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Kansas City Interior Commercial Property Restoration

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A local, Kansas City property developer purchased a commercial property with the intent of renovating the space for use by local business. The property had otherwise stood vacant for many years, with no upkeep, before the property purchase. The bones and structure of the building were intact and sturdy but lots of additional renovations were necessary to create a new, usable space.

These projects can include a lot of different specifications such as: lead based paint, minimal to zero dust exposure, historical renovation and overall integrity of the existing surfaces. Often its the bones and support structure of properties, like this one, that can be restored at a more cost effective rate than new construction or in the event of a historical site cannot be replaced. This situation can cause pain in not knowing how to solve the problem or maybe not having the technology or even ability to complete it within a short timeline. Let us help ease that pain with our solution and relationship building mentality.


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Our capabilities allow us to solve all of those specifications. This project specified a need to limit dust exposure to the neighboring suites and front entrance to the pedestrian sidewalk. The existing brick walls could not be damaged to the point of potential replacement. The brick surfaces would need to be cleaned and stripped of old paint and buildup with a aesthetic, appealing look while maintaining the structure integrity. Our task was to remove the existing buildup and paint from the barrel ceiling and brick walls to restore the surface to a natural, clean and maintenance free surface.


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If you or someone you know has a commercial property to restore, renovate and bring back to life then give us a call we can help. We want to help you get the desired outcome in your commercial or industrial restoration project. Maybe you want to renovate an old, unused warehouse into lofts, or maybe your vision is to create a green commercial space from something that hasn’t served a business purpose for many years. Whatever the reason, we want talk to you and find out your goals and desired outcomes in order to facilitate a relationship to make those goals a reality. We’re Blast It Clean and we are committed to building relationships with solutions in cleaning, stripping, and coating. Thank you for reading our blog. 

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Log Cabin Stain Removal

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Log Cabin Stain Removal BeforeEarlier this August, an individual customer contacted us about his Log Cabin Stain Removal project in Central Kansas to remove the existing wood stain and buildup on a customer’s log cabin home. The customer’s biggest concern was bringing a process and solution that could remove the stain effectively without severely raising the grain or damaging the wood log surface. The customer came to us from our website given our experience in blasting log homes to remove stain, soot, char, and sometimes paint. The surface area blasted measured over 2500 square feet for the log home.

Given the log wood surface, we selected to use Corn Cob as the blast material for this project. We taped and covered the windows and additional areas around the home to protect them from the blast process. Often these projects come with concerns, for example to make sure we can hit the production numbers we estimate for the project as well as give the result and appearance our customer desires. With those concerns, we elected to perform a small demo on an area not easily visible on the home before moving on to the completion of the project. If the demo was not successful, then our customer would only pay a small portion of the total project price.

Log Cain Stain Removal AfterTo complete the project we sent our standard two man crew to work several days out of town in order to finish the project in one trip. We sectioned off areas to be blasted in order to contain the blast material from spreading throughout the property. The total project took four days of production including travel to and from Kansas City. Our crew was able to exceed our estimated production for the project thereby completing the log cabin stain removal faster than our initial timeline. The increase in production lead to a reduction in the total project price for our customer.

Overall the customer was very pleased with the blasted log surface calling his neighbors to look at the blast results. Our customer plans to seal the exterior log surface and leave the brighter, corn cob blasted finish without a new stain. With this log cabin stain removal project completed early this month, we have since been called to blast additional log homes to remove the existing stain similar to this project. If you or someone you know has a cleaning or stripping challenge but do not have the technology, expertise, or manpower to achieve your desired result, then give us a call at Blast It Clean. We would love to form a business relationship in order to help you solve your problem even if we are not the immediate solution. Thank you for reading our Blog Post.

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Interior Warehouse Restoration to Maintenance Free Surfaces

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For this interior warehouse restoration project, we converted painted brick walls and wood ceilings (surfaces that had required maintenance such as repainting, etc) to maintenance-free surfaces. The warehouse was very old and in need of updating. We were brought in to help bring this old warehouse back to life. An “all natural” beauty products company was to assume possession after the restoration. Therefore, we wanted to help leave the interior warehouse as natural as possible. One of the main objectives of this project was to take painted surface, remove the paint and leave the surface natural. There was some demolition done in advance of our portion of the project, such as removal of the existing drywall from the ceiling, removal of almost all existing contents, etc. We were brought in to first remove the existing paint and restore the original brick walls. The picture above to the right shows the brick wall with the existing paint before the blasting.

