Tips of the Trade


Is your old moisture trap reducing your blasting pressure?
If you are using a 3/8” (no.6) nozzle or bigger, a small moisture trap may be hindering your productivity.
Where Whipchecks Should be Installed
On any blasting project site or within blasting chambers of other constructions it is mandatory in most countries that safety cable "whipchecks" are installed on blasting lines.
Is Your Spray Tip Worn?
A contractor spraying with a worn tip uses on average 20% more paint and 20% more labor.
A Quick Shutdown Can Save Your Life
When you let go of your deadman handle accidentally, how long will the pressure be there causing you injury or even death?
Daily Blasting Site Safety Checklists
Improving blasting site safety and meet legal obligations with daily equipment and risk assessments.
Using Triclover Couplings
You can save hours in downtime by simply adding Triclover couplings to your blast equipment set-up to simplify the maintenance process.
The Hyper Blast Nozzle
Your opportunity to increase productivity.
Is Your Airless Hose Blocked or Restricted?
A blocked paint line can be a real hindrance when you want top performance.
Is Your Blasting System Clogging Up During the Job?
The air all around us contains water vapor. When there is a lot of water vapor in the air it can cause problems when blasting.
How to Check Your Blast Pressure
A drop in your working pressure can mean a dramatic drop in your production.
Don't Lose Valuable Abrasive
Making sure your abrasive metering valve is set properly is a simple process and will save you money in both time and abrasive.
Get a Quick Response with an Electric Deadman System
Those who are using multiple lengths of blast hose can maintain a safer work environment by upgrading to a deadman handle with a more reliable response.
Daily Start-up and Shutdown Procedure for Your Blast Pot
Having and ensuring that the correct steps are followed when starting up and shutting down can save time and stop expensive breakdowns and maintenance.
Avoid Salt Contamination from Abrasives
Abrasives can be tested for chloride ions (salt) to ensure your abrasive is not causing any potential problems.
Before Painting Check for Surface Salt
Check your substrate surface for salt prior to coating. How does the substrate become contaminated?
Is Your Blast Cleaning Cost Effective?
Keeping track of costs is so important for any business.
Replace Your Breathing Air Cartridge Regularly
How much mold is currently in your breathing filter? How often should an Air Filter Cartridge be changed?
Wind Up Your Blasting Pressure
Decrease in pressure can make a difference to blasting, an increase in pressure can also make a big difference. What will it do for you blasting speed and what does it actually mean?
Is Noise a Problem in your Operation?
The EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) can and will impose h arsh penalties for noise pollution created from your site.
10 Ways to Reduce Static Build Up in Blast and Vacuum Hoses
Save your workers from getting shocked by static electricity.
Don't Lose Pressure Due to Undersized Couplings
All hoses with an ID greater than 1 1/4" (32mm) should have Mega Max couplings fitted to reduce air flow restrictions.
How a Worn Blast Nozzle Reduces the Speed of Abrasive
How a blast nozzle works and why holding onto old blast nozzles has been proven to effect the performance and cost of your total project.
How Long Should My Blast Pot Last between Refills?
The largest factors that affect pot blasting time and abrasive consumption.
The Importance of Using an Inner Lens in a Blast Helmet?
The inner lens on a blast helmet is your last line of defence.
What Size Whip Hose Should be Used with a 7/16" nozzle?
Most blasting companies around the world utilize a 7/16” (11mm) nozzle on the business end of their blast hose, sadly, very few companies use the correct size whip hose.
Difference between 'Class of Blast' and 'Surface Profile'
The difference between class of blast and surface profile has been a confusing point for many blasters and painters over the years.
How Does a Blast and Vacuum System Work?
Vacuum blasting is a cleaner way to blast when dust and environmental contamination could be an issue.
When is it Safe to Blast with Silica Sand?
Blasting with silica sands, such as beach sand, river sand, and any other crystalline silica sand may cause serious injury or be fatal. Crystalline silica is recognized world-wide as a Class 1 Carcinogen.
Test for Dust Contamination on a Blasted Surface
Any dust which remains on blasted surfaces may reduce coating adhesion and the life of your coatings.
