Shot Blasting

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What Is Shot Blasting?

Shot blasting cleans, strips, or profiles surfaces in preparation for overlays and coatings. This blasting produces a roughened texture to improve the adhesion of decorative coatings and leaves the surface dry and immediately ready for resurfacing. Shot blasting can perform surface preparation for applications ranging from light etching to aggressive removal of surface mortar. Additionally, shot blasting produces very little dust, making it an excellent option for floors in sensitive areas such as manufacturing plants.

Uses and Benefits of Shot Blasting

Shot blast cleaning is a one-step method that strips, cleans, and etches all at once. Manufacturers also commonly recommend the abrasive blasting method for removing old flooring in preparation for epoxy and urethane flooring. Shot blasting offers a higher production rate over other forms of flooring preparation, such as grinding and scarifying. Grinding and scarifying, on the other hand, produce more dust than specific shot blasting methods. Additionally, shot blasting works exceptionally well for removing paints and epoxies. However, shot blasting is unable to remove rubber or elastomeric coatings, as the beads will rebound off of the surface. On most other surfaces, however, shot blasting leaves a much more uniform profile over other methods. Shot blasting is environmentally friendly as there is no need for hazardous chemicals and no need to shut down your business and production while the shot blasting project takes place.

What are the Different Types of Shot Blasting?

Traditional Shot Blasting

Traditional air shot blasting uses compressed air in order to propel a metal shot at a surface. This is typically used in the manufacturing industry for making products such as springs, gears, drills, gun parts, aviation parts, and automotive parts.

Wheel Blasting

The wheel blasting method propels an electric motor powering a turbine wheel. Wheel blasting is the primary method used in the flooring industry.