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Ames'® Reflective Safety Paint
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Ames® Reflective Safety Paint™
Ames' Reflective Safety Paint is a unique, flexible, acrylic specialty coating with reflective lenses that are designed especially to reflect light back toward the observer at night, or in the dark at the highest efficiency possible. When dry, the coating has a surface texture similar to sand. The lenses remain suspended in solution and set in the plastic coating as it dries. The coating cross-links forming with the lenses into a solid piece of plastic, which adheres to the surface. Clear color has the most reflectivity followed by yellow, white, and red. As the surface wears by age or use, the lenses will become more apparent. Just after the application, additional lenses may be sprinkled into the wet surface for a much greater reflectivity. This process substantially increases the reflectivity of the product. Ames' Reflective Safety Paint has remarkable adhesion to most any surface and dries rapidly. It has some elastomeric qualities, and is easy to apply. Apply to a clean, dry surface. Reflective Safety Paint is water clean-up capable. On exterior concrete, or hard to stick to surfaces, Ames' Super PrimerTM is recommended. Super Primer is more than a primer. It is a pure acrylic, which is almost a real plastic that sticks to most anything.

Surface Preparation
All surfaces should be dry, clean, and free of oil, grease, and loose or flaking material. Power wash old surfaces, until surfaces are clean and free from moss and loose materials. This product has excellent bonding to most concrete, wood, metal, and many hard-to-stick surfaces. Additional bonding and waterproofing for stucco or concrete can be achieved by using Ames’ Blue MaxTM, or Ames’ Super PrimerTM. If concrete is decomposing, it may be necessary to fill or repair it with Blue Max trowel-grade. New concrete should be allowed to cure for at least 30 days prior to application of this product. Cracks larger than 1/8" should be filled with Blue Max trowel-grade, and all seams should be taped and coated. Mask off the area to be sprayed. Lay a tarp on the floor to catch excess lenses that may fall to the floor.

Application with Brush or Roller
Ames Reflective Safety Paint and Coating can be applied with a brush or roller. It generally covers in one to two coats.

Texture Sprayer Application Method
Texture sprayers for coatings have been around for some time. Ames Labs has found a texture sprayer capable of spraying our reflective coating. A Wagner Texture Hand Sprayer is recommended for spray application. This is a small hand held sprayer that contains a built-in blower that blows air and material through a quarter inch nose onto a concrete or wood surface. The sprayer method greatly accelerates the application and is excellent for small jobs. The sprayer will greatly simplify your application. This is a new method of application recommended by Ames Research. Use protective goggles in the application area. Pour the coating or scoop the coating into the hopper (about one gallon). Spray the coating at about 20 inches distance in laying a pattern that works for you.

Additional Reflectivity
While the product is still wet, additional lenses provided can be sprayed on with the Wagner texture sprayer. Clean out your hopper or have an extra clean hopper for spraying the reflective lenses (glass beads) on to the wet coating. It is a good idea to put down a tarp to collect the extra lenses for reuse on your next application. Thousands of lenses will hit the wet coating and stick. Some will bounce. Reflective lenses can also be spread on by hand into the wet surface. These additional lenses provide the highest amount of reflectivity. Allow the coating to completely dry. The lenses will reflect back much like thousands of diamonds.

Important: Test Your Application Surface and Weather. Read all instructions on this label before beginning. Always run a test patch first in an inconspicuous area, to ensure that proper adhesion and drying occurs, and the product works to your satisfaction. For hard-to-stick surfaces, apply Super Primer, which has an affinity to most any surface, especially to asphalt, concrete, metal, and stucco. Be sure that surfaces are clean and dry before the coating application. Caulk all cracks greater than 1/8" wide with Blue Max trowel grade. Install adequate drains to drain flat roofs.

Application Tools

  • 3-4 inch Wide Paint Brush
  • Low Nap Roller and Handle
  • Trowel
  • Commercial Sprayer
  • Sandblasting tube
  • Wagner Texture Hand Sprayer

The rate of coverage depends upon the surface condition. Road surfaces will require thicker, or multiple coats. One gallon covers approximately 25 to 50 sq. feet per gallon per coat. Actual coverage will depend on the roughness, texture, and porosity of surface being treated. Areas in poor condition may require additional coats, and will have a lower coverage rate.

Weather and Drying Guidelines
For exterior applications this product is best applied between 40 to 90 degrees F (4.5 to 32 degrees C) on warm dry surfaces. Be sure humidity is less than 50% and dew point and temperature have a good spread. This product begins to dry in 30 minutes to 2 hours depending upon thickness of application and weather. It continues to cure for up to 2 weeks. Low temperatures, high humidity and evening and morning dew will require increased drying/curing time. Heavier applications will require a longer drying time. A slight tack is normal after drying. This product may be recoated or topcoated when it is dry to the touch.
MPORTANT: For exterior applications check your local weather forecast and follow our Ames' Weather Rule: Apply when the streets are dry, the sun is in the sky, and no inclement weather is forecast for 24 hours. The best work window during winter months is usually between 10 am and 2 pm. Low temperatures, high humidity and evening and morning dew will require increased drying/curing time. Run that test patch and be sure it is going to dry. Usually that will take 30 minutes to tell.

Clean up, Storage, and Disposal
Clean tools and small spills with water. Store unused product in its original can, tightly sealed and protected from freezing. Dispose of this product in accordance with local, state, or federal requirements.

First Aid/Caution
Keep out of Reach of Children. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Give milk or water and seek medical attention immediately. In case of contact with eyes, flush thoroughly with water and call a doctor or poison control center. This product contains a unique combination of water base acrylic co-polymers. Call 911 for the poison control center. Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may produce irritation or sensitivity. Use gloves. Water cleanup.

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