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DIY Dump Truck Bed Liner

Do you drive a dump truck? Do you own dump trucks? You know that you need to protect the bed on your dump truck from constant use and abuse. Using Durabak 18 dump truck bed liner you can get the protection you need for a price that makes sense. You’ll love Durabak.

Dump Truck Protection

If there was ever a piece of equipment that needed serious durable protection the bed of a dump truck has to be near the top of that list. You can be shifting rocks, gravel, asphalt or who knows what else. You need that to work in the sun and the rain, snow and hail, dump trucks shouldn’t get days off.

As the rocks and cargo loads scratch away at the manufacturer protection on the dump truck bed, the weather can get in and cause rust. Rust is when the Iron in your truck bed turns to an orange powder, Iron Oxide. Obviously a powder is not as strong as solid metal, so if it rusts too much, your dump truck bed will develop holes. These holes not only make you lose cargo, they also compromise the structural rigidity of the bed.

When dumping large loads the bed gets lifted and there’s only support from the ends, that’s when rust can leave your dump truck aching for help. The real problems start when rust holes let your load spill through and mess with the hydraulics – then you’re in real trouble.

So now that we’ve established the harm of not protecting your dump truck bed, let’s discussing avoiding it. You can go and pay some fancy company a small fortune to put in some fancy liner, but those things are not for real men. If you want a job done, you gotta do it yourself.

Durabak Dump Truck Bed Liner

When you want to get the best, for a price that makes sense, you need Durabak. Used by the US Navy on their Nuclear Aircraft Carriers, it doesn’t get tougher than Durabak. unlike those liner shells Durabak can easily be applied all by yourself. Durabak is also easy to patch up in small spots, but it’s so tough that you’ll probably never need to.

Durabak is the perfect dump truck bed liner. Not only can you choose from loads of colors, you can build up the Durabak coats as thick as you want. Prep is simple too, you just need to clean the bed, scuff it with 60 grit and wipe down with Xylene or Solvide. You can also use Durabak on the outside of your dump truck bed. If you want an awesome look go ahead and paint the cab with textured Durabak – it makes a great scratch-guard.

Durabak has so many uses, you can use it as an undercoating, it’s totally water and salt-spray resistant, so you can be corrosion free. Or, just go ahead use the leftover Durabak on your wheels, have fun with it. Textured Durabak is also great for the steps into your cab if you want some extra anti-skid. Do don’t worry about buying too much, there’s always something to do with Durabak.

If you have any questions about using Durabak please go ahead and call us on 303-690-7190

 

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Upgrade OSB Wood for strength, abrasion and water resistance

Years ago Oriented Strand Board (OSB) took over from plywood as the material of choice for flooring and wall panels. OSB gained popularity based on it’s lower price and relatively impressive specifications. Whilst Plywood of similar thickness could have just 5 to 7 plies, cheaper OSB sheathing trumps it with up to 50 strand layers.

OSB Advantage

It’s not price alone that gave OSB the edge. OSB is made from smaller flakes of wood layered at different directions, adding strength from every angle. Due to the construction from smaller flakes it’s possible to get much larger panels. One sheet of OSB can run from below the floorboards through the ceiling and even the entire length of a wall. All those layers means it’s strong, and you can also trust the thickness. Plywood might have aligned knots in the panels, but that can’t happen with OSB.

The Weakness of OSB

There’s only one real disadvantage to using OSB instead of plywood, but it is significant. Plywood is better at handling water and moisture, absorbing it evenly and releasing it evenly. OSB can swell in different spots, if you trim the factory sealed edges you can greatly reduce the water resistance and make the sheathing vulnerable to water damage. With OSB popular in flooring and roofing, water repulsion is not a property that you want to forego. OSB is a critical structural element of your building and, unless you live in a desert, water is going to be one of the main culprits you need protection from.

Whilst OSB is made with high pressure treatment, glues, resin and wax to repel water, whilst considered waterproof, it is not moisture repellent and will absorb water. Over time that can lead to all the problems we know and hate, that can undermine the strength of your home.

