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  • Choose Large Stencil Letters for Your Painting Business

    Do you have a painting business? If you are looking for a way to expand your business and add more clients, it might be time to consider adding something new to your services. A great way to find extra clients around town is to offer things such as parking lot and curb painting. You will find there is more to painting a parking lot than just striping. Why Add Stencils to the Business? Let’s look at some of the best reasons to start adding this type of service to your painting business. You will quickly see that it could be a very good idea. First, you have the potential for quite a bit more business. Take a moment to think about the various areas in your location that might need to have stenciled painting in the parking lots, or even along the curbs. You can solicit these businesses as a part of your marketing. Adding them can help to keep your company nice and busy. Second, it’s a relatively simple thing to do and to learn. You will not have to spend a lot of time learning a brand-new skill, as it is essentially something you already do... Continue reading
  • Judson Burdon Speaks To MBA Class About Starting Your Own Business

    I had the great pleasure to speak not once, but twice, this week at the University Of Utah’s MBA class about how to start your own business. Not only was it exciting to share with a room of students that being your own boss gives you the best job security in tough economic times, but it was also very exciting to see that the entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive and well in the West! By starting your very own business, you put control of your job security and your hours in your hands. The amount of work you put in will equal the amount of satisfaction - and money - you take out. You will never enjoy that level of control, pride, and achievement working for a corporation. Here is a perfect example. Henry is 16.  His father set Henry and two friends up with a Business In A Box for less than $5000 as well as a Powrliner 850 Linestriping Machine for less than $2000. With some linestriping paint and stencils, that’s everything these teens need to get started with their own driveway sealing company.  Unlike some teen businesses, with an asphalt sealcoating... Continue reading
  • Spray Tip Sizes

    How To Choose The Right Size For Sealcoating When it comes to sealcoating spray tips, knowing which size to use can make the difference between a professional, profitable job and a messy, time-consuming one. With tips being the most often replaced part on your spray system, knowing which spray tip sizes you should have on hand is critical. Impatient? Skip right to the Spray Tip Size Chart » Understanding GPM GPM is short for Gallons Per Minute, and that tells you the amount of sealant that is being sprayed by the minute. You’d think, the larger the number the better it is, since you are getting the sealant down fast and finishing fast. As with everything, there’s a downside. The higher the GPM on your sealcoating spray tips, the more overspray you have. That means you have to protect the edges better, and you are losing more product on that protective barrier. Spray tip sizes that are 2 GPM give you a precise fan spray with far less waste. Now that you understand how GPM affects your results, the spray tip size chart makes a lot more sense. What Sealcoating Work Do You Do? ...
  • Asphalt Sealcoating System Tip: Losing Pressure at the Spray Tip

    Have you suddenly lost pressure at the spray tip of your sealcoating machine? There are a few different reasons why this can happen. Reason 1: Sealer Dilution The first reason could be that the sealer is too thick:  it is not diluted enough with water. Sealer is sold as a concentrate, therefore all sealer must be diluted with 20 to 30% water dilution.  That means for every 100 gallons of concentrate, you need to add 20 to 30 gallons worth of water. We always recommend that you add the water to the spray system tank prior to transferring sealer concentrate over to the tank. Mixing it thoroughly and making sure your sealer is diluted will allow you to have a sealer that is at a dilution level that can be sprayed with a spray system. If you’re applying the sealer by hand with a squeegee or sealer brush dilution is not as necessary because it can be applied in a viscous state. Reason 2: Blockage in the Sprayer The second reason why a sealer spray system may not be spraying is because the unit may have blockage down at the main suction pipe. The suction pipe...
  • Water Evaporation in Sealcoating Tanks

    Did you know that water evaporates from your sealcoat tank dropping the level of your sealer over time? As a sealcoater you should always use a dip stick and check the level of your sealer when you store your unit at the end of the day. When you go to use your sealcoat machine again simply recheck the level of your sealer and refill (with water) it back to its original storage level. This will allow you to maintain the dilution rate of your sealer so it doesn't get too thick and create pump/spraying issues and it will also increase your profits as you won't be losing mixed product through evaporation. Continue reading
  • Storing Asphalt Sealer The Right Way Protects Your Product

