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  1. sodium hypochlorite & surfactants

    We use citra-spray detergent from ACR Products. It is a great detergent with surfactants and emulsifiers to help clean. Rod & Beth
  2. We used to use HD-80 but found that the formula was weakened and no longer as strong as it used to be. Avoiding fuzzing is like trying to avoid UV degradation. It is going to be a thing. Best option is to offer the buffing option to your clients as an aesthetic option. The fuzzing doesn't affect the performance of the product applied over it, but will turn out less even and in some cases, splotchy. Rod & Beth
  3. With the fluctuation of new stain products on the market and their compositions being that of hybrid and acrylic blends, they pose a challenge to all wood restoration companies who have to either maintain them or remove them. What's even more perturbing is the fact many manufacturers don't have anything that can remove their own let alone anyone else's product once installed. We have customers who change their minds after an installation because the color isn't what they thought it would be and the representations on the can or in photos doesn't match the end result. So....Whats working for you? What's not? There are many versions of strippers out there that are in liquid form, powder form or gel. Indicate in the poll which you use or just post here what, when and why. For those who are newer or like I am putting out feelers to see if anything new has hit the market, I will post some links for reviews that you can look into as you like. Rod http://www.deckstainhelp.com/category/deck-product-reviews/deck-stain-stripper-reviews/
  4. Tile flooring

    I have ceramic tiles I have installed in my kitchen which have been doing just fine. There is a method and proper requisites in order to ensure the sub-floor is stable and doesn't move which requires joisting below no more than 16" O.C. If that is not applicable, one needs to lay an additional layer of plywood, seal it and then make sure the flooring is level. If not, use self-leveling concrete. Then install the tile. A tile distributor would have the knowledgeable people to help get the job right. Just take photos and document the existing project and structural aspects for their reference. Rod & Beth
  5. Hello Collin, Yes, we still use R.A.D. and 633ADD for stripping acrylics and other tough oils like Sikkens suite of products (now called Proluxe by PPG Paints) . Our source for 633ADD is ACR Products. Tell them Rod & Beth from See Dirt Run! sent you. R.A.D. (Restore A Deck) is available from (click the link). The main page this lands you on is the consumer page. You need to create an account to get to the contractor section. Click the Log In link at the top and set up your account. I get sent samples from so many other providers but we always seem to gravitate back to R.A.D. as a tailorable strength product that can clean at lower concentrations and more as you increase the strength of it and dwell time. It goes a long way and we use as little as an ounce per gallon up to 4-6 oz/gal for stripping various coatings. Hope this helps Rod & Beth
  6. Tile flooring

    I have ceramic tiles I have installed in my kitchen which have been doing just fine. There is a method and proper requisites in order to ensure the sub-floor is stable and doesn't move which requires joisting below no more than 16" O.C. If that is not applicable, one needs to lay an additional layer of plywood, seal it and then make sure the flooring is level. If not, use self-leveling concrete. Then install the tile. A tile distributor would have the knowledgeable people to help get the job right. Just take photos and document the existing project and structural aspects for their reference. Rod & Beth
  7. Pressure Washing Guys

    Perception is key here. You may only see the one crew responding for service to a location. Meanwhile, there are numerous other crews at other locations depending upon the company and the demand they have. Some are one man shows. Others 1-2 crews. Others can be up to a couple of dozen. It all depends on how much demand there is and the ability of the owner to build a service team to meet that demand. Rod
  8. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/03/stalkers-turn-to-cell-pho_n_171555.html Many of us have gotten UNWANTED and UNSOLICITED text that never end, text after text of hateful, unprofessional conduct and vile, viciously aimed content. This phone STALKING is being taken seriously. http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/telephone-harassment-statutes People violating these laws may receive fines, prison sentences or both. If someone harasses you, make sure to KEEP the messages. Your smart phone has setting to automatically delete messages after a certain number are reached. Turn the setting OFF. For your specific case, consult a lawyer. Of course you can also just block the caller..... Beth
  9. Determining weight capacity is a good thing. Next. Determine what will have weight and what amounts. Water is 8lb/gal so you won't have a very large tank when considering the pressure washer weight, the hose reels, hoses and anything else you install upon the trailer. The water tank is the largest variable as you may have guessed. Also to consider is a baffle system inside the tank to help with water sloughing inside. This can be dangerous with a barrel tank. Square tanks tend to be safer in this regard. Let me know if you have any questions. Rod
  10. Typically a day is good enough dry time if you have warm temps and sun exposure to help it dry out. If not, give it 2 days so that the sealer can penetrate appropriately. Armstrong Clark is still a viable option. We use TWP 1500 series. Rod
  11. PT Pine Deck Finish 80% Stripped - Now What?

