A STOCK TANK FLOAT THAT DOES NOT LEAK, TAKE ON WATER, RUST, SINK, ETC. — SHOULD LAST A LIFETIME.
Virden Perma-Bilt’s research department has completed lengthy field tests with these encapsulated urethane tank floats. They measure 12″ x 12″ x W thick. 30 pounds of pressure is required to push this float under water. They will easily connect to your high pressure or low-pressure valves, ensuring positive on and off action.
At right is shown the Virden Perma-Float, along with a cutaway piece illustrating the famous PermaBilt urethane foam body, and covered with a 1/8″ steel-hard epoxy covering. The center core hole is also completely sealed water-tight so there is no chance of deterioration. Heavy-duty #4 copper wire goes through float and connects easily to your water valve. The valves shown below are also available through us, or your local hardware dealer.
Now, the problem of farmers and ranchers in keeping their tank floats in good repair is solved! Thanks to Virden’s encapsulated water-tight Perma-Float, you can now be assured of problem-free tank watering systems. Try them out and see if they aren’t the best you’ve ever seen!
FROM STOCK TANK TO SWIMMING POOL, TO BASEMENT WALLS
FOR STEEL, CONCRETE AND ROCK TANKS
In October 1958 we coated our first stock drinking tanks with Tank Coat (epoxy). There were 16 of the 3/16″ and 1/4″ plate steel tubs 30′ across and 27″ deep. Seven (7) of the tanks were to be abandoned because of holes. Those tanks stand today full of water as evidence of the permanent repair and rust prevention of Tank Coat (epoxy).
Photo shows the production of Virden’s now famous Tank Coat Epoxy.
Since 1958, well over 16 million pounds of Tank Coat (epoxy) have been sold to ranchers and farmers. Many large operators have now lined every drinking tub and reservoir on their ranch.
Concrete and rock tanks are repaired with Tank Coat (epoxy), never to have a leaking problem again. One must understand the reason this one coating will stop all tank problems. Epoxy is the strongest adhesive known to man. This assures that it will never become loose. Nearly all other coatings react to alkaline water. Those coatings allow a slow permeation of moisture and oxygen. This explains the rust that will form on the metal under the coating and grows until it pushes off the coating. Of course, the metal may be deteriorated entirely and allow holes and leaks.
Tank Coat (epoxy) is not softened by alkaline water. When two coats are brushed onto the surface, the cured coating will be approximately four (4) times thicker than ordinary paint or coatings. The Tank Coat (epoxy) is more than twice the hardness of concrete. The tensile strength is over four (4) times greater than the best concrete. Tank Coat (epoxy) is not affected by gasoline and many acids.
The coating is supplied in three containers. (1) A white paste. (2) A black paste. (3) A container of equal size containing the thinner-cleaner. The black and the white paste are to be mixed in equal parts until it becomes a gray paste. This requires only minutes. Before reducing to a brushing consistency, the gray paste is used with a putty knife to stop all holes from pinpoint size to 3/8″ across or about the size of a pencil. It is necessary only to press a glob over the hole which will carry some into the hole.
There is nothing else to do to the hole.
As thousands of persons have learned, this is better than a bolt with two rubber washers. It will never leak again. For large holes from pencil size to several inches across, it requires the mixed paste to be placed around the edge of the hole and a patch cut from a coffee can or most any material and applied over the hole and paste. Then cover the patch well. This is more sure and permanent than if a patch by welding had been applied. This repair will hold high pressures. When all holes and cracks have been repaired with the paste, the paste is then thinned with only enough thinner to have a gravy or heavy bodied liquid for brushing. If too much thinner is used, the two brushed coats will not be the thick coat that is necessary to forever prevent penetration of moisture. Two coats are required in every case. This is because one coat of any material will have small holes (pores) and a second coat seals all of these.
Best results are to allow overnight curing of the first coat before applying the second coat. Tank Coat (epoxy) cannot freeze. If it is applied when the temperature is low, it will always wait until the temperature rises and they will become hard.
We believe that only about 2% of all tanks lined with Tank Coat (epoxy) is sandblasted because of unavailable equipment. Ranchers and their cowboys have always scraped and brushed the surface to remove the loose rust, dirt, and corrosion. Even though the surface may still be very rusted, the coating will be very permanent. The Tank Coat (epoxy) can be applied over damp concrete. It cannot adhere to a very wet surface. There are absolutely no lasting toxic effects of the Tank Coat (epoxy). When the paste materials are used without thinning there will never be a bad taste or odor. A person may repair failures in a reservoir with only a manhole opening by using the paste not thinned.
The thinner is a toxic material much the same as gasoline, turpentine or other paint thinners. It is a flammable solvent and must be kept away from flame. To coat open top tanks and vessels there is no toxic hazard in using the thinned material for as long as necessary to do a job.
