Vapour blasting goes as far back as the 1940’s, where it was predominantly used in the aircraft industry.
Vapour blasting is sometimes called wet blasting or liquid honing. It cleans and restores surfaces by using a wet slurry and high pressure air.
Due to the effectiveness of vapour blasting, it now is used in many different ways: degreasing, cleaning off dies & moulds, removing paint, rust, scale, carbon, satin finishing of stainless steels, classic car restoration, and many more.
Why do people prefer vapour blasting over the alternatives?
Here are 3 reasons why vapour blasting is superior to alternative methods.
1. Vapour Blasting is 100% Green
no airborne toxic chemicals
doesn’t kill vegetation and contaminate soil with toxic chemicals
Creates no dust unlike dry blasting
Vapour Blasting is significantly more environmentally friendly than the alternatives. Vapour blasting produces no harmful chemicals, just water and the abrasive media. That means that there is no harmful airborne chemicals created by vapour blasting. An example of a perfect vapour blasting application is graffiti removal. Conventionally harsh chemicals would have to be used in order to eliminate the paint, this would not only cause chemicals to be distributed into the air, but also the surrounding vegetation. In this application the use of vapour blasting would prevent chemicals from contaminating the surrounding environment.
Adjustable pressure to deal with hard and soft surfaces.
Vapour blasting can get into hard or impossible to reach areas
Vapour blasting is an extremely versatile process. The pressure of the air/water can be adjusted depending on the surface. That means that vapour blasting can cover both brick cleaning, and rust removal; headstone cleaning, and classic car restoration, you get the idea. Softer surfaces are not damaged when the pressure is adjusted, so that even softer heritage stone can be cleaned with no pitting.
3. Cleaner Finish
finer finish due to the flushing effect of the water.
Doesn’t damage surfaces with harmful chemicals.
Not aggressive, eliminates corrosion.
There is no heat causing damage and disfigurement of the subsurface
There are many ways that vapour blasting can provide a cleaner finish, for example the water abrasive mixture creates a finer finish because of the flushing effect of the water. Due to vapour blasting not using any harmful chemicals, vapour blasting doesn’t impregnate subsurfaces with chemicals unlike alternatives. Vapour blasting isn’t aggressive, meaning the water acts as a lubricant between the abrasive material and the subsurface to eliminate corrosion. Finally, there is no heat created by vapour blasting, unlike alternatives where heat can easily damage and disfigure the subsurface.
Georgian Insulation utilizes a state of the art Graco Ecoquip Vapour Blaster. We’ll come to your site with our self-contained unit and solve your difficult cleaning or coating issues.
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Vapour Abrasive Blasting
Our state of the art Graco Ecoquip vapour blaster is completely mobile, we come to your site with our fully equipped self contained unit. Our team of fully trained technicians will help you solve your difficult cleaning and coating issues.
Vapour Blasting Applications:
Blast cleaning and surface Prep. Cleaning to painted or dirty stones, brick, concrete steel and other hard surfaces. It is especially good at removing fire and smoke damage, old coatings, polyurea, rust and corrosion
Old and historic buildings can also be cleaned without damage to the soft sandstone and limestone. Traditional high pressure blasting can â€œpittâ€ or damage the substrate, high-pressure washing can force moisture into the substrate. Our Ecoquip system uses advanced technology to safely clean your surface.
Spray Paint and Graffiti Removal. Traditional methods used to remove graffiti, involve the use of harsh chemicals and soda blasting, which are not safe for the environment, they can kill vegetation and alter the natural balance in the soil. Pressure washing, chemical stripping, soda and sand blasting can damage bricks and remove mortar.
The EcoQuip system is capable of a wide range of pressures, that can be utilized on the softer surfaces of brick and wood, so paint can be stripped without damage to the sub-surface. Our system can also remove paint, layer by layer to effectively clean painted surfaces such as road signs.
Coatings Removal and Surface Prep The Ecoquip system can be used to prep steel surfaces ready for paint, polyurea and other coatings. Grease, rust, mill scale and paint can easily be removed.
Excellent cleaning and surface prep to:
Brick, Block, Stone, Stucco buildings.
Concrete floors, walkways, patios, driveways.
Infrastructure, Bridges, Spillways, Water towers, Tunnels
Wood decks, Siding, Log homes, Timber frame, Fences,
Monuments, Statues, Head Stones.
Vehicles and classic cars, Trucks, Trains, Ships.
Industrial and agricultural equipment and buildings
Fire and Smoke Damage.
Boat hulls, decking and equipment.