Scrub Seal

The Scrub Seal Expert

Meet Andy Clayton

Andy is Blue Line Transportation’s Technical Director, and helps supply Sierra Santa Fe with the proper material for specific preservation treatments. Over his 40 years in the pavement preservation industry Andy secured three patents working mainly as a research chemist for asphalt emulsions. Currently he serves on the Emulsion Task Force board and has been involved with many other organizations such as – The Oregon Asphalt Paving board, President of California Chip Seal Association, ASTM Asphalt Committee for 40 years, and is ISSA certified for chip seal and slurry seal. In this video Andy gives a brief overview of what a scrub seal is, and its advantages.

Scrub Seal


Does the roadway need to be milled first?

In most cases no. As long as the roadway is smooth and there is no upheavals along the cracks it can be scrub sealed as is.

What type of aggregates are used for a scrub seal?

Typically 3/8th or 5/16ths are the most commonly used aggregates. This ensures the cracks are properly filled while still leaving a friction surface texture.

What kind of emulsion is typically used?

PMRE – Polymer Modified Rejuvenated Emulsion is the most common emulsion used. It consists of an asphalt based material with rejuvenating oils, polymers and is a medium set type of emulsion. When you get enough rejuvenating oil in the material the polymer makes the material tough enough and elastic enough to stay in and properly bridge the cracks.

How is scrub seal different from CRS-2P and CRS-3P?

PMRE oils that are used in scrub seals are a medium setting emulsion developed and designed to be used in conjunction with the brooms to fill in the road surface alligatoring and cracking. CRS-2P and CRS-3P are faster setting emulsions and don’t consist of any rejuvenating oils. Being a higher rapid set material it also poses a higher difficulty dragging through the brooms and wetting out the surface filling the cracks.

Can a scrub seal be left as a wearing surface?

Yes. The scrub seal can be left open as the wearing surface. You also can apply a MicroCoat™ or chip seal as a cover coat.

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