Industrial floor preparation by the experts

Larger construction and engineering companies now rely on Grit Blasting UK as a preferred sub-contractor because of our reliability and experience. This is particularly the case in floor preparation.

Floor preparation is an efficient and environmentally acceptable dust free method of preparing concrete surfaces. Grit Blasting UK uses it expertise and the latest in diamond floor grinding technology to provide a clean, professional finish ready for the application of surface treatments such as paint.

Grit Blasting is undertaking more and more floor preparation projects for contractors. The demand for “out of town” warehouses, shopping centres, factories and other storage space is giving rise to the need for preparation of much bigger floor spaces, and required in a shorter time frame because of the tight deadlines on the overall building and construction jobs where cost control is critical.

Investing in the latest technology is key to reducing the timescales on bigger jobs such as floor preparation. We maintain a fleet of diamond floor grinders applicable for any size of project, and the latest staff training ensures an efficient and highly skilled team familiar with the latest techniques.

An understanding of the science behind the materials, the paint applications as well and the safety needs of the work and the after-care of the materials is also a key requisite of our work.

We undertake any size of floor preparation work and are experts in our field with over 20 years’ experience

Contact us today for more details:
enquiries@gritblastinguk.co.uk
M: 07811 770635

Diamond grinder
floor preparation
prepared floor and recoat

Our premises – where you can find us

  • Surface preparation experts
  • Blast cleaning
  • Powder coating
  • Paint spraying

We operate a national UK service. Our mobile blasting units travel to all parts of the country.

Locally, we have two blasting facilities where we do our preparation work for grit blasting, paint spraying and powder coating. (This is sometimes known as shotblasting, sandblasting and is generally blast cleaning).

Our blasting facilities are in Andover and Devizes. In Andover we are based at Lopcombe in Jack’s Bush Farm. In Devizes, we are situated in the quaint village of Market Lavington. Our blasting facilities service our local clients which include large engineering firms, arboriculture equipment suppliers, fleet suppliers, agricultural equipment manufacturers and many more.

You can find more about us at www.gritblastinguk.co.uk, or contact us at enquiries@gritblastinguk.co.uk. Our telephone number is 07811 770635.

We undertake large contract work nationally as well as local projects

Addresses:

Grit Blasting UK – Mount Pleasant Yard, Market Lavington, SN10 4DP

Grit Blasting UK – Jack’s Bush Farm, Lopcombe, Andover, SP5 1BZ

Shotblasting, gritblasting or sandblasting?

One of the biggest questions we get asked is ‘whats the difference between shotblasting and sandblasting’ or ‘what is gritblasting’?

We’ll try and answer that here for you! Shotblasting tends to be an older phrase, and here in Andover, and at our Devizes blasting premises we are often fielding these questions.

The two terms seem similar but sandblasting and shot blasting are different processes used in blast cleaning trade.

Shotblasting is often a generic term used to describe sandblasting or gritblasting. The difference however is the application technique used in cleaning and preparation.

The sandblasting or gritblasting process uses compressed air to blast abrasive media like sand against the product being cleaned. Shotblasting uses force from a mechanical device to propel ‘shot’ metal media to clean the surface.

Sandblasting is a less invasive abrasion process. Sandblasting or gritblasting is less forceful than shot blasting. With light pressure and soft media materials like organics or glass, very sensitive surfaces can be treated with little risk of any damage.

In blast cleaning we rarely use sand now. There is far safer and environmentally friendly media. These include those manufactured from minerals, metals, glass, plastics and organics like corn cobs and walnut shells.

For more information visit our website at www.gritblastinguk.co.uk

Gritblasting in action

Powder coating – the facts

In March we announced the installation of our Powder Coating facility at our Andover premises. Here’s a few facts on the process, which we are using everyday in providing our contract clients with high quality powder coating finishes.

Latest powder coating technology

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is used for metals, aluminium, household white goods, and a whole quantity of agricultural, arboricultural and farming equipement – to name just a few things.

