Office: (314) 241-5333
Sales Hours Mon - Fri: 08:00AM - 05:00PM Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed
Adress 5737 W Park Ave St. Louis, MO 63110

Articles

Cold and Wet Weather Coating Systems
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Every year, Blast & Paint shop operations are interrupted – or even closed down – as we approach colder, windy and wet conditions. Why? Because application of conventional Coating Systems at lower temperatures – below 50`F – and high humidity’s – above 85% RH – may compromise system performance.  Cool temperatures and high relative humidity…

Read more
Recycled Crushed Glass Abrasive Not just for Slurry Blasting
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Wet Abrasive Blasting: Slurry Blast surface preparation is sometimes the preferred method of Abrasive Blasting – particularly where very low dust levels are imperative – as compared to Dry Blasting. There are a few excellent Slurry Blast units available today, including Dustless Blasting, Graco Vapor Blast & Clemco WetBlast Flex, among others.  While everyone of…

Read more
Low Dust is Much More than Greater Visibility
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge
Abrasives that generate very low Dust Levels during Abrasive Blasting will certainly improve operator efficiency due to enhanced visibility. However, Low Dust Abrasives (LDA’s) have other benefits in addition to clearly seeing the work surface. LDA’s are typically abrasives that do not break down easily upon impact – and therefore more energy is released on...
Read more
Ten Interesting Facts About Blast Abrasives
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Blast Abrasives have been around for years and a very important part of our industrial and construction industries. To help our customers with some common facts about abrasive blasting media we have put together the graphic below with ten facts about abrasives!  

Read more
How to select the Best Abrasive for Surface Preparation in 2020
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge
Blast Abrasive Products

Not all Blast Abrasives are created equal.  Selecting the optimum Abrasive Media for Abrasive Blasting Surface Preparation is the most important decision to be made to achieve the lowest overall cost per square foot. Choosing the best (lowest cost per square foot) abrasive for a project involves answering the following questions: Which Abrasive(s) will allow…

Read more
Comparison Blastox to Enviroprep
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Most industrial infrastructures such as bridges, refineries, pipeline, etc. that were coated before 1990 will have some level of lead-based paint on the carbon steel.  During that earlier period, Lead paint systems were not only economical but were among the most effective corrosion control systems available. Today however, removal of lead-based systems is highly regulated…

Read more
It is impossible to abrasive blast steel and apply coating in the same day?
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge
same day coating system

It Can’t be Done! It is impossible to abrasive blast steel, apply 3-coat coating system and ship the same day – correct? Well, that’s just what we did in the Midwest area 2 weeks ago. Our customer (fairly large Fabricator) was running late in the fabrication process of producing pipe.  So late that they only…

Read more
Don’t Let Cold, Damp Weather Delay Production
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Winter weather typically slows down the construction trade – and Blast and Painting operations are no exception.  Cold, wet weather affects equipment reliability, work access, drying/curing of coatings and worker safety. By way of comparison, Blast operations are less affected by colder weather (unless extreme) – while Painting operations can be totally shut down.  Conventional…

Read more
Low-Dust Abrasive Benefits
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Safety

Many Blast & Paint Contractors or Fabricators have decided to move away from using the relatively inexpensive silica sand (Meramec Sand, Flint, Ottawa, River Sand,Beach Sand, etc.).  Historically, silica sand has been the abrasive of choice due to lowest cost per ton,accessibility and marginal effectiveness. However, current OSHA Airborne Silica Exposure Standards along with airborne silica…

Read more
Media Selection for Slurry Blast Operations
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

The low-dust Slurry Blast machines have gained popularity due to their inherent lack of dust – while maintaining a portion of the Production speed compared to dry blasting operations. Slurry Blast unit manufacturers (think EcoQuip from Graco, Dustless Blasting, Greener Blast, Clemco Wetblast Flex) have typically recommended Crushed Glass Abrasive as the media of choice…

Read more