What Does too much Surface Profile Cost?
Having a profile that is larger than the minimum allowed in the specifications will cost you when it comes to paint.
How to Replace the RPB Nova3 Lenses
The RPB Nova3 helmet is one of the safest and most user friendly helmets on the market.
How to Spray Properly When It's Freezing Cold
Painting in cold temperatures can lead to uncertain results. Combating application issues is a number one priority for coating applicators.
How to Know if the Atmospheric Conditions are Right for Painting
It is critical to the success of most coating systems for the surface to be completely free of moisture before, during and after, coating application.
How to Increase Productivity and Efficiency in Your Blasting Operation
Probably the most popular question asked of us by companies all over the world. Free booklet download!
How to Significantly Reduce Surface Profile
An impossible case of surface profile.
A Good Communication System Can Improve Safety and Efficiency
We all know that when we are blasting ‎or painting, whether it be on a site, blasting yard or in a blast room, having a "pot attendant or spotter" to fill and control the machine means actual time blasting or spraying is increased
Why Use a Bulk Blasting Unit for Blasting Tank Floors?
Why have to stop an refill every 45 minutes when you could have 4 blaster running for hours.
Why Use a Compressed Air Dryer?
Moisture is the number one enemy of any blasting contractor.
Choosing the Correct Compressor Size is Very Important
A good air compressor is an essential part of your blasting system. It is important to size your compressor correctly to the number and the size of the nozzles you are running.
Why Blast with High Efficiency Abrasive?
Using a high efficiency abrasive media reduces the dust levels as you blast.
Using a Vacuum System to Remove Abrasive
Cleaning up the tank after the blasting is complete to remove all the spent abrasive can be the most time consuming part.
Three Things to Do When Recycling Expendable Abrasive
Many contractors use expendable abrasive in a blast room situation.
How to Calculate the Voltage for a Spark/Holiday Test for Epoxy Paint Coatings
A high voltage ‘spark test’ Holiday Detector is used to detect any air bubbles, inclusions, thin spots, bridging, hairline cracks, etc. in coatings.
Is Moist Air Costing You Time and Money?
On many tank jobs we find customers need to leave a newly blasted surface unpainted overnight or over a weekend. If there is any moisture in the air a flash rust will spoil the ready blasted surface making it un-paintable.
Are Your Workers in Danger because of a Poorly Ventilated Tank Site?
An abrasive blasting enclosure without ventilation quickly becomes a dusty, hazardous haze, hindering productivity and safety.
How Does Using the Correct Hose Size Effect your Tank Project?
Keep your productivity up by always maximizing compressed air volume and pressure.
Maintaining a Freshly Blasted Floor
Any contamination on a freshly blasted surface is likely to be rejected by the inspector as it can cause premature coating failure.
Move Your Equipment Closer to the Blasting Area
All tank sites vary in size and geographical layout and it can sometimes be very difficult to get your blasting equipment close to the actual tank.
Blast Faster with a Tornado Blast Nozzle
Double your blasting speed with a Tornado blasting system.
Use an Efficient Blasting Technique
When blasting the inside of a tank the abrasive often starts piling up and you have to keep moving it out of the way to be able to see what you are blasting.
Vacuum the Floor before Painting
So many times we see a freshly applied coating which has been put straight over the top of some abrasive that was left on the surface. This looks unprofessional and can cause serious coating breakdown.
Save Time with Vacuum Loading Your Blast Pot
On most blasting projects you have to move your spent abrasive from A to B and the process needs to be quick and efficient.
Train Your Blasting Operators
Trained operators are more motivated, blast better, give you a better quality job and achieve more every day.
How Do You Know When Your Blast Hose Needs Replacing?
Always replace your blast hose if there is any visible exterior wear such as dry rotting, cracking, or being run over by a heavy piece of equipment.
Drive Success with Accurate Data
A common management principle is that the best business decisions are data driven. As managers, contractors, owners or foremen how many decisions are ‘gut feeling’ because the data available.
