanded off the old clear coat and scuffed up the paint, you should have taken care of any rust issues and even fixed up the dents, it’s time to prepare for the paint.

We’re working with a Polyurethane paint and we need to make sure the surface is cleared of all impurities and ready to bond with our paint – Durabak. The surface needs to be wiped down with a solvent, either Xylene or Solvide. You shouldn’t use solvent over rust treatment tho. Solvent will set you back around $10

If you want to go for a two tone look or have certain parts or panels that you don’t want to paint, tape them off with 3M Blue painter’s tape – that will set you back $5

Painting Time

You’re finally ready to paint your car, Yay this is the good bit!

You can purchase Durabak in 16 colors and you can also mix the colors together to form a unique tone. It’s also possible to have a pigment added in an auto body paint shop, just make sure they add a non-water based paste pigment and that you use the Durabak that day.

Open up the Durabak, you’ll only need a gallon for a small family car. Give the Durabak a good stir for 3-5 minutes with a drill powered stirring tool. Pour out a pint onto your paint tray and start rolling it on in a thin layer with a 3/16″ shortnap mohair roller. Go over the entire body once and wait for it to dry.

After 1 to 2 hours the Durabak should be touch dry, now you can start rolling on the second coat. Be sure to use a new roller sleeve for this coat. Once again roll a thin layer for the top coat and it should become opaque.

Keep your car protected from any water, dust, dirt for a full day after the painting is complete.

Durabak is self leveling, so no need to dry or wet sand it.

Advantages of Durabak

So we went through why your original manufacturer’s paint job ends up leaving our vehicles looking terrible. The difference with Durabak is that it’s fully bonded to the body panels of your car. When you sand down your car with 80 grit you’re creating a texture for the Durabak to mechanically bond to the panels. Durabak is a fully flexible polyurethane coating which means a few things.

The Durabak is a layer of material and will be 1-32″ thick once laid on, unlike auto paint which is razor thin and brittle. The Durabak is totally flexible like rubber, so it will not crack, chip or break on impact. It’s really thick and tough so it doesn’t scratch easy at all, and because it’s fully bonded to the metal underneath it it won’t lift or peel. The Durabak is corrosion proof and will protect your car from rust, from saltwater spray and water, it is also resistant to UV rays, oil and gasoline resistant.

 

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How to Extend the Life of Fleet Vehicles

Learning from the Best

When the US Navy wants to protect their $8 Billion Dollar Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, so that it can serve the Military for many decades. They run the tests to make sure that only the very best products are used on this incredible piece of engineering, to ensure a long life with minimal maintenance.

Whilst a fleet of military naval vessels may bear little comparison to a fleet of motor vehicles you can do well to learn from the pros in the US Navy about how they protect expensive equipment.

Striving for the Best

A Fleet Manager who takes pride in his fleet and brings respect to his position is the king of his trade. When higher-ups in the company hear about a good looking fleet bringing pride to the company they know who to thank. A good manager knows that just keeping the vehicles running isn’t enough, but for maximum respect you have got to keep them looking good and new for as long as possible.

Whilst drivers know that they must not dent their vehicle for many reasons, what can you do, accidents happen. Maybe it isn’t their fault, but being on the road all day is just going to end up with scratches, dents and maybe worse.

Being the Best

The great news is that you can protect body panels, bumpers, arches and any part that is prone to get scratched or dented yourself.

By using a scientifically designed material to protect auto body parts from damage you can greatly increase the lifetime of those vehicles and keep them looking new and unscratched for longer.

Using the Best

Durabak 18 is the protective coating used by the US Navy on all 11 Nimitz Class Nuclear Aircraft Carriers and many other warships. Durabak is also perfect for protecting fleets, as it delivers unrivaled levels of protection.

Durabak is corrosionproof, waterproof, saltwaterproof, heat insulating, sound deadening, rustproof, scratchguard, oil chemical and acid proof, salt spray resistant, Fire retardant, UV resistant no fade, and more.

Durabak 18 is very easy to apply, you can use a roller, a spray gun or even a paint brush. It’s one part, so no mixing together ingredients at all. It’s available in 16 colors including a totally transparent colorless version. Durabak is available in both smooth and textured for extra protection, grip and scratch resistance. You can patch fix it at any point in the future as it bonds to itself and that means you can also build up much thicker layers if required.

Durabak is a specially formulated Polyurethane, which is a totally flexible rubber like protective coat. When bonded to body panels, Durabak gives them added flexibility and protection all in one. Whilst regular paint will just chip or crack on impact, Durabak will simply flex with the metal, it won’t come off and probably won’t even show a scratch. Durabak will leave the vehicle looking flawless. Imagine if the trucks were made out of rubber, what damage would dents and scratches do then? Well now you got the idea.

