Benefits of Using Abrasive Blasting Before Surface Coating

July 8, 2020 10:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

To get a great application of paint or protective coating, you have to have a smooth surface to work with. When it comes to large buildings or structures, the fastest and easiest way to accomplish this is to use abrasive blasting in Colorado.

What does abrasive blasting do, and how does it work?

Abrasive blasting removes dirt, debris, old paint and other coatings from a surface, resulting in a smooth surface that will take a coating appropriately. It can also remove rust from metal surfaces and remove burrs.

Abrasive blasting is accomplished with a number of different media, including sand, glass beads or crushed glass, steel shot and grit, coconut or walnut shell, copper slag and even plastic. The type of media used depends on the project and the goal that you’re hoping to achieve. The stronger the abrasive, the more likely you’ll see additional smoothing or reshaping as opposed to merely stripping the surface.

Blasting can be done with a variety of different methods. For example, micro-abrasive blasting is used for fine streams of media for detailed work, while hydroblasting uses water under pressure to strip surfaces of dust, paint and debris. Bead blasting removes calcium, fungus and other surface materials, while bristle blasting uses a high-powered rotating brush to clean and smooth the surface. Sandblasting remains a popular choice, too, but requires special protective equipment and other measures.

The more a medium is recyclable, the more eco-friendly the process becomes—aluminum oxide is one of the best abrasive materials you can use if you’re concerned about the environment.

Benefits of abrasive blasting

Abrasive blasting offers plenty of benefits compared to other methods of cleaning and surface preparation:

  • Fast and efficient: One of the best things that abrasive blasting can offer is the sheer efficiency and speed in which it can prepare large areas for surface coating. To manually prepare a surface would take weeks of manpower—abrasive blasting can have it done in a fraction of the time.
  • Control over the surface profile: Unlike chemical preparations, abrasive blasting in Colorado allows you to control the surface profile. Chemical stripping removes other substances, but abrasive blasting can be customized by material type and size to get the exact results you want.
  • Environmentally friendly: Chemical stripping can be effective, but it’s not kind to the environment. Abrasive blasting is an environmentally-friendly option, free of greenhouse gases.
  • Relatively safe to operators: Although precautions are taken to ensure the safety of our workers, abrasive blasting poses far fewer safety and health risks than chemical scraping.

When you need to guarantee that your surface coating will stick, last and look great for years, abrasive blasting will help prepare your tank or building. It’s safe, efficient and cost-effective. Plus, knowing you’ll get the job done right the first time means you won’t have to go back and repair the coating itself—at least, not on account of the surface.

Call DJC Enterprises Inc. today to get started on your abrasive tank blasting project in Colorado.

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