Starting this week we finished the crib rail job at our shop by applying a topcoat to the primer that was coated last Friday. This customer was very pleased the new crib rails upon pick up. We finished removing paint from the pipe flanges pieces for a repeat customer, this job was started last week but finished Monday morning. Also at the shop Monday, we cleaned paint and rust off two manifold covers and 5 Rolls Royce Rims using our traditional sand media. We also cleaned the paint and rust off a dump truck frame and rear of the dump section for a customer looking for re-coat the truck and re-sell it.
Lastly, we had a rush mobile job in Kansas City, Missouri to remove graffiti tags to an elementary school. This job had to be done on Monday because classes were to be back in session the next day. We utilized a baking soda and crushed glass mix to remove the graffiti from the cement and brick surfaces, however the customer also had graffiti that was painted on the glass windows. We were able to remove that graffiti using paint thinner and stripper without harming the glass. This customer was very pleased with the graffiti removed from the exterior of the school.
Monday was also the start of our Sprinter Van project. We recently purchased a Dodge Sprinter Van as our next mobile blast vehicle, however the existing paint coat had a lot of areas of failing paint with rust underneath. We spent portions of Monday and Tuesday prepping the surface, taping off all the areas that we did not want blasted with baking soda to remove the paint and surface rust.
Tuesday we sent a mobile crew to Lees Summit, Missouri to clean rust off the driveway for a restoration company we have had repeat business. The job was completed within half a day. At the shop Tuesday, we cleaned paint off a semi-tractor trailer frame for a repeat customer. The customer requested that we remove as much blue paint on the frame as possible even areas under the cab. Since under the cab contains many different mechanical components, we simply have the customer sign a damage waiver in order for us to effectively blast under the cab. We were able to remove all the blue paint under the cab that was visible through the angles allowed for the blast process. This job was completed on schedule within two days time from the drop off to pick up. Lastly, on Tuesday we glass bead blasted 2 stainless steel framework pieces for an engineering customer. The customer came to us because their equipment was not large enough to bead blast the pieces. We were able to glass bead blast the two stainless steel pieces to a uniform shine per the customer’s request.
Wednesday we cleaned the back section of a barbecue pit trailer that previously had a fire. Our customer came to us having previously had us blast their barbecue pits themselves. They had already welded new steel pieces on the back portion but needed the whole section sand blasted to remove paint, rust, soot, and char. We have the trailer finished by the end of the day. The trailer was heavy enough steel that we were able to use our traditional sand media without warping any of the panels, keeping the cost down and production high. On our Sprinter Van project, we started soda blasted the exterior to remove the existing paint and surface rust. On areas where the rust was embedded deeper in the metal we used crushed glass which left a deeper profile than soda but was able to get out the deep rust, whereas baking soda is too weak to clean.
Thursday and Friday, we continued cleaning the paint and rust off our Sprinter Van. After the paint removal was complete, we began blowing down the van and areas inside where dust may have entered as well as prepping for the primer and paint processes.
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