Vapour /Aqua Blasting…
Vapour /Aqua Blasting is a non-aggressive cleaning process which only removes the dirt, contamination and corrosion, while simultaneously achieving cosmetic enhancement.
No materials are eroded from the parts, so all critical machined dimensions are maintained.
Vapour Blasting will not contaminate the part by embedding blast media into the surface as traditional sandblasting techniques are known to do .
The fine spherical glass bead used within the system is mixed with water to form a slurry and is accelerated at the component with the addition of compressed air at relatively LOW pressure.
The water cushions and lubricates the beads on impact allowing very fine finishes to be produced. The result is an attractive satin / semi-polished finish which is very easy to keep clean and will usually not show finger marks when handled.
It is most effective when performed on non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, brass, magnesium and copper , and will not damage these materials as traditional dry blasting methods can.
Vapour blasting is an economical alternative to traditional alloy polishing.
Ferrous metals including steel, stainless steel and cast iron may also be processed with excellent results.
The blasting slurry contains a rust inhibitor to prevent steel and cast iron from flash rusting upon removal from the machine.
Vapour Blasting is also known as Hydro Blasting, Vaqua Blasting, Aqua Blasting and Wet Bead Blasting.
How does Aqua Blast cleaning work.
Fine glass bead or other media types delivered to the surface encapsulated in water under high-pressure.
This has the dual advantage of lowering media breakdown rates and preventing impregnation of foreign materials into the surface. Hence, surfaces after wet blasting are extremely clean, there is no embedded secondary contamination from the media or from previous blasting processes, and there is no static cling of dust to the blasted surface. Subsequent coating or bonding operations are always better after wet blasting than dry blasting because of the cleanliness levels achieved. The lack of surface re-contamination also allows the use of single equipment for multiple blasting operations.
What we ask you to do before hand.
Remove heavy oil and grease contamination from the parts.
Remove all bearings.
Parts as nylon, plastic, or baffle plates where media material may stay trapped should be removed before delivery.
Painted parts are first chemically dipped to remove paintwork (we do not use acids) washed off and then aqua blasted cleaned. Parts washed and cleaned. Finally, high-pressure air blown through the work to remove any media left behind. Carbs should be stripped down before delivery.
Aqua Blasting costs;-
On average, our costs could be up 25% lower than others offering the same service as we charge an hourly rate, by doing this you don’t pay preset charges. On average this is a cost effective and fair way for both parties
A little bit of Aqua/vapour blasting from our new machine.
Nice & clean. Aqua/vapour blast cleaned…
Our Opening Times:
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 12.00pm
Closed Bank Holiday weekends
Fax: 01621 842233
Benbridge Industrial Estate,
Heybridge, Maldon, Essex CM9 4ER