Media Blasting

Media Blasting at American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings

At American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings we are experts in using dry abrasive media blasting for surface preparation.

Dry abrasive media blasting, generically known as sandblasting, is the process we use for all our surface preparation work. Industrial manufacturing and fabrication, welding fabricators, construction, automotive restoration and individuals like do-it-yourselfers are just a few examples of the primary customer segments that seek our expert services, advice and surface preparation expertise.

Abrasive Media Blasting

What Is Abrasive Media Blasting or Sandblasting?

Abrasive Media Blasting is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface, or remove surface contaminants. A pressurized fluid, typically air, or a centrifugal wheel is used to propel the blasting material (typically called the media).

Variants include: bead blasting, sandblasting, soda blasting, shot blasting and more recently slurry or dustless blasting.

The abrasive media blasting process is achieved with a variety of ecologically, “green” friendly media, including:

  • plastic or glass (bead or crushed),
  • natural or synthetic mineral
  • aluminum oxide
  • walnut shell or corn cob

The media is propelled through a high-pressure tool and easily strips away old paint, rust, and other kinds of surface blemishes or imperfections.

At our shop, our blasting systems include blasting booth, air dryers and oil and water separators, dust collection, manual and mechanical media reclamation, media volume and air pressure regulators and supportive protective gear for the operator.

Uses for Dry Abrasive Media Blasting

Dry abrasive media blasting, also known as “sandblasting,” can be used to remove or clean excess or unwanted materials from a surface and is one of the most efficient methods for removal of rust (oxidation), corrosion, paint or powder coat, fabrication imperfections and more from the surface of metal materials.

The advantage of the procedure is that it keeps the surface intact, while everything else is removed.

Surface Prep and Anchor Pattern Surface Profiling

A critical application of the abrasive blasting process is to effectively add an Anchor Pattern or adhesion profile-etch to a metal surface.

Anchor pattern surface profiling or magnitude of roughness, measured in mils or 1/1000th of an inch, is determined by the requirements of the customer’s finish application for the material.

Anchor pattern profiling manipulates coefficient of friction for a particular surface by creating degrees of roughness. This results in improved adhesion properties for a subsequent surface finish such as paint or powder coat.

Thus, abrasive media blasting is one of the most cost effective, efficient ways of cleaning a hard surfaced material in preparation for surface finishing work either by removing fabrication imperfections, stripping rust or attaining a desired anchor pattern profile.

We apply this process with all manner of hard surfaces which can include:

    • Steel and various grades of steel
    • Metal alloys
    • Aluminum
    • Fiberglass
    • Carbon fiber
    • Glass and acrylics
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Removing Rust, Corrosion and Deteriorated Finish Coatings

Removing rust from metals is in most cases important because rust can severely damage or erode and degrade surfaces to the point where the metal, especially as it pertains to machinery, is no longer structurally useful and in fact in some cases dangerous. One example might be the collapse of a poorly maintained steel bridge structure.

Abrasive media blasting strips the existing oxidation leaving an exposed metal surface. Once the decision is made to blast clean a metal surface it is critical to have a plan for protecting the exposed metal. Once surface contaminants are removed the exposed, raw metal once again has no protection from the oxidation process. Time, temperature and humidity now become your enemies in the battle to preserve the newly exposed metals.

Properly and completely removing rust and corrosion from metal is perhaps the one of the most important steps we at American Dry Stripping™ can help you with to ensure longevity of your equipment or component parts in the restoring process. Comprehensive surface preparation is the critical first step in ensuring optimal downstream outcomes.

Both The Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC) and National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) have established standards for abrasive media blasting preparation of metal surfaces for optimal surface preparation in preparation for best possible surface finish outcomes.

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The Benefits of Abrasive Media Blasting at American Dry Stripping™

Years of Experience Equals Quality Workmanship

Not all abrasive blasting companies are equal. Our team brings years of professional experience to each job entrusted to us. They have the training and expertise to strip and blast clean any type of metal or fiberglass hard surface parts.
You can be confident:

  • Every project is tagged upon arrival and tracked throughout the process
  • Specific customer requirements are documented on all work orders
  • Parts are counted before and after processing
  • Component parts are thoroughly prepared per work order requirements
  • No damage to components
  • Use the safest, environmentally friendly methods for surface preparation available
  • Inspections to ensure precise, optimal project outcomes
  • Use of correct media blasting products includes versatile and “green” materials such as plastic, glass bead or other types of environmentally friendly media.

In addition to our focus on process and methodology it is so important to know the optimum size and type of grit (media) to utilize on a given project.

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Understanding of and attention to time, angle, distance and pressure to deliver to a surface to insure the original part whether metal, alloy or fiberglass is not damaged yet achieves optimal blast & strip cleaning results comes from the years of experience and expertise our team brings everyday to your particular project.

Time Efficiency

There is a financial advantage to abrasive media blasting. By using these different methods of blasting and media types, we can complete jobs effectively and in the most cost efficient manner.

In the past, when steel or other metals needed cleaning, it took days of scrubbing and soaking in harsh chemicals. Now, thanks to state-of-the-art abrasive blasting techniques, these jobs can be completed in hours instead of days, saving money, time, and labor.

Call American Dry Stripping™ for Your Next Project

American Dry Stripping™ and Xtreme Coatings (ADS) is New England’s leader in abrasive dry media blasting. For over 30 years we have been the regions most reliable, comprehensive service for paint, rust and corrosion removal, surface preparation and anchor pattern profile etching for all types of hard surface materials.

We have built our reputation one customer at a time through understanding of the unique needs of each customer, doing what we say we are going to do and treating each project as if it were our own. We are dedicated to professionalism, integrity and values, delivering the highest quality services on time, every time. If you have a project you would like to start, contact us now at 203.876.9876.

So whether you’re an individual restoring a classic car, trying to bring life back to old outdoor furniture, clean up and restore old fashion radiators or metal artwork or you are a automotive restoration shop, a company engaged in industrial manufacturing and fabrication, welding fabricator, construction company or a line powder coater needing hooks and hangers cleaned, abrasive media blasting is the safest, most effective and cost efficient way to strip off old paint or powder coating, welding or fabrication heat mark, rust and/or other types of corrosion from all types of metals, alloys, fiberglass and carbon fiber.

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