Elastomeric polysulphide joint sealant
durakol® G LM is a gun grade two-component manganese cured low modulus polysulphide sealant.
Weather and waterproof flexible sealant for general building e.g. joints in buildings, high-rise structures and floors, expansion and contraction joints, where the structure is subject to a cyclic movement.
Note: For potable water retaining structures use durakol® G HM.
- Specific primers ensure excellent adhesion to porous and non porous substrates
- Rubber like material withstands movement in all planes
- Tough elastic seal achieved
Minimum width of any joint must be 6mm. The width of joint to be sealed should be four times that of calculated movement. For joints up to 12mm in width the sealant depth must equal the joint width; for joints 12mm to 24 mm wide the depth must be 12 mm and finally for joints greater than 24mm in width, the sealant depth must be half the width. The joint faces must be parallel.
Thorough preparation of joints is essential if a satisfactory seal is to be obtained. For concrete surfaces, all traces of dust, laitance, mould oil, any previous sealant and all other foreign material must be removed by mechanical grinding, followed by blowing out with dry oil-free compressed air. All surfaces must be completely dry.
See data sheet ”Preparation of Surfaces” for further information.
Typical Physical Properties of Wet Material
|Mixing ratio||As supplied – do not split kit|
|Colour||Base: Off White Activator: Black Mixed: Grey|
|Dilution||Do not dilute|
Typical Physical Properties During Application
|Application by||Extrusion gun|
|Pot life||2hrs / 25 °C|
|Slump resistance||No slump in joint of 38 x 19 mm|
|Tack free||72 hours @ 25 °C|
|Full cure||7 days|
|Application temperature||5 °C to 35 °C|
|Fire resistance of wet film||Non-flammable|
Typical Physical Properties of Cured Material
|Modulus@150% Extension||0.19 N/mm2|
|Service temperature||-5 °C to +80 °C|
|M.A.F.||25% of width|
|Shore A||20 – 25|
|Chemical resistance||Dilute acids and alkalis, fats and vegetable oils, petroleum fuels, oils, greases|
Bonding / Priming
Porous surfaces must be fully primed with epidermix® 326 brushed well into the sides of the joint face, to ensure complete coverage. Avoid over-priming, this results in an excess of primer in the base of the joint. The primer film should be allowed to lose its solvent (approximately 30 minutes drying) before sealant is applied. Primer open time is 4 hours. If, however, the primer is allowed to dry longer than 6 hours, the surface must be re-ground and re-primed.
Non-porous surfaces must be primed with epidermix® 391, brushed well into the faces of the joint to ensure complete coverage. Avoid over priming as this can result in an excess of primer in the base of the joint. The primer film should be allowed to lose its solvent (approximately 30 minutes drying) before sealant is applied.
durakol® G LM is supplied in a single container. The polysulphide base is covered by a cellophane sheet. On top of the cellophane is a plastic container of activator paste. To prepare the material for use, remove the activator and cellophane sheet. Remove any base adhering to the cellophane and replace the base in the container. Remove the entire activator paste from its container and add to the base. Mix the material thoroughly, preferably with a slow-speed drill (not in excess of 250 r/min) fitted with a suitable paddle, until an even streak free colour is obtained. Periodically scrape the sides and base of the container with a spatula or small trowel to ensure complete blending of components. To obtain a complete mix will take 5-10 minutes of mechanical mixing. If hand mixing is to be carried out, a minimum period of 15 minutes of vigorous mixing is required. Avoid air entrapment.
If the material is not mixed thoroughly, its performances will be impaired.
Protection of Adjacent Surfaces
Masking tape applied to areas adjacent to joints will protect them from smearing and enable the joints to be finished to a neat line. The tape should be applied after the joint has been prepared, prior to any priming or sealing operation and removed after all finishing and tooling operations have been completed, but before the sealant has cured.
Refer to “Coverage for Estimating Purposes” table.
Application to primed surfaces can be by hand operated or pneumatic gun. It is essential to ensure complete contact between the sealant and the joint surfaces.
Suitable back-up material, duracord, must be used to adjust sealant depth in the joint to comply with the joint geometry cited in the table. duracord is a self-releasing material, but if soft-board or cork is used as the joint filler, a plastic strip bond-breaker must be placed on the filler surface before sealant is applied.
Tooling of sealant is necessary for complete air-free filling of voids and to assist in making required surface contact by wetting the surfaces to which the sealant is applied. The surfaces of the joint should be smoothed with a clean knife or spatula, which may be moistened with a little clean water or water containing a little liquid soap. durakol® G LM should not be used in direct contact with materials containing pitch or bitumen. Do not use in bridge joints. Do not use in water-retaining structures. durakol® G HM is recommended for reservoirs and flexothane® G for sewage works. Consult a.b.e.® Technical Services when specifying.
Sealant Coverage for Estimating Purposes
|JOINT SIZE INmm||LITRES PER L/M||L/M PER 2 LITRE PACK|
|6 x 6||0.020||55|
|6 x 10||0.030||33|
|10 x 10||0.100||20|
|15 x 10||0.150||13|
|20 x 10||0.200||10|
|20 x 15||0.300||6.6|
|20 x 20||0.400||5|
|40 x 20||0.800||2.5|
|50 x 25||1.250||1.6|
No allowance has been made in the above estimates for wastage.
|PRIMER COVERAGE FOR ESTIMATING PURPOSES|
|± 250ml tin of epidermix® 326||per 3 tins/6 litres of sealant|
|± 500ml tin of epidermix® 326||per 6 tins/12 litres of sealant|
No allowance has been made for primer wastage or the varying porosity of the concrete to which it is applied.
All equipment should be cleaned immediately after use, and before the material has set, with abe® super brush cleaner followed by washing with soap and water.
Protection on Completion
The finished sealant should be protected from traffic until the sealant has fully cured. Over-painting of sealant is not recommended because of the inability of paint films to accept movement. However, if definitely required, trials should be carried out to determine compatibility.
Surface and ambient temperature must be at least +5 °C and rising ideally between 20 °C and 30 °C. Lower temperatures will extend the curing period.
Two-component, gun grade, manganese cured, low-modulus polysulphide sealant. Not for water retaining structures.
The sealant will be durakol® G LM, a two-component, low modulus polysulphide sealant applied in accordance with the recommendations of a.b.e.® including the use of epidermix® 391 primer for porous surfaces and epidermix® 326 primer for non porous surfaces.
durakol® G LM is supplied in 2 litre kits.
Handling & Storage
This product has a shelf life of 12 months if kept in a dry cool place in the original packaging. In more extreme conditions this period might be shortened.
Health & Safety
Uncured durakol® G LM is toxic. Always ventilate the working area well during application and drying. Avoid flames in the vicinity of uncured durakol® G LM. Always wear gloves when working with the material and avoid excessive inhalation and skin contact. If material in splashed in the eyes, wash with copious quantities of clean water and seek medical attention.
Cured durakol® G LM is inert and harmless.
This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® endeavours to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot accept any liability for application – because a.b.e.® has no direct or continuous control over where and how a.b.e.® products are applied.
Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total requirements.
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