What Is Abrasive Blasting?

Invented in the 1800’s, abrasive blasting (or sandblasting) is one of the oldest and most widely-used methods for heavy duty cleaning. The process involves using pressurized air to propel sand particles out at extremely high speeds. This creates a steady and fine stream of sand.

Abrasive blasting  is most often used for removing paint and cleansing, but can also be used to remove heavy contaminants from metal and concrete surfaces. Abrasive blasting has many uses in many different areas such as bridges, silos, parking garages, factories, airports, ship yards and machine shops.

  • Removes mold flash from plastic contaminants
  • Removes scale or rust from fabricated components
  • Great for etching smooth surfaces to allow paint to adhere effectively
  • Can provide a matte cosmetic finish on consumer products or a surface texture
  • Removes burrs or sharp edges

Unfortunately, the process of abrasive blasting can be very dusty and hazardous to health if not dealt with properly. At Spear Industrial Coatings, we abide by the highest level of safety protection possible. Our crews are equipped with breathing protection and protective clothing, as well as dust collectors.

Contact us at Spear Industrial Coatings at  432-606-4093 to find out how we can ensure a professional, clean, and precise job for your project.

Weatherproofing Your Equipment and Structures

Repairs are extremely costly when it comes to industrial structures, equipment, or buildings. While it is highly important to keep up with maintenance, starting with the correct procedures and coatings will make any building last for quite a while. Here are some ways to make your industrial equipment, buildings, tanks, pipes, or structures last:

  • Aim for environments with low humidity. Although there are coatings that can help prevent rusting, starting with the right conditions can help in the long run. Overall, look for neutral climates to store equipment or to build structures/buildings.
  • Damage occurs when water sits for long periods of time and begins to leak. This can cause corrosion and peeling. Avoid water damage by sealing cracks, using non-porous building materials, and find an efficient water run-off. Coat your structure/building/equipment with an anti-corrosion coating.
  • Heat can also be a factor in damaging equipment and structures. The oxidation process occurs in high temperatures with help from sulfur and oxygen that attacks metal surfaces. Insulate properly and protect the exterior with anti-corrosion and heat resistant coatings.

For more information on how Spear Industrial Coatings can help weatherproof your structure, give us a call at 432-606-4093.

How We Prepare to Paint

To have a perfect and crisp paint job requires a clean surface. That’s why at Spear Industrial, we go above and beyond to make sure you’re getting the best business possible.

Before we apply paint, we strip rust, dirt, and old paint from the surface in order to create a clean palette. We do this with abrasive blasting. Abrasive blasting is a preparation method, also known as sandblasting. Abrasive blasting is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive media against a surface under high pressure to remove surface contaminants like rust, or failed coatings.

After we sandblast, we apply a protective lining to the surface to ensure protection against rust and corrosion. This is the most important part of the process as it helps the life of the outer layer of paint last longer while protecting what’s underneath.

We want to make sure that your industrial structures last for years to come. Contact us at Spear Industrial to find out how we can ensure a professional, clean, and precise job for your project.