Interior Warehouse Restoration 5The next step was blasting the wood ceilings to clean up the appearance and remove any existing paint or buildup accumulated over the years. The first side by side below shows a closer look at the wood ceiling: the left side has partial removal of the drywall, with the completely restored natural wood ceiling on the right. After blasting the ceiling clean came our last step, pressure washing of all interior surfaces to remove any residual dust from the dry blasting process. By blasting and removing the existing paint, the brick walls and wood ceilings are now left natural and maintenance-free, meaning no repainting or additional work needs to be done. Do you or someone you know have a surface with paint failure problems that would be better “maintenance-free”?  If so, give us a call.  We can help. Thank you for reading our blog.

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Week of February 20, 2012

Monday we started the week cleaning paint and rust off a Chevy S10 car grill that our customer was restoring. Since the grill was made up of a heavy steel material we were able to clean it using our traditional sand media.

Tuesday we power washed and blasted 5 pipes and pipe couplings. Our customer performs mobile powder coating on surfaces that will be under water with high pressure. We were able to clean the pieces using our traditional sand media after we power washed the oil off the surface. It is important to clean the oil off the surface before blasting, otherwise the sand will push the oil into the metal later causing paint failure issues.

We started a mobile jobe Thursday blasting some wood beams to remove flaking paint so our customer could have a surface for new paint to adhere. Since the beams were made of wood, we used a crush glass and baking soda mix to minimize the mount of wood eaten away from the original beam surface. When media blasting wood, it is important to remember the wood surface will be raised no matter what media is used. Thursday marked the prep day for a mobile job we had in Pittsburg, Kansas cleaning rust off an insulation machine to prepare it to go back into service. The job was completed Saturday February 25 on schedule. We performed dry ice cleaning to clean off the loose contaminants from the machine. Once the dry ice cleaning was complete, we then sandblasted the surfaces to remove the existing rust buildup from the steel platens. Thursday we also completed a small shop job sandblasting rust off some I-nuts and bolts.

Friday we power washed and then sandblasted 300 plus 12 inch pipes to remove rust for a customer. Also at the shop Friday, we received some steel plating from a local steel fabricator. We sandblasted the steel pieces and then coated them in a Sherwin Williams tar paint coat per the instructions from our customer. These pieces were picked up the following Tuesday on schedule. Thanks for reading our blog.

Week of February 13, 2012

Monday we started the week by finishing the forklift pieces we blasted and painted for a business next door. We applied the black topcoat for the remaining sections of the forklift pieces to complete the project. At the shop, we also torbo blasted using glass bead two stainless steel cabinet doors as an expedited order for a current customer. These doors were part of a job we originally completed January 23rd, however two of the cabinet doors previously blasted by someone else came warped and there was no way for our process to reverse that. The customer ordered two new stainless cabinet doors and had them expedited to our shop. We were able to blast the new stainless door using the Torbo system with glass bead to provide a profile so the customer could apply paint. Our process was fast, efficient, and did not warp the new doors. The customer was able to pick up the doors first thing Tuesday morning.

Tuesday we remove paint and rust from a motorcycle frame for a repeat customer at our shop. Since the frame was made of a heavy steel material, we were able to clean off the paint and rust using our traditional sand media. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

Thursday we sent two mobile crews, a total of 5 employees, to a local Kansas City company to dry ice clean two mixing tanks. Since the tanks were a confined space, we needed an employee to dry ice blast inside each tank, as well as an employee watching the blaster from the tank opening. The last employee was in charge of running and refilling the dry ice machines to maintain high production rate. These tanks were finished and cleaned on schedule Friday afternoon of this week.

At the shop Thursday, we started the last dump truck bed for the same order we had been working on for the past several weeks. Remember, for this job we used traditional sand to remove the existing paint and any rust visible to the dump bed only. Our customer needed the surface down to bare metal so they could apply a new paint coat. The dump truck was started Thursday afternoon and finished early Friday morning. This customer was able to drop off the Dump truck Thursday midday and pick it up Friday morning.

