Expert Sandblasting Process
25+ years of industry experience has allowed Ameriblasts to perfect the sandblasting process from material preparation to end product. Sandblasting, also referred to as abrasive blasting, is the forceful propelling of an abrasive media against a surface. For many years it has been the preferred method of surface preparation for paint, powder or sealant. Not only is the process quick, but it also provides a clean and smooth surface. Sandblasting can also rejuvenate brick, concrete or stucco. Learn more about the sandblasting process, wet blasting vs. dry blasting and its advantages for your metal surfaces. Request a quote online or call our Bucks County, PA office at 215-946-3762 to discuss your project.
Step by Step Process of Sandblasting
Sandblasting is one of the most effective techniques to prepare surfaces for bonding, painting or coating. As such, there is a process that must be followed carefully:
- The first and most important step is to correctly identify the type of material to be cleaned. While this may seem obvious, inexperienced blasters can ruin your item if the material is not properly classified. The type of material will determine the equipment needed including air nozzle, a hopper or a sandblasting gun.
- Next, the surrounding area must be prepared. Any area that does not need to be sandblasted must be covered to ensure there is no damage.
- After the area has been properly prepared, the item to be sandblasted must be prepped as well. We start with masking the parts, using plugs and high temperature resistant tape and special fasteners to ensure only the necessary areas are hit with the abrasive material.
- The final step is to begin the sandblasting process. The length of the project depends on the size of the piece and layers of previous dirt/paint. However, we work diligently to meet your strict deadlines!
Types of Sandblasting: Wet Sandblasting vs. Dry Sandblasting
There are two types of sandblasting processes used throughout the industry. They are both effective means to remove rust, dirt, grime and paint from materials and will leave you with a smooth surface.
Water-Driven Sandblasting: Wet sandblasting is when water is mixed with the abrasive media to form a slurry. Commonly used for brick or concrete surface preparation, this method is used to reduce surface deterioration. This is the most common form of blasting.
Air-Driven Sandblasting: Dry blasting is the same method, but with absence of water from the abrasive media mixture. This sandblasting method is best used on metal surfaces. Air-driven prevents moisture buildup and eliminates water intrusion.
Advantages of Abrasive Blasting Cleaning Solution
Sandblasting is a critical process that removes years of rust buildup or previous coatings which can compromise the integrity of your equipment. Our Bucks County, PA facility is equipped with an oversized booth, high-tech equipment and machinery to provide the highest-quality end product. Some of the advantages of sandblasting for residential, commercial and residential items include:
- Meant for rough surfaces: The powerful action removes years’ worth of contaminants from even the toughest surfaces like concrete.
- Fast Results: The sandblasting process is the quickest way to remove contaminants from the surface of various materials.
- Less Machinery: Blasting does not involve too many complex pieces for machinery, allowing jobs to be completed at our facility or on location.
Ameriblasts offers in-house sandblasting services at our Bucks County, PA facility, as well as on-location brick/stone/stucco restoration, metal surface restoration and concrete etching services throughout the tri-state area. We are OSHA Certified, fully insured and hire only certified blasters and coaters. For questions or more information, call 215-946-3762 to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.