SprayBuilt (SB) is proud to be a developer of application-specific products. But what exactly does application-specific mean?
An application-specific product (ASP) is designed for a particular use, rather than being intended for a broad range of applications. An ASP is typically reserved for one or only a few applications.
SB uses the term SprayApp™ when referring to application-specific spray products and the ... When referring to most aspects of construction, you could say, "There's a SprayApp™ for that!" SB covers them all.
FAQ: If an ASP exhibits unique traits, why isn't it used for all applications?
Often ASPs are produced in lower volumes. Also an ASP is usually attached to non-recurring engineering costs (R&D) which need to be amortized over time through sales of the product. This can raise costs of an individual product. For this reason, it is not cost-effective to use the product for just any application. Also, to achieve certain desired characteristics in a product, other physical properties may need to be sacrificed.
Many polyurea products claim to be 'super-glues" or miracle products that can be used for a broad range of applications. This is a negligent claim. Polyurea companies who offer only one or two products, usually one hard and one softer and maybe a roller-applied product for color stability, or a UV clear coat, are misleading the consumer and those contractors they supply. Claims of having a miracle product are often desperate attempts to increase market share in applications for which their products are not suited. This hurts everyone involved in the industry and discredits the various chemistries.
For example, aromatic polyurea hybrids are often marketed for exterior use and UV exposure, when in fact they deteriorate and discolor ("yellow") according to the level of UV exposure. This creates an unattractive finish and a high maintenance membrane. Aromatics should in fact only be used for utility coatings. Swimming pools are a misapplication of aromatic polyurethanes. Chlorinated water slowly breaks the molecular bond of the coatings, causing it to dissolve slowly and making it impossible to patch.
An example of an ASP, a product designed solely to resist chlorinated water, is SB-140 ChloriPur. Although originally intended for use in water-treatment plants, the high level of chlorine tolerance, 250,000 ppm, allows it to be used also as a top-coat for swimming pools.
The swimming pool application is possible because SB-140 is also UV and color stable. SB-140 is very expensive due to the specific raw materials used, lower production volumes, and amortisation of engineering costs.