THE PURPOSE OF PRIME-A-TRATE™
Enhancing the Bonding Strength with ART Prime-A-Trate™/Bonding Agent
Prime-A-Trate™ is a thin brushable material designed to penetrate deeply into the wood.
Because the Flex-Tec HV™ Repair Compound is a thick gel-like material, it’s ability to penetrate wood fibers is limited. The purpose of the Prime-A-Trate™ is to penetrate below surface, acting like an anchor for the Flex-Tec HV™ to “grab on” and provide more than a surface bond.
Solely addressing the condition of the paint film rarely solves the real problem.
The underlying condition is the wood itself!
Leaving the decayed and damaged wood behind greatly compromises the bonding strength of the epoxy repair material. Decayed wood, fungi spores, dirt, air-born particles carried by rain, oil, and moisture all inhibit proper bonding of repair materials to a sound surface. Therefore, it is imperative that all contaminates be removed to a clean, sound subsurface. Impregnating decayed wood fibers with epoxy provides only a short term solution.
The durability of an epoxy repair
is only as good as the surface preparation and continued protection from moisture and sunlight. This means applying and maintaining a quality paint coating. Keep the wood dry and in the dark and it will last forever.