Did you get caught using diesel fuel as an asphalt release agent? Or are you worried about the danger that diesel poses to your workers and equipment? Regardless, you’re making the right decision to switch to an alternative. Let’s look at why diesel fuel is so bad, and what other options you have in a release agent.
It is likely that you have used diesel fuel as an asphalt solvent or release agent at some point. After all, it does work really well. While it may be effective, diesel fuel has many disadvantages. Fortunately, there are more suitable alternatives to diesel fuel that can be used instead. These alternatives are more effective, safer, and better for the environment.
Despite its potential effectiveness, the use of diesel fuel is illegal. This is especially relevant for those working in government jobs, who may be familiar with the strict regulations regarding its use. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can impose fines of up to $180,000 for using diesel fuel on a job, and in some places, using it can even disqualify you from securing contracts. While the low cost of diesel fuel may be tempting, the potential fines and loss of contracts should not be ignored. It is important to consider the consequences and choose alternatives that are compliant with the law.
Flash point is a term that is commonly discussed in the paving industry when you talk about release agents. It refers to the minimum temperature at which vapors from an asphalt solvent or release agent can ignite in the presence of a flame or extreme heat. Diesel fuel, for example, has a relatively low flash point, which means that it can easily catch fire or explode in certain conditions. This poses a significant risk of injury or death to workers and can also result in costly equipment damage. It is important to be aware of the flash point of the products you are using and to take appropriate precautions to prevent accidents.
Another reason that many pavers avoid using diesel fuel is its high evaporation rate. When diesel is sprayed on hot metal, it quickly evaporates, leaving little to no residue behind. This can be problematic, as the asphalt may not release properly from the equipment and can cause damage or loss in efficiency. The following video demonstrates this effect and illustrates why the evaporation rate of diesel fuel can be an issue:
The BEST alternative: BADASS (BA-30)
Diesel fuel may seem like a convenient release agent, but its quick evaporation leaves a lasting negative impact on your work efficiency.
BADASS ARA is an ultra-high premium, economical and highly-concentrated asphalt release agent, resulting in industry-leading effectiveness at high dilution levels on the stickiest of HMA and WMA mix designs.
In a performance test conducted by NTPEP, BADASS achieved the maximum amount of pulls allotted by NTPEP testers on polymer-modified binder. BADASS repeatedly prevented the polymer-modified binders from sticking to a metal surface on 3 separate tests for multiple applications, outperforming all of its competition.
With its advanced formula and extreme versatility, BADASS completely replaces the need for any other asphalt release agent, especially diesel fuel.
BADASS is DOT-approved and tested for performance and safety at the highest rating. It’s guaranteed to outlast diesel fuel and make your job easier.
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