OSB with Rot

Extending Life of OSB

The good news is that there’s a simple solution. You can protect OSB, and Plywood, from water, chemicals, gasoline and more. Durabak is ideal for protecting wood, it is a unique product, used on boats, jeeps and more. Durabak comes in a can and is rolled on just like paint, it’s one part so no need to mix in hardener or reducer. Durabak bonds to itself, so it’s not like a paint or stain that just colors or treats the wood. Durabak seals the wood, and encapsulates the fibers and flakes.

Durabak is made from a special polyurethane formula which forms excessively strong chemical bonds when applied to wood. Used to protect everything from truck bed impact to the decks of US Navy Nuclear Warships, it’s tough stuff. Once rolled on the Durabak cures to form a contiguous and impermeable membrane of water resistant polyurethane. The protection isn’t only skin deep, as it seeps into the wood fibers and brings them added elasticity. Like the 5% lycra that makes your underwear so much more comfortable and also prevents rips and tears.

Durabak is easy to apply by anyone, you just need to clean, sand and xylene wipe the OSB before rolling it on. A gallon of Durabak will provide 3 coats of protection to 50 sq.ft of OSB on one side. Outdoor Durabak 18 is ideal for external paneling, adding better weather protection including UV resistance. Durabak is available in 16 colors, which can be mixed together to create an unlimited range of color options.

Speak to a Durabak expert today on 303-690-7190 or chat on our site nonslipcoating.com

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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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Top 10 Other Things to Do with Bedliner – #7 Will Shock You

While we’ve been able to show you some practical uses for Durabak, there might be some things you haven’t thought of. In fact, we have the top 10 other things to do with bedliner. Hold on to your seats, some of these might shock you.

Refinish Your Bicycle1. Refinish Your Bicycle

Especially if you have children, you know how the bikes get scratched and dinged. You barely get the new bike home and it looks like it’s been through a war zone. Refinish the bike with scratchproof bedliner and enjoy the durable protection. Durabak is also salt resistant, so you have corrosion protection if you live near the ocean.

2. Coat the Tool Box

You try hard to keep your tools in the best shape possible, that’s why you have a toolbox. Most of them are made from metal and prone to scratching or rusting. Rust preventatives only do so much and won’t protect your box from wear. Instead, use Durabak to stand up against the heavy-duty abuse and for its anti-corrosive properties.

3. Lawn Furniture

If you want to protect your lawn furniture from the elements, spray on some bedliner. Durabak is useful for all materials, including fiberglass or aluminum. It stands up to the heavy wear and is UV resistant. You can have your lawn furniture out in the sun for years and the colors won’t fade. Durabak is trusted by the US Navy for it’s non slip properties which means it’s a great way to prevent slips and falls on your deck.

4. Doors on Your Home

If your home has a fiberglass or metal exterior door, it might be susceptible to damage with all the traffic. With bedliner, you receive some extra protection from the abuse and debris. Just imagine how it withstands the abuse from rocks and stones on a truck. It’s just as effective on doors that get slammed and kicked around.

5. Fenders

Sure, you can pull dents out of fenders with special tools, but what if you could prevent them in the first place? Every time you head to the grocery store, you wouldn’t have to worry about runaway carts again. Protect your fender with the impact protection of a quality bedliner like Durabak.

 

6. Extend the Life of Your Shoes

Not everyone wants to spray bedliner onto their shoes, but there’s a good purpose behind it. Not only does bedliner affix well to rubber surfaces, but it’s highly protective. You can extend the life of your soles with this protection and add some anti-skid properties to your shoes as well.

7. Bomb-Proof Your Home

Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme. However, the folks at Mythbusters found that bedliner more than doubled the blast resistance of a cinder-block wall when applied on one surface. Imagine how well it would do from all sides.

8. Fire Escapes

The last thing you want to worry about when running down a fire escape is whether or not you are going to slip. With the non-slip properties of Durabak, especially when wet, you won’t have to concern yourself with this. You can use it on any slippery staircase.

9. Handrails

Which brings us to our next option – handrails. When you grab onto a handrail, you want to know that it’s got your back. If you have stairs near the beach, you need something resistance to salt and anti-corrosive. If you deal with an outdoor handrail, you need something that can stand up to the elements as well. Either way, bedliner provides the protection required and offers some additional safety.

