The use of Sand for blasting is now an illegal process and extremely dangerous to your health and others around you, even if you use a small homemade or commercial hobby blasting cabinet you are in danger of dying a slow death, as the sand breaks down during the blasting procedure it releases silicon that in turn can cause lung disease known as silicosis.

Below is a short extract from the HSE website:
Silicosis

Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is found in stone, rocks, sands and clays.Exposure to RCS over a long period can cause fibrosis (hardening or scarring) of the lung tissue with a consequent loss of lung function. Sufferers are likely to have severe shortness of breath and may find it difficult or impossible to walk even short distances or up stairs. The effect continues to develop after exposure has stopped and is irreversible. Sufferers usually become house- or bed-bound and often die prematurely due to heart failure.

Acute silicosis is a rare complication of short-term exposure to very large amounts of silica. This condition is life-threatening and associated with very significant clinical consequences.
Silica may also be linked to lung cancer. Precautions taken to control the risk of fibrosis will serve to control the risk of lung cancer. Workers with silicosis are at an increased risk of tuberculosis, kidney disease and arthritis. Exposure to RCS may also cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


WHAT IS SHOT BLASTING (Blast Cleaning) ?

Abrasive blasting is the operation of cleaning or preparing a surface by forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against it. Usually explained as the use of a material against another material to make it smoother, remove surface contaminants or to roughen a surface. It is also the appropriate term for what is known as glass bead blasting or shot blasting.
Just about all items that come into our facility such as motorcycle & car parts are either shot/ bead or aqua blasted, of course it all depends on the base material before the selection is made, for instance if the product is of an alloy cast the right choice would be either fine glass bead or aqua blasting.

Why does it need shot blasting?
In short it removes all contaminants such as rust, old paint etc and gives a good canvas and key to start the powder or painting process on and at the same time it normally reveals any problems such as corrosion weakness or broken weld joints.
Good preparation is paramount to a good long lasting finish.
General cleaning.
Please ensure that most of the oil & grease is removed, we do not expect it to be spotless as we will take care of that, please note if the work comes into us not cleaned we reserve the right to make further charges for grease/oil removal.


SHOTBLASTING – General Procedure…

Abrasive media blasting is an excellent way to remove old paint, rust and to increase paint/powder adhesion, as long as the process is carried out correctly….

Areas that shouldn’t be blasted (bearing raceways, machined areas, etc.), need to be protected and the correct blasting media needs to be chosen for the material being prepared and removal of ALL grit after the blasting process is complete.
It is also important that parts are cleaned prior to blasting to prevent contaminated blast media re-circulating during the blast process as parts that have residual oil or dirt on them will be pushed into the pores only to come out later when baking, potentially affecting the finished job.

 

Poor Welding..

This is why we check each and every motorcycle frame that comes into us. We might be a little more expensive than some out there but we take your safety and our work very seriously. This was found after a third party brazed the lug next to the damage. Scary to say the least. Just think if this wasn’t picked up by another coater. This bike is being rebuilt for racing. Price is not the be all and end all.

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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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