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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

Technology

10 Vapour abrasive blasting advantages

Vapour abrasive blasting has a number of important advantages compared to dry blasting

Technology

EcoQuip confirmed as suitable for explosive atmospheres

Graco’s EcoQuip vapour abrasive blast equipment was thoroughly tested for use in potentially hazardous areas involving explosive atmospheres caused by gases and vapours

Applications

Creating a pitted finish on granite with the EcoQuip

The existing kerb in Denman Street, London, UK, was causing damage to a range of high-class vehicles including Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Jaguars that frequently pulled-up there to drop-off hotel customers. The kerb needed to be modified to prevent additional damage and a cycle path added.

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.

Applications

Niles Industrial Coatings reduces dust exposure for employees

The use of silica product in abrasive blasting has increasingly become more of a safety risk for construction workers. Exposure to too much respirable crystalline silica causes serious health problems such as lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease.

Technology

ADNOC approves Graco’s EcoQuip Vapour Abrasive Blasting unit

Graco’s EcoQuip Vapour Abrasive Blasting equipment is approved by ADNOC as a surface preparation solution for Zone 1 areas on DAS Island

The Basics

Compressed air demands for vapour abrasive blasting

Compressed air recommendations for the best vapour abrasive blasting results

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

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

Abrasive blasting checklist: what you need to do to prep and clean up a job site

This blasting checklist guarantees the perfect preparation for all wet and vapour blasting operations

Technology

How to remove powder coatings: comparing the different methods

Maintenance of offshore installations is easy, safe and efficient with wet abrasive blasting

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

Technology

Asbestos removal through vapour abrasive blasting

Vapour abrasive blasting can be used for asbestos removal, but only under certain conditions.

Technology

Blasting abrasive comparison

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

Equipment Selection

Blasting abrasive comparison

Vapour blasting and wet blasting comparison

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.

Applications

Abrasive Blasting and the Future of Shipyard Surface Prep

Fairhaven Shipyard, the 800-foot pier owned and operated by Puglia Engineering, Inc. faces many surface preparation and cleaning challenges.

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

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.

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

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