Home / Resources & Training / Primed Insights Primed Insights Filters Categories Abrasive & Water Blasting Painting & Coating Inspection & Testing Safety Industrial Solutions Abrasive Media Update SIGN UP Sign up to receive the weekly Primed Insight directly to your email. #How To Proper Installation of Blast Couplings to Blast Hoses Blast hose assembly procedure instruction guide. #How To Check Your Blast Nozzles Regularly Check your blast nozzles weekly for wear using a nozzle analyzer gauge. #How To Selecting the right grade of abrasive When preparing your blasting project it is vital to use an abrasive grade (size) that will give you the best performance. #How To Surface Profile vs Class of Blast Surface Profile and Class of Blast are both important aspects of surface preparation, however, they need to be determined separately. #How To Is humidity causing you to 'lose the blast'? If relative humidity is high, a dehumidifier could help you hold the blast longer, if you keep the air dehumidified. #How To Are moisture traps causing you pressure loss? Check if you have a restrictive moisture separator on your blast pot. #How To Get a faster response with an electric deadman system An electric deadman system can assist in a faster response time when running long lengths of blast hose #How To Use genuine inner lenses in your blast helmet Protect your workers by giving them the correct safety equipment. #How To How to choose the right size dust collector for your job A dust collector helps protect workers from dust inhalation whilst complying with work site codes and regulations. #How To How to spray high solid coatings easier How can you spray high epoxy coatings successfully in cooler weather? #How To Choosing the correct size compressor is important When selecting the right size compressor a number of factors need to be considered #How To Check for salt in your abrasive Avoid coating failure caused by contamination by checking the abrasive for salt. #How To Is noise a problem in your operation The blasting process can create noise. That's not news. But there are ways to reduce the noise levels on your work site. #How To Which fittings are recommended for a breathing air hose? Which breathing air hose connection complies with safety standards? #How To Communicating with operators during your project doesn't have to be a challenge Audio communication systems can be integrated into blasting/painting helmets which means workers can enjoy the comfort and safety of their equipment and have the communication benefits. #How To How often do you change your breathing air cartridge? Change your breathing air cartridge regularly to avoid breathing in contaminated air. #How To An uneven spray pattern can hinder your performance There are many contributing factors which could cause a block or restricted airless hose resulting in an uneven spray pattern. #How To Are undersized couplings causing you pressure loss? Pressure loss from undersized couplings greatly impacts the efficiency of a blasting project #How To Completing your daily maintenance schedule has never been easier! Maintenance checks should be completed prior to work commencing each day. #How To When is it safe to blast with silica sand? Customers ask "in what situation is it safe to blast with silica sand?" #How To Test for dust on your blasted surface Any dust which remains on blasted surfaces may reduce coating adhesion and the life of your coatings. #How To Airless hose sizing is critical By ensuring you select the correct airless hose you not only safeguard against dangerous burst failures but you can also increase productivity. #How To Install whipchecks on equipment Whipchecks are a mandatory requirement indicative to a safety standard and can prevent serious injury. #How To Are the atmospheric conditions right for painting? How do you know if the atmospheric conditions are right for painting? #How To Do you choose cost over quality for your blast hose? Cheap hoses may seem like a bargain a the time but when their true quality begins to show the reality is that you've likely paid to much for an inferior product. #How To How to extend the life of your spray tip A worn spray tip results in uneven application and can wear the components of spray equipment. #How To Do you know when your blast hose needs replacing? Knowing the visual and physical signs of wear will indicate when your blast hose needs to be replaced. #How To Scribble vs Stripe Blasting Technique You could be blasting up to 20% faster by simply changing your technique. #How To Plan your onsite equipment layout Planning the best layout for your equipment on a blast site can increase your productivity. #How To What size bull air hose should you use? Did you know that an undersized air supply hose to the blast pot results in friction loss? #How To Long hose blasting How to maintain productivity when running long lengths of blast hose. #How To Triclover couplings makes metering valve removal easy! Adding Triclover couplings simplify the maintenance process of the metering valve. #How To Meter your abrasive to achieve the correct flow Don't lose valuable abrasive due to the metering valve being open too far. #How To Increase your speed with a tornado blaster Blast at more than twice the speed at up to half the hourly cost! #How To Why you could be getting inaccurate instrument results Maintain a regular calibration schedule to ensure accurate instrument readings. #How To Maintaining a safe worksite Would your worksite pass a safety check? These four components can help you to maintain a safe worksite. #How To Excessive surface profile can cost you Too much or too little surface profile can be the downfall of a job. Let's look at what happens when surface profile doesn't meet specification. #How To Which blast pot control system saves you 10% of your abrasive? Think you know which system is more profitable? Think again... #How To Escenarios Óptimos de usar Chorreado en Vacío Hay algunos escenarios en que el chorreado en vacío es una buena opción. Veamos cuáles son... #How To Do you know best scenarios for vacuum blasting? There are a few