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.

Surface preparation – swimming pool case study

Before blasting, where the existing coating was failing…

Ever wondered how to remove an existing coating from a swimming pool?

This is one of our latest projects – the removal of surface coatings from a swimming pool.

The coating on this swimming pool had started to fail, and water was getting behind the top coat. Grit Blasting UK removed all of the coatings, ensuring a clean substrate ready for re-coating.

The pools side and flooring was blasted to remove all of the existing coating.

After blasting….ready for re-coating

The products that were recommended included:

Primer. Dampshield.

Build coat.  Profloor plus epoxy.

Top coat .  P101 two pack polyurethane. 

These products were supplied by Promain UK Ltd.

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.

Call us today for more details, or visit our website

Concrete floor preparation using specialist contractors

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

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.

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.

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

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:

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 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. 

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

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.