    If you are using the same stain, stripping won't be required unless there are any remnants in the stain that are not desirable Ie; mold, algae, etc. Rod
  12. Ipe Deck Wash

    Yes. It is ready for a cleaning and maintenance coat. Rod
  13. Ipe Deck Wash

    That is to be expected on Ipe. No product is going to fare well after a year on this wood. Rod
  14. Does the appearance resemble that of the photos in this threads first post? If so, the way to remove it is by buffing. If not the same, then pics would be helpful in identifying the issue and proposing a solution. Rod
  15. Looking for Suggestions

    We used to recommend Extenda-wand. Typically, there is only the one kind now available. Here is my google search results: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=24+ft+Telescoping+Pressure+Washer+Wand&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwierIK6hdjwAhWPGFkFHZ60B0UQ1QIwFHoECB0QAQ&biw=1152&bih=521&dpr=1.67
  16. Curbside trash can cleaning

    London based company. I am sure there are sprayer units one can have customized for this. The biggest and most expensive is the sheet metal wash container and reclamation. Any Local metal welder can build it for you to the specs you have in your vehicle. Rod & Beth
  17. We all get calls from time to time that are out of our service area. Help your fellow contractors here on TGS by sharing those leads here. Networking works! Beth :sunshine: :dancing:
  18. The chapter I am working on need residential photos. These could be working shots, of any kind of residential service. Photos should be high resolution only. Please message me if you want to submit yours. I will need your contact info with the photo. I need these quickly! This is a great opportunity to publicize your company! Beth
  19. Stained Ipe

    Rust is typically removed with Phosphoric acid. You mentioned a metal shim so that should be a good course of action. More dwell time as well. This stain looks to have been absorbed over time so it will have penetrated the pores of Ipe which is unlike soft woods which have elongated fibers instead. The sanders may come in handy after again. Now, as to the photo, this looks to be a caustic stain. Given it in a public use area, who knows. I would try f18 alone. Prepare you may have to do entire lengths of boards to keep the appearance more uniform. Brushing may also be helpful. Neutralize after. Rod & Beth
  20. I have always heard people who own them call them Lanai's. Pool cages sounds very.....industry speak. I could be wrong though. Rod & Beth
  21. Marketing

    BUY the PRESSURE WASHERS GUIDEBOOK here!!! It covers this topic.....
  22. Marketing

    All sites need good SEO. Organic rank is hard to come by. Make sure the text on your page reflects the key words your clients would use to find you. Beth
  23. Marketing

    Looked at your site and while it looks good, what is in it counts towards ranking in search engines. There isn't enough of the content to push your rankings so you likely get shoved several pages down in the search people may do. I did a search for: Naples Fl. lanai cleaning and your way down on page two. Your site calls it a pool cage. That isn't a common term people would use so stick to what is commonly used by your customers. I'll let Beth contribute here as this is her specialty. Rod & Beth
  24. shark grip in A/C

    Armstrong Clark products do not have any resin system to hold onto a grit. Your suspicion that it wouldn't hold would be correct in that. If they want a similar appearance, you can try Sikkens SRD natural with the grit. That will hold it. One other thing. We always add a small amount of Japan Drier to help speed up the drying process and avoid the 'scotch tape' feel underfoot for weeks following the installation. It also helps to minimize pollutants sticking to it and later becoming mold embedded. Now for the cons. You will need to strip it to avoid the UV shift which causes the resins to darken making maintenance a bit more involved. Otherwise, I'd look into a product that has something that will hold onto the grit. Rod & Beth
  25. Need help Allison iron horse

    Envirospec was the company that built them. This should help. Send the tech a photo of that tag and a full picture of the unit, the pump, motor etc they may need. https://envirospec.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2tiYvpGG6gIV7MuGCh1MtQT7EAAYASAAEgImOfD_BwE Rod & Beth
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