10. Kids Playroom

If you plan to redo the kid’s playroom, it’s time to consider Durabak. Not only do we provide a multitude of vibrant colors, but our smooth formula is scratch resistance, takes the abuse thrown at it and offers durable protection from energetic kids.

Endless Things to Do With Bedliner

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to working with Durabak. It’s always good to keep some on hand because you’ll never know when you could use it. Give us a call at 303-690-7190 to discuss your next project.

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How to Fix a Slippery Staircase

Fix a Slippery Staircase

Having a slippery staircase is a hazard you don’t want to deal with. Falling down the stairs leads to severe injuries, so you must do whatever you can to protect your family. Stone, concrete, tile and hardwood all create slippery surfaces at times. Thankfully, there are ways to fix a slippery staircase and add some traction without a lot of effort.

If you don’t think it can happen to you, consider the alarming statistics from the CDC. They say that every year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. That’s a lot!

Now that you see the importance of fixing a slippery staircase, you have to figure out what to use. Deciding which method is right for you requires that you look at the surface material, the ease of installation, expense and the visual effect you hope to achieve.

What Material is the Staircase Made From?

Indoor stairs are made from several materials. Office buildings tend to use a painted or sealed concrete for their steps. Inside your home, you might have stairs made from hardwood plank. These are often slippery just because of the smooth nature.

So what should you do? How can you safeguard your family while they walk up and down the stairs? Well, you have several options when you want to fix a slippery staircase.

Option #1 – Carpeting

Carpet fibers offer natural friction, so it provides grip while walking. You can choose to add a runner up the stairs or apply individual treads on each step.

The treads are slightly safer because the fibers around the edge of each step with a runner are harder to grip. If you plan to make your own, make sure you use short-pile carpeting for maximum safety.

Of course, the downside to this is the additional cleaning you’ll need to do and the wear. Carpet doesn’t stay looking new after time. In fact, it can become dingy and worn after just a little use.

Option #2 – Abrasive Treads

You can apply some abrasive tape to create the roughness you need to climb up the stairs safely. This tape sticks to the step and offers a rough surface. Over time, those strips do start to peel up and wear. While you could choose the screw down type, these are generally made for outdoor use only.

Not only doesn’t this solution work for the long term, but you’ll have to seal the steps before using them. That helps to keep water out from underneath the tape. Otherwise, moisture could sit there and cause damage to your steps, which you don’t want to deal with.

Option # 3 Durabak Coating

Durabak’s non-slip coating is the ideal solution to fix a slippery staircase. It’s available in multiple colors, so you can match your current color or add an updated look to your home. If you have waxed stairs, make sure you remove that layer first. Furthermore, it’s appropriate to roughen up the surface with sandpaper first.

Properly prepare the area before you begin. That’s an essential step no matter what job you do. Tape off any area you don’t want painted. Then, follow the directions of whatever material you use. Durabak comes with an application manual to walk you through the process.

Remember with Durabak; you can brush it, roll it or spray it on.

When the job is complete, allow the paint to dry all the way. It will take up to 48 hours for it to completely dry, so don’t walk on it.

If you want to see how someone else had success using Durabak on stairs, make sure you check out the Replacing Carpet with Non-Slip Paint story from our blog.

Fix a Slippery Staircase Today

There’s no reason to procrastinate fixing that staircase today. With Durabak, the job is simple and can be done by anyone. You can use it on your exterior or interior stairs for maximum protection. Give us a call at 303-690-7190 to discuss your next project.

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How to Paint Playground Equipment

How to Paint Playground Equipment

Playground equipment takes a beating; between the kids that play on it, the weather that hits it and the sun that it basks in all day. If you want it to last longer and provide your kids with years more fun, you need to protect it. We have the steps you need to take when you want to paint playground equipment.

According to Superior Recreational Products, the typical swing set lasts anywhere from eight to ten years, depending on the quality and how you care for it. You spent money to create a play area for your children, shouldn’t you invest some time protecting it as well?

 

Before You Paint Playground Equipment

If you are dealing with a metal playground set, there are some things you’ll want to do before painting. Typically, it’s constructed from galvanized steel. That’s to prevent rusting, but it doesn’t make it immune to damage.