scenarios where vacuum blasting is a very smart choice. Let's find out what they are... #How To Built-in aftercoolers are bad for your blasting business Built-in aftercoolers significantly reduce productivity in blasting operations. Here's why... #How To #1 Mistake when landing big jobs which require multiple blasters Landing a big job can do a lot for your business, but you'll want to avoid this common pitfall #How To Eliminating Static Explosions Static electricity is more dangerous than a simple shock to your blaster or painter. There are simple ways to reduce static build up. #How To Calibration Report Terms Explaining the key features on a calibration report. #How To Don't risk your health! Check for lead. Abrasive blasting of lead-based coatings poses a risk to workers as well as to the surrounding environment. How can you check for lead in the coating? #How To 3 tips to help you get the best results when recycling abrasive If you are recycling abrasive on site or in a blast room there are ways you can improve the quality of the recycled garnet. #How To Remove thick coatings with Ultra High Pressure Water Jetting When you have a thick coating to remove, when its it better to use Ultra High Pressure Water Jetting over Abrasive Blasting? #How To Calculate your abrasive cost using the Navy formula Do you know how much you're spending per square foot on your abrasive blasting? Let's work it out using the Navy formula... #How To How to measure to the SSPC PA2 standard Here we break down the parameters of SSPC PA2 as well as how to easily use the Defelsko Positector 6000 DFT gage #How To The #1 reason your blast hose is wearing out The quality of your blast hose determines how fast your blast hose wears out and needs replacing. #How To Finish your 5 day project in 4 days How to increase your blasting speed by 20% to finish your blasting project faster. #How To 4 proven options to help make the paint curing process even faster Curing paint is easier when you have controlled conditions and will help make the curing process even faster. #How To Signs your blast nozzle needs replacing There are physical, visual and acoustic signs that indicate when it's time to replace your blast nozzle. Do you know what they are? #How To Understanding and negotiating NACE SA 3 / SSPC SP-5 What is the difference between NACE SA 3 / SSPC-5 and other Classes of Blast and how do you negotiate with the inspector? #How To Reduce your paint and labor costs when specified a bright top coat When a coating specification calls for a bright color, using the right prime coat can save you paint, time and profit. #How To BlastOne has declared an all-out War on Dust! The 4 simplest weapons for you to reduce or eliminate dust on your job sites. #How To How to correctly mix paint Mixing paint correctly can be the make or break of a successful coating project. #How To Weapons of Mass DUSTruction See some of the industry's "biggest guns" used in the the War on Dust. #How To 2 tips to make mixing high viscosity coatings easier Two simple tips on effectively MIXING high viscosity/high solid coatings. #How To 4 tips for spraying high viscosity coatings This Insight is about SPRAYING these difficult materials... and we have 4 very simple tips to overcome such challenges and de-frustrate your work life. #How To Flushing high viscosity paint from your equipment This Insight is about FLUSHING these high viscosity materials from your equipment after completion of the spray job. #How To 3 considerations when buying an Air Spray Gun The success of any project depends largely on the tools a contractor uses, and perhaps the most crucial tool in a Painters Kit is their Air Spray Gun. #How To Steps to troubleshoot a 6.5 Blast Pot Common issues that could affect a pressure hold blast pot with a Thompson Valve. #How To Troubleshooting Pressure Release Pots Troubleshooting the issues associated with differential pressure in your blast pot. #How To Optimize your productivity with the Vertidrive robot Contractor’s love the Vertidrive because it has extremely high production rates. #How To 4 tips to reduce overspray Overspray is a common issue paint contractors face, so here are 4 tips to reducing overspray on your coating job. #How To The answer to internal pipe blasting There are a number of different tools that you can use, depending on the size of the pipe. #How To Understanding abrasive sizing for abrasive blasting Understanding the importance of using the correctly sized abrasive for the job. #How To AirDryers Overview and Common Issues Experienced industrial blasters realise just how important DRY AIR is for a high production and quality. Using an airdryer is well worth the investment and is very simple to set-up and use. #How To Guarantee your blasted surface is free of salt Eliminate sticky residue and guarantee your surface is ready to paint with the DeFelsko SST #How To Two options to reduce overspray when painting handrails Lose less paint from overspray when painting handrails. #How To What’s the downside of compressor maintenance? Technicians who maintain your compressor actually undermine your productivity - although their intentions are to save you money. #How To 4 tips for extending blast hose life Very few industries have equipment wear rates like the abrasive blasting industry. Here are some smart work practices to extend wear life. #How To Can I Recycle Blasting Abrasive without Removing the Dust? Unless recycled abrasive has been properly cleaned and processed it is likely to wreak havoc on your jobsite. #How To Remove pack rust without the plumes of dust It takes a lot of time and abrasive to wear away the pack rust, and blasting it creates huge plumes of dust. There are other solutions. #How To What size air hose to use with a conventional pressure pot When working with a thick coating and a pressure pot, contractors often encounter issues with atomizing the paint. Let's look into troubleshooting thick paint. #How To Changing the conventional with the Warrior Toss out your old messy pressure pots and pumps – Introducing the Triton Pump! #How To Knowing the right kind of respirator