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COATINGSPRO SURFACE PREP 2017 31 Back to the Future with HoldTight ® 102 Past e developers of HoldTight®102 were involved in building and marketing an early version of wet abrasive blast- ing equipment. ey needed to solve a major problem: blast- ing with water and abrasive resulted in instant f lash rust. Conventional "rust inhibitors" were and are " film-forming", so adding them to the water might inhibit f lash rust, but might also interfere with coating adhesion. at would be a market killer. eir solution: figure out a way to clean the surface so well — removing all or most " hygroscopic" or water-attracting contaminants — that f lash rust would be postponed for many hours or several days. en be sure that after cleaning, no new residue is introduced that might be a problem for coating. e result: a product we now call HoldTight®102. Wet abrasive blasting and HoldTight®102 have been valuable partners ever since. Present Roll the clock forward a decade or so: It turns out that achieving cleaner surfaces — surfaces without the debris of blasting (spent abrasives, pulverized rust and old coatings) and without ionic contaminants or "salts", such as chlorides, sulfates, nitrates, phosphates, etc.— is now widely recognized as a major way to improve coating adhesion. ough water alone will cause flash rust on ferrous metal surfaces, the much bigger problem, often revealed by flash rust, is contami- nation that can lead to premature coating failure in a number of different ways. Future So, now HoldTight®102 is not only a surefire way to prevent flash rust, but, because it achieves that result by removing most, if not all, contaminants — salts, acids, grease, blast debris — it is also an effective "salt remover." "102" hasn't changed but the world around it has: a time-tested, successful niche product has become critically important to the future of first-rate surface preparation. In the coming years and decades, we believe more and more owners of " infrastructure"—and those who specify surface preparation methods for them — will focus on surface clean- liness as a necessary element in their arsenal in the battle against corrosion. We also believe that industry leaders will increasingly move beyond ion-specific measurements of cleanliness to measurements of total ionic-contamination. In practical terms that means, like the U.S. Nav y, HoldTight Solutions Inc. P.O. Box 27907 Houston, TX 77227 (713) 266-9339 owners will want to measure total conductivity—the complete gauge of the presence of ions that might degrade coating perfor- mance—rather than launching more costly hunts for specific ions such as chlorides or sulfates or nitrates. is is an area where " keeping it simple" is smart and "making it compli- cated " is stupid. W hen you need to get it right use HoldTight®102 to eliminate conductivity by removing ALL contaminants, not just yesterday's favorites, chlorides, sulfates, and nitrates (aka "CSN"). Above all, by using "102" you can avoid products that remove CSN, but end up raising conductivity, trading one set of bad actors for another. Company Profile: HoldTight Solutions Inc. SPONSORED CONTENT

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