INFORMATION ABOUT SODA BLASTING
Soda Blasting is the latest, greenest technology to safely strip paint and/or clean nearly any surface. Soda Blasting is a process that can strip almost any surface in an efficient and safe manner. Although it is similar to traditional sand blasting, it has the significant advantage of cleaning the surface without causing harm to the substrate or the environment. Soda Blasting yields great results because the soda crystal is sharp and essentially explodes upon surface impact. The most popular uses for Soda Blasting include restoration and recovery; fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, parts remanufacturing and cleaning, automotive and boat depainting, food processing, building restoration, graffiti removal, non-destructive testing prep, and industrial maintenance.
Soda blast media is non-toxic and contains no free silica; it is non-sparking, non-flammable, non-hazardous and environmentally safe. Soda Blasting easily removes carbon, grease, oils, gasket material, surface corrosion, paint and coatings from a variety of alloys, plastics and composites without substrate damage or distortion. The soda blasting machine uses compressed air to deliver bicarbonate of soda-based media (baking soda) onto the surface to be cleaned. Similar in concept to sand blasting, soda blasting is much kinder and gentler to the underlying surface and the environment. The process is gentle enough to remove the coating without harming the substrate. Virtually any coating can be removed from most any surface.
|SODA BLASTING MACHINES
|SKP 40 Portable Sandblasting Machine
|SK 1000 Sandblasting Cabinet
|SK 300 Sandblasting Pot
SK 300 Sandblasting Pot, which is used in soda blasting systems, manufactured by installing a special valve to our automatic sandblasting pot and specially designed for soda blasting. These sandblasting pots are very suitable for precision sandblasting. If desired, wet blasting nozzle can be fitted and provides dust free soda blasting. We also have portable sandblasting machine and SK 1000 sandblasting cabinet, suitable for soda blasting.
ADVANTAGES of SODA BLASTING
* Unique Cleaning Action
Sodium bicarbonate blast media offers the unique properties of sodium bicarbonate, the primary ingredient. The softness (Mohs hardness scale of 2.4) and friable nature of this crystal produces a unique cutting action with little or no effect on most substrates. For example, thick coatings can be removed from glass without any etching effect. With proper care, delicate substrates can be cleaned without damage.
* Cleaning & De-Coating in One Step
Standard abrasive blasting is a dirty process, often loading and even embedding the surface with contaminants (grease, oil, tar & abrasive particles) in the process of removing the coating. Recycled abrasives compound this problem by loading increasing amounts of contaminants into the substrate. Pure sodium bicarbonate blast media effectively de-coats and cleans the substrate in one step; producing a level of cleanliness not seen with most processes.
* Pre-Cleaning is not Required
For projects where the coating is covered with grease, carbon, salt or other contaminates, the more traditional methods require the coating to be fully cleaned before blasting. This is required so that the contaminants on the surface of the coating not be driven through the coating and into the surface of the substrate, causing future coating failure.
* No Need to Re-Profile Steel
Sodium bicarbonate blast media will not profile steel. When an operator removes a coating from a metal surface, he or she exposes the existing anchor pattern under the coating. Unless corrosion has occurred, there is no need to re-profile the surface.
* Reduced Solid Waste
Pure sodium bicarbonate blast media can be dissolved in fresh water. By dissolving the media and filtering out the contaminates, the solution can generally be discharged to treatment systems or open waterways, with proper discharge permits.
* Natural Rust Inhibitor
As long as Baking Soda is on a ferrous metal surface, rust will not form. For rust to form, free moisture and an acidic condition must exist. In most cases, free moisture combines with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to form carbonic acid. This acid releases a free metal (ferrous) ion, which combines with oxygen (oxidizes) to form rust. Pure sodium bicarbonate blast media buffers the acids, prevents the release of free metal ions and prevents rust.
* Increased Worker Safety
The bicarbonate buffer system is the major extracellular buffer for the human body, thus sodium bicarbonate is part of the body's normal chemistry. Pure sodium bicarbonate blast media is not toxic via ingestion, inhalation or dermal contact, nor is it a skin or eye irritant.
* Removes Odors
It not only removes the contaminates, it also reduces the unfriendly odors.
* Does Not Produce Sparks
Sodium bicarbonate blast media will not produce thermal sparks and is suitable for use in explosion proof areas; including refineries, chemical plants and grain elevators as long as proper grounding techniques are used to prevent a static charge build up.
* Improved Crack Detection
When cleaning metal surfaces for crack detection, standard abrasive blasting tends to peen the crack closed or pack the crack with abrasive, making crack detection more difficult. Sodium bicarbonate blast media actually cleans out the crack, leaving it exposed and easy to see.
* No Residue Problems In Small Passageways
It can be used to clean critical engine components including those with small passageways. Once cleaned, the baking soda residue can be thoroughly rinsed off by dissolving in water. Traditional blast material are not water soluble and if left after cleaning, can pack into small passageways and possibly damage an engine while on operation.
* Reduce Surface Acids
As a strong buffer for acids and alkalis, sodium bicarbonate blast media eliminates acidic conditions on the surface of the substrate. For conditions with high acid levels, acid rain or boiler fly ash, blasting with sodium bicarbonate blast media will reduce coating failures.
* SSPC - NACE Standards
Soda blast media will attain a level of cleaning that will meet the standards of both NACE and SSPC. NACE 1 (SP-5) White Metal Blast Cleaning NACE 2 (SP-10) Near-White Blast Cleaning NACE 3 (SP-6) Commercial Blast Cleaning NACE 4 (SP-7) Brush-Off Blast Cleaning.