Understanding Bitumen

Sealers & Solvents from Adjuvate

Sealers & Solvents from Adjuvate

March 29, 2021

Adjuvate Australia is a great place to source high-quality, all-purpose solvents and sealers to be utilised in numerous building applications. All products are formulated in compliance with the most stringent Australian building standards and are perfect for new construction and renovations alike.

Adjuvate’s range of sealers and solvents are available for retail, wholesale and or brand labelled distribution.

Some of the Adjuvate range to consider for your next project;

  • Adjuvate Adcure A – An acrylic modified co-polymer concrete curing compound tested to comply with ASTM 3799. Stable, clear and quick-drying the emulsion cures, seals and hardens the the surface of new concrete. Adcure A prevents fresh concrete from drying out during the critical early stages of curing.
  • Adjuvate Adcure PVA – A co-polymer curing compound that retards the loss of moisture from fresh concrete during drying. ensuring optimum strength and durability.
  • Adjuvate Sealer GP – A Clear Solvent based acrylic penetrating concrete sealer. When correctly applied the system exhibits high adhesion, water resistance and superior durability.
  • Adjuvate Saniseal – An acrylic-modified copolymer emulsion designed to prevent bio-contamination and water-dispersible liquids from penetrating new and existing concrete surfaces.
  • Adjuvate Sealer RC – Silicone based, Sealer RC is a water-repellent coating made to protect the natural colour and finish of above-ground interior and exterior masonry surfaces.
  • Adjuvate GPSOL – A strong aromatic solvent specifically formulated to clean and thin the Adjuvate GP Range of concrete sealers. In most instances the product will re-solvate other coatings and can be used to clean application equipment before the sealer dries.
  • Retail Solvents

Browse the complete range at www.adjuvate.com.au today!

Understanding Bitumen

Understanding Bitumen

March 3, 2021

Bitumen like coatings are some of the oldest known products utilised in waterproofing, sealing and protecting structures.
Ancient Egyptians used bitumen like resins to embalm their dead. Centuries later the Vikings would use plant fibres soaked in bitumen to seal their wooden ships. Often these bitumen “ropes” are the main evidence left when Viking wrecks are discovered.

What is Bitumen?

Bitumen occurs naturally in some parts of the world as a thick oily substance found submerged in lakes and often called tar pits. Most famously, the La Brea tar pit in California has provided some of the best preserved prehistoric fossils found to date.

The bitumen we use today is a more consistent manufactured product derived from crude oil. Formed millions of years ago this oil is extracted from vast underground resources that can be discovered either below ground or the sea floor.
Once recovered, the oil is refined through a process of heat to separate it into the many and varied products; Butane, Propane, Petrol, Diesel and then at even higher temperatures, Oils and Waxes.
The final product rendered is the sticky black material we now call bitumen.

Tar and Bitumen, aren’t they the same thing?

No! Tar is produced from coal, not oil like Bitumen. While coal was originally formed from plant material under the earths pressure, it is considered highly toxic as a processed material.
Coal Tar, creosote, pitch, moth balls and various other resins come from tar derived of coal.

Advantages of Bitumen

Cost effective when compared to synthetic materials
Highly water resistant, in fact impervious to water
Exhibits great adhesion properties
The only real shortcoming of bitumen is that over relatively long periods of exposure to sunlight (UV) it tends to break down, harden and become brittle.

Adjuvate Australia has long recognised the specific performance benefits of bitumen based products and has developed a range of products to meet most applications.

BlakJak
The thickest consistency, often called knife grade as it is installed with a putty knife or spatula. It is fibre reinforced to hold its body once applied.
Traditionally used to fix small holes and cracks in tanks or on roofs etc.
Not the highest UV resistance but will last for many years outside in the sun.

 

BlakSeal
Slightly thinner than BlakJak to enable brush application and still fibre reinforced. Used to patch metal flashing, malthoid waterproofing or as a general gap filler.
This grade is perfect for use as a cost effective waterproofing membrane for retaining walls and the like. Always apply on the dirt side of the wall so that any water pressure ‘pushes’ the material onto the wall.
This product was commonly known as underbody filler for use on cars, trucks and boats.
UV resistance is similar to that of BlakJak.

BlakPaint
Thin bitumen cut-back without fibre reinforcing to be applied by brush or roller.
Used as a ‘primer’ for further bitumen compounds or malthoid on concrete or metal. Can be used to seal porous substrates such as concrete tanks and pipes etc.
UV resistance is slightly less than the above, mainly because of its lower build thickness per coat.

 

SilvaSeal
Much the same as BlakPaint but the material is filled with aluminium powder to provide additional UV resistance and lower absorbed heat. Contains no fibre reinforcement.
Used to protect metal surfaces, including old metal roofs, tanks, pipes etc. Also used as a finish coat over exterior bituminous waterproofing as it protects black bitumen from the sun, increasing longevity.
Highest UV resistance and protection of the range.

 

For further information or application specific advice please contact our friendly and helpful sales staff.

https://tarpits.org/experience-tar-pits/excavations

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds

February 2, 2021

So what are VOC’s and why are they so important?

Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) are potentially hazardous vapours emitted from certain solids and liquids at relatively low temperatures. Many common household items can contain VOC’s and the chemicals emitted can have both short and long term adverse effects on your health.

United States EPA studies have shown that concentrations of about a dozen common organic pollutants, also known as VOC’s, can be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than in the outdoors. This is regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas.

Common sources of VOC’s include:

  • Paints, strippers and solvents
  • Wood preservatives
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Cleansers and disinfectants
  • Air fresheners
  • Fuels and automotive products
  • Hobby supplies
  • Dry-cleaned clothing
  • Pesticides
  • Building materials including adhesives, sealants, chip board, vinyl flooring and carpet
  • Home furnishings
  • Office equipment and supplies

How can VOCs impact your wellbeing?

There are many identified health risks associated with VOC exposure:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea
  • Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system
  • Some organic compounds are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans

Some key exposure symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Shortness of breath
  • Reduced cholinesterase levels
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Nose bleeds
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

How can I help reduce VOC exposure and their effects on health and the environment?

There are many positive and intentional steps individuals can take to make change and better protect themselves from exposure.

  • Make sure work areas are well ventilated.
  • Only buy products in quantities that you will use quickly and don’t store opened containers when possible.
  • Dispose of unused or little used containers according to directions.
  • Don’t store chemicals or fuel containers within inhabited areas.
  • Read, understand and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for products before starting.
  • Consider which products you use and choose no or low VOC alternatives if available.

Adjuvate Australia have a long standing commitment to community health and the betterment of the environment. Our hand picked technical team have over 40years in the industry and are actively involved in formulating to minimise emissions from our superior range of building products.

Contact our sales team, they are more than happy to discuss the calculated VOC levels of our products and assist with the selection of the best building materials for your application.

Source https://www.epa.gov

Flooring Adhesives from Adjuvate

Flooring Adhesives from Adjuvate

January 2, 2021

Adjuvate Australia are, the industry trusted supplier, when it comes to application specific custom tile and building adhesives. Bespoke formulations are designed and produced for new construction, renovations, or even practical or aesthetic upgrades. Adjuvate products are manufactured in Australia and tested to the most stringent Australian Building standards. A comprehensive range is available under licence to 3rd party customers or under the Adjuvate brand throughout the Pacific Islands.

A sample of the Adjuvate premium adhesive range to consider for your next project;

  • Adjuvate 1000 – A low-odour, trowel-applied, water-based resin rubber adhesive designed to adhere reinforced vinyl tile, mineral fibre backed sheet vinyl, natural cork tiles, and select secondary backed carpets to smooth, clean, and dry porous subfloors.
  • Adjuvate 3300– A non-hazardous, trowel-applied, water-based acrylic co-polymer adhesive that bonds vinyl floor, wall coverings, and PVC backed carpets.
  • Adjuvate 8400 – An antimicrobial, pressure-sensitive adhesive with high resistance to concrete surfaces with high alkalinity.
  • Adjuvate Neoprene – A contact adhesive used for bonding leather, rubber, and other shoe materials. It is also found beneficial for adhering flooring and tabletop materials like vinyl, linoleum, or cork to substrates like wood, fibreboard, masonite, and more.
  • Adjuvate Econogrip – A general purpose, cement based, water resistant adhesive for adhering most types of ceramic tiles, stone and slate to rigid surfaces such as concrete, cement render, brickwork in wall and floor applications.
  • Adjuvate OnePot Grip – A ready to use white synthetic resin based adhesive designed for laying mosaic and ceramic tiles onto fibre cement, plaster, gyprock or masonry walls in interior applications.
  • Adjuvate UltraGrip – A cement based, rubber modified, highly deformable ceramic tile adhesive designed to bond ceramic and stone tile to concrete, cement render, block work, plasterboard and fibre cement substrates.

Contact our friendly Adjuvate team to learn more about their quality adhesives.

Adjuvate Australia – Website launch…

Adjuvate Australia – Website launch…

December 1, 2020

Adjuvate Australia, a name synonymous with premium construction chemical solutions throughout the Pacific region has just launched our new and updated website. Backed by nearly three decades of direct industry experience, we are the trusted partner for many in the custom design and manufacture of construction chemicals, adhesives, sealants, coatings, and waterproofing solutions for civil, commercial and residential projects.

Adjuvate is proud to provide local consulting, design, manufacturing and extensive testing capabilities from our base in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Engineering local solutions for numerous global “brand names”, all Adjuvate Australia products are formulated and tested to conform to relevant Australian Standards. Aside from our manufacturing expertise we have grown to be the “go to” supplier of difficult to source products and chemicals for our customers.

Our manufactured range includes;

  • Ceramic tile underlay, adhesives and grouts.
  • Adhesives for Vinyl, carpet, woodworking, hobby and general construction.
  • Waterproofing coatings, damp-proof course, mastics, membranes, and repellents.
  • Concrete additives, curing compounds, sealants, and resurfacing products.
  • Cementitous coatings, renders, mortars and GRC compounds.
  • Specialised construction grouts and shotcrete.

For more information or assistance with bespoke construction solutions by Adjuvate please contact us today.