Everyone in the asphalt industry knows the struggle of cleaning asphalt off of paving tools and equipment. It’s sticky; and it sticks to just about everything: your hands, your tools, your boots, your hopper. Guys often resort to using diesel fuel to keep things clean because, well, it’s cheap and it works. However, using diesel fuel for cleaning purposes violates various federal laws and, surprisingly, is far less efficient than other solutions. Fortunately, there is a better alternative: PavePro, or as our customers call it, “legal diesel”.
PavePro is a patented asphalt remover and release agent that is specifically designed and formulated to solve the problem that make asphalt pavers’ lives more difficult: sticky asphalt. Whether you are trying to prevent build-up from occurring on your shovels, lutes, and boots in the first place, or trying to clean out the bed of your truck in the corners where the asphalt always sticks, PavePro is the most effective way to maintain and clean your tools and equipment. Heck, it’ll even work in and on your distributor truck when the tack hardens up and crystallizes better than anything you’ve ever tried before.
Here are some of the reasons why PavePro is the best option for cleaning asphalt equipment and tools:
When it comes to asphalt release agents, you need a product that doesn’t evaporate away quickly. It’s pretty simple actually: if the product that is supposed to be preventing asphalt from building up immediately evaporates and steams off when the hot mix hits it, it won’t prevent the build up, right?
Let’s look at a product like diesel fuel, with a flash point of around 130°F, sprayed onto a metal surface that is touching 325°F asphalt at the plant or 250°F asphalt in the hopper, what do you think happens? I am sure you’ve seen it steam off.
With a product like PavePro, which has a flash point above 400°F, you won’t see that same steam because PavePro won’t evaporate away like diesel fuel does. When you spray it on, it can withstand the hot mix temperatures much better than other solutions because its evaporation rate is so much lower.
In fact, PavePro was tested by the Indiana DOT and Purdue Univeristy in a study looking at the best asphalt cleaners and was found to have the highest flash point among commonly used products. There was not an asphalt cleaner studied with a higher flash point. That’s right, even citrus which clocks in at 115°F.
Read the full study here.
The best asphalt release agents don’t evaporate away. PavePro stays on longer so you can spend less time applying and use less product for the same results.
PavePro Has A Higher KB Value Than Diesel
The KB value, or Kauri-Butanol value, is like a score that tells us how good a cleaning solution is at breaking apart and cleaning things up. The test works by seeing how well a solvent can break apart a standard substance that is hard to dissolve like the bitumen in asphalt.
Through lab testing and field testing, we have found that PavePro’s KB value is much higher than that of diesel fuel. This is what makes it such a great asphalt remover. It actually has the ability to dissolve the bitumen better than diesel fuel does.
PavePro Is Legal and Safe
There are three important pieces of federal legislation that you need to be aware of when you are dealing with asphalt solvents and asphalt release agents.
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was legislation originally created to avoid oil spills from vessels and facilities and enforced the removal of spilled oil and assigned the liability for the cost of cleanup and damages to the responsible party at fault. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management states that any “natural resource damages, damages to real or personal property, loss of subsistence use, loss of government revenues, loss of profits or impaired earning capacity, damaged public services, and damage assessment costs” are subject to penalty.
The Clean Water Act of 1972
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 was amended in 1972 due to growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution that led to sweeping amendments called the Clean Water Act (CWA). The act established the basic structure for regulating pollutant discharges into the waters of the United States and gave the EPA the authority to implement pollution contorl programs. They made it illegal for any person to discharge any pollutant into waters.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) gives the EPA the authority to control hazardous waste throughout its entire lifecycle. This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.
Put simply, any diesel fuel leaked into the environment puts you at risk for violation of these acts. PavePro, on the other hand is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, non-toxic and non-hazardous. PavePro does not pose any environmental effects and is not in violation of any of these acts.
PavePro Is Cost-Effective Even When Compared To Diesel
Diesel fuel is the cheapest thing out there. There’s no question about it. But, that does not mean that it is the most cost effective. In fact, using diesel fuel is more expensive than PavePro. Don’t let your jaw drop just yet, hang with me.
When you use diesel fuel, your crews use a lot of it. I mean a lot, and it’s less effective under high heat, so you have to use a lot more. Sure, it costs $5 per gallon, but when you use 5 or 6 times the amount of PavePro you have to use for the same results, you actually save money in the long run. That’s what’s important. Save money and pave easier with PavePro.
Compared to alternative asphalt solutions like citrus and soy, PavePro is a far superior asphalt remover and asphalt release agent. Citrus is very expensive, unsafe, and does not work as well as PavePro. You might as well be using diesel fuel instead. Soy is just a by-product that just so happens to break down asphalt but is not nearly as effective as PavePro. Our product is the only product that is specifically designed to solve the problem that asphalt pavers face, making it the best option for cleaning asphalt off of paving equipment and hand tools.
If you’re tired of using diesel fuel or got caught breaking the law, at least give PavePro a try. You won’t be let down. PavePro is the most effective asphalt remover and release agent and is safe, legal, and environmentally friendly. It is a cost-effective option that will make the cleaning process easier and more efficient.
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