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Why is it necessary to ensure cleanliness of bituminous pavement before applying tack coat?

Surface preparation of bituminous pavement is essential in proper application of tack coat. The entire surface has to be cleared of debris, dust and soils. Otherwise, the tack coat would stick to the debris left on the pavement instead of adhering to the pavement. When delivery or placement equipment is driven over tack coat, it tends to stick to the tire’s of the equipment instead of pavement.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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