Concrete floor preparation – industrial unit

Our latest case study is one of our favourites – concrete floor preparation. We took our new Mobile Floor Preparation unit to Dunstable, where we were contracted to prepare and coat a concrete floor of an industrial unit.

400 square metres of industrial unit flooring

Using the latest in diamond grinding technology, we removed the existing floor contaminants. With 400 square metres of flooring to do, our new mobile unit was well poised to undertake the work with our team.

Once the substrate was prepared, our partners at Promain supplied the new floor cover paint – PPG SigmaCover 400. We then applied the coating to provide an even and perfect finish for our client.

Grit Blasting UK are the UK’s leading concrete floor preparation experts.

If you are looking to contract similar work, our guide can help you.

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Concrete floor preparation – new lorry mobile unit

With the increase in concrete floor preparation work, Grit Blasting UK today took delivery of its new UK-wide lorry, with its new distinctive yellow and blue livery.

Our new Concrete Floor Preparation mobile unit

Over the past few years, the demand for specialist concrete floor preparation work has increased substantially. This means investment in the latest equipment, and the need to transport kit and the team to sites across the country.

With on-board generators as well as the diamond grinding equipment, the mobile unit can reach all corners of the UK and be self-sufficient in delivery of it concrete floor preparation work.

Grit Blasting UK is known for its continuous investment in equipment – always ensuring the highest quality work. This is no exception.

The demand for floor preparation is growing. From factory floors to out-of-town warehouses, hospitals and car parks – Grit Blasting undertakes preparation projects which are hundreds of square metres in size. Specialist skills and equipment ensure the effective removal of contaminants, leaving the substrate prepped for further coating. Part of the Grit Blasting UK service is surface re-coating, offering an end-to-end process.

The lorry’s first assignment marks the beginning of the new chapter in Grit Blasting’s rich history. From humble beginnings blasting domestic and industrial equipment to today’s major construction, engineering and renovation work. The floor preparation work complements the major projects we do such as blasting and painting steel bridges, concrete works, factory floors, silos, barges and much more.

Kierien Barnes, Director of the UK’s leading surface preparation company commented:

“We invest continuously in Grit Blasting UK – both in equipment and in our people. Our floor preparation work is in demand, and we are delighted to be able to invest in the next step – our concrete floor preparation work. Our clients can be assured of high quality, reliable surface preparation and coatings.”

Further details on our concrete floor preparation work can be found on our website or contact us today.

Surface preparation – London barge

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.

London barge with its new coating

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.

London barge – work in progress

We loved doing this job, and we wish the barge owners all the very best of luck in their new venture on the Thames.

Grit Blasting UK undetakes all kinds of surface preparation work, see our website for more details.

Concrete 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. 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.

Contact us today for more information.

Concrete block plant project

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.

Concrete block plant – before cleaning

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.

Concrete block plant – after spraying with a one coat protection 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.

Cleaning and spraying – concrete plant

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.

Looking for an industrial concrete floor preparation contractor?

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 UKexperienced specialist floor preparation

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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.

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Innovatech diamond grinding technology

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.

Check out our case studies, demonstrating the work we have done previously. We update these on a regular basis.

For more information on our concrete floor preparation services, please contact us today., email us as or call on 07811 770 635.

Coronavirus and Grit Blasting UK

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.

Case study – railway tanker

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.

Railway tanker before preparation

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.

This shows the tanker after blasting, and with a primer coat applied
After top coating….

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.

Working together with Promain

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.

More information our floor preparation services can be seen here.

See our contractors page here on the Promain website.