Knowing the Sandblasting Process
If you have ever found yourself in need of restoring a piece, you may have also about Sandblasting and how it can leave your piece as new. Here we´ll answer the common questions about this method and what it can do for you or your company.
What exactly is Sandblasting?
It is an industrial technique of professional cleaning of surfaces. It consists of blasting a pressurized abrasive material in a controlled manner. Although sand is the traditional abrasive material, and the reason why the technique receives its name, there is a wide variety of materials that can be used, such as glass beads, walnut shells or even baking soda; Depending on the material used, the surface finish will be different.
All blasting abrasive materials methods require compliance with safety standards and be carried out with specialized protection equipment. That is why, in order to guarantee the correct treatment of surfaces and ensure safety, the process must be carried out by a specialized technician and inside cabins suitable for abrasive shots.
This process can be extremely aggressive, and if it isn´t done correctly or if the correct abrasive material is not used it can affect the integrity of the piece, so before starting to shoot the specialist will remove the detachable parts, such as the screws and nuts, to make sure not destroy moldings or trim pieces.
What does it used for?
It is commonly used to remove rust or pre-existing paint, also acting as a remover of any superficial trace of oil, grease or dirt, returning the surface almost to its initial state. It is a wide spectrum technique that can be applied on various surfaces such as metal or wood.
Because of this, sandblasting is one of the most effective and most used methods in restoration works, like sandblasting auto parts or historical pieces. The most common restoration works are the outside furniture, specially sandblasting iron furniture; being in direct exposure to the weather they usually deteriorate very fast, more if they were forgotten outdoors for long periods of time. In these cases, sandblasting is usually an ideal solution to remove the damage and to condition the surface for further treatment.
Since the process allows to clean quickly to the last corner of complex pieces, sandblasting is also one of the most profitable options for industrial maintenance, achieving the best results in a short time. Due to the high number of options in blasting materials, it is possible to obtain different finishes on the treated surface, which is why sandblasting is usually a crucial part in the surface conditioning processes.
If you need to restore historical pieces and make it to look like new, or if you own a company and require specialized maintenance for your equipment, we are Sandblasting specialists in California.