Coating Systems has been providing functional coatings to our customers for well over 40 years. Our state-of-the-art equipment and technology allow us to offer superior value and world-class customer service.
One service Coating Systems provides for our local customers is sandblasting. Sandblasting is a fast and effective way to treat a variety of surfaces. This method of cleaning involves shooting small pellets or particles out of an air compressor at a very high speed. While some make sandblasting a DIY project, if you’re not experienced, it can be complicated and even dangerous. In today’s blog, the experts at Coating Systems take a look at some common sandblasting mistakes.
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Cover Your Skin
Sandblasting involves tiny abrasive particles flying through the air at a very high velocity. These particles have the ability to take off paint, so they can do some serious damage to your skin. Covering any exposed skin should be your highest priority. It is recommended that you wear a set of full-body coveralls. Heavy gloves are another must for sandblasting. Choose a pair that extends as far up your arms as possible, and leather is your best option. Protecting your face is obviously of critical importance. At the very least, you should wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, but a mask with a clear pull-down shield is most appropriate.
Know Which Particles to Use
There are a lot of particles available for use during sandblasting. While some are only available to professionals, many can be purchased for DIY projects. These particles have different degrees of hardness and are appropriate for very different jobs. While traditional sand is the most obvious choice for sandblasting, don’t make the mistake of using just any sand. If the sand you are using has large pieces of debris, such as small rocks, it can do a great deal of damage to the surface you’re working on. Furthermore, if debris becomes a high-projectile missile, flying around your backyard, someone could be seriously injured. Your local home center should carry sand specifically for sandblasting.
Collect Your Blasting Materials
A common mistake of the DIY sandblaster is allowing all the blasting material to just blow away. You can collect the material and use it again. Reusing the material is not only cost-effective, but it also cuts down on how many times you have to haul heavy bags to your blasting site.
Choose Coating Systems for Your Sandblasting Needs
Sandblasting is a big project that intimidates many homeowners, which is understandable. Sandblasting can be very dangerous and has the potential to do severe damage to your home and property.
If you’re in the Harrison, OH area and you need sandblasting, whether it’s personal property or a commercial building, make Coating Systems your first choice. We are a team that has decades of experience and knowledge to do the job efficiently and safely. If you have questions, contact Coating Systems today.