The last job of the week entailed removing paint and rust from a barbecue smoker trailer for a repeat customer. Since the trailer and smoker were made of a heavy steel material, we cleaned the paint and rust off using our traditional sand media. There was a storage box on the front of the trailer that had a thin steel structure, therefore we used a crushed glass and soda mix to remove the paint. Baking soda would prevent the surface from warping, while crushed glass would give the surface a heavier profile that straight soda but would also create a faster production rate and lower cost for the customer. This cleaning was completed Friday early afternoon and the customer picked up the trailer the following Monday morning.

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Week of February 6, 2012

We finished the pool job in Lees Summit Missouri early this week. We finished painting the two 24’ truck beds with direct to metal black paint at the shop Monday. Also at the shop, we cleaned paint of 1 impeller using our traditional sand media for a repeat customer. We also cleaned the paint off a window frame using sand as well as remove paint and rust on a second forklift from the business next door.

Tuesday we completed a rush job to profile 6 12” steel plates for a customer using sand. The job was completed within an hour. An individual customer from a local business, we previously performed dry ice cleaning, brought us two tractors wheel and two fenders for us to remove rust and paint. The wheels were made of heavy steel so we were able to use traditional sand, however the fenders were made of a thin steel material therefore we utilized our baking soda media. Lastly, at the shop Tuesday we brush blasted some wood shingles as a demo for a customer with several residences where he wished to profile the shingle surface in order to reapply a new paint coat. We were able to provide several different samples utilizing different blast medias, such as crushed glass and baking soda, and air pressure.

Wednesday we had a rush job from a Kansas City steel fabricator that needed a small 4-foot pipe blasted to remove the existing paint then deliver the cleaned pipe to the galvanizing company down the street. We were able to complete the quick turnaround for this customer without any prior notice. While we cannot always comply with these requests, our schedule was light enough today that we were able to complete the small job very quickly. We prepped and primed the forklift pieces we had been cleaning for the business next door on Wednesday. Lastly, on Wednesday we cleaned the paint and rust off an individual customer’s 56 Thunderbird pieces. For that customer, we used baking soda to clean the paint off the inside and outside of the hood, trunk lid, two fenders, as well as several thin steel pieces for the vehicles. We were able to clean the hinges to the hood with sand because of the heavy steel grade, which helped limit the overall cost of the project for our customer. This customer was able to drop off his Thunderbird pieces the Tuesday afternoon before and pick them up the next day.

Thursday at the shop, we prepped and painted the forklift areas that were to be coated gray. We had a repeat customer from Polo, Missouri bring us another stainless steel framework piece to clean up. Like the previous stainless pieces, we used glass piece to remove the welding and etched marks on the framework pieces. This customer was able to deliver the pieces Wednesday afternoon and pick them the next day. The last shop job on Thursday involved the second Dump truck for the same order for a customer of ours. This dump truck had the same body as the truck previously done that week. If you look at last week’s blog you can see pictures of what the Dump truck bed looked like.

Friday we sent a one-man crew to four different business locations to clean off graffiti tags. Pictures of the graffiti before and after can be seen below.

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At the shop Friday, we finished the second Dump truck bed and the customer was able to pick it up less than 48 hours after getting it dropped off. This week we also had a rare Saturday job at a local Lenexa Kansas business that needed failing paint removed from the parking lot striping. We were able to complete this job after business hours on the weekend in a single day. The job entailed the removal of 834 square feet of parking lot striping using our sand media. The Saturday job concludes the work for this week. Thanks for reading our blog!

Week of January 30, 2012

Monday we continued the pool job in Lees Summit to remove paint from a 6,800 square foot pool. We continued making progress on that job throughout the week, however we were unable to finish the job at the end of the week because of the heavy rain. Also on Monday we finished the job removing paint from 1,230 square feet of stone for a house at Lake Lotawana, Missouri. We have another pending job at Lake Lotawana, Missouri with the same Construction Company. Our last mobile job for Monday entailed graffiti removal for 3 tags in Overland Park, Kansas. We completed this job within half a day’s time as estimated.

At the shop Monday we started blasting the dump section to an 18-foot long dump truck. Our customer wanted all the blue paint removed from the exterior of the truck so they could repaint it. We removed the lights and wrapped the tarp and tarp bars with plastic and rubber to minimize any risk of blasting those areas. Since the truck dump was made of heavy steel, we were able to remove the paint using our traditional sand media. Also at the shop, we cleaned paint off two tractor wheels using sand. The tractor wheel customer was able to drop off the wheels Monday morning and pick them up at noon the same day. Lastly, on Monday we primed the forklift pieces that were blasted last week.

