Acid Dipping / Caustic Dipping/ Soda blasting -V-Plastic or conventional media blasting.

“FOR THE REASONS EXPLAINED BELOW WE DO NOT CARRY OUT OR RECOMMEND  ACID DIPPING”. 

A common and very cost effective way of stripping paint and coatings from ferrous and non-ferrous components is to acid or caustic dipping.  However, although recognised as an inexpensive way of conducting this process, stripping of items such as a car body can give rise to numerous negative effects.  The use of these aggressive chemical strippers can, for example, leave residual chemicals entrapped in the frames, joints and structure of a car, vehicle body or panel.

Additionally the inside of the vehicle body and panel will have been paint dipped by the manufacturer and this will then be removed by the acid/caustic stripper and cannot be replaced, leaving the inside of the body shell/panel open to possible corrosion from within.  

Plastic media stripping,

 as an alternative process, only strips visible areas on a selective basis.  Ideally suited not only to paint removal from steel and aluminium bodies, it will also work perfectly on composite and glass fibre vehicles and panels, with no fear of component distortion, which can occur with conventional blasting.

Unlike chemical strippers, plastic media is non-toxic and non-polluting and the process was accepted as the ideal method of achieving delicate surface preparation for a wide variety of materials and components
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Soda Blasting

soda-blaster-hh-250x187Often thought of as the answer to a variety of expendable and coating removal process needs, soda or bicarbonate of soda blasting is centered on a highly caustic product – indeed, it should be noted that, in certain circumstances, it can cause a reaction to an operative’s skin and is difficult to ‘wash away’ when used outside.  It should be swept up or vacuumed away as attempting to wash away into drains can often cause blockages.

Not effective for removing rust or heavy contamination.

Additionally, using soda to blast paint from automotive and aerospace coatings means that a residue of the removed coating will be mixed with the used soda and there will also be a portion of soda (caustic) entrapped in seams and rivets.  When this retained material becomes wet it will react and damage any coating that has been applied.  Therefore, such components need to be thoroughly washed to remove any residue.

Powder Coating preparation and removal. 

Chilled-Iron-Blasting-prep-for-powder-coating-250x189The requirement for an optimum finish in a powder coating starts with an ideal surface profile.  Whether it is removing manufacturing imperfections or creating an even profile across a component, blasting is often the best way to achieve this economically and efficiently. 

On ferrous substrates, the use of a cast iron/chilled iron media or of hardened steel grit is often preferable, while on a non-ferrous component, invariably  is ideal.  Removal of powder coating when manufacturing errors occur can usually mean a laborious process to remove these tenacious coatings.  With the advent of plastic media stripping , this process has become significantly easier than with conventional blast materials.  Due to its low heat generation and aggressive angular cutting ability, plastic media can remove powder coating faster than any other media. 

Without this process it will be inevitable that the final finish will not give a long lasting and satisfactory finish. This is one of the reasons we offer a five year warranty on most of our powder coating work.

Reflective coatings. 

By utilising a small glass entrapped in a special clear powder coat, a prism is created, and when light is shone directly at a coating containing the bead a vibrant reflection of the light  bounces back at the origin. This captures the concept of a cat’s eye , which is relevant to most reflective materials such as highway white lines and clothing reflective strips. We supply a diverse range of glass beads for highway and reflective applications from BS6088 approved products to customer bespoke blends of high refractive index beads. 


Our Opening Times:
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 12.00pm
Closed Bank Holiday weekends

Tel:01621 841100
Fax: 01621 842233

Unit 2a
Benbridge Industrial Estate,
Heybridge, Maldon, Essex CM9 4ER


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This product is really taken off. The silver items have had our two coat system internal heat barrier applied that keeps a lot of heat radiation through the system, improves performance according to the manufactures of this product. Long lasting will not discolour or flake off or crack even with rapid cooling. We are so confident that we will guarantee against fading & cracking. However at very high temperatures running red hot it may lose some luster. Applied by our team who have gone through extensive training so to offer you the best finished product possible.
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We don't set out to make problems for anyone. We comply with health & safety rules and have always carried out improvements when requested by H&S in fact the last visit cost my business getting on for 20K to fit new spray booths and this is fine as it has made improvements to the environmental impact and improved productivity. We have a full insurance inspection twice a year on the plant & machinery, have our staff monitored for related medical issues, breathing hearing etc, three of them have full fork lift training, all this costs a small fortune but we play the game and do what needs to be done. Ok if your company is out of line and causing problems then you can and should expect some sort of comeback, but all it takes is for someone to make the problems and inconvenience known to the owner that it may cause other people, not hide behind the authorities.

Anyway who ever it was thought our gas calor gas tanks were wrongly sited, the fact they have been there for 12 years and sited by Calor gas who know the law and regs inside out how to site them. They are checked every year for safety including the feed out gas pipes, they are protection by safety barriers and are in line with the regs at the time of placement. It seems some twat thinks they know better. I guess they don't like to see businesses who are doing well play the game or they just don't like them where they are. It makes me think is it all worth the grief and frustration and great expence running a business these days.

Some idiots think you have a wallet full of money, guess again we don't. It's a very costly running a company large or small. so many rules regs, miles of red tape, dealing with employment rules, tax & vat, Health & safety, taking on increasing overheads without passing them on trying to be fair and just.

The cherry on top of the lot is the twats that have nothing better to do but stir up further unfounded complaints. Makes me extremely angry..

Thats my anger vented and as far as I am concerned that hopefully is the end of it.
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