Paving tasks are some of the most common projects conducted in the construction industry. In fact, regardless of whether a new structure is being erected or damages need to be patched, a smooth foundation must be established before all else. Asphalt is a particularly popular material for many of these jobs as it often looks better, can be laid much faster, and will typically last longer than most other options. However, despite how important this resource is, this detail doesn’t make it any easier to transport. Asphalt, specifically hot asphalt, is known to adhere to dump truck beds as they set out for delivery, making it very difficult to remove when the time comes. This is how to keep asphalt from sticking in your dump truck so you can improve efficiency in your workday.
USE A RELEASE AGENT BEFORE HAULS
One effective trick used by dump truck operators to keep asphalt from sticking to their dump truck is to spray their truck beds with a release agent before picking up their load. Similar to how a cooking spray prevents food from sticking to a pan, these solutions form a slick layer along the bed to keep the asphalt from bonding with it. This makes it both easier to layer the material in the truck and to dump it at the jobsite. It’s also important to note that because these products stop hot asphalt from baking itself to the bed, they can also make cleanup significantly quicker and much less tedious.
CLEAN THE TRUCK AFTER EACH DELIVERY
Maintaining a clean truck before and after each delivery is also important for preventing material sticking. Otherwise, sections of asphalt can just continue building along the interior of the bed and cause potential problems should they break loose and mix into the delivery. When cleaning the bed of your truck, be sure to spray it down thoroughly with water and scrape away anything stuck to its surface. Let it dry completely before applying a layer of release agent for the next delivery.
INSTALL A DUMP TRUCK BED LINER
But the most effective way to keep asphalt from sticking in your dump truck is to have a QuickSilver truck bed liner installed. These tools are custom fitted to your individual truck and provide a physical barrier against the nicks, scratches, and dents that certain hauls can create. The QuickSilver model, in particular, is wonderful for guarding against asphalt, as its thickness allows it to handle substances of incredibly high temperature. In addition to our Quicksilver model, our Durapro and HMW-PE models can also effectively release material and keep asphalt from sticking to your dump truck. Get in touch with us to learn more.