HoldTight®102 Salt Removal | Flash Rust Preventer is a one step additive that prevents flash rusting of wet abrasive and water blasted iron and steel surfaces and of dry-blasted surfaces in a pressurized wash down. It effectively removes all salts, including chlorides, sulfates, phosphates, nitrates, etc. and other contaminants, including oil, grease and blast residues. HoldTight®102 salt is a proprietary formula that is approved by most major coatings suppliers for use with most coatings. A number of studies of the proprietary compound that is the active ingredient in HoldTight®102 have concluded that the material may be safely disposed of in sanitary sewers, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water without endangering aquatic life or otherwise compromising the environment. This was true even when that compound was tested at a much higher level of concentration than in HoldTight®102 off-the-shelf and dramatically higher concentrations than in the product as applied.
Works on concrete, steel, aluminum, fiberglass and composites Perfect for lead abatement Easily incorporated into soda blasting process
No other solution restores and resurfaces aging structures as efficiently and effectively as HoldTight®. Remove salt, lead and other contaminants from nearly any surface, including concrete, steel and fiberglass with zero residue left behind!
HoldTight® is safe to use in any setting. It has a proven track record of endurance in the field, preventing coat failure for as long as 10 years!
HoldTight® is simple and efficient to use. Easily incorporate HoldTight® into wet abrasive, ultra-high pressure and soda blasting processes in just one simple step, with no need for supplemental products.
Extends the life of nearly any paint job 100% environmentally friendly Protect and renew in one simple step
HoldTight’s® unique cleaning power is perfect for projects both big and small. When it comes to heavy-duty restoration tasks, HoldTight® 102 can prepare even the most tarnished surfaces for a new coat, and a new life.
HoldTight 102 has been used to prepare and protect surfaces ranging from tarnished bridges to inland water towers and beyond. No matter the job, HoldTight® is remarkably simple to use, and can be conveniently worked into any wet abrasive, ultra-high pressure or soda blasting process. In just one pass, HoldTight® delivers an exceptionally clean surface removing all contaminants with no unwanted residue left behind.
Protect and renew in one simple step 100% water soluble and environmentally friendly
Protecting marine vessels can be a complicated process. HoldTight® helps you keep things simple, efficient and cost effective.
HoldTight® protects your ships, FPSOs, tugboats and other marine vessels from salt and flash rust, leaving behind zero residue in the process. Simply add HoldTight® 102 to water during wet abrasive or ultra-high pressure blasting, and spray for immediate results. From workboats to ferries, you can rely on HoldTight® to protect what counts…even in the toughest of circumstances.
Trusted by major oil and gas corporations world-wide 100% water soluble and environmentally friendly
Protecting offshore equipment can be a complicated process. HoldTight® helps you keep things simple, efficient and cost effective.
HoldTight® protects your underwater pipelines and offshore rigs from salt and flash rust, leaving behind zero residue in the process. Simply add HoldTight® 102 to water during wet abrasive or ultra-high pressure blasting, and spray for immediate results.
Rest assured, you can rely on HoldTight® to protect what counts…even in the toughest of circumstances.
How HoldTight®102 works
All water has surface tension: the harder the water, the higher the surface tension. This surface tension reduces the ability of the water to clean even under low pressures (Quite simply, HoldTight®102 reduces the surface tension of the water to the point at which the water’s inherent cleaning power is maximized. The elimination of the surface tension allows what is effectively “supercharged water” to do what water does best: Wash all contaminants away.
The key to using HoldTight®102 effectively is to dilute it properly and to pressure wash the surface with the “treated” water. The more pressure the better but the water volume need not be greater than 1 gallon per minute – a common flow rate for pressure washers. Higher pressure improves performance, higher volume doesn’t help add much. Most off-the-shelf pressure washers (such as those found at Home Depot or Lowe’s) can easily generate 1500 psi of pressure with a flow rate of 1 gallon per minute. Industrial washers can go much higher, 5,000 psi or more, and they are more efficient. Heating the water will improve performance but it is not essential.
Why are pressure and flow important? Simply because HoldTight®102 is a washing agent, a sufactant like soap but unlike soap, it leaves no residue if allowed to evaporate with the water that contains it. Forcing the water with the HoldTIght®102 into the profile or pores of the surface results in more thorough cleaning. When the surface is dry, the HoldTight®102 is gone. There is nothing to remove. You are ready to apply your primer or coating or you can wait several days without seeing flash rust.
After sandblasting for wash down for a much cleaner surface
After ultra high water blasting to wash down residue that deposits from the atmosphere
During wet abrasive blasting then rinse to prevent flash rust
Cleaning and salt removal with hand/power tools and hand washing
To remove built up road salts from steel and cement surfaces
As an additive to prevent flash rusting during hydro-testing heat exchanges and boilers
Removing Soluble Salts with HoldTight®102
Independent test confirm that HoldTight®102 removes ALL salts (and other contaminants). It then prevents flash rusting, a simple and obvious indication that the surface is clean and ready for coating. Unlike other salt removal products, HoldTight®102 works with ALL field test methods, both ion specific test and all total salt tests. If working to ISO standards use the Bresle test. For IMO use Bresle or SaltSmart®; for ASTM or SSPC use these tests or potassium ferricyanide paper the Kitigawa tube method. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) researchers concluded that Hold Tight®102 will effectively acheive zero or undetectable salt levels.
“102” Does Concrete Too
HoldTight®102 cleans concrete as well as steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and composites leaving no contaminants. It is as effective on concrete as it is on metal surfaces for cleaning. Added to water and applied under pressure, it will remove both visible (oil, grease, crud, etc.) and non-visible contaminants (chlorides, phophates, sulfates, nitrates, etc.) from virtually all surfaces. HoldTight®102 is also used in industrial applications to remove contaminants from bridges, water tanks, refineries and equipment as well as other steel and concrete structures.
