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Surface Prep, Cleaning and Restoration

A Comprehensive Resource for Surface Prep Contractors

Surface prep, cleaning and restoration technologies are changing. Whether you're blasting off coatings in a shipyard, or restoring wood to its former glory, the equipment available today is making it easier than ever to blast safer, faster and more efficiently–all while minimizing containment and cleanup.

Featured Surface Preparation Articles

Applications

The 5 benefits of vapour abrasive blasting compared to UHP waterjetting

Why choose the EcoQuip abrasive blaster compared to Ultra-high pressure waterjetting.

Applications

Wet abrasive blasting with EcoQuip

EcoQuip’s revolutionary vapour abrasive blasting technique: faster, cleaner and greener.

Technology

How HoldTight Inhibits Rust

Learn how HoldTight improves efficiency by allowing you to blast longer, without stopping to apply paint and learn wet abrasive blasting standards

The Basics

Surface Preparation Standards Explained - SSPC/NACE & ISO 8501

Understanding the ISO 8501 and SSPC/NACE blast cleaning surface preparation standards.

Technology

True Dustless Blasting is a Myth

Know the facts: there is no such thing as dustless or dust-free blasting in surface prep

Equipment Selection

Why choose Graco blasting nozzles over competitors?

The shape and material of a nozzle affects blast pattern and speed, service life, and job size.

Technology

Blasting abrasive comparison

An overview of the different wet blast cleaning methods, with their advantages and disadvantages.

The Basics

What is wet abrasive blasting

Learn about wet abrasive blasting and wet vapour blasting and how it's different to other methods, such as dry blasting and wet blasting.

Equipment Selection

Blasting abrasive comparison

Vapour blasting and wet blasting comparison

Technology

The wet abrasive blasting standards explained

Standards to determine the level of cleanliness and flash rust on steel surfaces after wet abrasive blasting methods applied

Equipment Selection

Safely remove lead-based paints with vapour abrasive blasting

Vapour abrasive blasting is one of the best solutions for the safe removal of lead-based paint

Reduce Costs

Reduce vessel downtime & boat surface preparation with EcoQuip2

Vapour blasting is the most efficient and eco-friendly stripping method for boat and yacht surfaces

How To

How to remove powder coatings: comparing the different methods

There are a number of different stripping methods to remove powder coatings.

How To

How to Prevent Flash Rust When Wet Blasting

As wet cleaning methods have increased, so has the prevalence of flash rust and the need to prevent it - here are a few tips.

How To

How to Choose the Right Blasting Abrasive

What to consider when selecting abrasive media for wet or dry blasting

How To

How to Choose the Right Blast Nozzle for Wet Abrasive Blasting

What you need to know to choose the right blast nozzle for your abrasive blasting application

The Basics

How to Blast Softer Substrates

Safely clean and restore wood, concrete, brick, stone and even soft surfaces without damage

How To

How to blast fibreglass hulls without damaging the gel coat

Removing the antifouling paint from a fibreglass hulls is easy with vapour abrasive blasting

Reduce Costs

Economical and efficient jig cleaning with vapour abrasive blasting

Vapour abrasive blasting is one of the most efficient methods to strip powder coatings from jigs and racks.

Applications

Creative Fabrications cleans Julie Penrose Fountain with EcoQuip 2 Blasting Equipment

Creative Fabrications was recently hired to clean the exterior of the stainless steel Julie Penrose Fountain, located inside America the Beautiful State Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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