The powder coating is firstly applied as a dry powder, which means it doesn’t need a solvent to bind it. The powder is then cured under heat which forms a skin. Normally the powder is a thermoplastic or thermoset polymer. The finish that is produced is rock hard – tougher than a conventional paint coating.

Because the powder coating does not have a liquid form, it can produce thicker coatings without running or dripping, and the end result is a smooth and flawless finish. Several powder colours can even be applied before curing.

High quality powder coating finish

Powder coatings:

  • Contain no solvents, and release very little volatile organic compounds
  • Can produce thicker coatings
  • Curing time is significantly faster than liquid application
Our powder coating oven and facility

So if you’d like more information on our Powder Coating facility, and how we can help your business, contact us on: 07811 770635, or email enquiries@gritblastinguk.co.uk today.

www.gritblastinguk.co.uk

Home renovation – the work we do

Here’s a great example of the type of work we do for home and building renovation. Our client is doing a barn conversation and asked us to grit blast or blast clean an external wall.

In this case, the cleaning process revealed fantastic brick work. The equipment we use makes light work of this, stripping off the layer(s) of ageing paint, taking the brick work back to almost original condition.

The before and after pictures show the result perfectly. You can now see the different brick and materials used. Another happy client, and a wall with a great life-time ahead of it.

Floor Preparation – from the experts

Larger construction and engineering companies now rely on Grit Blasting UK as a preferred sub-contractor because of our reliability and experience. This is particularly the case in floor preparation.

Floor preparation is an efficient and environmentally acceptable dust free method of preparing concrete surfaces. Grit Blasting UK uses it expertise and the latest in diamond floor grinding technology to provide a clean, professional finish ready for the application of surface treatments such as paint.

Grit Blasting is undertaking more and more floor preparation projects for contractors. The demand for “out of town” warehouses, shopping centres, factories and other storage space is giving rise to the need for preparation of much bigger floor spaces, and required in a shorter time frame because of the tight deadlines on the overall building and construction jobs where cost control is critical.

Investing in the latest technology is key to reducing the timescales on bigger jobs such as floor preparation. We maintain a fleet of diamond floor grinders applicable for any size of project, and the latest staff training ensures an efficient and highly skilled team familiar with the latest techniques.

An understanding of the science behind the materials, the paint applications as well and the safety needs of the work and the after-care of the materials is also a key requisite of our work.

We undertake any size of floor preparation work and are experts in our field with over 20 years’ experience

Contact us today for more details:
enquiries@gritblastinguk.co.uk
M: 07811 770635

Grit Blasting recruiting following expansion

With our expansion under way, we are now recruiting new staff at our Andover premises.

Our new Powder Coating facility is up and running, and with our expanding surface preparation work for our nationwide clients growing monthly, this means we need new experienced blast cleaning staff to help with the growing workload.

Our new Indeed recruitment page gives all the details on the roles available, and you can visit our website to see the range of work we do.

We are looking for experienced Blast Cleaners, Grit Blasters or Surface Preparation expertise.

Our Indeed recruitment page is here: https://www.indeedjobs.com/gritblasting-uk/_hl/en_GB?cpref=JXWAtnzf3XW5aRnY2g_zouV7xMD8uRK8OvnwHmxJ5DQ

www.gritblastinguk.co.uk

New powder coating facility in Andover

Grit Blasting UK is the leading UK’s surface preparation and paint spraying specialist.

Today we are proud to announce that our new powder coating facility based in Andover has been installed. Using the latest technology, Grit Blasting and our team of experts can now undertake the full process of surface preparation and powder coating for our growing list of clients.

There are three steps in the process; preparation, application, and curing. Using our powder coating oven and our highly trained team, we can offer high quality blasting and recoating for almost any size of machinery including agricultural and arboricultural equipment.

