Sandblasting: Achieving a Perfect Paint Finish

Worker sandblasting big pipeSandblasting plays an important role when it comes to achieving a brilliant paint finish. Whether it’s a vehicle, machinery part or steelwork, sandblasting effectively cleans dirt and gets rid of rust and corrosion to smooth the surface. This then allows you to apply or spray paint without having to worry about bumps and rough spots that can ruin your project.

The Basics

Sandblasting is a type of surface treatment that uses a regulated amount of air through a nozzle to blast a stream of abrasive materials against the object desired. It effectively treats or smoothens rough surfaces by removing paint, dirt, dust, rust and other surface contaminants. It’s mostly used in stripping paint from metals and machinery to prepare the surface before painting.

Sandblasting specialists share the other uses of the treatment:

  • Restoring rusty equipment (to make them look new);
  • Removing oil, grime, and contaminants (especially in the automotive industry); and
  • Shaping and finishing small parts.

Prepping the Surface

Sandblasting is prominently used in the painting industry to clean most surfaces. By getting rid of unwanted coatings and rust, the object to be painted will become very smooth. This is an important process in prepping the surface to be spray-painted. Failure to sandblast can make the paint look uneven; it can also cause it to bubble or chip once the project is completed.

Significant Time Savings

Another great thing about sandblasting is that it can result in significant time savings when compared to hand cleaning. Sanding and wire brushing can be time-consuming, especially when you’re working on large objects. Sandblasting, on the other hand, can complete the job faster, while also allowing the primer to work better.

Relatively Inexpensive

While sandblasting is a form of mechanical cleaning, it’s actually economical. This is because the abrasive materials can be reused and reclaimed. Also, the fewer hours spent on the cleaning and finishing the surfaces often results in more work done.

Always consider sandblasting to achieve a high-quality finish. So if your next project requires sandblasting, don’t hesitate to contact experienced sandblasting specialists.