To coat the inside of reservoirs, cisterns, or any vessel with only a small opening, it is a must that an air compressor be used to supply air from the outside to the operator inside that is applying the coating. Failure to supply this fresh air will result in the person applying the coating to become drunk or faint and be overcome with the fumes or vapors. This is not a poisonous vapor but it does deplete the oxygen content of the air within the tank and could be serious or even fatal.
Tank Coat (epoxy) is the only material that can repair cracks in a basement and seal the walls and floors so that moisture and water cannot enter from the hydrostatic pressure. Being epoxy it will not fail adhesion. Because it has a much thicker application it will not allow penetration through the coating. The result will always be a dry basement or cellar.
Underground cisterns may be repaired with the paste material with a putty knife or trowel. To coat the walls and bottom of a cistern with the thinned material is possible but is not recommended because of the vapors and the cool temperature will require many days for complete cure. The coating in any closed water reservoir will become hard and cured within a couple of days. The fumes or vapors must be allowed to dissipate out of the tank or the first filling of water will be contaminated by the vapors. If the vapors are removed there will be no taste or odor to the water, only the vapors can cause odors or taste. Grain auger tubes have been restored by using the paste to repair holes. Feed bunks and mush feedlot equipment employ Tank Coat (epoxy).
There is no stronger repair for cracks in concrete. If there is a movement of the concrete, the crack should be filled with Tank Coat (epoxy) and the crack and adjoining two inches covered with Virden Perma-Bilt Urethane #12. The vibration or temperature extremes or pressure may again break the Tank Coat (epoxy) or the concrete. The crack will never leak because the Urethane #12 stretches 100%.
To summarize: Tank Coat (epoxy) is the strongest adhesive known. Since it is supplied in paste form, it serves to stop all leaks, small or large holes or cracks even on the outside of tanks.
(1) Repair and coat concrete tanks and plate steel tanks.
(2) Repair poured concrete and concrete block cellars and basements never to allow seepage.
(3) Repair permanently all aluminum irrigation pipe.
(4) Line grain and ensilage augers even where large holes have worn through.
(5) Repair gas tanks on vehicles without removing the tanks.
(6) To fasten masonry items together where there is no movement from vibration.
(7) Repair of unlike pieces of equipment, that is aluminum or pot metal that is not easily welded.
(8) Tensile strength of Cured Tank Coat (epoxy) is 1450 P.S.I. Good concrete is 350 P.S.I.
(9) Tank Coat (epoxy) not mixed will keep 20 years. There is no solvent in the paste materials. It will not burn, it will not freeze.
FOR GALVANIZED TANKS AND THIN METAL TANKS
UE #51 coating was developed in 1967 especially for corrugated galvanized reservoir and stock drinking tubs. It should be used on all thin metal tanks or equipment. UE #51 is a flexible coating that can allow metal to bend or stretch to a certain extent without breaking the film. It cannot stretch the 1000% that is possible with Urethane #12 elastomer coating.
Should a thin gauge galvanized corrugated tank be coated with Tank Coat (epoxy) and the tank be empty in the sun’s heat, the corrugations will expand and cause the very rigid and hard epoxy to crack. The UE #51 was developed to allow the corrugations to contract and expand without the coating failure by cracking. A ribbon of this metal coated with UE #51 can be wrapped around a small nail without danger of breaking the coating.
The UE #51 can be used on the heavy plate steel. It is supplied only with a special primer. Large quantities are supplied to ranchers, farmers, industry for protecting all kinds of equipment, feedlots with their feed processing equipment as well as the machinery used for cleaning and hauling manure, and all watering systems for stock. A thin gauge tank can have many holes or leaks. These are quickly and easily stopped with the Tank Coat (epoxy) paste and immediately covered with the protective coating of UE #51. This is the complete repair and protection system common to galvanized corrugated drinking tanks and water reservoirs known as “overhead tanks.” 95% of the time only one thick coat is needed. Extreme conditions may require two coats.
UE #51 is very chemical resistant with a special primer for the purpose it is designed for containing liquid feeds that contain acids such as phosphoric and acetic.
The UE #51 is rated high in abrasion resistance and is used where materials have to cause an erosion of a coating or the base material. The urethanes in other formulations are well known to be the longest life coating and finish for gymnasium floors where there is much harsh traffic.
The kit contains the primer supplied in two containers. These are mixed together and brushed very thin onto the surfaces. The primer cures from one hour for metal to six hours for non-metal surfaces. The UE #51 is a two-part material gray in color. It is brushed much the same as house paint. After eight to twenty-four hours, depending on temperature, the second coat is applied. Coating is ready to use when it cannot be moved with a nail.
Each kit of UE #51 includes a special thinner cleaner for washing and cleaning brushes between and after coats. Otherwise, the brush will not be usable again. This particular cleaner is not available except in large cities and on large orders. The UE #51 requires no thinning. The UE #51, as well as the primer system, is toxic to breathing. This is not poisonous and the fumes or vapors will not be noticeable when coating drinking tubs or machinery. The vapors are easily carried away in outside applications.
