Marine Paint Removal

Sand and soda blasting

In addition to cleaning areas such as oil and grease in the engine compartment of a marine application, one of the best marine applications is removing anti-fouling bottom paint from boats, both large and small. Since it is possible to take the paint off without damaging the gel-coat or fiberglass using our soda blaster, there will be less opportunity for water ingression that can cause de-lamination and blistering in the years to come. Soda blasting is the preferred method to accomplish the removal of paint from a marine application.

Industrial Equipment Cleaning and Restoration

Sand and soda blasting

Industrial equipment cleaning & industrial equipment paint removal are both services that every company with industrial equipment needs to think about at some point in time. Whether that means that a printing press is in need of repainting or an overhead crane is in need of non-destructive inspection, soda blasting the industrial equipment can provide the solution. When a company tries to cut capital expenditures, often they will choose to keep older equipment and refurbish it for a fraction of the cost of the replacement cost. Soda blasting offers solutions for these industrial equipment applications and for equipment being removed from closed manufacturing facilities. The opportunities to recycle industrial equipment have never been greater and in virtually all cases this equipment is more valuable if it has been properly cleaned and repainted. Ecoblast Restoration technicians are properly trained soda blast specialists and can be invaluable in this industrial equipment cleaning and paint removal process.

 

Baking soda blasting of structural steel and painting it with an epoxy coating can increase production in paper mills by decreasing down time, helping the equipment with the flow of the product, and saving in maintenance in the following ways:

 

Industrial Equipment Solutions

Rust Removal

  • Rust can flake off and fall in the machines resulting in paper breaks and loss of valuable running time.

Removal of Dirt and Residue

  • Felt rolls, drier cans, the interior of head boxes, calendar stack applications, and winder applications.
  • Blasting can be helpful with the flow of material at the wet end, decreasing breaks at the calendar stack and at the winder, and increasing winder speed at the dry end. This will result in less down time.
  • Rafters, pan steel, crane and crane rails above the paper machine
  • Interior of water pumps
  • Tank farm and / or piping

Maintenance

  • The exteriors of motors helping to keep the motor operating at cooler temperatures
  • Decker fans or roof fans – this improve air flow and save on power letting them operate more efficiently and requiring less maintenance
  • Blasting allows thinner paint application
  • Ceramic tank applications: blasting is good for removal of old coatings and product. New coatings applied after blasting will allow for better flow of product.  For example, the removal of dried stock in the filler chest.
  • Interior of building: walls, floors, ceilings can be blasted and painted to improve lighting, safety, and quality of life. Fresh blasting and painting will have a pleasing visual affect.
  • Exterior of building: can be blasted and painted for presentation and building integrity.
  • If the steel does not require painting then vacuuming of rafters, crane, crane rail and drier hoods can also be very effective for fire prevention and less down time. Ecoblast Restoration is equipped to provide these services.

Heavy Equipment Cleaning

Sand and soda blasting

Heavy equipment cleaning is a project that just needs to be done from time to time. The unique properties of soda blasting with real baking soda provide a perfect way to assist in the process of refurbishing heavy construction equipment. Our soda blast media will clean the heavy equipment by removing paint, grease and oil and yet will not damage the chrome rams in the hydraulic cylinders, gears or chains, the glass in operator cabs and gauges, roller bearings, track pads or engine components. With our versatile soda blasters, it is possible to remove the paint on the heavy equipment down to the metal or just remove the contamination and etch the existing paint so the new coat will adhere properly. By introducing water at the nozzle, our soda blast media can neutralize heavy equipment surface rust leaving the substrate stable and paintable without pitting the metal.

Oil Removal and Grease Removal

Sand and soda blasting

Back in the day, animal fat was combined with baking soda to make a soap like paste. When combined with animal fats, petroleum-based oil or grease, baking soda emulsifies the oils through a process called saponification. This is the most effective and environmentally friendly means of cleaning oil and grease.

Graffiti Removal

Sand and soda blasting

Graffiti is like a cancer on the side of a building. No one wants the graffiti to show up and once it appears it often spreads. The best thing to do is get the graffiti removed as quickly as possible. Until mobile sodablasters arrived, there were few good graffiti removal options. Sand blasting would tear into the substrate and severely damage the surface where the graffiti had been. Solvents and paint strippers only turn the paint into liquid allowing the pigment from the paint to leach further into the surface making it impossible to separate the color from the aggregate. Soda blasting the surface as soon as possible after an area has been hit with graffiti is the best way to combat the problem. Graffiti artists will not waste their efforts if they know their work will be short lived and Ecoblast Restoration is often called upon to perform this graffiti removal task.

Engine Part Cleaning and Restoration

Sand and soda blasting

We don’t often think of engine parts as being delicate. But just a few grains of sand can score the cylinder walls, rings and bearings of an engine in an instant, add a few more and a brand-new engine can be useless in no time. Soda blast media however, will not harm the internal components of an engine. Our soda blasting process is used by many engine rebuilding facilities as the preferred method of cleaning engine blocks, heads, pistons, and crank shafts, since it will remove the grease and oil without harming the parts. Another important characteristic of engine part cleaning is there is no abrasive entrapment. There is nothing more frustrating to an engine re-builder than to have an engine completely rebuilt and to start tightening the last bolt on the head only to have the bolt locked in place by a small piece of glass beads, sand or other hard abrasive. This will not happen with baking soda blasting of your engine parts.

Automotive Paint Removal

Sand and soda blasting

The advantage of using a sodablaster for automotive surface preparation is that paint, grease and undercoating can be removed without breaking the surface tension of the metal. Paint can even be taken off a layer at a time and bondo can be left in or removed depending on the blasting techniques employed.

Masonry and Aggregate Cleaning

Sand and soda blasting

Years of soot, oil grease, grime and just plain dirt can seep into concrete and other aggregate materials and make it look unsightly. Often times this situation can be downright dangerous. Parking lots can become slippery from oil dropped from cars and trucks. Sidewalks become matted with chewing gum and the like. It is because of these situations that aggregate cleaning is so important. Pressure washing is not all that effective in tackling these problems, while soda blasting provides a much better solution. Get in touch with a soda blasting specialist that is ready to tackle your aggregate cleaning project, whether it be removing oil from the concrete driveway or cleaning up an entire parking lot.