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.

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 today.