Welcome to Kent Blast Service
Your first stop for industrial and domestic sandblasting...
We specialise in offering professional and affordable cleaning to clients across Kent and the East Sussex region. Equipped with the latest performance equipment, we offer protection and restoration services for building material, household goods and even machinery.
We pride ourselves on exceptional and personal service and understand that phenomenal quality and affordability go hand in hand.
What is Sandblasting?
Sand Blasting is an industrial cleaning and restoring application, and can be used in many situations in and around the home, garden, workshop or for commercial restoration projects.
No matter your sandblasting requirement, we are here to help. For a completely free quote, contact us today.
What is shotblasting?
Shot Blasting - A rapid, dust free process that leaves the substrate clean and dry. Shot blast machines hurl shot toward the intended surface at a high speed, removing debris, paint and buildup from the surface.
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In the early 1900s, it was assumed that sharp-edged grains provided the best performance, but this was later demonstrated not to be correct. Mineral: Silica sand can be used as a type of mineral abrasive. It tends to break up quickly, creating large quantities of dust, exposing the operator to the potential development of silicosis, a debilitating lung disease. To counter this hazard, silica sand for blasting is often coated with resins to control the dust. Using silica as an abrasive is not allowed in Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, or Belgium for this reason exept in open ereas if no one is around, common sense prevails.
Another common mineral abrasive is garnet. Garnet is more expensive than silica sand, but if used correctly, will offer equivalent production rates while producing less dust and no safety hazards from ingesting the dust. Magnesium sulphate, or kieserite, is often used as an alternative to baking soda. Agricultural: Typically, crushed nut shells or fruit kernels. These soft abrasives are used to avoid damaging the underlying material such when cleaning brick or stone, removing graffiti, or the removal of coatings from printed circuit boards being repaired.
Synthetic: This category includes corn starch, wheat starch, sodium bicarbonate, and dry ice. These "soft" abrasives are also used to avoid damaging the underlying material such when cleaning brick or stone, removing graffiti, or the removal of coatings from printed circuit boards being repaired. Sodablasting uses baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) which is extremely friable, the micro fragmentation on impact exploding away surface materials without damage to the substrate. We at Kent Blast Service stick to dry blasting as it is so reliable.
Additional synthetic abrasives include process byproducts (e.g., copper slag, nickel slag, and coal slag), engineered abrasives (e.g., aluminum oxide, silicon carbideor carborundum, glass beads, ceramic shot/grit), and recycled products (e.g., plastic abrasive, glass grit). Glass beads are great for polishing metal casings.
Metallic: Steel shot, steel grit, stainless steel shot, cut wire, copper shot, aluminum shot, zinc shot. Many coarser media used in sandblasting often result in energy being given off as sparks or light on impact. The colours and size of the spark or glow varies significantly, with heavy bright orange sparks from steel shot blasting, to a faint blue glow (often invisible in sunlight or brightly lit work areas) from garnet abrasive.
The lettering and engraving on most modern cemetery monuments and markers is created by abrasive blasting. Sandblasting can also be used to produce three-dimensional signage. This type of signage is considered to be a higher-end product as compared to flat signs. These signs often incorporate gold leaf overlay and sometimes crushed glass backgrounds which is called smalts. When sandblasting wood signage it allows the wood grains to show and the growth rings to be raised, and is popular way to give a sign a traditional carved look. Scaffolding boards blast well for a good driftwood finish.
Sandblasting can also be done on clear acrylic glass and glazing as part of a store front or interior design.
Sandblasting can be used to refurbish buildings or create works of art (carved or frosted glass).
Sandblasting techniques are used for cleaning boat hulls, as well as brick, stone, and concrete work. Sandblasting is used for cleaning industrial as well as commercial structures.