Prepare the Area
It is crucial that you sufficiently prepare the area before blasting. Airblast AFC strongly recommends that you clean the surface first using a power washer. This ensures that there is no debris that will interfere with the blasting process.
Control the Temperature and Humidity
It is essential that you keep temperatures and humidity levels low when blasting so that you reduce the amount of moisture in the air. While this may be challenging in larger blast rooms, it will ensure that your coating application and drying time is not hindered.
Use Proper Techniques
While blasting, the pressure of the media blast can have an effect on your comfort and safety. Ensure that the blast nozzle is placed at the correct angle for the pressure of the media as well as the placement of the surface. When stripping surfaces, it’s often advisable to blast from a diagonal angle, as if using a scraper. This strips surfaces more effectively and avoids shattering the media. By contrast, blasting directly at a hard surface causes the abrasive to shatter, which means it cannot be recycled and reused by the system and must be disposed of. This not only creates more dust, which hampers visibility, but also uses abrasive more quickly, which increases costs.