That’s why you want to give a full inspection of the playground equipment before proceeding. Carefully inspect it and make any needed repairs. Furthermore, you might need to weld areas before you move forward with your painting task.

If you have a wooden playground, you want to make repairs as well. Go over the entire surface and look for any holes, rotted out areas and splinters.

Only after you do this can you adequately protect and paint playground equipment for your children.

Supplies Needed to Paint a Playground

You also want to gather all your supplies before you proceed. This should include:

  • Wire brush
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Bucket and soap
  • Etch primer (if working with metal) or 2-part water-based epoxy
  • Wood preservative (if working with wood)
  • Lead-free exterior paint or Durabak
  • Paintbrush

How to Protect Playground Equipment

Let’s start with the steps you need if working with a metal playground.

  • Step 1 – Repair the playground. We discussed this in more detail above.
  • Step 2 – Wire brush or sandblast any new welds you create to remove slag.
  • Step 3 – Clean off the equipment with warm, soapy water. Make sure you remove any grease, dirt and debris. Then, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Step 4 – Allow the metal to dry completely before proceeding. In addition, make sure you check the joints as these will take the longest.
  • Step 5 – Sand all surfaces. If you plan to apply Durabak, make sure you sand aggressively with 40-grit sandpaper. Then, wipe and clean the surface to remove debris. Allowing anything to reside on the structure will affect the adhesion.
  • Step 6 – Apply the etch primer to ensure Durabak fully adheres to the surface. If you are dealing with galvanized metal, you’ll need to use a 2-part water-based epoxy instead.
  • Step 7 – Paint the surface with Durabak and allow to dry completely. If you choose to use something other than Durabak, make sure it is a lead-free, exterior grade quality.

Painting Wooden Playground Equipment

If you plan to paint wooden equipment, the process is slightly different.

  • Step 1 – Inspect the playground and remove any splinters. Don’t paint anything that needs maintenance or repairs. Then, sand the wood until it is smooth. If you plan to use Durabak, you’ll want to be aggressive with 60-grit sandpaper and then follow up with xylene.
  • Step 2 – Use a toxin-free preservative to protect it from the weather. You can choose a clear or tinted variety. Just apply it with a brush and allow it to penetrate the wood entirely. If you use Durabak, you can skip this step because our product fully protects and reinforces your wooden structures.
  • Step 3 – Paint the playground with Durabak or a lead-free exterior paint. Allow it to dry completely before letting the kids play. If the wood is exceptionally absorbent, you might need more than the standard two coats.

Why Durabak is the Choice for Playground Equipment

With the options you have available to you, you might wonder what material is right for painting your playground equipment.  Durabak is suitable in any weather climate, won’t fade in the sun and is available in more than 18 colors. In addition, Durabak doesn’t chip or peel, making it the ideal material for handling the activity from busy children.

On top of that, applying Durabak to the walking surfaces creates a safer environment because of the non-slip properties. That’s why many people choose to paint boat docks with it.

When you are ready to paint playground equipment and protect it, Durabak has you covered. Give us a call at 303-690-7190 to discuss your next project.

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Protecting Your Backyard Shed – Complete How-To Guide

If you have a backyard shed, you know how easy it is for moisture to infiltrate the structure. There are hidden entry points all around and if you aren’t protecting your backyard shed, moisture seeps in.  We’ll help you learn how protecting your backyard shed prevents damage from moisture.

Protecting Your Backyard Shed

How the Moisture Gets In

If your shed isn’t finished correctly, moisture seeps in through the tiniest parts of the walls. If your shed is placed directly on the outside ground, water comes up through the frame and walls. It’s also possible that water can come through the shed’s panels through any growing vegetation touching it.

Here are some tips to help you with protecting your backyard shed:

Build a Foundation

The best way to keep moisture from entering into your shed is to get the shed off the ground. You do this by creating a foundation.

Build a Stone Patio Foundation

The easiest, cheapest and simplest way to build your foundation is by digging two inches deep into your grass. Then, compress this with a rented compactor. You’ll want to cut patio stones and fit them together.