We believe that investment in the new powder coating facility will ensure that we keep up with our clients’ needs locally and nationally too. We also train our colleagues to the highest standard, enabling our customers to have confidence in our expertise and quality of work.

For more details on our services, visit our website at www.gritblastinguk.co.uk or call us on 01225 775519

October 2018 – Taking at look at Grit Blasting UK

What we do

As we approach the end of 2018, we are taking this opportunity to take at look at the breadth and scale of work we do now. Its remarkable how much we have grown in the last 12 months, and the level of work we do at Grit Blasting UK.

Our work in surface preparation and paint spraying continues at pace. We have always offered a UK-wide service using our mobile blasting/surface preparation team, but the importance of having local blasting and preparation premises grows each year.

During 2018 we acquired the reputable Tony Cowles Shot Blasting business based in Hampshire. We will now incorporate that work into the Grit Blasting UK group, enabling us to reach out to new clients and contractors in and around Andover, Salisbury, Taunton, Winchester, Yeovil and surrounding areas. Our Wiltshire based premises in Devizes continues to serve the county’s needs and ensures our capacity for both smaller and larger surface preparation, blasting and paint spraying work remains high for our clients and contractors who rely on our work.

From agricultural equipment to garden furniture, JCB’s to grain stores, Warehouse frontages and concrete flooring to steel bridges and Wind turbines, Grit Blasting UK provides a national service in large and smaller scale surface preparation.

Continued investment

We also continue to invest in our fleet of vehicles and equipment which keeps us at the forefront of our industry. Investment in high quality equipment and skilled teams ensures we maintain our reputation. We also took the fun opportunity to sponsor Tor Trucks this year in their annual FIA Tor Trucks European Racing Championship, making sure Grit Blasting UK gets in on the European scene!

Partnerships are key

Partnerships are important for our work, and we continue to develop our relationships with suppliers and partners. Promain Paints and Grit Blasting UK are working on jointly marketing our paint and surface preparation services, enabling us to offer seamless and more effective marketing. And we are testing our social media marketing over the coming months to engage further with our existing and new clients. Check out our new facebook page!

And finally

Having skilled and experienced people who really know surface preparation is key. We are delighted to have a great team, and as we grow, we are looking for new people to help grow our business too. We have a set up a new recruitment page on Indeed.

So, with so much going on we are delighted to keep our valued clients, contractors and partners informed of our progress. Check back here regularly to see the latest news and updates. 

June 2018 – Grit Blasting UK buys local shot blasting company

UK’s leading Grit blasting organisation has recently expanded, with the acquisition of the highly reputable Tony Cowles Shot Blasting company from Andover.

Grit Blasting UK, owned by Kierien Barnes from Trowbridge in Wiltshire continues to grow its surface preparation, powder coating and paint spraying business. Last year the company moved to larger premises in Devizes with outdoor blasting facilities. Now, they have acquired a local blast specialist service at Andover.

Tony Cowles Blasting specializes in metal surface finishing and restoration, undertaking highly valued work at its premises between Andover and Salisbury. it has grown its customer base over many years specializing in cleaning classic cars, agricultural and plant machinery, commercial vehicles and military vehicles.

Kierien explains “We are delighted to have acquired Tony’s specialist blasting business for the Grit Blasting Group. We don’t intend changing Tony’s customer service approach, or the way we do things – they will remain the same. The acquisition gives us the opportunity to broaden our footprint outside of Hampshire and to take on more specialist work from outside of the local county. We very much welcome Tony Cowles Shot Blasting to the Grit Blasting Group.”

The services offered offered by the wider group can be seen at www.gritblastinguk.co.uk.

Many companies and renovation experts rely on Grit blasting UK as a contractor or sub-contractor because of their reliability and experience. From garden furniture to massive steel bridges or wind turbines to 5000 square feet warehouses, Grit blasting UK boasts an impressive client list for its blasting and cleaning services, whatever the size of project.

Contact us todayhttp://www.gritblastinguk.co.uk