Five Key Metrics Every Blaster Should Report Every Day
Every blast crew is accountable to someone, either an owner operator running his own site and is accountable to himself, or he might be accountable to his wife, or accountable to the bank to make money.
Increase your Productivity by Up to 20% by Managing your Daily Metrics
We’ve been told by every management consultant that having the correct daily KPI’s or metrics is key to having a successful business.
How Do I Select 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. If the wrong size abrasive is used productivity can be reduced and abrasive consumption can be excessive.
Airless Hose Sizing is Critical for Effective Spray Coating Application
Often the selection of an airless hose is based on cost or ease of use. By ensuring you select the correct airless hose you not only safeguard against dangerous burst failures but you can also increase productivity.
Number of Turns Required for Optimum Efficiency on a Thompson Valve
Have you ever wondered about EXACTLY how much abrasive is being pushed out of the blast machine?
Spray Ultra High Build (UHB) Coatings Easier
Ultra-High Build (UHB) Coatings are often applied as tank linings, marine structures, or structural steel.
The Genius of the Micro Mist Filter
Having a Radex Airline Filter and Carbon Monoxide Monitor is an ideal way to protect the breathing quality of your workers.
What Size Bull Air Supply Hose Should You Actually Use?
Using the correct size Air Supply “Bull” hose is very critical to keeping the overall cost of blasting as low as possible.
Got a Mountain of Work to Do, Which is the Right Abrasive?
Do you have an upcoming blasting project but aren't sure which abrasive will be suitable to achieve the specification you require?
How to Select the Correct Spray Paint Pump for Your Job
Which spray pump for which job? Mostly it’s a quick and easy decision, but occasionally a tricky job comes along – long runs of hose, need to have multiple operators, a heavier coating, etc.
Scheduling Maintenance for Your Blast Pot
Following a detailed daily maintenance schedule will ensure your equipment is always in top shape.
How Differential Pressure Affects Blast Equipment
Differential pressure is what causes the weather to change, makes ears pop and causes 90% of the problems with abrasive blasting equipment.
Eliminating All "Whip" Hoses in Use Today
Whip hoses are most often the cause of the largest pressure drops in the entire blast cleaning system.
Is Your Blasting Air Clean?
One of the main reasons for blast cleaning is to remove surface contaminants, rust, old paint etc. to ensure a good coating adhesion to the substrate is achieved.
Using Double-Action Quick Connect Fittings
Workplace Health and Safety regulations require breathing air hose fittings to be of a design that prevents accidental disconnection.
Use a Lightweight, Comfortable Helmet
An airfed Helmet is designed to protect your life. It should prevent you breathing any dust, protects your face from flying particles and offers some hard hat protection.
Cost vs Value for Blast Hoses
What really separates a ‘Good Blast Hose’ from a ‘Cheap Blast Hose’?
Are Sparks from Abrasive Blasting "Explosive"?
We frequently have questions from many contractors, asking if the sparks produced by abrasive blasting are explosive.
Benefits of a Brightly Lit Blasting Site
Blasting in a tank or an unlit structure can be not only difficult and time consuming but it can be dangerous with many hazards to cause harm and injury on a blasting site.
Abrasive Blasting General Safety Alerts
Hazards in equipment misuse, abrasion, moving parts, fire and explosion, toxic substance, and noise.
Factors that have an Effect on Surface Profile
Abrasive durability, surface hardness, abrasive shape, abrasive size, impact energy, impact angle, and embedment.
How to Measure Surface Profile Using Testex Tape
Performing a surface profile test on a newly blast cleaned surface.
Surface Preparation Grades of Blast Cleaned Steel
Assessment of degree of removal of rust, mill scale, and other visual contaminants.
How to Cure Paint Faster in a "Shop Painting" Environment
There are four very well proven ways to cure paint fast.
What Fittings Should You Use for a Breathing Air Hose?
When using breathing air hoses, it is critical that the best quality hose and connectors are used for maximum safety and peace of mind.
Paint Large, Hard-to-Manage Pieces in a Retractable Spray Booth
The MastreFlex retractable spray booth system is the latest innovative design to allow painting of every large, hard-to-manage work pieces to be done in a spray booth.