    Storing asphalt sealer would never happen in a perfect world. You would buy exactly what you need and never have any unused sealcoat left over. In the real world, we have to be sure to have enough asphalt sealcoating to get the work done without running out. Your business depends on having the supply to meet your demand, and at the end of the season that means you have to protect your product and practice proper sealant storage. Temperature Is Crucial No matter what time of year it is, you must protect against freezing temperatures. This is true of storing asphalt sealer for the day or the season. Otherwise you will end up with ruined product that is useless to you. Make sure your sealant storage is 45º to 50º F whether it’s the end of the day, or the end of the season. Did You Know? At Asphalt Kingdom we ship our sealer in heated transport trucks to protect against freezing. Not only that, if you order in winter, we’ll store the product for you in the right conditions, until you are ready for delivery. Are You Agitated About Your Unused Sealcoat? ... Continue reading
  • How To Choose Good Blacktop Sealers: Coal Tar Versus Asphalt Emulsion

    Knowing what is in blacktop sealers is such an important part in choosing a good one. Especially when you take the time to compare coal tar and asphalt emulsion. This is important to everyone who either gets their driveway sealed or is in the business of sealcoating. Knowing what is going on the asphalt, and why, is the only way for success. What Matters: Way too often we hear the question “Why does it matter what is used to seal asphalt?” First of all, the properties of the two types are different and it affects how they stand up to use. Secondly, how you buy and apply have challenges you need to be aware of. Asphalt Emulsion Blacktop Sealers: Although there have been vast improvements made in this type of sealer, there are some really important differences when compared to coal tar. Take a look at how it stacks up when you compare. Requires warmer temperatures when applying Curing is negatively affected in high humidity Temperature and humidity troubles mean a 24 hour dry time before a second coat can be applied Needs 5lbs silica sand per gallon to try to make it last longer and dry... Continue reading
  • What Parking Lot Equipment Do You Need For Maintenance?

    Parking lot equipment can help you maintain your own property at a huge savings, and maintenance represents significant savings over replacement! So, what do you need to have to properly maintained parking lots? Let’s walk through the 5 essential steps from caution tape to line striping. Step 1:  Block Access This is not a step you want to skip! You need to protect your work site, so make sure you have cones and caution tape placed to prevent cars from driving over and undoing all your hard work. Step 2:  Clean Start Every job must start with a clean surface. You need to remove all dirt and debris in order to see what needs fixing and to ensure your work adheres properly. The way you clean is up to you: your budget, and also how much time you have. Parking lot equipment for cleaning ranges from a broom which will cost very little but take a lot of time, to a gas blower which is far more efficient. It costs more but when saving time is important it pays back huge dividends. It can also be used in fall cleanup, cleanup after lawn care, etc. Finally, any fuel stains...
  • Line Striping Parking Lot Lines Adds To Your Bottom Line!

    The smartest way to expand your sealcoating business is to add line striping parking lot lines. This gives you the perfect opportunity to add to your customer base by servicing businesses. An investment in line painting equipment will reap you a larger client base, more profits, and a great professional reputation. Remember, sealcoating will cover up paint lines, so why not become the go-to company that can service all parts of asphalt maintenance – from crack filling to sealcoating to repainting parking lot lines?  Clients will love the one-stop shopping you provide and it will give you an edge over smaller sealcoaters. How much profit? You can charge $11.25 for a 45 linear foot parking stall. A case of paint will cost you $119, and cover up to 2400 linear feet. That's 53 stalls done earning you almost $600 so you earn over $475 in profit in one day. In a month? Almost $10,000 profit! Why add commercial clients? First off, commercial properties have a lot more traffic, so they need more maintenance. You will not get the opportunity to sealcoat these properties if you don’t have the capacity to put in the parking lot lines... Continue reading
  • Cleaning Asphalt For Sealcoating Success: Don’t Miss This

        Cleaning asphalt for sealcoating success is the single most important step you make. Here at Asphalt Kingdom we’re about more than just selling you the products, we want to ensure you excel at sealcoating. The key points to cleaning prep are: Clear the edges Clean all cracks Scrub the surface Remove oil stains Why are these steps so important? Without having a clean surface, the sealcoating won’t adhere properly and your work will look shoddy and unprofessional. Weeds and Grass must be removed. To protect the asphalt, remove all the grass and weeds especially around the edges. This is most efficiently done with a lawn edger. Remember, plants will break up asphalt, not just the sealcoating. Clear loose debris from cracks. Cleaning asphalt for sealcoating includes removing debris from cracks. Use a long screwdriver or a wire brush to help you with this, or a gas blower is fast, easy and effective. Scrub the surface thoroughly. Using a hose, scrub brush, or a pressure washer, thoroughly scrub the area to be sealcoated. All dirt and oil must be removed. Which brings us to: Remove oil stains. Any oil... Continue reading

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