Given enough time and exposure to environmental and industrial conditions, paint fades, oxidizes, wears, and fails. When this occurs, flaking paint exposes the underlying metal leading to surface corrosion and mechanical failure.
To create innovative solutions for our clients, Snow White Services, an Indiana based company, developed expertise with abrasive blasting (sandblasting), soda blasting, and dry ice blasting. These techniques remove paint and prepare surfaces for new coatings.
The abrasive blasting process (aka sandblasting) uses media blasting equipment and compressed air to entrain abrasive media in a high pressure stream of air. The abrasive media/air stream exits through a blast nozzle and the media impacts the surface at high velocities. The size, shape, and hardness of the abrasive media determine the paint removal rate and surface profile.
Sandblasting is a common term for abrasive blasting. Common silica sand (silicon dioxide) was the abrasive media of choice due to the cost and effectiveness; however, due to the health risks from silicon dioxide and OSHA regulations, modern blasting operations use other media types.
Common abrasive media include the following materials: aluminum oxide, coal slag, corn cob, crushed glass, glass bead, garnet, pumice, plastic, silicon carbide, sodium bicarbonate, steel grit, steel shot, and walnut shell.
There are many industries in Indiana that require specific anchor patterns for paint stripping, restoration, and manufacturing applications. During project evaluations, we determine the appropriate abrasive media, operating conditions, and blasting nozzles to strip the paint and create the desired surface profile.
There are situations where paint removal is the primary objective with little need to create a surface profile. In this case, soda blasting is an appropriate solution for paint stripping.
Soda blasting uses crystalline baking soda and soda blasting equipment to gently remove paint and contamination. This process is ideally suited for automotive restoration and building restoration projects.
Dry Ice Blasting
Dry ice blasting is a unique cleaning method and efficiently removes contaminants from equipment and buildings; however, under certain conditions, it can remove paint with minimal damage to the surface and does not generate a secondary waste stream.
For applicable projects, Snow White Services uses high pressure dry ice blasting equipment to remove failing paint.
From small parts to large restoration projects, we have the equipment and the experience to remove paint. Snow White Services helps clients throughout Indiana strip paint and prepare surfaces for new coatings.
With our mobile equipment platforms, we can serve clients in the following cities: Indianapolis, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Kokomo, Anderson, Muncie, Marion, Columbus, Bloomington, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Evansville, Washington, Princeton, Jasper, Tell City, Vincennes, Elkhart, Goshen, Plymouth, Warsaw, Rochester, Wabash, Hammond, and Michigan City.
For more information regarding our paint removal services and techniques, please contact us or stop by our office located at 3304 W. 250 N., West Lafayette, Indiana 47906.