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Surface Preparation

By Precision Iceblast Corporation

Ice blasting does a superior job preparing surfaces for painting because it provides the “cleanest” surface available. When dry ice is blasted across a surface, the dry ice molecule penetrates deep into any pores, profiles, grooves, or crevices until it makes contact with the inner most surfaces.

At this point it sublimes and expands 800 times its size thereby removing any possible contaminant not just on the surface, but deep within the surface. This deep clean is revolutionising surface preparation because the cleaner the surface, the better a coating will bond, and therefore, the longer it will last. In addition, ice blasting removes all microorganisms and oils as well which can contribute to paint failure if they are not removed.

Coatings can be applied immediately after the surface is ice blasted because it is completely dry. If the surface is already wet, ice blasting will dry out the wet surface. Collectively, these characteristics of ice blasting provide the cleanest possible surface for applying a coating, as well as the best surface for the paint to bond. These qualities, compared to other methods, produce the greatest longevity for the paint's lifespan.

Their system is the most aggressive system in the country. Precision Iceblast use high-density pellets which are substantially more aggressive than shaved block ice. They also blast at 300 psi which ensures that all necessary materials are removed from the surface and further paint failure will not occur underneath the new coating. This very high-pressure is essential in providing adequate surface preparation. Their equipment is highly specialized and modified to achieve and sustain these high-pressures.

Because so much of their work is surface preparation, they provide customers a complete package by offering them painting services as well. Precision Iceblast Corporation is very experienced in applying coatings. They have applied coatings on ships, walls, ceilings, tanks, structural steel, equipment, etc. However, some of their customers have in-house painters or long term relationships with painting contractors so the company will perform surface preparation regardless of whether they paint or not.