The use of an electrostatic spray system in concrete and aggregate applications has increased dramatically over the last fifteen years or so. This is due in large part to the effectiveness of electrostatic technology in penetrating the concrete surfaces in such a way as to deliver effective sealing, protection, and cleaning. This article looks at the different methods of applying electrostatic systems and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Wet Application Spray System: The first step in the wet application spray system is a chemical application that contains a variety of abrasive chemicals. Depending on the chemical composition, the chemical may be used to clean away surface contaminants, remove stains, or to increase the strength of the concrete surface. Although these are the most common uses for this type of system, it is also possible to use it in other types of spray application systems as well. For example, it can be used to remove surface contaminants such as algae and stains from concrete flooring and around the exterior of concrete structures.
Electrostatic spray can also be used to improve the structural integrity of concrete structures. As an example, if a structure has a hole in it, a spray system can be used to fill the hole with a corrosive chemical that will not damage the underlying structure. This includes areas around plumbing outlets and drainpipes. In addition, if there is a crack in a concrete slab or wall, a spray system can be used to fill the crack with a penetrating agent. This could potentially improve the structural integrity of a structure by preventing further cracking of the concrete material.
Concrete is one of the most durable materials available for concrete application, but concrete is also one of the most vulnerable to damage. When concrete is damaged, it can lead to significant problems, such as leaking and collapsing. To prevent this type of structural problem from occurring, concrete spraying systems can be used to apply abrasive chemicals to the concrete surface that will help to repel moisture, reduce water absorption into the concrete, or to break down any water-absorbing compounds that may have been applied to the concrete.
Electrostatic spray systems are also used to clean concrete surfaces in various applications where the concrete coating needs to be cleaned. For example, a variety of chemical cleaners and other cleaning agents are often used to protect concrete floors and surfaces that are exposed to high levels of humidity. Abrasive chemicals in a spray system can penetrate deep into the concrete and work to reduce the permeability of concrete by breaking down surface contaminants and eliminating the need for costly repairs.
Chemical treatments are also used to protect concrete surfaces that are subjected to intense temperatures. This includes outdoor concrete walkways, pool decks, and outdoor patios and driveways. This is commonly done by applying an electrostatic system that works to remove heat signatures and surface dirt from these surfaces and will increase their resistance to weathering.
It is also possible to use this type of system to create a more effective seal on concrete and aggregate coatings. This is known as a sublimation system, which uses a pressurized gas (propane, propylene glycol, or a mixture of these substances) to create a more effective seal and give concrete and aggregate surfaces a protective layer. This is used in the construction industry and other industries to reduce the amount of concrete that must be poured in order to create a strong seal. It is most commonly found in concrete driveways because it provides a greater degree of protection and durability than traditional concrete sealers.
There are many benefits to these types of electrostatic systems, both for concrete applications and for various applications. They provide a long-lasting and effective way to treat concrete and other aggregate materials, as well as a durable and effective barrier that can be used to protect concrete surfaces from damage and moisture.