And Here’s a Bonus
Clean surfaces simply don’t rust as fast. HoldTight®102 prevents flash rust not by forming a film to separate the surface from air and humidity but by leaving an exceptionally clean surface. Contaminants of any kind – visible or invisible – literally suck moisture out of the air, like sponges. HoldTight®102 removes them all. Because HoldTight®102 evaporates with water in which it has been dissolved, it doesn’t leave a residue as some other salt removers and virtually all conventional inhibitors do. It does not solve one problem by creating another.
More details on HoldTight®102
What’s the mix ratio (water to HoldTight® 102) for a 48-120 hour flash-free window and elimination of most or all soluble salts? (Use potable water: Very hard water or water high in chlorides is not recommended: consult HoldTight Solutions Technical staff if water quality is a problem.)
For wet or water abrasive blasting (water injection, slurry, “water ring”) Blast cycle. Start with 250:1. If flash occurs, decrease water portion (increase HoldTight® 102portion) in 50:1 or 100:1 increments until there is no flash (e.g., 150:1; 100:1; 50:1) NOTE: If blast water is not under pressure or is not accelerated through a venturi nozzle, start with 100:1. This is typically the case with an external water ring apparatus. For small jobs in which changing ratios is impractical or for jobs in which soluble salt contamination and moisture in the air is known to be quite high, start with 100:1 or 50:1.
Wash down (rinse) cycle. Begin as soon as practical after the blast. Start with 50:1 with wash down water of at least 500 p.s.i. and water flow rate of at least 2 g.p.m. If wash down water is 2000+ p.s.i. at 2+ g.p.m, start with 100:1. Then increase water portion (or decrease HoldTight® 102) until flash appears or appears before you wish it to (i.e., until your blast window is unsatisfactory).
For UHP water jetting (water with little or no abrasive at 25,000+ p.s.i.) Blast cycle. (optional) (applicable if, and only if, pump manufacturer approves.) Start with 250:1. If flash occurs, decrease water portion (increase HoldTight® 102 portion) until there is no flash Wash down (rinse) cycle. Begin as soon as practical after the blast. If HoldTight® 102 was used in blast cycle, start with 200:1. If HoldTight® 102 was not used in blast cycle, start with 100:1. (In either case, wash down water pressure should be at least 500 p.s.i. with a water flow rate of at least 2 g.p.m..).
If the surface is highly contaminated with chlorides and/or the water is very hard and/or the surface is deeply pitted or profiled and/or weather conditions are marginal, it may be necessary to decrease water and increase HoldTight® 102 from the recommended start ratios to 100:1 or 50:1, respectively.
For dry blasting (wash down only, of course) Start with 50:1. Wash down pressure should be no less than 500 p.s.i. at 2+ g.p.m. 1,500+ p.s.i. is highly recommended. Then increase water portion (or decrease HoldTight® 102) until flash appears or appears before you wish it to (i.e., until your blast window is unsatisfactory.)
TO INHIBIT OR NOT TO INHIBIT? (IF) THAT IS THE QUESTION…How to SAVE TIME AND MONEY, remove soluble salts and contaminants, incidentally, prevent flash rusting
Here’s why the answer is “Inhibit… but only with HoldTight® 102“: You can blast all day or even for 2 or 3 days — often 4 or 5 — before you have to stop, reorganize your setup, and paint. Fewer interruptions in the flow of the work; fewer setups; less switching around and re-scheduling of crews and equipment saves hard dollars.
You can avoid multiple secondary abrasive or high pressure water blasts to remove the rust bloom or soluble salts, saving time, cleanup and disposal costs. Sweep blasts to remove flash rust also generate dust, one of the problems water is used to solve.
You can use less when you need less by adjusting the mix of HoldTight® 102 to water from as little as one part HoldTight® 102 to 250 parts water, to one part to 50 in some especially tough cases. How much you need is based on how much water your equipment uses, weather conditions, and the amount of contamination on the surface you are stripping. We recommend you use one to 50 on the final, quick wash down which is standard operating procedure for all water-abrasive and water blasting. Our documents, “Getting the most out of HoldTight® 102” and our “FAQ 1 (Frequently Asked Questions 1) : mix ratios” will help you decide how much you need. Our staff is available to help you come up with the most cost effective procedure for your applications.
HoldTight® 102 is low-cost protection against premature coating failure. It rapidly lifts moisture off the surface and removes contaminants, including soluble salts and blast residue, much more effectively than water alone, even water under very high pressure. The clean surface that results helps produce a quality application.
HoldTight® 102 can even improve the performance of surface tolerant coatings. These coatings are a great advance — but are primarily intended to be used when you are unable to achieve at least a commercial blast (SSPC VIS-1-89) or when you must use hand tools (SSPC VIS 3). If, for whatever reason, they are used on surfaces prepared to commercial blast or better, even surface tolerant coatings should not be applied over thick, uneven, and inconsistent flash rust (e.g., a mix of soft red rust and light brown rust). (See the two SSPC standards just noted.) HoldTight® 102 can eliminate this problem — always consult with your coating supplier, of course.
No other product, whether sold as a rust inhibitor or salt remover, has undergone such extensive testing (hundreds of coatings, thousands of coupons, by dozens of coating manufacturers) and held up so well in so many years of field service (more than 10 years without a coating failure). That’s in part because HoldTight® 102 leaves virtually no residue. And coating-damaging conductivity is not an issue with HoldTight® 102 as it is with some products.