When a reservoir or other tank is to be coated on the inside and there is only a manhole opening, it is necessary that the person making the application inside be equipped with a mask or hood that has a 114″ air hose going to the outside to an air compressor with at least six (6) cubic feet per minute displacement. This is a common paint compressor equipment or larger. The outside air is forced into the hood and it rushes out of the hood through the opening for the eyes and nose. There is no glass on this type of a vapor mask. In this manner, the person brushing the coating can stay in the vessel as long as necessary. He will not be able to inhale the vapors. The vapors will not harm the skin or the eyes. It is important that this precaution and protection be taken because without the outside air the vapors will become denser which greatly reduces the oxygen available and the person in the vessel will become drunk and then weary and tired. Should he continue to stay in this environment, he will be overcome.
After all these many years of supplying thousands of gallons of UE #51, there has never been a fatality. Many large vessels have been lined but the operator has just used common sense. Definitely, two (2) men should always be involved in closed vessel lining.
The vapors from UE #51 are no different from other paint thinners. All must be used with caution. Do not smoke or use near open flames. The vapors and coating are flammable.
Tank Coating (UE #51) after curing will never contaminate drinking water. It cannot cause taste or odor. It is ideally suited for lining fish containers. Tank Coat (UE #51) being very abrasive resistant is recommended to be placed as the second coat over the elastomeric UE #12 where the rubber-like UE #12 has been used for cracks in concrete floors or roofs. The two were developed for each other. UE #51 always used with the proper primer coats protects air conditioners. Farm and ranch feeding equipment that involves the use of salt to livestock is protected from further rusting. New self-feeders, as well as new tanks, are coated before ever placing in service.
Cattle hauling trailers employ UE #51 because of the highly corrosive livestock waste. Irrigation pipe of aluminum is repaired with the epoxy paste and covered with UE #51 to prevent deterioration of aluminum pipe laying on wet ground. All lap joints and nail holes in steel roofing are often covered with our UE #12 elastomer coating that will stretch 1000% and is over 2000 P.S.I, tensile strength. Then to have an attractive building the entire roof is painted or coated with the UE #51. This is the only known steel roof repair that will never allow cracks to open and allow leaks.
The urethane coatings have that unusual ability of no degradation when exposed to the ultra-violet rays of the sun. These rays affect other coatings to shorten life.
This coating was developed especially for repairing of roofs of metal buildings and for complete repair of cracks in swimming pools. There will be hundreds of other places where the UE #12 will be the only material that can serve. It is applied by brushing.
A quonset-type barn or any low-pitch roof of corrugated, galvanized iron often has leaks at the seams or where each metal sheet laps another. It is necessary to coat the lap joint and only one or two inches on each side of the crack. In most cases, a second coat is not required. The combined thickness will be 15 mils or more. This is four times as thick as house paint. Within 48 hours after application, it is possible to walk between the supporting purlins and the rubber-like UE #12 will stretch but will always recover. It will not break. The roof or wall has been sealed forever.
UE #12 stretches like rubber elongation, is 1,000 % tensile strength and is 2,400 P.S.I. Most important is that the UE #12 will not deteriorate as it is exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun and to ozone. These two elements limit the use of rubber or neoprene coatings. UE #12 is exceptionally abrasive resistant if placed in an environment of erosion. The most commonly prepared color of the UE #12 is light gray.
UE #12 will experience a color change after exposure to the sun. This has no effect on the physical properties of the coating.
For any swimming pool repair, the UE #12 is the answer. Any cracks can be repaired, and when the pool is filled, the cracks open the same as before but the UE #12 stretches and no leaks occur.
The UE #12 will serve best where there is some degree of movement that will normally crack a rigid coating.
Extensive tests and experiments since 1970 have revealed that UE #12 can be applied inside metal and concrete grain storage bins to form a completely air-tight condition that may never be accomplished otherwise.
Of course, the terrific elongation will allow the corrugated, galvanized metal to expand in the sun’s heat and contract when cold without breaking the film that protects each lap joint. The same is true with a concrete structure that will eventually allow cracks to appear.
The corrugated iron sheets that granaries and buildings are made with may be coated only at lap joints and over nails and bolts. Possibly only 1/6th of the entire area would be covered. UE #12 is the complete solution for silos.
The adhesion of UE #12 to aluminum is so perfect that the mobile home industry will employ tremendous quantities as a covering over the smooth aluminum roofs. This prevents damage from hail. It contributes to sound-deadening from the wind vibrating the roof and eliminates placing unsightly automobile tires on top of pretty mobile homes for quietness.
The roof coating is not a paint. It is a very heavy bodied material with an excellent adhesion factor to any tar or asphalt base product. The white is a tremendous advantage for reflecting heat.
UE #12 does not contaminate any drinking water vessel after complete cure.
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