*Disclaimer* Sand blasting is an old term used for shot blasting, the original process of sand blasting is now illegal as the abrasives used can have health implications.
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The process of sand blasting, using actual sand, was made illegal in the UK due to safety concerns. The process of shot blasting is still known as sand blasting regardless of this fact.
Sand creates silica dust when used as a blasting abrasive which is extremely hazardous when inhaled. Modern equivalents come with far less safety concerns and are much easier to use.
In the past, sand was used for any abrasive blasting work due to how readily available it was. The silica dust produced from using sand is the hazardous part of the process, challenges arise from a heath and safety view when inhaled.
In current times, a vast choice of modern abrasives are available to choose from which exceed the performance of sand. Along with this, the safety benefits offered by these abrasives make them more suited to modern industry.
Sand blasting uses compressed air and an abrasive media to remove contaminants from a surface using high pressure. A specialist nozzle is used to fire the blasting media at a surface, this is controlled by the user and can be used for hard to reach areas.
Many industries implement sand blasting within their daily work as it can be used on a variety of surfaces. These include, but are not limited to, brickwork, steel, concrete, iron, wood, glass, timber, stone and fibreglass.
Unlike other methods of cleaning such as acid dipping, sand blasting is more forgiving and can be used on surfaces which have had repair work in the past.
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Due to their hardness, steel and cast iron are popular materials to go through the sand blasting process. The outer layer can be removed and the surface beneath cleaned all in one go using sand blasting.
Concrete is another popular application for this process. A common usage case for this is in the preparation of factory flooring, where any machine polishing is removed so paint can adhere correctly.
As mentioned above, sand blasting is the ideal process to create a profile on a surface, for example steel, so coatings adhere correctly. The surface is keyed by sand blasting, allowing paints and coatings to stick uniformly creating an overall better finish.
Here at Intercity Contractors we have over 25 years of experience at sand blasting and applying industrial coatings. Based in Coventry and London, our premises can provide you with blasting and painting on a national scale.
Our skilled operatives are capable of media blasting using a variety of different abrasives to clean any object or surface you require. Before work commences, our team will have a discussion with you to gather your requirements so we can choose the best process.
We have an extensive portfolio of successful sand blasting in London from happy customers. This covers a variety of projects including everything from cars to historic buildings. Our shot blasting London team will be happy to help with any enquiries you may have.
“I went to Intercity Coventry to have some car parts for my classic Alpina and my MINI GP shot blasted and painted. I am very happy with the results and can’t wait to get them on the cars!”
“Very knowledgeable guys. I had some classic car parts shot blasted and painted in a nice glossy black colour. They look brand new. Thanks.”
“My gates look amazing. Intercity shot blasted my old gates and made them look new with a lovely paint. Thank you.”
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