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    hey dan,

    im using a new sealer this year w/ additives but i want to
    start using some sort of quick drying agent so i can stripe
    within a few hours after sealcoating, instead of going back
    the next day or the next night to do the striping.

    what my question is, is how soon should i be able to start
    striping after i sealcoat. i know it depends on what types of
    sealer im using and the quick-dry that i use

    sealmaster sealer w/additives (no sand)
    and fastdry by sealmaster

    i was told by sealmaster that i should be able to drive on the
    area i just sealcoated w/ fastdry within 2 hrs. max. but it
    depends on the temps. and the temp. of the asphalt.

    just wondering if you can shed a little light on the subject
    for me, or tell me what to check for or what to look for
    when getting ready to stripe after sealcoating.

    oh yea,

    i did do a job last year where we started sealcoating at 7:00
    in the morning, finished sealcoating by 11:00 am, started striping
    at 2:00pm, the next day all my lines were brown. sealer for this
    job did not have any quick-dry in it and it was also 100 degrees that
    day, i think i just started striping to soon, remember i am new
    at this stuff, but this year i’ve got everything in order and things
    are going to be good, already have jobs lined up, just waiting
    for the wether to break.

    how are things going for you?

    thanks for the help dude!




    my website goes live april 1st 2013


    Hello Brad
    Congrats on the Web Site…!
    As far as the Sealer stuff goes…I cannot address that.
    I did follow a busy seal coater. We striped two jobs per day 6 and 7 days a week…for years.
    Mall after mall. Companies, strip malls, restaurants,,,everything.
    I would just be there almost the moment they were done and had no trouble with the paint…ever…at all.
    That said…the only thing I needed to be careful with was leaving too many tire tracks.
    The best advice would come from the seal coat manufacturer. They may not have too much to say about the paint…unless…they manufacture that too. AND…it looks like that may be the case. That’s good news.
    Last…other than trial and error…friend…I wish I could help more.
    I feel like I let you down. I apologize.
    Let me know how it works out. If Sealmaster has a great pair of products…we may all want to know.



    thanks man.

    i did talk to the guy at Sealmaster and he said i should be able
    to get on it within 2 hours after sealcoating. But thats if i use
    a quick drying agent in my sealer and with the sun shinning.
    But i do alot of striping at night time…………dude i think im gonna
    go out there on my first job this year with my quick dry mixed
    in and just keep a check on it and see how it goes. Im gonna
    step on it and if i dont see a shoe print………….then we’re putting
    down the paint




    …you know what, Brad…?
    1) And so would the rest of us. I’d do it. I’m not even sure I’d look back.
    2) Sometimes, the individual behind the counter has limited “on the job” experience.
    …to their defense, they’re doing their best…listening to the label…trying to help…etc…which has a lot of “cover their butt” advice. No harm. No foul. I get it.
    Let me know though, how it all goes.
    I’ll bet you’ll be fine.


    I gonna go out on a limb and assume when you got those brown lines, you used a solvent based paint. Sometimes you can get away with it if the surface temp is hot enough and the ambient temp is warm enough to flash the paint quick. The solvent in the paint will tend to emulsify with the agents in the sealer and draw the sealer into the paint. This isn’t just an issue with new sealer as I’ve been witness to 10+ yr old seal remnants discoloring a freshly laid line, obviously not as noticeable to the ‘untrained’ eye, but affected just the same. Personally I always try to inform the customer that I highly recommend AT LEAST 24hrs before allowing traffic on a fresh seal job, that typically (weather pending) give me more than enough time to get in there and stripe without any worry of tracking with a machine. I abhor leaving those lovely tire width arches between stalls. Not sure if I was of any help, but if you happen to sift out anything note worthy I’m glad I could be of service.

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