Who are we?
Our company know how important it is to have passionate, dedicated and conscientious staff. We are pleased to have a dedicated team of fully trained blasting technicians. All of our staff discuss and envisage the end result desired by the customer prior to commencing the job, in order to achieve optimum results and satisfaction.
Our Managing Director is our most qualified and skilled blaster, with years of experience and a hands on approach to running the business, he is present at every project we undertake, be it a small domestic or big industrial setting, as the customers first port of call and to maintain our high standards.
Based in Gloucestershire and very close to the Cotswolds the business started by taking primarily domestic beam restoration projects. We grew quickly, being sub-contracted by Project Management companies on high budget Manor House and listed projects. We quickly realised the scale and requirements of both the mobile and unit based blasting market and expanded our services offering an array of superior media, techniques and equipment.
This development allowed us to take projects that were more demanding in the their location, cleaning and environmental requirements. It also allowed us to offer far better results, with less clean-up and minimise our environmental impact.
What we do
We specialise in professional cleaning and restoration, in both the private and commercial sectors, using blasting techniques and media expertise gained over years of experience in the industry.
What is Sandblasting
Sandblasting occurs naturally all around the world. When winds blow they can pick up sand and fire it at surfaces, leading to erosion. This phenomenon has produced some incredible natural features. Towards the end of the 19th century technology was created that would allow people to harness this power. The sandblasting technique was born and has advanced a long way over the last 100+ years.
Additional equipment is needed to allow sandblasting to take place. Unlike with pressure washing this technique fires abrasive media at the surface to strip the unwanted materials from it. This means that the system needs to handle grainy materials that can vary in shape and diameter. Most systems feature a “contractors pot” that can allow many different types of media to be utilised. Typically traditional grit based ones are favoured.
There are a number of examples of grit media including:
- Black Beauty
The sand used in sandblasting is typically comprised of river sand. It is available in a range of forms, including different particle sizes. The most common mesh is 16/40. The use of the material has been on the decline for a number of years though as a result of the silica content and safety concerns.
Black Beauty is the name that is commonly given to coal slag. The material is highly regarded in the sandblasting industry because it has fantastic cutting ability, even when working with metals. The downside of the media is that it can generate a great deal of dust when it is used. Again health and safety concerns have seen a reduction in its usage.
Due to the dust that is generated when items are sandblasted it is important that the conditions are very carefully controlled, including ensuring there is suitable ventilation in internal settings. This is important for health and safety reasons. Choosing the right kind of media is also vital. It can help to cut the amount of dust and will ensure the right quality clean is achieved.
At Mobile Sandblasting and Restoration we will choose the right media for each job and ensure it is completed safely and efficiently.