Make sure they are as tight as possible. Your next step is to put some fill between your stones. This prevents weeds from arriving in between them. Your shed should fit nicely on the stones.

Build a Concrete Foundation

If you have a larger shed, you’ll need a more substantial foundation. Just create a 4-inch mold from 4×2 wood planks. Pour concrete, or hire someone to do it for you. Then, allow it to cure for at least a week before you seal it. Once this is completed, you can build the shed on top of the foundation.

Build a Plastic Foundation

You might want to build your shed a plastic foundation instead. This is easily done with grids that are 20 inches x 20 inches x 2 inches. These grids should interlock, just be sure to cut them to the exact size of your shed with a hacksaw. Then, fill them in with pear gravel. When this is complete, you can build your shed on the top.

When you use recycled plastic, you’ll also have an environmentally-friendly base to your shed.

Install Windows and Vents

Windows are multi-purpose. First, they work to ventilate the shed. They also allow light in which dries the shed and saves you the expense of electricity. You want to ensure that your windows fit perfectly. Then, use some weather stripping to seal them. This keeps precipitation out and allows your shed to remain dry.

Consider also installing some vents which helps in your quest of protecting your backyard shed. These allow the hot air to escape while letting some colder air in. Make sure you use more weather stripping or caulk to securely seal your vents.

Air Circulation

It’s vital that you leave a gap of two to four inches away from your wall. This allows the air to circulate around your shed without obstruction. Just like with your vents, the more air that flows, the less chance you have of trapping moisture.

Consider adding an electric fan as well. Not only does this increase the circulation but it also helps to reduce moisture. When you circulate the air, you face less of a risk of mildew and mold as well.

Dehumidifying Products

Many items help to absorb moisture. Purchase commercial products or use everyday things and make your own. Anything made with silica gel, sodium chloride, calcium chloride or potassium chloride helps. Just be careful using them if you have children or pets because they can be toxic.

Charcoal Briquettes

If you’ve read your charcoal briquettes bag, you’ll notice the warning that says to store them in a dry place. That’s because they absorb moisture out of the air. Not only that, but they’ll last one to two months and don’t cost a lot of money.

Kitty Litter

Most of us have used kitty litter in our garage when we spill oil, so we know how well it absorbs moisture. In the same way, it will soak up the moisture in the air. Just place an open bag inside your shed and let it do its magic.

Dehumidifier

If you store important things in your shed such as documents, semi-perishables or electronic equipment, you’ll want to use a dehumidifier. To operate one, you’ll need electricity in the shed, but this investment is essential if you need to protect what’s inside.

Protecting Your Backyard Shed & Its Paint

No matter what material your shed is constructed from, chances are it is strong. With that said, it’s also susceptible to moisture on the outside which will ruin your paint job. If you have chronic exposure to water with a steel shed, you also face rust issues down the road.

That’s why you want to protect the exterior by applying a quality coating. Look for an exterior paint that adheres to numerous substances, is easy to apply and water resistant. With a little extra work, you ensure that the exterior of your shed looks like new, even years later.

It’s also important to clean any debris off the shed’s roof or out of the gutters if you have them. Leaving these to remain allows water to retain which creates more of a hazard. Finally, keep the bottom of your shed clear from debris, leaves, mulch and grass cuttings. These also tend to retain moisture which will sit against your shed’s paint and ruin it.

Final Thoughts

It might take a little extra time protecting your backyard shed, but it’s well worth it. Secure your investment and you’ll find that years from now, your shed looks as good as the day you got it.

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How to Use a Bed Liner Coating on a Wooden Deck

bed liner coating on a wood deck

We’ve shown you that bed liner is good for numerous projects other than trucks. What we haven’t shown you yet is how to use a bed liner coating on a wooden deck. Some of you might be asking, “Why would I want to use a bed liner coating on a wooden deck?” Let me explain.

 

Reasons to Use Bed Liner Coating on a Wooden Deck

When it comes to a wooden deck, there are many reasons you’d consider applying a bed liner coating. Here are the main advantages:

  • Protects wood from rotting
  • Keeps wood from deteriorating
  • It’s easy to do
  • Anyone can do it
  • Creates a non-slip texture
  • The process is quick
  • Won’t need to be reapplied often

When you are selecting a bed liner coating, we recommend Durabak. It can be used on wood surfaces, unlike some products that can only be applied to metal. In addition, you can apply the coating with a roller.

