|Reflex® vs Other Spray-on Equipment Options|
Hopper Gun applications are a low-cost system with inherent problems associated with the materials that they spray. They are solvent-based, leading to tendencies to lift from the surface and blister due to the inability to develop good cross-linked physical properties necessary for abrasion and tear resistance. The slow reaction time after mixing means that set-up time is far greater than with polyurethanes and the materials, once sprayed, take over 24 hours to cure creating the necessity to keep a customer’s vehicle overnight. During application they are difficult to handle and material is either wasted during the process or face the issues of properly disposing of the waste.
Reflex spray systems, on the other hand, employ a low-pressure pump with the feature that mixes the two materials at the gun, meaning you only use what is needed to complete the task. There is no balancing act for your technician to perform and no solvents to dispose of or lines to purge or flush. The chemical materials quickly set-up in 11 seconds and cure within minutes allowing the customer to take delivery the same day it is sprayed.
The cartridge system has been incorporated by a number of competitors but they are all using the same awkward-to-handle apparatus and inferior technology. They boast about the low-cost of application, however, the final numbers tell a different story. The average cartridge system requires 6 cartridges per liner (approximately 2.37 gallons). The approximate cost of 6 cartridges is $150 USD, making the price $63.29 per gallon of material on a cartridge system.
Alternatively, Reflex Polyurea Hybrid Chemicals are less than half that price per gallon and the quality is far superior to what can be found with a cartridge-sprayed bedliner. The patented Spray Gun is sleek and easy to use with only one hand, making the applicator's job easy.
OTHER LOW-PRESSURE SYSTEMS
Other low-pressure spray-on bedliner systems on the market utilize old technology created by a separate machinery manufacturer, which increases costs and support wait-times. The chemical material that they claim are “cheaper” in cost are actually far lower quality, resulting in unhappy consumers and inevitable returns for touch-ups.
While the competition is using 15-year-old spray equipment technology, Langeman Manufacturing Ltd. has gone on to build its 5th generation machine specifically designed and built with the spray-on truck bedliner industry in mind. Making our own machinery means that replacement parts can be shipped overnight and there is always an experienced staff member on hand to answer any technical question. Quality should be one of the biggest factors when choosing a spray-on bedliner system. No competitor material can stand up to the quality and stability of Reflex Polyurea Hybrid chemical materials and no competitor machinery can equal that developed at Langeman Manufacturing Ltd.
High-pressure systems utilize impingement-mix spray guns whereby the two reactive fluids are forced together at high pressure for proper mixing. High-pressure systems are not only complex by nature, but involve the use of expensive fluid heaters, hose assemblies and spray guns. High-pressure systems were designed to spray large volumes of fluid over very large areas and are effective at doing just that. Spraying high-pressure systems in a confined area for small applications like a pickup truckbed make it difficult to contain the overspray, creating quality issues on the final product and health issues for the technician.
The Reflex Spray Systems are the culmination of 22 years of building professional-grade application equipment for the polyurethane coatings business. All of the details have been thought out and perfected resulting in the simplest method possible. There are only 2 switches, one for main power and automatic tank heat, the second for turning on the fluid pumps. The GX Color Injection System introduces the colorants into a tiny fluid hose that connects to the spray gun and eliminates the need to premix and agitate colors in the tank. The patented GX Spray Gun is also another engineering first. A single valve controls the A, B and C fluids AND simultaneously operates the ON/OFF function of the machine. Hands down, Reflex is the most professional, simple and affordable spray system on the market today.