Durabak is the Best

Durabak is also affordable, as a DIY product that can be applied with no special equipment or training. Durabak truly pays for itself many times over by extending the life of the fleet.

Durabak will also last, and last and last to stay looking new for a very long time.

Why not try it out? Order a gallon of Durabak and test it out on a single vehicle, you can apply it yourself with ease, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Order Durabak now and up your fleet game today.

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Which DIY Bed Liner is best?

So you want to protect your truck bed from all the damage it has been getting or will likely get in future from heavy o even light usage. You aren’t ready to drop the four hundred plus dollars to get the bed lined with Line-X or one of the similar polyurea products so you’ve (wisely) decided to save money and do it yourself. But the market is confusing with so many products and how are you supposed to decide which to go with – well that’s why you’re reading this article – we’ll help you make the right decision.

There are lots of brands of bed liners and it’s important that you use the right one, because otherwise you might end up ruining your truck with a poor quality material that can be extremely difficult to remove. Take a watch of this independent youtuber’s review – and you’ll see that none of them are close to perfect.

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As you can see none of the bed liners in that review were particularly impressive, and you can imagine that your truck bed will look pretty lousy in no time with any of those brands.

When buying a bed liner there are 10 things you need to look for to make sure you don’t regret your purchase, and are in fact delighted for years to come.

  1. Is it Fade resistant? Many bed liners are not treated to be fade resistant in the sun and will look awful after a short while – leaving your bed looking ugly and also less protected.
  2. Is it tough? Spray on bedliners and many inferior brands use poor quality materials that wear out too easily and just can’t stand up to the wear and tear of real use.
  3. Is it grippy? Here’s a funny one, most people don’t think of it, but the best protection for your bed is a real grip texture that actually holds your cargo in place. By stopping the payload from sliding all over the truck bed not only are you preventing scratches, dents and damage but you’ll also appreciate not hearing everything clunking around in the back every time you take a turn.
  4. Is it flexible? A really good quality bed liner will be totally flexible so that it doesn’t break, chip, crack or peel on impact. Instead it will bend, stretch and flex with your bed and never lose it’s protective capabilities.
  5. Is it easy to apply? The fact is that most of the more “tough” bed liners make you mix and calculate and put different components together, this can often lead to botched chemistry if all the ingredients are either not perfect condition or not mixed exactly to manufacturer’s spec. instead look for a one part product that will save you headache, time and worry. make sure you go with a product that can be sprayed or rolled on, as without the perfect equipment or set up spray on bed liners can end up looking and performing terrible so a roll on option is a useful backup plan.
  6. Is the texture real? Too often bed liners get their “grip” from a funky looking roller, not only is this less grippy, but it wears out way too fast. make sure to use a bed liner with real crumb rubber granules so you know that the texture is there to stay.
  7. Is it chemical proof? Over the years you’re going to end up spilling all sorts of nasty things in your truck bed, make sure that whatever you buy is resistant to oils, gasoline, salt water etc.
  8. Is it repairable? Even the very best bed liners can get damaged by crazy use (note: make sure it’s fire resistant as well!) so make sure yous is easy to fix and patch up at a later date.
  9. Are there Colors? I know most people just want Black but if you like to stand out and not follow the crowd why not go for something brighter to help make your truck easier to find?
  10. Who uses it? These days every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to be selling truck bed liner, make sure you’re purchasing a reputable trustworthy product that is used by people you trust.

For all these reasons and more you should be investing in America’s #1 Bed Liner, Durabak has been around for 30 years and is trusted by the US Navy on their Nimitz Class Nuclear Aircraft Carriers and countless other warships.

Durabak 18 is UV Resistant polyurethane with crumb rubber granules, made from recycled tires just cos we love the outdoors and off-roading so we care about nature, for ultimate grip and protection. It’s available in 16 mixable colors – so you don’t need to mix anything together, just open the can and stir and you’re ready to roll it on, you can also spray it on.

Durabak will protect your truck bed from impact, chemicals, corrosion, wear and tear, UV rays, abrasion, dents, and so much more – and because it bonds to itself you’ll also be able to build it up as thick as you like and patch it for repairs at any time in the future. Durabak is also self leveling so it will always give professional looking results even if the applicator has zero experience.

In short conclusion, if you want to protect your truck bed with the best bed liner on the market then there’s only one product to go with – Durabak!