There’s perhaps nothing more important to a painter’s safety than a reliable respirator. #How To Carbon Monoxide and Breathing Air Filters What you don’t know – might kill ya! Finally some good news for blaster’s lungs. #How To Ensuring blasters have safe breathing air, just became fool proof When you’re serious about safety, you’ll implement the RPB RZ System. #How To Proper Blast Hose Handling There are certain ways to handle a blast hose to ensure operator safety as well as longevity of the hose integrity. #How To NEW! Australian Website Announcement The new Australian website features increased information and improved functions to enhance your experience. #How To How much deliquescent does an AirDryer use Let's answer that question that is often asked in the industry and get to know more about deliquescent. #How To How to properly set the MicroValve There are rules-of-thumb when dialing into the proper setting of your microvalve. #How To Hose Length For Vertical Blasting Projects Mist blasting at heights can cause issues for abrasive running back down the hose to the pot. Find out how to use the blast hose to your advantage! #How To Troubleshooting Coupling Failures We explain the 3 most common causes behind coupling hose failures as well as how to remedy them. #How To Never Paint the Inside of Your Body! The danger of accidentally injecting yourself with an airless spray gun - and what procedures should immediately follow such an incident, to minimize this very dangerous situation. #How To Dangers When Water Blasting Water blasting can present significant risk if the lance or hose has been compromised here are some steps you can take to avoid the risk, as well as what to do if you are hit by a water jet blast. #How To How to fill blast pots with bulk bag abrasives The new product making it easier and safer to fill your blast pot from an abrasive bulk bag #How To 5 critical components to consider when designing a blast room Often the installation of a paint or blast booth is a one-time capital purchase, so you want to be confident no details are overlooked in the design process. #How To Basic principles of accelerating cure time Perhaps nothing affects an industrial painter’s project deadlines and cure times as much as the cold weather of the seasons. #How To Cold or hot? You decide. We all know blasters experience some of the most uncomfortable, if not brutal conditions each day on the job. Let's look at how to stay comfortable. #How To High powered vacuum for fast job site abrasive media clean up Jobsite cleanup is the final necessary task in completing any project. A vacuuming recovery system is a significant improvement over the typical broom and shovel. #How To Vacuum loading a bulk blast pot BlastOne’s Vacuload 1 is a powerful and practical tool to safely load abrasive without endangering any workers. #How To Defelsko DPML DeFelsko has created a new device which allows contractors to automatically log the climatic surface conditions. #How To How to Test Your AirPrep AfterCooler to Ensure It's Working Besides nozzle pressure, the second most important aspect of your compressed air is its temperature. #How To How to Test Your Abrasive Particle Size Using a BlastOne abrasive test kit makes the testing process simple and convenient either in your facility or in the field. #How To Exceeding Breathing Airline Safety Recommendations There’s nothing more important to life than oxygen. Compromise the flow of oxygen to one’s blast helmet and you literally put life at risk. #How To Issues With Abrasive Metering Abrasive can be costly: You have the product cost, transportation & handling cost, clean-up costs… and thus the more abrasive you use, the more you spend. Simple, right? And so no one who understands this relationship would knowingly just waste abrasive #How To Hidden Costs of Worn Blast Nozzles There are many unseen variables involved with blasting that the operator isn't taking into consideration and are quite costly. #How To Simple Test to Check for Blatant Inefficiency on Your Job Site The next time you walk your jobsite, take a close look at your blasting operators... are any of them blasting with one hand? One-handed blasting is a flashing, bright red, warning sign of inefficiency! #How To How to Size Your Blast Hose We are huge proponents of blasting with a minimum of 100psi at the nozzle! Visiting jobsites, it's normal to find actual pressures much lower. #How To Blast Hose ROI Made Simple If your team typically uses a 1.25” blast hose with #7 & #8 nozzles – you’ll be interested to learn that by increasing the hose to a 1.5” you’ll increase your pressure approximately 12 psi as well as increasing your overall production capacity by 18%. These figures pertain to hose run of 200 feet. #How To How to Effectively Sanitize Your Blast Helmet Always follow the helmet manufacturer’s instructions and company rules and regulations regarding cleaning your Personal Protection Blast Helmet. #How To Benefits of Supplied-Air Painting Hoods Benefits Include: Beard Friendly, Peel Off Lenses, Flexible Air Delivery Tube, Cool or Heated Air, Optional Hard Hat Frame, and More... #How To Q&A : CPA Discusses CARES Act Stimulus Available to Small Businesses The vast majority of American employment comes from Small Businesses, and the vast majority of our customers are Small Businesses (500 employees or less), so this CARES Act is a real boost! #How To Explosion Proof, Battery-Powered LED Body Light In this week's Primed Insight, Jim highlights the details and shows the ruggedness of this new work light. #How To The MINIBRS vs. 8 Meter Vertical Hose Climb The Schmidt MiniBRS portable blast and recovery system operates off a 0.3cuft pot and a 185cfm compressor (no electricity). The question was asked of us, can this system overcome an 8 meter vertical wall between the machine and vacuum head? Does it have enough suction power? #How To How to Recoup 2 Months of Lost Time If your company lost 2 months of work due to the pandemic lockdown, before concluding you must accept these losses and miss your 2020 target goals give this video and advice due consideration.