Shot blasting is an abrasive metal finishing technique used to clean, strengthen, or polish metal. Shot blasting is a proven, speedy, and effective way to create a metal surface free from faults or defects. The technique removes rust, paint, corrosion, etc., and is popular among nearly every industry that uses metal, including construction, automotive, forging, rail, and aerospace. The professionals at ELCO Painting have the expertise and equipment to ensure that your industrial shot blasting project exceeds your expectations.
Why Use Shot Blasting For Your Factory, Mill, or Warehouse?
When done properly, shot blasting produces excellent results when it comes to surface cleaning and peening, or preparing for painting and finishing. Shot blasting not only cleans and strengthens metal, it also increases the longevity of a surface coat on a shot blasted substrate. It is among the very best methods used to smooth and prepare a metal surface for painting and coating, as it will create an ideal bond between the blasted surface and the protective coating. The process uses abrasion only and is completely chemical free, thus making it a highly environmentally friendly method of surface finishing.
How Does Shot Blasting Work?
A “shot” is a small spherical projectile propelled against a surface under high pressure in a steady stream for the desired effect. Shot blasting is commonly performed with small stainless steel pellets that come in a variety of sizes between 1-6 mm in diameter. A chilled iron grit shot can be used for serious cleaning projects that require aggressive paint or rust removal, although this should only be used on hard metals. A steel grit shot is another popular shot for vigorous cleaning. A smaller shot is utilized for a smooth, polished finish, whereas large shots result in a rougher end result.
There are two types of basic shot blasting technologies: wheel blasting and air blasting. Wheel blasting involves a rotating turbine wheel that converts electric energy to kinetic energy to propel a shot continuously onto a surface. The machines come in various sizes and boast various power capacities. Wheel blasting is commonly used in scenarios where large areas need to be cleaned, descaled, or derusted.
Air blasting propels abrasive media onto a metal surface through a nozzle via compressed air pressure. Using a nozzle is handy as it can either be used in a fixed position or manually moved to target a specific area. The blast stream can be controlled by adjusting its velocity. Wet blasting involves a similar methodology, but uses a media-water mix to blast the metal surface.
ELCO Painting Offers Top-Notch Shot Blasting Solutions
When you choose ELCO Painting, you can rest assured that you will get top-notch, professional, careful, and efficient work from start to finish. Our years of experience and expertise ensure that the entire process will be pleasant and stress-free.
The always courteous, always professional painters at ELCO Painting offer nothing but the best when it comes to shot blasting and industrial painting services. Our innovative products, top-notch industrial paint supplies, and advanced expertise allow us to deliver results that consistently exceed our client’s expectations. We are always punctual, polite and friendly. We respect your space and keep our work area tidy throughout the duration of our projects. Though we are based in Rhode Island, our services also extend to all of southeastern Massachusetts.
Our pro painting contractors have been satisfying customers across Rhode Island and Southern New England for over three decades. Let us show you how! Contact our local painters today by filling out our online form, requesting a professional painting services estimate, or giving us a call at 401-295-2201.