What is sandblasting? It is a way of cleaning or shaping a surface by ‘blasting’ it with tiny solid particles, ejected out at very high velocities. Hence it can be used to remove paint from surfaces like the bodies of cars. As its name suggests, the technique can be rather messy and potentially dangerous. Hence if you’re thinking about attempting to do it on your own, we suggest that you learn everything there is to know about the technique, including safety measures and best practices. Fortunately, we’ve compiled some tips that you should make the learning process a lot easier. That being said, if you’re an amateur to DIY projects in general, then we highly recommend that you hire a local mobile abrasive blasting in Brisbane expert.
Consider whether you can do it
In order to perform sandblasting, the surface that you intend to remove the paint from should be able to withstand the impact of the process. So for instance, while you could use sandblasting on a metal structure, you wouldn’t be able to perform it on a wood without causing heavy damage to it. Usually brick, metal and concrete falls are safe to sandblast. If you’re unsure whether a specific material can handle the impact, it’s best to contact one of the most trusted experts in sandblasting gold coast has to offer.
Pay attention to safety
As mentioned before, sandblasting is a potential dangerous job. First of all, sandblasting can expel dusts of paint particles into the air which you could breathe in. Hence it is absolutely essential that you wear a respirator throughout the process. You will also need to cover yourself from head to toe, so that expelled particles don’t come into contact with your skin and potentially cause irritations. Finally, keep children and pets well out of the area.
Have the proper supplies with you.
You absolutely do not want to get started with sandblasting if you don’t have the appropriate equipment for the task. First and foremost, you’ll need a proper air compressor and a powerful one at that. Weaker air compressors may be unable to maintain the required air pressure for long periods of time and hence the work will often be interrupted. Furthermore, you can’t use any type of sand for sandblasting. Most stores will often, have specialized ones for sandblasting which are dry and consistent in texture. Other than sand, materials like baking soda may also be used. If you’re able to check off everything in this list, then you’re closer to your goal of being able to sandblast by yourself. We recommend that you have an expert nearby the first time you try it on your own.