The Patriot Spraysafe System, which will make its debut at the 2007 World of Concrete, is billed by its manufacturer as the first professional low-pressure sprayer. Initially developed to spray acid stain, it allows the user to apply acetone dyes, acid stains, cure-and-seal compounds, and other topical treatments and coatings with consistency and safety that is lacking in the typical sprayer.
What sets Patriot Spraysafe apart is carbon dioxide.The system uses carbon dioxide cartridges to propel liquid through its nozzle. The uniform pressure applied by the gas provides consistent atomization of the liquid, something you don’t get with pump-up sprayers whose force gets weaker in use or compressor-powered sprayers that overatomize the material.
Additionally, onboard spray tips that are an integral component of the system come in five sizes, allowing the user to control flow. The ceramic spray tip inserts have precise openings, emitting fine mists in conical spray patterns.
Just as importantly, the patent pending system has the ability to apply almost any dye, stain or sealer safely. By incorporating carbon dioxide, the Spraysafe System has helped keep electricity and propane off the job site. This is a godsend to contractors who are spraying solvent-based dyes and other materials that could catch fire.
The applicator has the ability to continually add more dye without stopping, as the base system comes with a 5-gallon container that holds more than the traditional pump-up container. The manufacturer also sells 1-gallon and 3-gallon pump-up sprayer containers equipped with valves that can connect to the regulator of the carbon dioxide system. A separate unit can be attached to any standard industrial drum, with a 50-foot coiled hose ready to disperse spray in any direction. This system supports two wands from one unit.
The Spraysafe System features an ergonomically designed cart with an adjustable handle. Twenty-ounce carbon dioxide containers can attach directly to the cart, or be released from the cart and attached to the 1- gallon or 3-gallon containers, utilizing the Patriot’s cradle pouch. A 10-pound carbon dioxide container can be used with the large drum to support the two spray wands.
Interchangeable pumps are available for different chemical needs, and the wand system’s ball valve cutoff provides precise control.
Patriot Sprayer Systems (PSS) was founded in 2005 as an offshoot of American Decorative Concrete Supply Co. in response to the frustrations of applying acid stains on large commercial projects. The initial focus was to address large job capability, consistency in spray pattern and coverage, and the ability to keep a wet edge from a 5-gallon container instead of a pump-up sprayer. It turns out that the consistency offered by the Patriot is even more important when applying dyes than acid stains.
Patriot president Clint Howle has a background as a certified aircraft mechanic. He was able to identify application needs missing from the industry and design the Spraysafe System to address them.