Applying Bed Liner Coating on a Wooden Deck

Here’s your step by step guide to applying the bed liner coating on a wooden deck.

Materials to Prepare

  • Hose
  • Household detergent
  • Broom
  • 60-grit sandpaper
  • Xylene
  • Bed liner coating
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Foam brush
  • Protective gear

Step #1

Use your hose to spray the wooden surface to completely remove any debris or dirt from the surface. Then, clean the surface with non-chlorinated household detergent, like Spic ‘n Span and rinse with your hose again.

When the deck is dry, sweep the surface to remove any leftover dirt.

Step #2

When the surface is clean, rough up the wood with 60-grit sandpaper. Then, wipe down the surface with xylene to prepare it for the bed liner coating.

Step #3

Open your can of bed liner and stir it to ensure an even coat. Pour the bed liner coating into your tray, only enough to cover the bottom. Dip your roller brush into the coating. Just be sure you only get the bottom part of the roller wet.

Then, roll your brush on the slope of the tray to ensure all the sides get wet. Roll it on one plank of the deck while moving up and down. Do this with each plank of the deck until everything is covered.

Allow the coating to dry and then add a second coat. You will typically need to wait about an hour between coats and sometimes it will require a third. This is because the wood is an absorbent material.

Step #4

If there are areas that were hard to reach with the roller brush, feel free to use a foam brush for touch up work. Then, allow the coating to dry a full 24 hours before doing anything further with it. Once it is dry, you might notice a few other spots that require touch up work.

Step #5

Step back and admire the job you did. Invite some people over to give you further approval of a job well done.

Why Durabak?

With all the choices available to you, it’s easy to wonder why you should use Durabak bed liner coating on a wooden deck. Here’s a sampling of the benefits you get from our product:

  • Over 18 colors
  • Weather-resistant
  • Heat-resistant
  • Durable
  • UV-resistant
  • Non-slip texture
  • Won’t chip or peel
  • And the list goes on…

We aren’t the only ones who think so. Even the U.S. Navy is a proud user of Durabak bed liner coatings. If it’s good enough to use on their equipment, it’s going to work perfectly for you.

Did you know that Durabak is also versatile? Here are a few other projects to consider:

Ready to get started? Give us a call today!

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How to Paint Boat Docks – Complete Guide

Keeping your boat dock in optimal shape is just as important as maintaining your boat. Your boat dock is subject to the elements that cause abuse and wear. Prevent spending a fortune on future repairs by learning how to paint boat docks.

Just a few coats of the right materials on your permanent boat dock will not only protect it from the weather and elements but also give it a more appealing look. In addition, using a non-slip paint prevents slips and falls.

 

Paint Boat Docks Step #1 – Preparation

We can’t tell you enough how important it is when tackling any project that you take the time to prepare. When a paint job goes wrong, it is often the result of a lack of preparation.

Prior to painting, you need to ensure you have a clean working surface. Sweep off the dock and rid the entire area of any debris or dirt. If you are dealing with cement, you may need to use a pressure washer to thoroughly clean the area.

In addition, now is the right time to repair any damage you notice on the dock. You don’t want to paint boat docks that have cracks or holes in them.

Paint Boat Docks Step #2 – Primer

After the dock is cleaned, you are ready to prime the area. If you are working with a concrete surface, you can use a fluffy paint roller. If the dock is aluminum or wood, apply your primer with a smooth roller or large paintbrush instead. This enables the primer to go on smoothly.

It’s important to note that if you are painting concrete with Durabak, you don’t need primer or sealant as our product bonds to concrete easily. Concrete isn’t the only thing our formula bonds to; you’ll also find it works well with metals, woods and other coated surfaces.

Paint Boat Docks Step #3 – Paint

Once the primer has dried completely, you are ready to mix up your paint and pour it out into the roller pan. If you are using Durabak, feel free to paint, roll or spray on your formula. Make sure you cover both the top surfaces and the sides as well.