Tuesday we sent a mobile crew to Raymore, Missouri to dry ice spot blast areas affected by a fire at a retirement community. The customer came to us as a repeat customer Fire Restoration Company. The job was completed the same day as scheduled. We used Dry Ice to remove soot and char on this fire restoration job because the building was still occupied and had people directly above the area being cleaned, therefore Dry Ice was the best media to use in this situation given the low dust created.

At the shop Tuesday, we applied a topcoat to the forklift pieces we have been stripping and re-painting for a neighbor business in our warehouse area. Also we completed blasting the paint off the dump truck dump section using our traditional sand media.

Wednesday we started removing paint from two 24-foot loose tow truck beds. Again we used our traditional sand media to remove the paint from the top and bottom of the beds. We also utilized two blasters to expedite the paint removal process. This job included removing the existing paint coat from both beds and headache racks then applying a direct to metal black coat to the bare metal surface. We also continued working on the pool paint removal in Lees Summit, Missouri with two mobile crews.

Thursday we completed blasting the paint from the two 24-foot tow truck beds and headache racks. We also had a rush job for first time customer removing paint and rust from a rear truck differential. The customer wanted to remove the rust and paint to prep the surface for paint. We would have painted the same piece after we blasted it but we already had the truck beds in front of this rear differential piece and the customer did not want to wait another day to paint the surface. The blasting job was completed within our 1-hour minimum using sand.

Friday had heavy rain all day therefore the pool job in Lees Summit could not be completed. The completion date for that job was pushed back to the following week. Have a great weekend and enjoy watching the Super Bowl!

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Week of January 23, 2012

Monday we completed two small jobs at our shop. The first job was for a repeat customer out of Hiawatha that needed us to blast two heavy machine pieces to remove oil, paint, and rust in order for the customer to re-machine the pieces. First we power washed the remove the tar and oil left from the pieces, then we proceeded to blast the pieces to remove the existing paint using our traditional sand media. The job was complete that day which saved our customer a trip back to Kansas City to pick up the pieces at a later time.

The second shop job Monday entailed Torbo Blasting three stainless steel cabinets that needs a slight profile to be painted. Someone else had previously blasted one of the cabinets and the stainless steel doors were warped badly. We utilized the Torbo System with Glass bead because the water added to the media keeps it cool enough to prevent warping. We used glass bead in the Torbo because bead will not remove the stainless steel shine. We completed this job within a half-day’s time and the customer informed us that they were going to replace the doors and send the replacements to use in early February to Torbo Blast as well.

Tuesday we started a small job in North Kansas City to remove a transmission oil stain from an individual residence driveway. The job entailed using an Oil Dry compound to soak up the stain. We then came back on Thursday and remove the compound then power washed the driveway using chemicals to further remove the stain.

Wednesday, we completed three small jobs at our shop. The first entailed blasting the paint and rust out of the inside of a pump piece that our customer was re-machining. Since the pump piece was made of a very heavy steel material we were able to clean it very quickly using our traditional sand media. The second small job involved cleaning paint and rust off a suspension part to a truck. We also cleaned this piece with our traditional sand media. Lastly we finished an ongoing order with a local Kansas City bronze ornamental company to remove laser cut inside edges left on the inside of the bronze pieces. We picked up the pieces, blasted them at our shop, and delivered them back to the customer all in the same day.

Wednesday we also conducted a chat and chew presentation as part of the AIA continuing education program. The presentation was about Modern Day Sandblasting and it’s applications to Architecture and different surfaces. We provided lunch to the attending architects and conducted our presentation at the AIA Kansas City Office in downtown Kansas City.

Thursday we started a mobile job in Lees Summit to remove the existing paint coat for a 6,800 square foot pool. Our crew was equipped with a contractor pot to use our traditional sand media and flint media. The job continued on Friday as well as into the following week as scheduled. The small mobile job in North Kansas City to remove a driveway transmission oil stain was completed Thursday with the removal of the oil dry compound and power washing the oil stain mark with chemicals. Lastly, Thursday we began a job in Lake Lotawana, Missouri blasting stone to remove an existing paint coat for a 1,200 square feet of area to the exterior of a house. The job went into Friday at the beginning of the following week, but was completed on schedule.

