Rubber Chip coating for Dog Agility Contact Equipment
The granules are available in a range of colours sealed in 1 kg plastic pouches. The ideal coverage is achieved with a coating of 1.5 kilogrammes per square metre. The Resin is available in 1 litre pottles. Ideal coverage is 400ml per square metre (viz 0.40mm thick)
Remove any dirt, grease or loose material from the surfaces. Weather proof the equipment with paint of your colour choice (roughly match the chip colour)
It pays to wear rubber gloves
Lay down a sheet to catch any excess chip and mask off areas of the ramp not being covered Measure the area to be covered (viz A Frame contact zone 0.9 x 1.07 = 0.963 sq metre) Apply resin at the rate of 400ml per square metre (viz approx 385ml per contact zone of A Frame)
Too much resin will cause foaming and leave ugly white blotches, too little will affect adhesion. There is enough chip to cover the ramps at the rate of 1.5kg per square metre Divide the supply of chip into appropriate portions based on the area to be covered. Lightly sprinkle a third of your selected portion as you would grass seed. Do a second sprinkle at 90 degrees to the first and use the final portion to cover any bald areas. The chip will adhere better if some weight is applied to the surface whilst the resin is still wet. A flat heavy object (like a capping brick) can be used to depress the chip into the resin. If you have resin left in the master container this should be transferred into a smaller airtight container of a size such that there is very little airspace. The resin is moisture cured and residual product will be wasted if not re-potted.
We recommend over-spraying the area with a dilute solution of Mineral Turpentine (60 turps:40 resin) and sprayed over the finished surface to obtain a high level of bond. But this overspray must be even or you may experience short term blotching (of some colours)
If your gear is exposed to the elements for long periods you can expect the resin to darken to a deep gold colour and then eventually bleach back. The gear may be covered when not in use to reduce U.V. degradation.
The equipment will be touch dry in 24-36 hours but it is best to allow 3-4 days before using the equipment