Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Wet Abrasive Blasting or Conventional Blasting?

What is wet abrasive blasting?


Wet abrasive blasting is the method whereby abrasive blasting material is propelled onto a surface by water at high pressure. It’s used in many different applications to blast away unwanted coatings, corrosion and residue from a wide variety of surfaces, structures and materials in preparation for repainting and re-coating.

Wet abrasive blasting has been shown to be more effective and efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly than conventional dry abrasive blasting methods (usually called dry blasting, sandblasting, grit blasting, media blasting or slurry blasting). 




Wet abrasive blasting is fast and versatile


Wet abrasive blasting is a highly versatile process that can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including removing rust and corrosion, stripping away old coatings and paint layers, and profiling surfaces in preparation for re-coating.

A wide variety of surfaces can be effectively profiled using wet abrasive blasting, including steel, aluminium, brass, bronze, copper, brick. stone, cement and concrete, wood, fibreglass and bitumen.

The process can be used on large-scale industrial sites, mining equipment and facilities, agricultural and industrial machinery, boats and ships of all sizes, and for line marking and graffiti removal. Wet abrasive blasting can also be used on small-scale and domestic projects as well.

Wet abrasive blasting is a very fast process, producing contaminant free profiled surfaces quickly and efficiently. Blasting speeds of up to 18m2 per hour can be achieved and so vital machinery or equipment is not out of action, nor boats held up in dry dock, any longer than they need to be.

Its portability and ability to be used on any type of site in almost any sort of location (including onboard ships) makes wet abrasive blasting the most versatile blasting method available.

Less blast material is used


Wet abrasive blasting uses only around half the media of conventional dry sandblasting or grit blasting (most often garnet or staurolite). As well as being more economical, this also means that disposal costs are significantly reduced.

The amount of water that is used in wet abrasive blasting is approximately 0.5 litres per minute, and therefore over the course of a day’s blasting, only between 200-250 litres of water would be expected to be used.

Less dust is produced


A significant advantage of wet abrasive blasting over more conventional methods of dry media blasting or slurry blasting is that very little dust is produced. This means that other work can continue around the abrasive blasting process, and other trades in the immediate vicinity are not prevented from working.

The media used in wet abrasive blasting is also confined, usually falling within only a 3-5 metre radius. This is in contrast to conventional dry slurry blasting or sandblasting, where the media can sometimes fall as far as 20 metres away.

Surfaces are profiled more effectively


Wet abrasive blasting is highly effective in the removal of coatings, corrosion, rust and other residues from all types of surfaces, and in so doing creates a superior surface profile that enables newly applied coatings and paint to adhere better and for longer.

When used in the shipping industry, for example, wet abrasive blasting removes salts and chlorides from a boat’s surfaces and hull in such a way that anti-fouling paints and marine industrial coatings adhere more effectively to the surface and remain in place much longer.

A more efficient method of abrasive blasting


Wet abrasive blasting combines the simplicity of conventional grit blasting or sandblasting with the effectiveness of of ultra high pressure (uhP) jetting without the associated hazards and complications.

Surface tension coats the blast media that is used in the process in a water jacket. This increases the speed and the mass of the media, which in turn increases its impact on the surface being blasted. The water also serves to lubricate the hose and nozzle, thus reducing wear and tear.

When the blast media hits the surface, the water jacket continues to move while retaining the media within it, preventing the grit from bouncing. The water jacket snaps round the blast media into the crack under the blast surface and hydrostatically blasts a larger amount of surface coating away than is the case when conventional dry abrasive blasting is used.

This produces a profiled surface and feathered edges, with less gingering than is the case with dry blasting, while consuming a minimal amount of blast media and water.

A safer method of abrasive blasting


Wet abrasive blasting can be used safely to remove bad coatings, coal tar epoxy paint and lead-based paints, as it does not set off airborne particles in the way that dry blasting or sandblasting would. Also, used media falls within a 3-5 metre radius of the blasting site and so can be easily encapsulated.

In addition, wet abrasive blasting produces up to 21 decibels less noise than conventional blasting methods, making for a more pleasant working environment on site and in surrounding areas.

At +Quill Falcon Australia we have machines of all sizes and capacities available for sale and hire in Adelaide and throughout Australia. Find out more at www.quillfalconaustralia.com.au

This article first appeared at: http://cadoganandhall.hubpages.com/hub/Wet-Abrasive-Blasting-v-Conventional-Blasting-Methods

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Quill Falcon Australia | Abrasive Blasting Equipment and Machinery

At +Quill Falcon Australia, we are the sole Australian importers and distributors of the Quill Falcon Kwikblast Precision Dustless Blasting System.

Versatile, portable, environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient, Kwikblast is the best value wet abrasive blasting equipment and machinery on the market in Australia today.

We have abrasive blasting machines in a variety of sizes available for sale and hire. Visit us at www.quillfalconaustralia.com.au to learn more.

Enjoy the video below, which shows Quill Falcon blasting equipment in action in variety of locations and applications.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Line Marking Removal Equipment | Adelaide Abrasive Blasting


The Quill Falcon Kwikblast® Precision Dustless Blasting System is the most technologically advanced wet abrasive blasting system available in Australia today.

