Coatings have two primary functions: decoration and protection. They make things look nice and protect whatever is underneath. However, there comes a point in time when coatings need to be removed from surfaces. Whether it’s time, wear, or you’re just thinking of having a new color, getting coatings off a surface can be difficult.
Well, maybe it was difficult, but now we have a powerful ally in coating removal: sandblasting. It’s something people within and outside the professional finish application industry have heard of. Exactly what it is and how it works is a little more complicated, so let’s check out what’s really going on when sandblasting service is done.
We’re sure you’ve partially surmised what sandblasting is based on context clues in the name. Simply put, it’s sand being blasted at highly pressurized speeds. Among the types of sandblasters, they generally serve the same purpose and work similarly. Finely ground silica sand is shot through a pressurized air gun at the surface being sandblasted. Pretty straightforward.
What Does It Do?
Sandblasting has a few purposes and excels at removing paint layers, impurities, rust, and other unwanted bits that taint a surface. Rust is a common culprit of damage in the world of industrial machinery. Oxidization can cause once strong metals to weaken and can result in expensive damages that could’ve been avoided by sandblasting. Once you start seeing rust on machinery, you want to get it removed as soon as possible.
Why Should You Have It Done?
It’s fast, efficient, and pretty easy. What might’ve been formerly been cleaned or stripped manually over the course of hours or days is reduced to pristine quality with a few short minutes of sandblasting. Still, sandblasting comes with a few risks. The silica sand itself can be toxic if breathed in and anything blasted at high pressure requires extra care.
If you want to strip paint off something or rid your machinery of rust, sandblasting is an excellent solution. We’ve got you covered for all of your coating needs, but we’re also ready to help you remove coatings, too.
What job do you need to be done next? From powder coatings to sandblasting, Professional Finishing is there for you. Contact us today.