This is a story we wanted to share. We have just finished preparing and recoating a London barge. This barge will become a floating restaurant on the Thames in the near future.
We cleaned the barge and coated it using Jotun Marathon 550 paint.
The paint is applied to unblasted steel, and is a two part polyamine and epoxy coating. Ideal for tidal or splash zones, and can be applied to carbon steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel and concrete substrates.
The paint has to be applied at exactly the right thickness to ensure its integrity.
We loved doing this job, and we wish the barge owners all the very best of luck in their new venture on the Thames.
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. Some still refer to this as shot blasting, but in reality it is diamond grinding!
Grit Blasting UK 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 project, and some of our latest work includes hospital basements, large factory floors and warehouses.
Last month we reported on our our latest case study, the preparation and spraying of a concrete hopper in a concrete plant. We continue the theme this month as we show the results of a concrete block plant that we have blast cleaned and sprayed.
Based in sunny Somerset, the concrete block plant needed cleaning to remove the old contaminants and rust before being re-sprayed.
Once blasted and clean, we sprayed a one-coat paint system (Selemix) to protect the surface. This was done using an airless paint spraying system.
Grit Blasting UK work in conjunction with paint suppliers to recommend the best protection system for you.
We update this site regularly with our latest news and case studies. For more details on how we can help you with any surface preparation work, contact us today.
The recent sunshine has certainly helped with one of our latest projects – the cleaning and re-coating of a concrete plant hopper in the South West of England.
Working up to 40 feet in the air, we swept blasted all the cladding on the main steel cement hopper, removing any existing coatings and rust, preparing it ready for the top coat. Once completed, we then sprayed a one-coat paint system (Selemix) to protect the surface. This was done using an airless paint spraying system.
We are experienced at this type of work, and the job was over in no time at all. For more details on our surface preparation and paint spraying, visit our website.
The interesting thing about floor preparation is that its very niche. Finding a contractor can be a conundrum, particularly if you have never procured such a service before.
We get approached every day from Quantity Surveyors and building contractors who need to sub-contract their concrete floor preparation. Whether its preparing a concrete floor for painting, or just prepping the concrete surface, having the right equipment, and the right skills is fundamental.
If you are about to ask sub-contractors to quote for similar work, here’s a few things to consider.
Equipment. Larger scale projects need to be cost effective, so size of equipment in relation to square footage of the concrete flooring project is key. Contractors using smaller equipment – normally used for small to medium size projects will inevitably cost more in the long run in time taken.
Experience. From costing the project, through to the final surface finish, contractor experience will reduce the risk considerably on bigger or higher contract values. Knowledge of flooring surface contaminants, costing variations, potential ‘blind spots’ on the project, new surface paint applications and project dependencies are all key.
Quality. “You get what you pay for” is a well used adage. In preparing concrete floors for industrial or commercial use, longevity in surface prepping and coatings is vital.
Having quality equipment with skilled contactors means producing a high quality finish. Edging of concrete floors for example is important – and many machines and sub-contractors are not able to go right to the flooring edge, due to the technology used. Investment in floor grinding and grit blasting equipment is expensive, and certainly not cost effective for a one-off job, so finding a high quality specialist contractor, with a known reputation is key. Their understanding of the right equipment to use for the surface / substrate is crucial to a successful job.
Grit Blasting UK – experienced specialist floor preparation
At Grit Blasting UK we have the latest equipment to undertake medium and large scale projects. Warehouses, out of town premises, aircraft hangers, factories to name just a few. This includes specialist flooring preparation work in historic buildings, national colleges, car manufacturing factories and national heritage properties.
Grit Blasting uses the very latest technology – including diamond floor grinding.
This is used to expose the aggregate, creating a roughened surface on the concrete on which further concrete may be poured or protective coatings or wear courses applied. The surface prepared is dust free, chemically clean and free from micro cracks which can cause premature bond failure. Our video shows the process.
Diamond Grinding is used to remove waterproof membranes, latex, adhesives etc. It is ideal for removing imperfections in the concrete surface, particularly on larger scale projects.
We also offer an end-to-end service including paint or surface treatment or coating application as well as surface preparation. In conjunction with our suppliers, we are able to cost-effectively source paint and specialist floor covering, and apply using the right techniques to high standard finishes.
As we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic, we are continuing to keep our doors open for those important construction projects, and for our clients. Operating a safe social distancing policy, we have been able to maintain a level of service for essential surface preparation work.
Grit Blasting UK operates a mobile facility, where we can visit construction sites and premises, and work within the safe social distancing guidance. Where work is undertaken at remotely or at our premises, we adhere to all government and sector guidance.
We continue to provide quotations and schedule work, so if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us. For details on all of our services, visit our website.
So whether you need industrial concrete floor preparation undertaken, or other surface preparation work, please do get in touch. We will be pleased to hear from you.
This month we are taking a look back at some of our favourite surface preparation projects. As a specialist contractor, we have the opportunity to work on the most extraordinary things.
Once of our most exciting projects has been the blast cleaning, and repainting of a railway tanker belonging to the Dean Forest railway.
The 4 1/2-mile Dean Forest railway line runs through beautiful woodland and countryside, offering a chance to experience the relaxing pace of a typical country branch line. There are five stations along the way.
The route was part of the former Severn and Wye Railway which ran from Lydney to Cinderford. Trains are operated by both steam and heritage diesel locomotives, and heritage diesel multiple units.
Grit Blasting UK was asked to blast clean the railway tanker, removing all rust and contaminants, then prime and recoat. The photos show the work in progress. This tanker sits by the road, and is not used on the line currently.
The society that operates the line started steam locomotive operations in 1971, and bought the trackbed and line from British Rail in 1986, reaching both Lydney Junction and Parkend railway stations by 2005.
We are pleased to be part of the restoration work that is on-going at Dean Forest railway.
We work extensively with Promain UK Ltd, the UK’s leading paint distributor.
Using Promains UK Ltd’s technical expertise, and our surface preparation knowledge, we can provide end-to-end preparation solutions for your project.
Promain has been established for over 30 years, matching the best paints and surface coating technology with the very best levels of service supplying quality industrial paint products throughout the UK.
We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the materials and technologies available in the blast cleaning and paint and surface coatings industries. Promain and Grit Blasting UK together offer a unique and professional service by helping companies and individuals find the surface preparation methods, the correct paints, surface coatings and floor preparation and concrete repair materials for your needs.
From home renovation projects like brickwork fireplaces and chimney breasts to blast cleaning industrial units, we offer a comprehensive service for external and internal walls, ceilings, and complete buildings.
We ensure that the right media and the right amount of pressure is applied when we are blasting, giving you confidence in the care we take with your materials when working on any surface preparation project.
Blast cleaning does not damage your original brickwork. We can remove old layers of paint and contamination to restore brick work to its original condition, preparing the surface for a new coat or restoring it to its original look.
We have just completed a concrete floor preparation project which was in a hospital basement. We were asked to remove the contaminants which included paint and resin from the floor of what was once a staff room in the hospital.
By using the latest diamond grinding technology, we were able to remove the stubborn top surface of the concrete, leaving the substrate fully prepared for its new coating.
Concrete floor preparation is a specialist contractor project. Requiring heavy equipment, knowledge of the work and the right environment, the surface is not only prepared but all dust and particles must be removed from the site.
Grit Blasting UK offers a nationwide concrete floor preparation service. We are able to remove all surface contaminants including resins, vinyl tiles, glues, paint and other substances.