a square piece of sandpaper fold into fourthsSanding is a popular preparation method before painting or refinishing something. It smoothes out the surface of an item so that paint can adhere more smoothly and stains are absorbed better. Sandblasting takes sanding up a few notches.

When you need an item cleaned up before powder coating or another creative project, give us a call. BoroTek Powder Coating’s sandblasting services are an efficient way to clean and prepare your metal pieces without damaging them.

You can get in touch with us by phone at 615-624-2711 or head to our website to request a quote.

What Is Sandblasting?

Sandblasting is a method of using abrasive materials, such as sand, glass beads, or steel grit, to remove paint, rust, contaminants, or other unwanted coatings from a surface without causing any dents. It also shapes the surface by removing any bumps or bubbles.

At BoroTek Powder Coating, we use sand particles because their grittiness allows them to easily latch onto any substances on the metal and effectively strip it away, leaving the surface smooth and ready to go. 

The basic components of sandblasting typically include:

  • An abrasive material. This is the grainy substance that can be released through a nozzle at a high speed to impact the surface being treated. The choice of abrasive material depends on factors such as the type of surface, the desired finish, and the specific application.
  • Blasting equipment. This includes a blasting cabinet or chamber, a blasting nozzle, and an air compressor. The abrasive material is mixed with compressed air and directed through the nozzle toward the target surface.
  • Compressed air. You can’t successfully sandblast without compressed air. You need a source of high-pressure compressed air to propel the abrasive material. The pressure can be adjusted to control the force and speed of the particles.

How Does Sandblasting Remove Rust?

Sandblasting is a common method often used to remove rust and other signs of corrosion from metal. It’s so effective as a way of removing rust because it breaks it down. It’s important to note that if the rust has caused significant damage to the metal, sandblasting will only remove the rust, – not restore the metal to its pre-rust form.

Does Sandblasting Remove Paint?

You have a metal dirt bike frame that you want to powder coat. The problem? Your bottle of standard paint remover is no match for the coats of bright neon yellow paint that are caked on it.

Don’t worry, there is a perfect solution. Sandblasting can be used to remove layers of paint, whether they are old and peeling or fresh and really stuck on there. Ditch the smelly remover and go for a much quicker and easier option.  

What Surfaces Can Sandblasting Be Used On?

up close view of smooth pieces of metalSandblasting is safe to use on many surfaces including:

  • Metal
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Stone
  • Glass

Can Sandblasting Be Used on All Surfaces?

Sandblasting is versatile and can be used on several surfaces safely as we mentioned above, but not all surfaces are made the same.

Some surfaces aren’t suited to withstand the intensity of sandblasting and you should absolutely avoid them. Some examples include:

  • Porcelain
  • Fiberglass
  • Plastic
  • Vinyl
  • Electronics 
  • Lead-based paint 

Why Is Sandblasting Better Than Other Methods?

When you need to get a piece of metal ready for powder coating or painting, we’re confident that sandblasting is the superior option when considering any alternatives. What sets sandblasting apart? Here are a few things:

  • It’s fast. Sandblasting is often faster and more efficient than some alternative methods, especially when dealing with large surfaces or extensive paint and rust removal.
  • It’s thorough. Sandblasting is highly effective at removing multiple layers of paint and contaminants, leaving the surface clean and ready for powder coating.
  • It shapes the surface. Sandblasting can create a textured surface that improves the adhesion of paint, making it suitable for metals that require preparation.
  • It’s abrasion-resistant. Sandblasting can be used to prime surfaces that need to withstand harsh conditions, such as marine or industrial equipment.
  • It’s easy on the budget. In many cases, sandblasting can be cost-effective, especially when dealing with challenging jobs like rust removal or paint stripping.

Can I DIY Sandblasting?

Although we understand the interest in taking on a sandblasting project yourself, we strongly recommend against it. Sandblasting can be hazardous if not performed correctly. You can breathe in dangerous toxins and damaging particles that are released during the process.

Don’t risk the possibility of long-term health issues and call in BoroTek Powder Coating. Our technicians are fully trained, knowledgeable, and have the right equipment to get the job done safely. 

Is Sandblasting Safe for the Environment?

Sandblasting can pose environmental concerns if not handled with proper care and attention to safety and environmental regulations. It has the potential to generate dust, airborne particles, and waste materials, which is why we always suggest hiring a licensed professional.

Trust BoroTek Powder Coating for Your Sandblasting Needs

Do you have a piece of metal that needs a thorough cleaning? Hire BoroTek Powder Coating to take care of it. We’ve long been a reliable provider of sandblasting services for residents throughout Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. We’re fully licensed and insured, and our results speak for themselves.

Schedule an appointment now by calling 615-624-2711 or get in touch with us online.