Once the first coat has dried to touch, you are ready for a second coat. Sometimes, this takes an entire day depending on the product you use and the weather conditions.

Prior to using the boat dock, you’ll want to allow the paint to cure for a few days. It’s wise to post signs or rope off the area while it is drying.

Other Things to Paint

Boat docks aren’t the only surfaces that benefit from having a fresh coating on them. We’ve given you guides on Painting a Concrete Porch, How to Paint an Aluminum Boat and How to Make a Horse Trailer Ramp Less Slippery.

We also have a textured product that works great for applying a non-slip surface on your boat dock. We’ve even written an informative article on How to Create Non-Slip Concrete Surfaces to make it easier for you.

Durabak Can Help

When you are looking for the right product to paint boat docks, it’s essential to consider what Durabak can do for you. Not only does our formula protect from slips and falls, but some other qualities make us unique, including:

  • UV resistance
  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Flexible – won’t peel or chip
  • Rust-proof
  • Vibration Dampening
  • Anti-Corrosive

Did you know that the grit in our textured formula comes from recycled tires? That means you can feel good about helping the environment as well. The U.S. Navy and Kenworth both trust our product; so should you!

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How to Create Non-Slip Concrete Surfaces

Sealed concrete becomes quite slippery when it gets wet. This poses a risk to you and others in the driveway or your warehouse. Thankfully, there are some simple solutions available when you are looking how to create non-slip concrete surfaces. Here are a couple of options you might not have considered.

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Create Non-Slip Concrete Surfaces: Gritty Sealers

There are several manufacturers who produce a sealer coat to increase friction. The best grit comes from a ground-up polyethylene compound. You have the option to purchase products made from aluminum oxide or silica sand, but they can change the appearance of your decorative concrete.

When using a gritty sealer, you have several advantages aside from the ease of creating non-slip concrete surfaces:

  • Transparency
  • Lightweight, so it remains suspended in the sealer
  • Durable

It is important that you mix the product properly to avoid any clumping during application. Usually, you’ll want to mix about a pound of the grit substance to 5 gallons of your sealer. A popular additive for use on concrete is SharkGrip from H&C.

Another high-quality way to create a non-slip concrete surface in your warehouse is with the use of Durabak. The non-slip texture is easy to apply and is also waterproof, heat resistant and sound dampening. Remember with Durabak; you can brush it, roll it or spray it on.

Create Non-Slip Concrete Surfaces: Slip-Resistant Tape

In some conditions, you might find concrete is slippery in only some spots. Instead of drawing unneeded attention to those areas, you could opt to utilize anti-slip tape instead.

The anti-slip tape is pressure sensitive and comes in a varying assortment of configurations. You can cut the tape yourself, plus you’ll find many colors, sizes and shapes. There are even some that glow in the dark.

To install a slip-resistant tape, you’ll need a dry, clean and smooth surface. Ideally, choose temperatures above 65 degrees or as close to 70 degrees Fahrenheit if possible. Then, clean the surface with industrial strength products and rinse thoroughly. Make sure you allow the concrete to dry before going any further.

If you are using a product like 3M, be sure to apply a primer as they claim it creates better adhesion. Then, simply cut the tape to the size you need and press it into place. If you start in the middle and work your way out to the edges, you’ll have the best chance of removing any bubbles. In fact, you might want to apply the tape with a rubber roller.

While there are many manufacturers who make tapes, it does appear that 3M offers the largest selection at this time.

Broom Finish

For as long as people have been pouring concrete, they’ve been using brooms as a way to create slip-resistant finishes. Simply, you run the broom over the wet concrete in varying directions to create texture.

Aside from this decreasing the aesthetic appeal of your driveway or warehouse, it also has to be accomplished when the concrete is installed. It can’t be performed later down the road.

Conclusion

Your driveway and other concrete surfaces need to be safe for you and others. Determine the best course of action for your needs and then get to work to create non-slip concrete surfaces. For warehouse or industrial applications, contact us about all the ways Durabak is useful. Don’t forget; there are numerous purposes for Durabak; just check out how to add non-skid paint to a ramp or horse trailers.