Earlier this Fall, we completed a Brick Restoration project at the Kansas City Legends Shopping Center Outlet. This project detailed blasting the brick walls to remove the existing paint without damaging the brick while also controlling the dust created from the blast process. The project came to us from a long time customer who understands our capabilities, ability to work odd hours, blast and clean surfaces without damage and dust containment. The brick painting were to be removed due to deterioration over the years since Legends Outlet opened in April 2006. Rather than worry about upkeep or repainting the brick surface, the building owners decided to leave the brick walls clean after blasting to leave a now maintenance free surface.
Due to the foot traffic at the Legends Shopping Outlet, the work performed for this project was during nights when the surrounding stores and shops were closed. This measure prevented any risk of shop employees or customer being around our work site while blasting took place. Our containment system allowed us to eliminate any dust exposure to surrounding areas, which gave our customer the peace of mind of a “contained” blast but also created an easier cleanup for our project crew. If you or someone you know has a building renovation or restoration project, or a problem you do not know how to solve or get the end result you want then call give us a call at Blast It Clean. We’re building relationships with solutions in cleaning, stripping and coating. Thank you for reading our blog!
Last month, we completed a Former Freight House Interior Restoration project located in the West Bottoms area in Kansas City. This project came to us from a past customer relationship as well as our experience in interior building restoration projects. The project scope was to perform an architectural blast to the walls, ceiling, ceiling joists, and floor to bring those surfaces back to their natural state. Similar to past projects highlighted in our Blog, this project was also a historical renovation and restoration project converting a previous unoccupied and unused space into newly renovated, urban Kansas City lofts.
The planning and timeline for this project was the highest priority because it required us to complete approximately 15,000 square feet of blasting within a 48 hours window the weekend after Thanksgiving. In order to complete that production, we utilized four blast pots during the duration the project, which included blasting 13 hours straight in one shift. The level of production in this project created additional obstacles such as dust and visibility. For these concerns we installed a dust containment system equipped with fans and filter bags to contain the dust created. The containment system also created an environment where there was no longer any danger for lack of visibility.
Our crew was able to complete this project on schedule within the 48 hours window the weekend after Thanksgiving. The pictures highlighted in this post display the before and after appearance for several areas inside the former freight house in the West Bottoms. Thank you for reading our Blog. If you or someone you know has a need for renovating or restoring unused, occupied building and want to convert them to lofts then give us a call at Blast It Clean we can hep with the interior blasting and restoration. We want to remove the existing paint, grime, and buildup on the interior of your properties to bring them back to a clean, natural, maintenance free surface.
Over the course of the last year, we have been completing a Building Window Renovation Project in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The project is for the Pickwick Building off Ninth and McGee. For the Pickwick Building Renovation project we have worked for four different contractors on different methods of blasting and cleaning. This blog post focuses specifically on the window renovation for the Pickwick Building. This portion of the Pickwick project came to us from a subcontractor that specializes in window restoration projects. We were brought in to blast the window frames then coat the frames after any addition surface work was completed by our customer.
The process for this project followed a strict timeline on window frames from one floor then once those frames were complete we moved on to the next floor’s windows. Our customer would remove the windows on site and bring them to our shop location for the renovation work. First the existing glass would be removed from the frames then proceed to blasting to remove the existing paint, rust, and to inspect the structural integrity of the metal frame. The picture to the right shows window frames with the glass removed before blasting. By blasting the window frames, we were able to uncover structural metal loss. The frames with metal loss had those affected areas cut out with new metal welded in its place. After the structural rehabilitation was complete, we then primed and painted the metal frames. The first picture set below shows the window frames after blast on the left and the windows after prime on the right. The pictures at the bottom of this post show two views of the exterior building with newly renovated windows installed. Those pictures include window frames installed before the window glass installed.
The Pickwick Building renovation project is ongoing at the publication of this blog post. We are very fortunate and thrilled to have been a part of this historic building and window renovation project. If you are someone you know has a exterior or interior building renovation project such as the Pickwick Building downtown then give us a call we can help. Thank you for reading our blog post.
This blog post highlights a past project completing a Front Building Facade Restoration for the Kansas City Public Television building in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Our services for this project included pressure washing, media blasting, and industrial coating. Before media blasting the metal structure of the facade, we had to install protection to the windows, doors, and facade itself. A picture of the our protection measures for the windows, doors, and facade can be seen below next to the after picture of the facade. After installing the protection, we were able to proceed with blasting the facade structure to remove the existing rust and prep the surface for new paint. The greatest level of rust was found at the base of the metal facade structure. The side by side pictures at the bottom of this post show the before for one metal base of the metal support structure and the after of the same base. The picture to the right shows the degree of rust on the middle section of the metal structure just below the letters on the KCPT sign. With the rust removed, we were able to apply a primer to the previously affected areas. Then a top coat was applied to the entire facade structure.
With the bulk of the project completed, we proceeded to blast the concrete walk and short wall in front of the facade to remove the existing concrete staining, and dirt buildup. After blasting the front concrete, we then pressure washed the same area to remove any excess dust that may have been left from media blasting. The last part of our project involved cleaning a stucco wall and repainting to remove discolored areas from previous chemical applications to remove graffiti. We run into this problem whenever a surface tagged with graffiti had previously been treated with a chemical. We have found through our experience when using chemicals to remove graffiti it can often leave a ghost or discoloration because when cleaning with chemical it can push the chemical into the pours of the surface by accident. Surfaces such as brick and concrete are typically inflicted with this ghosting effect. To remedy the wall, we first pressure washed the areas to remove any left over cleaning solvents, dirt, or grime that would prevent our paint from adhering properly. Next we applied a primer then top coat to the stucco wall to give it a uniform finish. The goal of this project was to restore the front face of the building and extend the life of the metal support structure by eliminating the rust areas.
