Through the ages, asphalt has been used for making driveway pavements and pavements of other kinds, keeping driveways stable and weatherproof and much more. Even then, there are a lot of other applications of asphalt you might not be familiar with.

Henry Ford’s Legendary Model T

Ford’s Model T was a revolutionary car that helped put a lot of people behind the wheel. Over 15 million of these were produced and sold in the early 20th century.

The 1914 Ford Model T touring car is shown in this Ford Motor Co. handout. The 1914 model was the first version built on Henry Ford’s moving assembly line. Image source: Finding Dulcinea
 

Henry Ford famously said, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black”. Painting cars black helped in the mass production process of the cars. After 1913, Japan Black, which contained large volumes of liquid asphalt, became standard. As per American Chemistry Council, Japan Black is made “from an asphaltic base in conjunction with oils, driers, thinners and, sometimes, other varnish ingredients and is usually applied to metal, such as automobile fenders and baked at a comparatively high temperature of 400°F.”

Japan Black was fast drying and affordable. As a result, Henry Ford managed to drop the prices of Model T. This step consistently helped boost sales and brought the car’s cost closer to the spending capacity of the masses. A car that was sold for $950 in 1908 was sold for $575 in 1912, and eventually, it was brought down to $280.

Hush The Noises Your Car Or Truck Makes

Until now you’ve heard that cars ride on asphalt but what you might not know is that manufacturers use asphalt in cars to line body parts. It acts like a noise cancelling device for your vehicle by blocking any noise caused by component vibration or road-induced vibrations. A lining of asphalt blocks the outside road noises from being heard while driving.

These dampeners are usually applied on floor pans, trunk exteriors and other areas where there is a scope of noise generation or penetration. This process usually takes place at the time of manufacturing. Aside from muffling noise, asphalt linings protect the metal body from rust, don’t allow corrosive materials like road salt to build up, increase the durability of cars and trucks.

Extending The Life Wooden Farm Fences

This might seem uncanny to you, but it is true. Farmers use asphalt fence paint to increase the sturdiness of wooden fences and maximising the gaps between repainting.

Asphalt fence paint is better than the usual paints, in the way that it can be used above as well as below the ground; it is waterproof, long lasting and dries to the touch in 4 hours. Fences can be painted even after sinking them into the ground, thus helping the farmers minimise rot and decay caused by water seepage.

Water-based asphalt paint is UV-resistant and maintains its black colour for years, protects covered nails and screws from rusting. It can also be used to paint storage tanks, metal pipes and masonry walls.

Provides Effective First Aid For Trees And Plant

Asphalt is effective in protecting the trees and plants from bugs and bacteria when used as seal coating on the wounds. It also aids in plant graftings. In truth, very few things work as well as bitumen mixed with latex. Gardeners work with both liquid and paste version of this mix to treat a tree damaged by storms, remove tree limbs, and graft new roots to plant stems.

A Knight Against Graffiti

Waking up an offensive graffiti is a nuisance faced by many urban building owners. What you can do to keep your place safe is, paint the exterior walls (masonry/concrete) with black asphalt paint. This will help you at the moment, but keep a set of spray asphalt cans handy. Whenever you see that you’ve been tagged, you can easily get rid of it with your set of asphalt spray cans.