Abrasive blasting is commonly referred to as sandblasting, although use of actual sand is not recommended. There are a variety of problems with using sand, such as:
Modern blasting shops use a variety of different abrasives depending on the application. Most of these are made from recycled materials, some are raw materials. Commonly used abrasives include:
The Society for Protective Coatings, or SSPC, is an organization that maintains standards for cleanliness of blasted materials. To learn more about SSPC specifications, click here. The process for preparing surfaces for paint involves many steps- these are the basics:
We prepare the substrate to near new conditions following SSPC guidelines for commercial blast to white metal blast. This gives the metal the best profile for primers to etch and adhere to for superior bonding.