Thank you for reading our blog post. If you or someone you know has a commercial property that needs some restoration such as pressure washing, media blasting to remove paint, or would like a full restoration then give us a call we can help. When a potential cleaning or stripping solution is difficult to discover and execute, we are the problem solvers for those situations. Thank you again.
Early this year, we were brought in on a large Historical Renovation Media Blasting project in Overland Park, Kansas. Some may recognize the property as the old King Louie Bowling Alley and Ice Rink building. The project required all the wood surfaces to be brought back to the original state. To achieve that result, we media blasted the wood surfaces to remove the existing paint and sealer. The project also required a mock up or demo area to blast first to make sure we could achieve the correct restored appearance, desired outcome for our customer. The mock up also measured our actual production, cleaning rate compared to the production needed to fit within the project timeline. To accommodate the project deadline, we mobilized multiple crews to provide up to three blasters at a time to expedite the renovation process. In terms of size, the project was over 40,000 square feet in area to be blasted and cleaned. The project area was sealed off and large fans were installed to control the air flow. Air flow control is important when dry blasting to keep dust from contaminating and migrating to other areas of the property.
This Historical Renovation Media Blasting project was successful in removing the paint and sealer from all the interior wood structures to restore the original wood surface. Multiple boom lifts were used to access all areas of the ceiling to remove the paint and sealer. Our success in this project lead to a project addition for exterior blasting at the same property. If you or someone you know has a large scale historical renovation or remodeling project needing paint, sealer removal give us a call we can help at Blast It Clean. Thank you for reading our blog.
Earlier this year, we completed an Ethanol Plant Water Tank Restoration project in Central Missouri. The tank’s current coating system was failing. It had developed rust pockets over time due to the elements, dirt, and buildup as seen in the above picture. Due to the water temperature in the tank, the tank exterior was prone to sweat as the outside temperature rises. The tank sweating created two issues. Number one, the coating solution specified would need to be able to adhere with existing moisture. Number two, this project would need to be completed during the spring before the hot summer temperatures set in. We, therefore, went with a coating solution that could cure with moisture on the surface.
Due to the size of the tank, a man lift was needed to access all areas to blast and paint. We split the tank into a top and bottom section to complete this project as seen in the picture to the right. Once the bottom section was blasted, we applied an epoxy primer to the entire section. The top coat we used provided an extra layer of UV ray protection to keep the tank color from fading in the sunlight over time.
This project was completed in just over one month’s time using a three to four man crew. We were successful in completing this project within our one month time frame and our customer is now having us blast and paint the tank farm located at the same ethanol plant. Do you or someone you know have a tank or silo where the current coating system is failing? Give us a call, we can help. Thank you for reading our blog.
This fountain serves as a centerpiece inside of our customer’s establishment, however, it became less attractive once the paint inside started failing. Last month, we helped them ready the fountain for re-coating. Dry sand blasting would normally create the problem of dust reaching other areas in the lobby. Therefore, we created a custom tailored dust containment system to minimize or eliminate dust migration. The two pictures above show the fountain before our work was conducted.
The picture to the right shows the exterior of the dust containment envelope we fabricated. When ready to blast, we turn on the fan, which then inflates the long filter bag used to collect the dust. We took extra precautions to protect the drains on the bottom of the fountain and the tile around the top inside of the fountain. Containing our dust was extremely important for this project as the business did not want to incur any additional down time nor was dust acceptable in this highly clean environment.
We also lifted the horse statue out of the pedestal so we could blast the pedestals and to protect the statue from blasting. The picture to the left shows the inside of our dust containment system. This job was successful in removing the paint, limiting all dust exposure from blasting, and prepping the fountain for new paint. The side by side pictures below show the fountain before on the left and the fountain after our blast on the right. Thank you for reading our Blog.
Earlier this month, we performed a bronze bell and exterior brick restoration project to clean our customer’s building appearance. This project required more finesse so we used a combination of hand cleaning and scraping, on top of our blasting services. For the bronze bell, we first cleaned off the impurities by hand cleaning. Then we went over the surface with steel wool and metal polish. Final steps were machine polishing the bell and sealing it with automotive wax. After completed, we informed our customer the bell would need to be waxed about once every month to maintain the polish and shiny finish. The picture above shows the bell before our cleaning on the left with the polished, cleaned bell on the right.
The second phase of this project was restoring the exterior brick to remove old concrete, phosphorescence and build up. In order to clean the brick surface, we first had to protect the shrubbery, railings, and windows from blasting. We then hand scraped off the old thick concrete build up to protect the original brick from excessive blasting. Once the area was prepped, we blasted the brick and blended it into the rest of the exterior to restore a clean exterior building appearance. The picture on the left shows the two sides of the front brick section before cleaning off the buildup. The picture below shows the finished, cleaned, and blended natural brick after blasting. If you or anyone you know has a unique cleaning or blasting challenge, such as this bronze bell and exterior brick restoration, give us a call we can help. Remember we can perform different, more common methods of cleaning, such as hand cleaning and scraping in addition to our blasting capabilities. Thank you for reading our 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.