Whether an artistic sculpture, a stainless steel appliance or a large metal skyscraper, metal surfaces just look better when they are shiny and lustrous. Over time however, metal surfaces can lose their sheen, looking dingy and worn. So how do you restore the brand-new look to your metals? One word: blasting.
Blasting works to smooth rough surfaces, shape surfaces, or remove surface contaminants by forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface. During the process, a pressurized fluid is used to propel the blasting material. As the blasting material is used on various surfaces, such as metal, it can create an aesthetically appealing appearance. The blasting process easily removes all blemishes on a metal surface, whether paint, rust or corrosion. Learn more about different types of blasting and how they can help your metals look brand new with the help of Tampa Steel and Supply.
5 Ways to Blast Metals for a Clean Finish
Bead: This process involves removing surface deposits by applying fine glass beads at a high pressure. This process is a great option if your metals have calcium deposits or embedded fungus. Bead blasting is also a great option for removing paint during auto body work as it is gentle enough to remove the paint without denting or inviting rust formation under a repainted surface.
Dry Ice: Dry ice blasting utilizes dry ice to dislodge surface contaminants by the force of carbon dioxide particles. In comparison to other forms of blasting, dry ice blasting is less destructive, making it a viable option for sensitive metal surfaces.
Hydro: Hydro blasting, or water blasting, utilizes a highly pressured stream of water to make surfaces look like new. This method is best for external surfaces with hard-to-reach places. Even better, the hydro blasting process can recapture and reuse the water, mitigating environmental impact.
Micro-Abrasive: Micro-abrasive blasting uses small nozzles to deliver a thin stream of abrasive to a small area. This form of blasting is so precise, it can write directly on a delicate piece of glass or each cut a pattern in an eggshell!
Wet: Wet abrasive blasting can be used on a variety of surfaces, ranging from plastic to steel. The process involves using hot water and soap, making it great in the removal of hazardous waste without danger.
For Your Metal Needs, Contact Tampa Steel and Supply Today!
When it comes to metal services, blasting is just one way to get your metals looking like new. At Tampa Steel and Supply, we offer a variety of products and services for all of your metal needs. Still have questions? Give us a call today at (813) 241-2801 to learn more!