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We've applied TEKON® products to many public transit buses and trains providing spotless TEKON® windows for riders to see the world...clearly. Years of field testing coupled with advanced research and development have created revolutionary TEKON® Protective Sealant Treatments capable of long lasting protection with minimum maintenance on almost all manufactured materials.
TEKON® developed a system for eliminating nuisance on glass windows for commercial vehicles. Water spots are a big issue. Motorcoach owners and drivers struggle in maintaining glass because water spots can become a major irritant to passengers who want nothing more (or less) than a crystal clear view of landmarks, streetscapes and passing scenery.
California Company Develops System for Eliminating Nuisance
For as long as there have been windows in buses there have been water spots.
Among the challenges of operating and maintaining $375,000 tour coaches, water spots would hardly seem like an issue of much significance. It is. Motor coach owners and drivers fret over water spots because they can become a major irritant to passengers who want nothing less than a crystal clear view of landmarks, streetscapes and passing scenery. For as long as there have been water spots, owners, drivers and maintenance personnel have been trying to get rid of them -- without much success. No matter what's used to attack them, water spots always return. They also tend to get darker and, worse, they appear to have some kind of memory, coming back in the same places. Eventually, if an operator keeps a coach long enough, the windows have to be replaced when they become foggy from water spot build up.
Everyone thinks they know what causes water spots: hard water. However, there are those who contend that the water doesn't matter. The key, they assert, is to not let the water dry on the windows; the sun bakes on the spots. Then, there are those who say spots are the result of washing buses too often. Finally, there are experts who say spots are caused by using too much soap or soap with high acidity or alkalinity. To ameliorate these problems, every solution in the book has been tried. Hard water? Switch to soft. That doesn't work? Try a rinsing agent. Or, use a little more (or less) detergent. Nothing works for very long; spots always reappear. Next, operators have tried blowers to blow the water off after washing the bus. Unfortunately, blowers make a lot of noise, offending neighbors. Toweling or squeegee the water off was abandoned as a solution long ago because of cost. It can take 10 minutes or more for an individual to squeegee a 45-foot bus, and if you've got a fleet of 50 coaches, that's 8.3 hours, or one person working full time all day to do nothing but squeegee windows. Washing buses less often doesn't work because of complaints about appearance, and there isn't an operator around who hasn't experimented with detergents. Some operators have even tried special waxes on their windows. The waxes usually work fine -- for a couple of weeks. So, what's an operator to do? Before we answer that, let's have a quick lesson in glass chemistry.
Glass, as everyone knows, is made of sand that is melted, purified and mixed with a handful of ingredients. The major reactive chemical in glass is oxygen, which is the enemy that opens up glass to invasion by other chemicals. While glass appears to be smooth and impervious, in reality glass surfaces have microscopic hills and valleys. As water runs over glass, the oxygen interacts, leaching out potassium and lime within glass. These lime deposits appear white; in other words, water spots. Over time, a glass surface erodes. Minuscule river beds are created, resulting in spots returning to the same places time after time. So, it isn't your imagination telling you the spots are in the same place. New to the bus industry is the TEKON® glass protective system that changes the molecular structure of glass, converting oxygen to carbon and creating hydrophobic positively charged glass that repels water and dust. With TEKON® A, minerals will not adhere nor be leached out to form deposits.
For new glass, the system is a three step process. TEKON® A treatment is applied to the glass transforming the surface, making it hydrophobic and resistant to foreign materials. TEKON® B a nanosize co-polymer is then applied, filling the valleys and smoothing the surface. Finally, a cleaner/polisher is used in periodic maintenance replenishes the repellant surface. For old glass, there is an additional step. Before the chemicals are applied, the corroded glass must be cleaned to its original surface. Think of it as restoring furniture to the original wood. New glass can be protected and enhanced for a long service life, and glass already in service can be restored to a new longer life. For motor coach riders, the result is a travel experience enhanced with bright, stay-clean windows.
DESTINATIONS • Bruce Sankey is the principal of Bus News Media Services. BusNews2002@aol.com
TEKON® Restored and Sealed All Of Long Beach City Shuttle Coaches
The TEKON® System protects the glass, metal and paint with a tough hydrophobic coating that resists water spotting and contamination of all kinds. Starting with busses in service that were already permanently water spotted, TEKON® professionals first restored the glass to its original condition. The glass was then sealed for minimal periodic routine maintenance by Long Beach transit's own personnel. TEKON® has developed a complete system of innovative treatments and coatings for improving transportation and architectural surfaces for long lasting beauty and economy. Building and residential glass damaged by sprinklers can be restored and sealed to prevent future corrosion and look Better than New®!
The windows of thirty new San Bernardino Omnitrans coaches were treated TEKON® A Protective Sealer. After three years of normal daily washing without blow drying and any maintenance, TEKON® A protected the glass from water spotting. Upon inspection, the treated glass was easily wiped clean with the use of TEKON® Repellant Wash® and was clear as new. Whereas untreated windows on other coaches developed stage II corrosion and required replacement. Based on this comparison, TEKON® was engaged to restore all damaged glass to save replacement costs and treated all busses with the long lasting TEKON® protective system. When regular scheduled coaches were taken off line for maintenance, the windows were cleaned with TEKON® Repellant Wash®, keeping all the glass clear, shining and Better than New®. Omni coach windows treated several years ago, were previously subjected to wet washing daily, without drying, or maintenance. That fleet was also restored and the TEKON® Protective System maintenance protocol has been employed to save window replacement cost and provide the riders an exceptionally satisfying viewing experience.