Choosing the right service provider for your commercial blasting requirement is absolutely critical.
At Wicked Coatings in Poole, Dorset, we pride ourselves on the quality of our facilities, the expertise of our team and most importantly, our extensive grit, bead and shot blasting experience within the following industries:
As the demand for our services continues to escalate – so too does the continued investment in our industrial equipment. Our bead blast facility was installed in 2015 and we also have a heavy industry grit blasting bay.
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The Abrasive Blasting Service From Wicked Coatings
Prior to the expert application of a protective industrial coating, it is essential that the surface area of the component is professionally prepared. Depending on the type of surface treatment that is required, the blasting team in our Poole-based facility will work with a variety of mediums and high quality blasting equipment to achieve the desired surface profile.
Before blasting starts, humidity, steel temperature and dew points measurements are carried out to ensure that the environmental conditions are adequate for optimal blasting. If requested ‘Salt tests’ using ‘Bresel Patches‘ can be done to determine the quantity of salt on the steel before blast. If it is too high, we are able to wash and then re-test to ensure results are optimal before proceeding to blast.
Having selected the correct blasting medium, which can range from steel grit to glass beads – the abrasive will then be propelled through a high tech blast nozzle, using the appropriate level of pressure to produce the required finish. After the blasting process is finished, the part gets painted within NACE & ICorr recommended times to avoid flash rusting.
The operation of blasting can be used to fulfill a number of objectives including:
- High quality preparation before the application of a surface coating
- The removal of unsightly corrosion including rust, scale or redundant paintwork before welding
- The opportunity to add surface texturing to a finished product including roughened or matte results
The standard of the blast room facility at Wicked Coatings in Poole, Dorset is exemplary and suitable for almost every blasting requirement. Our team will undertake blast cleaning for a huge variety of substrates including:
- Mild Steel
- Cast and Cast irons
- Steel with tensile strengths in excess of 1400mpa
- Stainless steel
During abrasive recovery, a self cleaning filter and extraction process removes all dust and contaminants to ensure that the shot or grit abrasive is ‘good as new’ before being used again.
Choosing the correct abrasive is vital to the success of the blasting process and ultimately the quality of the finish. In order to provide the desired surface cleanliness and adhesion for each project, we only employ the highest quality of chilled iron and aluminum oxide grit.
The process of grit blasting, or sand blast cleaning, directs a high pressured stream of sharp and angular particles onto the surface of a component. Grit blasting will remove contaminants, such as sand and scale, which is vital before the process of welding. It can subsequently be used to produce the optimal surface finish required for a high quality coating, offering excellent adhesion. Because grit blasting removes the layer of iron oxide which is left behind by other kinds of blast cleaning, such as bead or shot blast, this method of blasting is particularly popular among those wishing to create the ideal surface for a durable industrial coating.
Depending on the specifications of the client we can use a different sized grit to achieve a fine, course or extra course, surface profile. We can also use non metallic abrasives if the job requires, causing little to no cross contamination. Our experienced blasters are also trained to flash blast aluminium – as a softer metal it has to be blasted a certain way by a skilled technician.
Glass Bead Blasting
For a soft, smooth and bright finish, glass bead blasting is an environmentally friendly option which is very popular with clients seeking to achieve a satin or matte uniform finish without dimensional change to the component. This predominantly stainless steel, metal preparation process is carried out by a team of experienced blasting professionals in our high tech facility.
The beauty of bead blasting is that it allows surface contaminants, such as rust or paint, to be removed without causing damage to the substrate – and it actually strengthens the metal, leaving behind no residue or troublesome embedded matter. It is a far less aggressive process than grit or shot blasting. Whereas the process of grit blasting uses a sharp, angular abrasive – the glass beads used as the medium for bead blasting are able to produce a much smoother and brighter finish which can often offer superior corrosion resistance.
Our specialist bead blasting cabinet is capable of precision blasting small delicate parts.
To discuss your commercial blasting requirement with our professional team of blasting experts, please call us today on 01202 622258 or contact us now for a prompt response.