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What is sandblasting?
Sandblasting is the process of cleaning a surface by using a media also known as an abrasive under high pressure. These media’s can be soft like baking soda, corn cob, walnut shells or more aggressive like crushed glass, garnet or steel grit.
What types of surfaces can be sandblasted?
Any type of hard surface can be sandblasted. We typically sandblast steel, wood, masonry, stone, and concrete.
What can I expect during a sandblasting project?
Expect it to be very loud and dirty. High pressure air is used and dust will be created during the process. There is no such thing as “Dustless Sandblasting.” Dust, even at the most minimal level will be created no matter what.
Is a permit required to sandblast?
It depends on the city where the project is taking place. Always check with the building department before beginning a Sandblasting project. Violations for sandblasting without a permit can cause delays and the fines can cost several thousand dollars, which can be much more than the actual cost of the permit. Better safe than sorry. We assist our customers with obtaining the necessary permits.
What type of expenses are related to a sandblasting project?
Labor, materials, fuel, equipment, containment, insurance, permits and fees should all be considered when planning a budget for a sandblasting project.
Can other contractors work during sandblasting?
Yes. However, it is not recommended. The conditions are not ideal for other contractors and they often will choose not to work while sandblasting is taking place.
It is always a good idea to have sandblasting performed immediately after the demo contractor has finished. Allow enough time for sandblasting to take place before scheduling other contractors. It will save time, money and headaches.
Can you remove lead-based paint from a building?
Yes. We are a licensed Lead Abatement Contractor. We have sandblasted several buildings containing lead-based paint. Sandblasting lead-based paint is not an easy task. It requires careful preparation before, during, and after the process is complete in order to ensure all traces of harmful lead and dust have been removed.
How do I choose a contractor?
Many contractors advertise sandblasting, however very few are insured to perform sandblasting. Always ask for a Certificate of Insurance to ensure they are covered. Make sure they own their sandblasting equipment and aren’t renting sandblasting equipment to perform your project. Ask for references comparable to your project.