Filter mesh size? Cleaning tank?

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by VA-Jim, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. VA-Jim

    VA-Jim LawnSite Member
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    Am a newbie and found this site to be very informative. Bought a used AK220 (Asphalt Kingdom...please easy on my purchase) am only doing my commercial 1/2 acre parking lot along with a few neighbors driveways.
    Am buying a 2" strainer and am looking for recommendations as to what size mesh strainer I should use?
    Also tank has residual sealer within tank. Does this need to be cleaned? Have heard once the sealer is mixed it will break down the solids...true? Should I get in and scrape before using?
    Once done sealcoating, is it recommended to flush hose and gun? Will this clog hose?
    Will be purchasing Sealmaster products and any advise/help will greatly be appreciated. Thanks for helping out a this rookie...-Jim
  2. VA-Jim

    VA-Jim LawnSite Member
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    OK Jim, willing to help. Use a 2" strainer with a size 6 mesh from Banjo Pumps. Finds it get the large junk out before the tip. As far as cleaning the tank, take off the top doors and get a skinny human in there to scrape and scrape. Then take a shop vac to suck er out. Clean is best before you add sealer. End of season repeat. Easier if you keep with it as it can be a real pain to do when dry and hard. Flush the hose after each use with water, just be diligent in where you dispose of sealer. Hope this helps, any other questions we are here to help and good luck. Glad to help!
  3. VA-Jim

    VA-Jim LawnSite Member
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    Jim, use a cast iron inlet strainer for the incoming material. It will save the pump impeller and also help with the tips clogging issue. Grainger has one for the 2" size needed. Any other questions, feel free to ask. We are always here to help "ALL" newbies as we have no fear of competition helping others out:cool2:.
  4. VA-Jim

    VA-Jim LawnSite Member
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    The Banjo strainer worked great. No clogs and Sealmaster coal tar even worked better. Had to get my butt in the tank and used a air hammer with chisel blade and cleaned her out well. This year will be better cause I'll do it when it's freezing out. Glad to help others...
  5. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    hahahaha, I had to laugh at your thread, definitely my type of humor as I would have did the same thing. I have asked questions on here and there are a few good folks who will answer but maybe they have been overly busy I don't know. Wish I could help you but I am not actually in this field but am getting more and more interested. I only wasted your time telling you all this to encourage you to keep searching and posting. Again, there are some good folks on here who will probably chime in, may not be able to help with your specific equipment (by the way can Asphalt King help answer these questions?) but somebody should be able to steer you the right direction.

    Good luck
  6. VA-Jim

    VA-Jim LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the reply jsf343. Glad to see that you enjoyed my humor, thought I may have gotten a not so nice reply, good to know to have a positive reply. Emailed Asphalt Kingdom about my questions and received no reply, guess they rather just sell and not help users technically. Maybe I didn't get any help here because I am not a "pro", but am not taking anyone's jobs, just my own parking lot. Thanks again, will keep on searching and posting...
  7. joeE

    joeE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    correct me if iam wrong. all have been answered in other threads.

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