Earlier this year, we completed a basement stone paint removal project with dust containment. The blasting in the basement could cause dust to enter other areas of the house. Our customer was living in the home therefore dust exposure to other areas was not an option. To prevent dust entering the other areas of the house, we needed to create a containment system. Our system included negative airflow created with a fan and filter bag for dust collection. We also closed and sealed off the basement from other areas of the house. The picture on the right shows one room on the main floor of the house with plastic covering the vents, furniture, and other items. We covered all the vents throughout the house with several layers of plastic.
Based on our estimated production rate, we believed this project would only take one full day of blasting to remove the paint on the basement walls and floor. With that estimation, the gas and furnace were turned off for the day we performed the blast to further prevent any dust exposure. The picture to the left shows the filter bag coming out of one of the basement openings and collecting dust created from our blasting.
After covering items with plastic and sealing the basement, we also had an attendant monitor the other areas in the house to vacuum any dust that might escape while the blasting was taking place. After the paint removal and blasting was complete, we performed a detailed clean up to remove all fine dust particles. For this project, we were able to cater our containment solutions to a homeowner with a completely occupied home. We also prevented dust contamination from migrating to other areas of the house. Thank you for reading our News Blast and Blog.
Last month, we performed graffiti removal at a skate park with baking soda cleaning. For this project, the customer needed all of the graffiti tags removed as quickly as possible to maintain the skate park and act as a future deterrent. Taggers like to come back to observe their work and often will pick a different target if they know their paint will be gone very quickly. We were able to dispatch a crew the next day to complete this project and remove the existing graffiti tags. We used baking soda for this project because it cleans and remove tags without deteriorating and etching the surface like a more abrasive blast material such as sand or coal slag.
One of the reasons for this project’s success was because our customer did not attempt to use any chemicals, paint thinners, or solvents on the graffiti tags before performing our cleaning. Many of our graffiti removal customers at first did not know that using a cleaning solvent or graffiti removal chemical can often push the paint pigment further in the pores of the surface, which makes our cleaning more difficult and sometimes impossible to separate the color from the aggregate or surface. We call it a ghost effect when graffiti paint that has been pushed further into the substrate, leaving a slight outline of the tag after our cleaning. If you or someone else you may know needs graffiti removal services, give us a call. We can help. Please do not try to use chemicals first when attempting to remove a graffiti tag. Rather, use them as a last resort. Thank you for reading our Blog.
In early January, we completed the exterior store front restoration performing brick paint removal in the Westport area of Kansas City. The existing brick storefront had several layers of failing paint. Our customer wanted to clean up the brick to give the storefront a better appearance. The majority of the brick surface was very rough, therefore we believed sandblasting the brick would not deface or damage the exterior brick.
Every brick paint removal project is different, therefore it was necessary for us to perform a mock up demo on a small section of the brick first. The mock up was to ensure we gave our customer the desired finish look. The customer was on site while the demo was performed, which helped make the project as seamless as possible. Once the demo was approved, we completed the remainder of the project the same day. By finishing the project in one day, we were able to save the customer a second mobilization charge. Blast-it-Clean removed the existing paint from the surface and restored the original brick look. We can also apply appropriate sealant products to this type of surface when desired. If you or someone you know needs to have paint removed from a brick, stone, or other masonry surface, give us a call we can help. Thank you for reading our blog.