Our Process - Surface Preparation Experts

Expert surface preparation requires equal parts of science, art and experience. Over the years, we've built a best practices approach to serving our clients. In this approach, we first consider the basics:

  • What is the type of coating to be removed?
  • What is the nature of the substrate material and thickness?
  • What size and type of plastic media is best suited for this?
  • What are the masking requirements?

Answers to these basic questions frame our considerations for the process we'll use.

  • What is the appropriate blasting pressure?
  • What is the most effective flow rate?

And finally, all of this goes into considerations for the procedure we'll use.

  • What is best angle of the nozzle to the work piece?
  • What is the best distance between the nozzle and the work piece?

Our experience with all types of materials and surface treatment preparations makes us expert in selecting the right media for your requirements. Some of the more common media and applications are:

  • "Clear-cut" media is safe for most substrates, particularly plastics and composites
  • Acrylic media is effective on aluminum and other non-ferrous metals
  • Urea media is the most commonly used of the plastic media for most varieties of steel
  • Melamine is the hardest of the plastic media and therefore has the most abrasive cutting power

Choosing the wrong media or applying the media incorrectly can lead too a variety of problems. Overly aggressive media or excessive application of the media can cause the material to become pitted or warped. On the other hand, if the top coat resists removal because the media is not aggressive enough or the application is prolonged, the media can breakdown, creating dust and contaminants.