Abrasive blast cleaning is the process of preparing surfaces for coating by propelling abrasive media at high pressure to surfaces to remove surface contamination and imperfections. This provides a suitable key to allow coatings to effectively adhere onto the surface. Here at FI Coatings, we have multiple blasting options to meet your every need:
Automatic Blasting Machine – Our automatic blast machine can accommodate items up to 1m in height and 1.5m in width. Sometimes items can fit these criteria but not be suitable for automated blasting due to their design.
Manual Blast – We have two separate manual blast chambers here at FI Coatings, both are 960 sq ft in size so can accommodate a huge variety of items.
Here at FI Coatings we access different types of abrasive media so we can tailor our services to your exact needs. We predominantly use chilled iron grit when manually blasting, as this is specially developed for speed and consistency on air blasting operations and can be recycled making it a more economical blast media. We can also utilise Garnet which is an expendable grit that can be used at lower pressures, so is great for on-site works. As garnet is non-metallic, this can be used on stainless steel, which is what we primarily use this on at FI Coatings. We also have glass bead which is another non-metallic grit which we most commonly use on stainless steel or works requiring a shallower blast profile. We also have experience in dry ice-blasting which does not impart a profile, so is useful when looking to remove surface contamination or select coatings to allow inspection of the substrate. If you wish to discuss which option would be best for you, give us a call today!