Friday those two mobile jobs from Thursday continued, but we had additional work being completed at our shop. We blasted several small pump pieces for another return customer that was re-machining the pieces once our blast job was completed. We prepped a Dump Truck to remove the exterior paint on the dump section; the blasting to remove the paint was started the following Monday. We completed a rush job for a steel fabricator in the Kansas City area to remove paint from a piping piece. As part of the job, we then delivered the piece to the galvanizing company down the street after the blasting was complete. Lastly, on Friday we prepped the forklift pieces, blasted earlier this week for a company next door, to be primed and paint in the coming week.

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Week of January 16, 2012

We started this week with a small job at our shop removing paint off a closet tub. The customer came to us as a referral from a tub refinishing company. We were able to remove the paint off the exterior of the closet tub as well as the four feet within our 1-hour minimum rate for shop jobs using Sand.

Also on Monday, we sent a mobile crew to residence in Overland Park, Kansas to clean the soot and char off the driveway for a house that had a recent fire. The job came to us from a repeat customer, Fire Restoration Company in the area. We were able to brite blast the driveway to remove the existing soot and char. The customer was very pleased with our work because we saved them from having to re-pour sections for a new driveway.

Tuesday we completed several small shop jobs. The first was a continuation from a current customer to remove laser cut etched surfaces from Bronze ornamental pieces. With this job we picked up additional pieces that needed to be profiled and delivered the pieces back in the same day. Also at the shop, we picked up a small pipe piece from the galvanizing company next door because a local fabricator needed it to be sandblasted before it could be galvanized. We picked up the pipe from the galvanizing company, cleaned it using our traditional sand media, and delivered it back to the galvanizing company within a two hours. Lastly, we had an individual bring us an aluminum Porsche transaxle that he wanted to polish. We found baking soda did not clean to the level we had anticipated, therefore we switched the media to glass bead. Upon the change in media, we were able to clean and polish the rest of the aluminum Porsche transaxle. Since the piece was made of aluminum, we did not want to use our traditional sand media because it would profile the surface too deeply as well as the high possibility of warping the metal.

Wednesday we completed a job removing soot and char from the inside of a home in Blue Springs, Missouri for a local fire restoration company. This customer came to us as another repeat customer needing to remove the evidence of a previous fire from the interior wall, floor, as well as the exterior brick. Since the house was not inhabited, we were able to perform the cleaning using our baking soda media. The job was completed the same day with a total of 670 square feet cleaned. Wednesday was also the last day we spent taping and protecting areas on our Sprinter Van to prep it for the primer coat tomorrow.

Thursday at the shop we cleaned the another set of the pieces for the ornamental bronze order from a repeat customer of ours. Just as we did for the previous pieces, we picked up the pieces at the customer’s location, blasted them at our shop, and delivered them back to the customer in the same day. We were able to profile the surface to remove the laser cut edges because the customer could polish the face of the bronze to reveal the shine even after the profile left from the blast process.

Thursday also marked the start of a large pump order for a pump re-building company in the local Kansas City area. To complete this job we utilized two blasters to blast a different pipe piece at the same time. These pieces ranged from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. The goal was to remove all rust and paint on the inside and outside of these pipe pieces. This job carried over into Friday but was completed Friday as scheduled.

We also put a primer coat on our Sprinter Van to further that restoration process. Thursday also brought a rush job from a tow truck reseller that needed us to blast the tow bed to an 18 foot tow truck. This customer came to us with repeat business because they needed us to blast the bed and headache rack as well as prime the pieces to prevent any rust from developing after the metal surface is exposed. We completed this job as scheduled and the customer was able to pick up the completed bed and headache rack on Friday morning. Thursday we also blasted forklift pieces for a company next door that wanted us to remove paint from the existing forklift body and re-coat the same pieces with a primer and top coat they provide. We were able to start the baking soda cleaning in the late afternoon today and finish the cleaning tomorrow.

Friday involved our customer picking up the wrecker flat bed truck in the morning, sanding and painting our Sprinter van, finishing removing paint and rust for the large pump cleaning order and removing all the existing paint from the forklift pieces utilizing baking soda.
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Week of January 9, 2012

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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