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.


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:
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


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 a reputable 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 a highly reputable local 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.

The local blasting company 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 this specialist blasting business for the Grit Blasting Group. We don’t intend changing the established 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 it 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

July 2017 – Investment in new technology for Gritblasting UK’s floor preparation work.

One of the UK’s leading Grit blasting companies has invested in the latest technology from the United States.

Grit blasting UK, owned by Kierien Barnes from Trowbridge in Wiltshire continues to grow its surface preparation and paint spraying business. Earlier this year the company moved to larger premises in Devizes with outdoor blasting facilities. Now, they have purchased the latest in mobile diamond grinding technology for use in indoor blasting.

Purchased from SPE International in Washington DC USA, the Predator 2400 is the “new boy” in Grit blasting UK’s armoury of diamond floor grinders and polishers. Designed to tackle any size of job imaginable, this tool makes light work of the projects that Kierien’s company are now handling. The Predator 2400 excels at removing stubborn coatings including sealers and adhesives as well as polishing concrete.

Kierien explains “We are seeing more and more floor preparation projects in our contracted work, and with “out of town” warehouses and factory space becoming more popular, Gritblasting UK is taking on contacts for clients with much larger floor areas in need of preparation for example.”

It is not just the technology that is important. Grit blasting have been experts in their field for over 20 years, starting initially in Wiltshire and now undertaking major work across the United Kingdom. Investing in technology is just one of the many requirements of the modern-day grit blaster, along with a deep understanding of the science behind the materials and the paint applications as well and the safety needs of the work and the after-care of the materials.

Larger construction and engineering companies now rely on Grit blasting UK as a preferred sub-contractor because of their reliability and experience. From massive steel bridges to wind turbines to 5000 square feet warehouses, Grit blasting UK boasts an impressive client list.

More details on Grit blasting UK can be found at www.gritblastinguk.co.uk

May 2017 – Eton College Flooring Preparation Project.

The work of a sub-contractor is a varied and interesting one. In May 2017, Gritblasting Uk undertook a contract for Eton College. Steeped in history and dating from 1440, this Windsor based institution had the floor of one of its larger rooms renovated by our team.

Using the latest new electric diamond floor grinder we removed the existing coatings from 330 square metres of concrete flooring, ensuring a perfectly prepared surface for new coatings to be applied.

Working in an architecturally historic building is not without its challenges but with careful preparation, experience and the right equipment we were able to provide our contractors with the flooring outcome they wanted.

Using our knowledge and experience along with our range of diamond floor grinders, GritblastingUK can grind concrete flooring. This can provide the perfect preparation prior to the application of epoxy coatings and flooring paints. By removing rubber deposits, adhesives, bitumen coatings and impacted dirt from factory and warehouse floors, we leave a prepared surface ready for recoating.

If you would like a copy of our case study on Eton College, it can be downloaded here.

April 2017 – Gritblastinguk.co.uk expands into new Wiltshire premises.

The increase in blasting work for Gritblastinguk.co.uk over the last few months has meant a move to new larger premises for Wiltshire’s premier Grit Blasting company.

In April, Business owner Kierien Barnes and his team moved into a new site at Market Lavington near Devizes, which has both external and internal blasting facilities.

Over the past year Gritblastinguk.co.uk, who provide surface preparation and spray coating services has undertaken a number of high-profile blasting projects, not just in Wiltshire but across the UK. These include a wind turbine, steel bridges, warehouse frontage blasting and even military equipment.

Gritblastinguk.co.uk has seen a 20% increase in turnover this financial year just ended. Kierien Barnes, proprietor explains the success. “The past year has been very good for us. We are securing more contracted national blasting and spraying business as a trusted expert. Word of mouth recommendations and website marketing have been contributors to success with our quality and reputation. We have also invested in new technology to keep up with changing client needs. From diamond floor grinders to mobile blasting facilities and now new premises, we are fit to take on any type of work, from small domestic jobs to large construction and engineering contracts for national contractors”.

Gritblastinguk.co.uk is proud of its new premises near Devizes, and is looking to engage local companies such as restorers, engineering firms and metal work companies to offer a local and efficient blasting and/or spraying facility as an extension to their current portfolio of blasting business. Gritblastinguk.co.uk delivers and collects as part of its service countrywide.

Kierien Barnes at Gritblastinguk.co.uk can be contacted on 01225 775 519 or email enquiries@gritblastinguk.co.uk. website: www.gritblastinguk.co.uk

Gritblastinguk.co.uk new premises can be found at:

Mount Pleasant Yard 
Market Lavington
SN10 4DP