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System is ideal for removing old or degenerated road and pavement markings, rubber deposits and other types of discolouration from almost any type of road or pathway surface.

Combining the simplicity of conventional sandblasting with the efficiency of ultra high pressure (UHP) jetting, wet abrasive blasting using the Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System effectively removes line markings and rubber deposits from roads, car parks and driveways but without scorching or scarring the surface.

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System quickly and effectively removes all types of markings from road and pavement surfaces, including:
  • permanent and temporary thermoplastic paint
  • temporary road marking tape
  • surface dressing emulsion
  • resin-based paints
  • anti-skid surfacing

Quill Falcon Australia | Adelaide abrasive boating equipment
Learn more: www.quillfalconaustralia.com.au


Wet abrasive blasting removes all types of road markings

Wet abrasive blasting using the Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System removes all types of road and pavement markings, both from the surface and from any cavities or depressions.

Wet abrasive blasting is so effective as abrasive material is propelled by water at high pressure onto the surface of the road or footpath, and this strips away old paint and markings, rubber deposits and other unwanted substances. The surface, however, is left undamaged and contaminant free.

Wet abrasive blasting also cleans mould, grease, oil and other slippery deposits from roads, paths, walkways, car parks and driveways. Concrete aggregate can be exposed by abrasive blasting to create non- slip surfaces, perfect for use in public spaces such as shopping centres, schools, industrial parks, and commercial premises. Non-slip surfaces can be created by abrasive blasting in a variety of materials and surfaces, including concrete, tiles and pavers.

Road surfaces are not damaged by wet abrasive blasting

Surfaces are not gouged or dished when markings are removed using wet abrasive blasting. Aggregate is not blasted away, and so this means that surfaces do not need resurfacing or additional maintenance when markings have been removed.

Rubber deposits are also effectively removed from  road surfaces, pavements and driveways using wet abrasive blasting.

Wet abrasive blasting is safe, environmentally-friendly and cost effective. The Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System does not cause environmental damage nor consume excessive natural resources, as little water is used and there is almost no dust or waste produced.

Applications for wet abrasive blasting
  • road markings
  • airport runways
  • car parks
  • pavements and footpaths
  • walkways
Surfaces suitable for wet abrasive blasting 
  • bitumen and asphalt
  • concrete and brick
  • metal and steel
  • timber
  • PVC

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Quill Falcon Australia | Adelaide Abrasive Blasting Equipment | Marine Abrasive Blasting

Quill Falcon at work abrasive blasting ships boats and yachts


This video shows the Quill Falcon Kwikblast Precision Dustless Blasting System at work undertaking some marine abrasive blasting.

As you can see, Quill Falcon is highly efficient at removing contaminants and marine build up from ships, boats and yachts of all types, and is also suitable for use on a wide variety of onshore and offshore industrial structures as well.

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System has successfully been employed on steel warships, submarines and destroyers, fibreglass mine sweepers, wooden fishing boats, aluminium research vessels, oil containers, LNG vessels and cargo ships.



Suitable for variety of abrasive blasting applications


The Quill Falcon Kwikblast Precision Dustless Blasting System can be used for:
• fabric maintenance
• repainting programmes
• cleaning debris from ballast tanks
• cleaning debris from surfaces prior to welding
• removing coatings prior to NDT preparation
• cleaning debris from cable trays
• removing sea growth from steel structures
• cleaning debris from decking

At Quill Falcon Australia, we are the Australian importers and distributors of Quill Falcon and we are able to supply their full range of abrasive blasting equipment. This includes abrasive blasting machines of all sizes, including potable models and trailer-mounted machines. These vary in capacity and so there is a Quill Falcon abrasive equipment that is designed to meet your needs and budget.

To learn more, visit us at www.quillfalconaustralia.com.au or email us at info@quillfalconaustralia.com.au

Copywriting by +MarkAngus

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Quill Falcon Kwikblast System for Marine Abrasive Blasting

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System is the most technologically advanced blasting system available on the market today.

It has proven itself to be highly effective in a wide variety of marine environments, and is renowned both for its capacity and performance. Abrasive blasting using the Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System means that coatings, corrosion and residue are removed from surfaces in such a way that newly-applied coatings adhere better and for longer.

Abrasive blasting using the Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System is ideal for marine vessels
Learn more: www.quillfalconaustralia.com.au

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System successfully combines conventional grit blasting and ultra high pressure (UHP) jetting to create a precision dustless blasting system that leaves all types of marine surfaces clean and contaminant free. It is an effective, cost-efficient means of removing contaminants and marine build up from ships, boats and yachts of all types, as well as all kinds of marine-based structures, machinery and equipment. Using the Quill Falcon Kwikblast® System, abrasive blasting successfully removes all of the following from boat hulls and decking, and marine machinery and structures:

oil • grease • corrosion • soluble salts (chloride and sulphates) chemicals • old coatings • algae • barnacles • grime and dirt

Learn more by visiting our website at www.quillfalconaustralia.com.au or you can email us at info@quillfalconaustralia.com.au

Copywriting by +MarkAngus