Mackay site and surface preparation contractors
Mackay Business Owners Can Achieve Longer Value from their Assets When Abrasive Blasting Contractors are Engaged
If you are considering having your building, industrial equipment, or a structure cleaned, restored, or painted, it is very important that the site and surface is properly prepared. Site and surface preparation is necessary before any protective coatings can be applied. Surface dirt, oil, grease, old and deteriorating coatings, corrosion, cracks, and other imperfections must be removed or repaired. Manual hand-scraping or aggressive abrasive blasting may be required to prepare the surfaces. It is recommended that you seek advice from local corrosion experts in Mackay, Diamond Protective Coating Services – the best in on-site and surface preparation contractors for your project.
Grit blasting is a specialIsed process for industrial applications. The process can be much too aggressive for cleaning residential properties.
The process (commonly referred to as sandblasting) uses very tiny silica (sand), mineral, or metallic particles with an air or water propellant, sprayed under very high pressure and extremely fast speeds. The high-pressure and rapid speed particles are sprayed through a nozzle, which is directed at the areas to be cleaned.
The abrasive particles remove all the contaminants from the material surface. Depending on the abrasive blasting process and particles used and the desired results, the surface can remain smooth or be textured with various surface features.
Some abrasive blasting materials include, but are not limited to:
- Garnet – an orthosilicta (silica; SiO2) mineral
- Copper Slag – iron silicate; considered “safer” than sand silicates
- Ilmenite – iron titanium oxide; FeTiO3
- Glass – a type of silicate; sand; SiO2
These and other grit blasting materials can be used to clean and restore many metallic and non-metallic surfaces.
Some types of materials are prohibited from use in abrasive blasting operations, including, but not limited to:
- River sand
- Beach sand or any white sand
- Pool filter material (diatomaceous earth)
- Quartz rock dust
When conducting abrasive blasting operations, it is critical that the contractors follow all safety guidelines and regulations.
The tiny particles can become a respiratory hazard, especially when used in dry air blasting. Both dry and wet abrasive particles have the potential to cause worker and public injuries and environmental hazards.
Girt blasting operations may need to be enclosed with encapsulation tarpaulins to contain the blasting materials and excised contaminants within an area. Large open areas may not need to be contained. The professional abrasive blasting contractors will prepare the site to ensure everyone’s safety whilst being environmentally friendly.
Queensland has many regulations pertaining to grit blasting. Mackay site and surface preparation contractors know the environmental and public health and safety laws and regulations. Diamond Protective Coating Services Pty Ltd will adhere to all legal requirements to ensure successful completion of your project.
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“Ilmenite”. Mineral Zone.
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“Code of Practice. Abrasive Blasting”. Worksafe Western Australia Commission. June 2000.